New Jersey Senate approves 'pay-to-play' ban
(02/28/05) TRENTON ? New Jersey?s leaders took a step forward Monday in efforts to ban ?pay-to-play? practices in the state.
The state Senate voted in favor of a bill that will stop the awarding of contracts to companies that have made contributions to gubernatorial candidates and state political organizations. Although the bill passed, state Republicans feel that it doesn?t do enough for ethics reform.
Those who argued against the legislation say they want pay-to-play banned on all levels of government. Democrats answered those claims by saying the bill is a starting point. They also said a major opportunity would have been missed if the measure had been rejected.
The governor still needs to add amendments to the bill before it goes to the Assembly for a vote. After those steps are taken, it will go to the Senate again for another vote before it becomes law.