SENATE, No. 3557

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 2, 2023

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires State Treasurer to conduct State government office space utilization study and identify savings.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the utilization of office space by State government departments and agencies.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1. †a. †The State Treasurer, in consultation with the head of each State department and agency in the Executive Branch, shall conduct an office space utilization study. The purpose of the study shall be to assess the current status of space leasing and utilization for State government purposes and identify efficiencies and savings that may be realized under the current hybrid and remote work environment.

†††† b. †The report required by this section shall include, but may not be limited to, an analysis of:

†††† (1) †the current square footage of office space under ownership or lease by each State department and agency;

†††† (2) †the percent of office space currently being utilized and occupied for State government purposes;

†††† (3) †the impacts of remote work and hybrid work on the State government office space needs;

†††† (4) †potential saving that may be realized by a more efficient use of office space, taking into account the remote work and hybrid work environment; and

†††† (5) †any other factor the State Treasurer deems relevant.

†††† c. †The State Treasurer shall produce the report required by this section within 90 days of the effective date of this act, P.L.†† , c.†† (pending before the Legislature as this bill), and shall transmit a copy of the report to the Governor, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), upon its completion. The report shall include recommendations for how the State may achieve savings and efficiencies in office space utilization.

 

†††† 2. †This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire upon completion of the State Treasurerís report.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the State Treasurer to conduct a State government office space utilization study and identify savings.

†††† Under the bill, the State Treasurer, in consultation with the head of each State department and agency in the Executive Branch, is directed to conduct an office space utilization study to assess the current status of space leasing and utilization for State government purposes and identify efficiencies and savings that may be realized under the current hybrid and remote work environment. The report would include, but may not be limited to, an analysis of: (1) the current square footage of office space under ownership or lease by each State department and agency; (2) the percent of office space currently being utilized and occupied for State government purposes; (3) the impacts of remote work and hybrid work on the State government office space needs; (4) potential saving that may be realized by a more efficient use of office space, taking remote and hybrid work into account; and (5) any other factor the State Treasurer deems relevant.

†††† The bill directs the State Treasurer to produce the report within 90 days of the effective date of the bill and to transmit a copy to the Governor and the Legislature. The report would include recommendations for how the State may achieve savings and efficiencies in office space utilization.

†††† This bill would take effect immediately and expires upon completion of the State Treasurerís report.