TRENTON – Veteran Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28) of Newark said state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) of West Deptford posted his government accountability bill, giving him the comfort level he needs to vote yes on the Democratic budget.
“I’m on board with the budget,” Rice told PolitickerNJ.com. “My bill, 2565, passed on second reading in committee and it’s now on the board list.”
Authored by Rice in 2010, Senate Bill No. 2565 would require the Office of the State Comptroller to conduct a compliance audit of a municipality to verify that it has implemented a corrective action plan following a performance audit.
The compliance audit must begin no less than 120 days following the submittal of a copy of the performance audit to the Office of the State Comptroller and completed within 12 months. The municipality would be responsible for the total cost of the compliance audit. The bill also permits the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs to refer findings that may constitute alleged criminal conduct to the Attorney General or other appropriate prosecutorial authority for further administrative or civil action.