Bill introduced in New Jersey Legislature to remove DVBE residency requirement

NJ News - Published Mar 06, 2019

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the state legislature recently which would remove the residency requirement for disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (DVBEs) to be certified as such by the New Jersey DVBE program.

The program was implemented in 2015 with a 3 percent participation goal, but Assemblyman Ryan Peters has stated that since its inception, the program has resulted in "not one dollar" being awarded to DVBEs.

Under the current rules, a DVBE must have its principal place of business be located within the state of New Jersey. The bill would remove this requirement entirely, allowing out-of-state DVBEs to participate under the set-aside program's rubric. This is in line with DVBE programs in seven other states.

The bill may be read at That version (identical to the House version) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Andrzejczak, who also sponsored the original legislation creating the program in 2015.

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