SENATE, No. 2063

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 7, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  DONALD NORCROSS

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Senator  JOSEPH F. VITALE

District 19 (Middlesex)

Senator  STEPHEN M. SWEENEY

District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     “New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act.”

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the public system of higher education, revising various parts of the statutory law, and supplementing Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. 

 

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

 

     1.  (New section)  This act shall be known and may be cited as the “New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act.”

 

     2. (New section)  a. In order to carry out the purposes of this act and to provide the program of medical and dental education required for the benefit of the State and the people of New Jersey, all rights to all of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, other than the School of Osteopathic Medicine, are hereby transferred to Rutgers, The State University. 

     Rutgers, The State University is hereby authorized to acquire the facilities of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, other than the facilities of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, and devote the same to the purposes of public higher education in the State in accordance with the terms of any gift, grant, trust, contract or other agreement with the State or any of its political subdivisions or with the United States or with any public body, department or any agency of the State or the United States or with any individual, firm or corporation.

     b.  Whenever, in any law, rule, regulation, order, contract, document, judicial or administrative proceeding or otherwise, reference is made to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the same shall mean and refer to Rutgers, The State University. 

 

     3.  (New section) Upon the transfer of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers, The State University pursuant to section 2 of this act:

     a.  all appropriations, grants, and other moneys available and to become available to the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are hereby transferred to Rutgers, The State University, and shall be available for the objects and purposes for which appropriated subject to any terms, restrictions, limitations or other requirements imposed by the State budget or by State and federal law.

     b. all employees of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are hereby  transferred to Rutgers, The State University. Nothing in  this act shall be considered to deprive any person of any tenure rights or of  any right or protection provided him under any pension law or retirement system or any other law of this State.

     c.  all files, books, papers, records, equipment, and other property of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, are hereby transferred to Rutgers, The State University.

     d.  all orders, rules or regulations heretofore made or promulgated by the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, or by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on their behalf, shall be continued with full force and effect as the orders, rules and regulations of Rutgers, The State University until amended or repealed pursuant to law.

 

     4.  (New section) This act shall not affect actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, brought  by or against the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, but such  actions, or proceedings may be prosecuted or defended in the same manner and to  the same effect by Rutgers, The State University, as if  the foregoing provisions had not taken effect;  nor shall any of the foregoing  provisions affect any order or regulation made by, or other matters or  proceedings before, the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and all  such matters or proceedings pending before the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, on the effective date of this act shall be continued by Rutgers, The State University, as if the foregoing provisions  had not taken effect.

 

     5.  (New section) All debts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey associated with the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are transferred to Rutgers, The State University, and all creditors of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey may enforce those debts against Rutgers, The State University in the same manner as they might have had against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the rights and remedies of those creditors shall not be limited or restricted in any manner by this act. 

 

     6. (New section) a.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to deprive any officers or employees of the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of their rights, privileges, obligations or status with respect to any pension, retirement, or health benefits system.  The employees shall, upon transfer to Rutgers, The State University, retain all of their rights and benefits under existing collective negotiations agreements or contracts until such time as new or revised agreements or contracts are agreed to.  All existing employee majority representatives shall be retained to act on behalf of those employees until such time as the employees shall, pursuant to law, elect to change those majority representatives.  Nothing in this act shall affect the civil service status, if any, of those officers or employees.  Nothing in this act shall affect the tenure, rank, or academic track of any of those employees holding a faculty position.

     b.  The employees shall, upon transfer to Rutgers, The State University, not be considered new employees for any purpose and shall retain any accrued seniority, rank, and tenure, which shall be applied when determining eligibility for all benefits, including all paid leave time, longevity increases, and promotions.  

 

     7. (New section)  All rights of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the School of Osteopathic Medicine are hereby transferred to Rowan University.  Rowan University is hereby authorized to acquire the facilities of the School of Osteopathic Medicine and devote the same to the purposes of public higher education in the State in accordance with the terms of any gift, grant, trust, contract or other agreement with the State or any of its political subdivisions or with the United States or with any public body, department or any agency of the State or the United States or with any individual, firm or corporation.

     Rowan University shall maintain any affiliation agreement with the existing integrated healthcare delivery system of the School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

 

     8.  (New section) Upon the transfer of the School of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rowan University pursuant to section 7 of this act:

     a.  all appropriations, grants, and other moneys available and to become available to the School of Osteopathic Medicine are hereby transferred to Rowan University, and shall be available for the objects and purposes for which appropriated subject to any terms, restrictions, limitations or other requirements imposed by the State budget or by State and federal law.

     b. all employees of the School of Osteopathic Medicine are hereby  transferred to Rowan University. Nothing in  this act shall be considered to deprive any person of any tenure rights or of  any right or protection provided him under any pension law or retirement system or any other law of this State.

     c.  all files, books, papers, records, equipment, and other property of the School of Osteopathic Medicine are hereby transferred to Rowan University.

     d.  all orders, rules or regulations heretofore made or promulgated by the School of Osteopathic Medicine, or by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on its behalf, shall be continued with full force and effect as the orders, rules and regulations of Rowan University until amended or repealed pursuant to law.

