TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to eliminate a costly state mandate requiring all full-time college students in New Jersey maintain health insurance coverage was approved Thursday by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

“Families and students are already struggling with the rising costs of college and should not have to face additional, burdensome state mandates,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean.) “By lowering financial burdens, New Jersey’s college students are better poised to finish their degrees and become our next generation of leaders.”

“Colleges are also better served focusing on education, not investigating students’ medical records,” added Singer, a member of the board of Georgian Court University.

Senator Singer’s bipartisan S2803 now heads to the full Senate for consideration. The Senate recently passed Singer’s S2291, which had been amended by the state Assembly to remove the health insurance mandate only for county college students.