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Bill helping small municipalities fill seats on required boards of health clears Senate

NEW JERSEY – The Senate Monday approved Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help small towns fill vacancies on government boards.

Every New Jersey municipality, by law, is required to have a board of health, and towns with 20,000 residents or less are permitted to fill the board seats with members of the township committee. Oroho’s bill (S-652) expands current law to include municipalities with populations of 30,000 or less in the exception.

“For the many small towns in our state, it can be extremely difficult, even impossible, to find enough volunteers to commit the time to sit on the health board,” said Oroho (R-24). “By building on the sensible and efficient solution that has been effective for many of the State’s smallest towns, this bill will help ease the struggles and frustrations of more local governments wrestling with the challenges of meeting the requirements for a functioning board.”

The issue came to the attention of the 24th District legislators after discussions with officials from Andover Borough. An identical bill, A-117, was introduced by Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (both R-24).

“We are doing away with an onerous mandate on small municipalities and making it easier for local governments to meet their statutory responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents,” Oroho said. “Eliminating State mandates makes it easier for municipalities to control spending and hold the line on local property taxes.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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