 

     9.  (New section) This act shall not affect actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, brought  by or against the School of Osteopathic Medicine, but such  actions, or proceedings may be prosecuted or defended in the same manner and to the same effect by Rowan University, as if  the foregoing provisions had not taken effect;  nor shall any of the foregoing  provisions affect any order or regulation made by, or other matters or  proceedings before, the School of Osteopathic Medicine, and all  such matters or proceedings pending before the School of Osteopathic Medicine, on the effective date of this act shall be continued by Rowan University, as if the foregoing provisions  had not taken effect.

 

     10.  (New section) All debts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey associated with the School of Osteopathic Medicine are transferred to Rowan University, and all creditors of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey may enforce those debts against Rowan University in the same manner as they might have had against the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the rights and remedies of those creditors shall not be limited or restricted in any manner by this act. 

 

     11. (New section) a.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to deprive any officers or employees of the School of Osteopathic Medicine of their rights, privileges, obligations or status with respect to any pension, retirement, or health benefits system.  The employees shall, upon transfer to Rowan University, retain all of their rights and benefits under existing collective negotiations agreements or contracts until such time as new or revised agreements or contracts are agreed to.  All existing employee majority representatives shall be retained to act on behalf of those employees until such time as the employees shall, pursuant to law, elect to change those majority representatives.  Nothing in this act shall affect the civil service status, if any, of those officers or employees.  Nothing in this act shall affect the tenure, rank, or academic track of any of those employees holding a faculty position.

     b.  The employees shall, upon transfer to Rowan University, not be considered new employees for any purpose and shall retain any accrued seniority, rank, and tenure, which shall be applied when determining eligibility for all benefits, including all paid leave time, longevity increases, and promotions.  

 

       12. (New section)  a.  University Hospital shall be the principal teaching hospital of New Jersey Medical School.  University Hospital shall be treated and accounted for as a separate legal entity from the university, and its assets, liabilities, and funds shall not be consolidated or commingled with those of the university.

     b.  All monies allocated to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for the use of University Hospital, regardless of their source, and which remain unexpended on the effective date of P.L.   , c.    (C.      )(pending before the Legislature as this bill), shall be transferred to University Hospital.

     c.  All appropriations that are intended for the use of University Hospital, on or after the effective date of P.L.   ,                                    c.    (C.      )(pending before the Legislature as this bill), shall be made directly to University Hospital.

 

       13. (New section)  a.  The responsibility for ensuring community access to services provided at University Hospital shall be vested in a nine-member board to be designated as the University Hospital Community Oversight Board.  The purpose of the board shall be to ensure that the mission of the hospital and the intent of the  “Agreements Reached Between Community and Government Negotiators Regarding New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry and Related Matters of April 30, 1968” to provide a comprehensive health program to the community in the City of Newark, including, but not limited to, ensuring access to all essential health care services provided by the hospital, are upheld.

     b.  The membership of the University Hospital Community Oversight Board shall be comprised of:

     (1)  four members who shall serve ex officio, including:  the President of Rutgers University; and the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Medical Officer of University Hospital; and

     (2)  five public members to be appointed as follows:

     (a)  two representatives of organized labor, one appointed by the head of the largest union that is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and represents persons employed at University Hospital and one appointed by the head of the largest union that is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO and represents persons employed at University Hospital; 

     (b)  one person appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate;

     (c)  one person appointed by the President of the Senate; and

     (d) one person appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly.

     c.  The public members of the board shall serve for a five-year term; except that of the members first appointed, three shall serve for a term of five years, one for a term of three years, and one for a term of two years.  A member of the board shall serve until the member’s successor is appointed.  A vacancy in the membership, occurring other than by expiration of term, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.

     d.  The members of the board shall select a chairperson and vice chairperson from among themselves.  The board shall organize as soon as practicable following the appointment of its members.  The chairperson shall appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the board.

     e.  The board shall meet at such times and places as it shall designate.

     f.  University Hospital shall provide such staff support to the board as it deems necessary to carry out its duties.

