ASSEMBLY, No. 1066

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2012 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  ALEX DECROCE

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

Assemblyman  GARY R. CHIUSANO

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

Assemblywoman  BETTYLOU DECROCE

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

Assemblyman  PETER J. BARNES, III

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  JOHN J. BURZICHELLI

District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Forbids members of the State Investment Council from voting on transactions concerning investment with which a member has certain financial or familial conflicts and requires removal for violations thereof.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act forbidding members of the State Investment Council from voting on transactions concerning investment with which a member has certain financial or familial conflicts and requiring removal for violations thereof, supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

     1.  a.  Notwithstanding the provision of any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, a member of the State Investment Council shall not vote on transactions before the State Investment Council for approval or otherwise, if the transaction involves an investment for which any one of the following conflicts of interests exist:

     the member of the State Investment Council is or was employed by the entity in which the investment is made or which offers the investment,

     the spouse of the member of the State Investment Council is or was employed by the entity in which the investment is made or which offers the investment,

     the member of the State Investment Council has a direct investment exceeding $1,000 in the entity in which the investment is made or which offers the investment, or

     the spouse of the member of the State Investment Council has a direct investment exceeding $1,000 in the entity in which the investment is made or which offers the investment.

     b.  If a member of the State Investment Council violates the requirements of subsection a. of this section, the member shall be removed from the State Investment Council by the chairman of the State Investment Council or, if it is the chairman who is to be removed, by the remaining members of the State Investment Council.  If a removal is executed pursuant to this subsection, the State Investment Council shall immediately report the removal to the Governor and, in accordance with section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), the Legislature. 

     c.  This section shall not be construed to relieve members of the State Investment Council from a recusal otherwise required in accordance with law, rule, or regulation.  This section shall not be construed to relieve members of the State Investment Council from the requirement imposed pursuant to the first sentence of subsection b. of section 5 of P.L.1950, c.270 (C.52:18A-83).

     d.  The State Investment Council shall, in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this section, including but not limited to procedure for executing a removal pursuant to subsection b. of this section.

     e.  As used in this section:

     “Direct investment” means the ownership or control of an investment by an individual that occurs directly, rather than through an investment vehicle, including but not limited to a mutual fund, closed-end fund or unit investment trust.

     “Employed” means to work for compensation, whether as an agent, employee, independent contractor or other designation.

     “Entity” means an assignee, association, company, corporation, estate, fiduciary, individual, joint stock company, limited partnership, partnership, receiver, referee, S corporation, society, sole proprietorship, trust, trustee, and any other legal entity.

     “Spouse” means a husband, wife or civil union partner.

     “Investment” means as that term is defined pursuant to subsection c. of section 11 of P.L.1950, c.270 (C.52:18A-89).   

    

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately and apply to votes of the State Investment Council occurring on or after the date of enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill forbids members of the State Investment Council from voting on transactions concerning investment with which a member has certain financial or familial conflicts and requires a member to be removed from the council for votes cast in violation of that restriction. 

     The bill addresses four specific conflicts.  First, if a member of the council has been employed by the entity in which the investment is made or is offering the investment, the member is precluded from voting.  Second, if the spouse of the member of the council has been employed by the entity in which the investment is made or is offering the investment, the member is precluded from voting.  Third, if a member of the council has a direct investment exceeding $1,000 in the entity in which the investment is made or is offering the investment, the member is precluded from voting.  Fourth, if the spouse of the member of the State Investment Council has a direct investment exceeding $1,000 in the entity in which the investment is made or is offering the investment, the member is precluded from voting.

     The bill requires the State Investment Council to remove any member from its membership who votes when precluded from doing so by those restrictions.  The bill also provides the State Investment Council with rulemaking authority to implement this bill, including the requirement that the council promulgate procedure for executing removals for violation of this bill’s vote restrictions.

     This bill provides that it shall not be construed to relieve members of the State Investment Council from their duty to refrain from participating in a vote, which may otherwise be provided by law.  Additionally, the bill specifies that its voting requirements do not relieve members of the State Investment Council from the existing requirement that no member shall benefit directly or indirectly from any transaction made by the Director of the Division of Investment.