The New Jersey Assembly cleared a bill co-sponsored by Angela McKnight (D-31) to allow waivers for certain non-profits with state contracts that were impacted by COVID-19.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Under the bill (A-3996), non-profit organizations would need to submit supporting documentation and would be awarded waivers as deemed feasible and appropriate.
A non-profit would also be permitted to request modification of the terms and conditions of their public contract with a State agency.
Provisions of the legislation would apply for failures occurring during the period of emergency and within the six months immediately following its conclusion.
McKnight, along with co-sponsors Yvonne Lopez (D-19), and Robert Karabinchak (D-18), explained their rationale for introducing this legislation.
“Our non-profits are no strangers to the difficulties the current state of emergency has presented. Together these organizations are reeling from the impact on their finances, fundraising events, and ability to deliver programs,” they said in a joint statement.
“ … Providing more flexibility under this legislation will give some much-needed breathing room so that countless non-profits can get back to the work of helping others. It would ensure those able to safely serve their communities can continue to do so, and that strategies and servicing priorities can be adapted to meet the growing and evolving needs of our communities as they stand today.”
The bill would only apply to state-level agencies, its subdivisions, and any independent State-level authority, commission, or instrumentality.
Therefore, it would not apply to counties or municipalities.
McKnight runs the Jersey City based non-profit AngelaCARES, Inc., a group that is designed to aid seniors and their caregivers.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) will now decide if the bill will be signed into law.