ASSEMBLY, No. 4111

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 13, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JACK CONNERS

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  MATTHEW W. MILAM

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

Assemblywoman  CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER

District 28 (Essex)

Assemblyman  HERB CONAWAY, JR.

District 7 (Burlington and Camden)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Gove, Assemblymen Rudder, Delany, Wilson, Senators Beach, Madden, Allen and Greenstein

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Creates Veterans Haven Council.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act creating a Veterans Haven Council and supplementing chapter 3 of Title 38A of the New Jersey Statutes. 

 

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

 

     1.  a.  There is created within the Division of Veterans Services in the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs an advisory council to be known as the Veterans Haven Council.  The council shall consist of eight members, at least five of whom are veterans, and shall include no less than two women.  The Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, or a designee, shall serve as a nonvoting ex–officio member.  Each member shall be appointed by the Adjutant General with the approval of the Governor.  The term of each council member shall be three years, except that of the first appointments pursuant to this section, two shall be for a term of one year, two for a term of two years, and three for a term of three years.  At no time shall a member be allowed to serve more than two terms in the aggregate. 

     b.  The members shall nominate a chairperson by majority vote of the members, and four members shall constitute a majority.  The chairperson of the council shall be its presiding officer and shall serve until a successor has been nominated by the council. 

     c.  Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term only.  Members of the council shall be subject to removal by the Adjutant General at any time for good and sufficient cause. 

     d.  The members of the council shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for actual expenditures incurred in the performance of their duties within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for this purpose. 

 

     2.  Under general policies established by the Adjutant General, the Veterans Haven Council shall:

     a.  Formulate comprehensive policies for the coordination of all services for the benefit of veterans housed at the Veterans Haven facility;

     b.  Consult with and advise the Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and the Director of Veterans Services with respect to the work of Veterans Haven;

     c.  Recommend standards and procedures for application and termination of eligibility for admission to Veterans Haven; and

     d.  Recommend standards of care, treatment and discipline governing the relationship between Veterans Haven and the persons admitted thereto. 

 

     3.  This act shall take effect immediately.


STATEMENT

 

     This bill creates a Veterans Haven Council within the Division of Veterans Services in the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.  The council will consist of eight members.  The Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs will serve as a nonvoting ex–officio member.  Each member will be appointed by the Adjutant General with the approval of the Governor.  The term of each council member will be three years.  Members of the council are subject to removal by the Adjutant General at any time for good and sufficient cause. 

     The Veterans Haven Council will formulate policies for the co-ordination of services for the veterans housed at Veterans Haven, consult with and advise the Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and the Director of Veterans Services with respect to the work of Veterans Haven, recommend standards and procedures for application and termination of eligibility for admission to Veterans Haven, and recommend standards of care, treatment and discipline governing the relationship between Veterans Haven and the persons admitted thereto. 

     Veterans Haven is a New Jersey State operated facility for homeless veterans.  It is located in Camden County and serves veterans from all over the State of New Jersey.