TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers are toutinglegislation aimed at ensuring that the state's colleges anduniversities have plans in place to address major on-campusemergencies.

Under the proposal, the schools would file comprehensivefive-year campus security plans - which would identify theirpreparedness for potential emergencies - with state homelandsecurity and higher education officials.

Those officials, if needed, would then provide specific commentson areas of plans they deem deficient.

The plans would spell out a clear delegation of authority andprovide for the protection of vital records. They also wouldspecify procedures for periodic testing, to help ensure that plansare current and working properly.