Sweeney and Turner Bill to improve online access to government services approved by the committee
Trenton – The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Speaker Steve Sweeney and Senator Shirley Turner that would require the Office of Information Technology and agencies in the executive branch of government to the state to update their digital platforms to improve access to services for the public to use.
Bill, S-2723, entitled “21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act ”, would require each executive agency to submit an information technology modernization improvement plan that includes increasing the use of data analytics, improving accessibility for people with disabilities and the provision of mobile agency websites for public use.
“Our access to technology is advancing and evolving more and more towards mobile devices. As our technology advances, it is important to ensure that everyone can access the same information, ”said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester / Salem / Cumberland). “Black, brown and low-income communities are more likely to depend on smartphones due to the lack of high-speed internet access, and we need to ensure that communities with disabilities also have full access to government information. The purpose of this bill is to make government agencies and important information accessible to all New Jersey residents with the touch of a finger. “
“Expanding the accessibility of our state’s digital platforms will better serve the public and ensure they can find the resources they need with the push of a button,” said Senator Turner (D-Mercer / Hunterdon ). “We want government agencies, their services and information to be easily accessible to all residents, whether or not they have a computer. “
Bill was released from committee by a 12-0 vote.
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