TRENTON – The Senate Health Committee voted 6-0, with one abstention, Thursday to move a bill that would require the Department of Community Affairs to regularly inspect hotels and motels where welfare clients are staying to ensure the buildings are in good shape.
The bill, S90, will require inspectors to check hotels and motels at least once every three months to make sure they are free of code violations. Also, they are to ensure that conditions at motels and hotels used for emergency assistance recipients do not deteriorate between inspections. The bill requires DCA to inspect these facilities at least once every year, rather than once every five years as is required for other hotels and multiple dwellings.
Republican Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego, (R-8), Medford abstained from voting on S-90.
Sen. Ron Rice, (D-28), of Newark, said there have been recent cases where clients were placed in rooms with substandard heating and plumbing.
The Senate also approved unanimously S1535 to accompany S90. The bill would create a task force made up of several agencies whose goal is to reduce or eliminate homelessness. It would meet three times a year.