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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Legislative financial disclosure reforms still on the docket, Sweeney says

By Nikita Biryukov, January 28 2021 4:42 pm

Democratic leaders in the statehouse are still looking to expand their financial disclosures, Senate President Steve Sweeney said Thursday.

The proposal emerged in 2019’s lame duck session but made little progress before the pandemic put it on the backburner, and a bevy of other issues have kept it there in the intervening months.

“Honestly, we’ve got Horizon, we’ve got marijuana, we’ve got decrim, we’ve got all these other things,” Sweeney said. “We’ll get back to it. There’s really no objection to it.”

There really aren’t any objections. The legislature was already working on reforms to the disclosures in 2019, and Gov. Phil Murphy included legislative financial disclosure reform in a stalled ethics package he introduced last February.

Though the Democratic leaders in the statehouse objected to some of those measures — like the elimination of a widely used legislative exemption to the Open Public Records Act — reforms to financial disclosures were uncontroversial.

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