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Bill would increase scrutiny of contracts

The bill would require the comptroller to make recommendations to improve the procurement process of the state and local governments, as well as public colleges and universities, independent authorities, and school boards.

The bill has attracted 12 Democratic cosponsors and 10 Republicans in the state Senate.
Sponsor Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May Court House) said the bill could help give taxpayers confidence about spending: “It’s time to make sure all levels of New Jersey government are doing the right thing when it comes to spending taxpayer money on goods and services.”

Bill sponsors aim for the measure to be in place so that the comptroller’s recommendations are filed by the governor’s annual budget message in 2012.  

– Andrew Kitchenman

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