Sen. Michael Doherty, (R-23), Warren/Hunterdon, renewed his call Tuesday for legislation that would bar members of private organizations from enrolling in the state pension system.
The bill would ban members of the State League of Municipalities, the School Boards Association, the Association of Counties and several others from participating in any of the state’s pension and health benefits systems.
“For nearly a year, common sense legislation that would bar employees of private entities has languished in both houses of the Legislature,” he said in a release. The bills, S2174/A2951, which he said have bipartisan support, are stalled in committees, Doherty said.
“At a time when New Jersey’s pension and health benefits systems are under enormous financial strain and hard-working public employees are being asked to make unprecedented concessions, it is a no-brainer to remove private employees from the state’s pension and health benefits systems,” he said in a release. “I urge Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Oliver to shepherd this good-government legislation that helps protect public employees through the Legislature swiftly.”
Doherty’s action came on the heels of a national study that raised issues about the health of the state pension system.