TRENTON – A bill that would require New Jersey officials to ensure at least one state developmental center is operational in each region of the state cleared a Senate committee Monday.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Vitale, (D-19), chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, cleared the Senate panel.
The bill, S2596, would require the commissioner of the Department of Human Services to retain a developmental center in each of the four regions of the state: western, northern, central, and southern.
It cleared the committee following little debate.
Under the bill, the western region is to consist of Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties; the northern region is to consist of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union counties; the central region is to consist of Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth counties; and the southern region is to consist of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.