[Second Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 2144







Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  WAYNE P. DEANGELO

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman  JOSEPH V. EGAN

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)


Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Madden, Greenstein and Turner




     Provides for maintenance of State buildings and facilities by direct hire of certain skilled labor.



     As amended by the General Assembly on January 6, 2011.


An Act providing 2[that contracts]2 for the maintenance 2[, repair or improvement]2 of State buildings and facilities 2[may require the use of] by2 certain skilled labor and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.


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


     1.    Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, whenever a State agency deems it necessary, 2[a contract for the maintenance]2 1[, repair or improvement of] 2[work for1 any State building or facility may provide that work under the contract or any subcontract, or any portion thereof, shall] that agency shall have the ability to hire directly in-house maintenance personnel for the purposes of routine maintenance inside that building, under the direct supervision and at the discretion of the building owner, for work that is not required to be publicly bid.  The maintenance work may2 be performed by skilled craftsmen from area building trades 1[, including, but not limited to, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians,]1 who have completed 1[a class A] an1 apprenticeship program 1[approved by the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development]1.  A contract providing for the use of skilled craftsmen pursuant to this section shall include a provision providing that the State shall contribute toward the cost of those workers’ fringe benefits.

     1For the purposes of this section:

     "Apprenticeship program" means a registered apprenticeship program providing to each trainee combined classroom and on-the-job training under the direct and close supervision of a highly skilled worker in an occupation recognized as an apprenticeable trade, and registered by the Office of Apprenticeship of the U.S. Department of Labor and meeting the standards established by the office; and

     “Maintenance work” means the repair of existing facilities when the size, type or extent of such facilities is not thereby changed or increased.  "Maintenance work" also means any work on a maintenance-related project that exceeds the scope of work and capabilities of in-house maintenance personnel 2[, requires the solicitation of bids, and has an aggregate value exceeding $50,000 ] for work that is not required to be publicly bid2 .1


     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.