Electronic Reports Bill Goes to Senate Panel

Courier Post
December 30, 2008
By Courier Post Staff

A bill that would require state reports to be filed electronically, instead of being printed, has advanced in the state Legislature, a South Jersey assemblywoman said Monday.

The measure, recently approved by the Assembly, has been referred to a Senate committee for consideration, according to Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, a co-sponsor.

"It's astonishing that in the age of electronic communications the state remains mired in a paper-and-ink mentality," Lampitt said in a statement. "The savings on postage alone could make this change pay for itself."

The measure would affect all periodic reports required by law to be presented to the governor or the Legislature.


Working Green, Making Green

Asbury Park Press
December 10, 2008
By David P. Willis

With the economy in tatters, hitting blue-collar and white-collar workers alike, there’s a push for more workers who wear another colored color.

The color is green.

“This is an opportunity to take a problem in terms of the economy and the work force and marry it to something that can be something great, like green renewable energy, green jobs,” said Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, D-Camden, during a panel at last week’s 2008 Governor’s Conference on Workforce & Economic Development in Atlantic City.

But that raises the question—just what is a green-collar job?

It’s “someone who is working on projects that relate to saving energy or creating cleaner energy,” said Carl E. Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

And at a time when the economy is in recession and major industries, such as financial services and construction, are in the dumps, these green-collar jobs might be the sweet spot.

Why? It’s the push, both in the U.S., and in New Jersey specifically, toward saving energy and using renewable sources for power, cutting down on the electricity generated by fossil fuels, such as coal.

In October, Gov. Jon S. Corzine unveiled a plan calling for the state to obtain 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and reduce consumption by 20 percent by 2020.