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Assembly advances Sandy aid oversight bill



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state Assembly panel advanced a bill Thursday aimed at fixing perceived problems with the way aid is being distributed to New Jersey’s victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The Housing and Community Development Committee approved a bill placing numerous requirements on state officials tasked with handing out storm aid.

It now goes to the full Assembly for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.

The bill would require that aid be distributed by county and municipality proportionate to the damage each area suffered in the storm.

It includes protections for renters and minorities, and mandates easy-to-understand program rules that are posted online.

State officials have defended their handling of storm aid, saying they are going as fast as possible within the confines of complicated federal rules.