With an increased number of New Jerseyans using the state government website to seek information about the coronavirus pandemic, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel) wants the state to modernize their websites.
Murphy is the sponsor of the “21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act” that would mandate updated platforms to enhance services to state residents to narrow “the growing gap between the digital demands of citizens and the methods by which the government provides digital services.”
“The obstacles of outdated infrastructure in government can be exposed when we face a crisis, and the hunt for laptops here is a stark reminder of the need to make our digital infrastructure a priority,” Murphy said. “I truly commend Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and his staff for the hard work and literally going the extra mile to seek out technology to respond to the spike in unemployment claims, and appreciate the can do attitude under those circumstances.”
According to Murphy, many state websites aren’t set up to accommodate access through digital devices, like cell phones.
“The time for upgrading and modernizing our state’s digital infrastructure will serve the public better and by advancing 5G wireless infrastructure as well we can both ensure that residents have online access with faster speeds, greater capacity and better reliability to help them reach high-quality digital state government platforms when they need essential services,” the two-term assemblywoman said.
The bill says that government “lags far behind the private sector in providing a modern, seamless, personalized, and consistent digital experience.”
Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton) and Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) are primary sponsors of Murphy’s legislation.
The bill was introduced in February and has been assigned to the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee.