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Press release: New Jersey senate approves SB 2978

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June 30, 2015

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Yesterday the New Jersey State Senate approved SB 2978, which removes unnecessary environmental licensing to shred electronic storage devices such as hard drives.

Leaders of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) saw the restriction as an ongoing obstacle to mobile service providers in the region. The unanimous 40-0 vote comes only two weeks after the state’s Senate Environmental Committee approved the bill, paving the way for it to proceed to the state senate vote on Monday. In commenting on the development, NAID CEO Bob Johnson said the degree and momentum of bipartisan support for the amendment is a good sign.

“New Jersey is the only state in the union that requires such licensing to shred hard drives,” said Johnson. “Regulators there have been quick to recognize that barriers to competition as well as unnecessary red tape impede economic development and data protection.”

Before becoming law, a similar amendment must pass in the New Jersey Assembly. Johnson said there is no definite timeline for that, but that all signs favor a similar outcome in the not too distant future. NAID will continue its advocacy for the amendment throughout that process.


About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.