 

     14.  (New section)  a.  Nothing in this act shall be construed to deprive any officers or employees of University Hospital of their rights, privileges, obligations, or status with respect to any pension, retirement, or health benefits system.  If any employees of University Hospital are transferred to, or otherwise become employees of, a new entity as a result of a restructuring or reorganization pursuant or subsequent to this act, those employees shall retain all of their rights and benefits under existing collective negotiations agreements or contracts until such time as new or revised agreements or contracts are agreed to.  All existing employee representatives shall be retained to act on behalf of those employees until such time as the employees shall, pursuant to law, elect to change those representatives.  Nothing in this act shall affect the civil service status, if any, of those officers or employees.  Nothing in this act shall affect the tenure, rank, or academic track of any person holding a faculty position that is associated with University Hospital.

     b.  The employees of University Hospital, upon transfer to a new entity, shall not be considered new employees for any purpose and shall retain any accrued seniority, rank, and tenure, which shall be applied when determining eligibility for all benefits, including all paid leave time, longevity increases, and promotions. 

 

     15.  (New section)  a.  University Hospital shall be required to obtain approval from the Superior Court of New Jersey prior to entering into a transaction that results in the acquisition of the hospital, and shall satisfy the requirements of the “Community Health Care Assets Protection Act,” P.L.2000, c.143 (C.26:2H-7.10 et seq.), to the maximum extent to which those provisions are determined applicable by the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

     b.  The Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall adopt regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410, (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to carry out the purposes of subsection a. of this section.

 

     16.  (New section)  a.  As used in this section, “northern counties” means Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Union, Sussex, and Warren Counties.

     b.  Effective July 1, 2013, a campus board of governors shall be appointed for Rutgers University–Newark.  The campus board of governors shall be composed of eight members as follows: the chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark who shall serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member; two members appointed by the board of governors of Rutgers University established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:65-14 from among its members; one member appointed by the board of trustees of Rutgers University established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:65-15 from among its members; and four members, who are residents of the northern counties, appointed by the Governor, and upon the expiration of the terms of the original members, with the advice and consent of the Senate.

     The term of office of a member appointed by the board of governors or the board of trustees of Rutgers University shall be coterminous with his term on that board.  The members appointed by the Governor shall serve for terms of six years beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30; except that of the members first appointed by the Governor, one shall serve for a term of six years, one shall serve for a term of four years, one shall serve for a term of three years, and one shall serve for a term of two years.  Each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified, and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainder of the unexpired term.  A member appointed by the Governor may succeed himself for not more than one additional term after having served one full six-year term.

     A member shall be subject to removal, after a hearing by a majority of the campus board of trustees, for malfeasance or conduct injurious to the interest of Rutgers University-Newark, subject to review and confirmation by the Governor in the case of his appointees or by the board of governors or the  board of trustees, as applicable, in the case of that board’s appointees.

     c.  The board shall meet and organize annually at a regular meeting held during the second week of September.  The Governor shall appoint the chair of the board.  The chair shall serve until the following September meeting and until his successor is appointed and qualified.  Vacancies in the offices shall be filled in the same manner for the unexpired term only.

     d.  Members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses.

 

     17. (New section)  Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:65-25 or any other section of law to the contrary, the campus board of governors shall;

     a.  maintain a separate debt service account for Rutgers University-Newark;

     b.  propose capital projects and bonding for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University;

     c.  propose an annual budget for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University;

     d.  recommend new academic programs and degree requirements for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University; and

     e.  recommend candidates for promotion and tenure at Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University.

 

     18.  (New section)  a.  As used in this section, “southern counties” means Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties.

     b.  Effective July 1, 2013, a campus board of trustees shall be appointed for Rutgers University–Camden.  The campus board of trustees shall be composed of eight members as follows: the chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden who shall serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member; two members appointed by the board of governors of Rutgers University established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:65-14 from among its members; one member appointed by the board of trustees of Rutgers University established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:65-15 from among its members; and four members, who are residents of the southern counties, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

     The terms of office of a member appointed by the board of governors or the board of trustees of Rutgers University shall be coterminous with his term on that board.  The members appointed by the Governor shall serve for terms of six years beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30; except that of the members first appointed by the Governor, one shall serve for a term of six years, one shall serve for a term of four years, one shall serve for a term of three years, and one shall serve for a term of two years.  Each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified, and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainder of the unexpired term.  A trustee appointed by the Governor may succeed himself for not more than one additional term after having served one full six-year term.

     A trustee shall be subject to removal, after a hearing by a majority of the campus board of trustees, for malfeasance or conduct injurious to the interest of Rutgers University-Camden, subject to review and confirmation by the Governor in the case of his appointees or by the board of governors or the  board of trustees, as applicable, in the case of that board’s appointees.

     c.  The board shall meet and organize annually at a regular meeting held during the second week of September, by the election of a chair, vice-chair, and such other officers as the board shall determine.  The officers shall serve until the following September meeting and until their successors are elected and qualified.  Vacancies in the offices shall be filled in the same manner for the unexpired term only.

     d.  Members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses.

 

     19.  (New section)  Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:65-25 or any other section of law to the contrary, the campus board of trustees shall have general supervision over and shall be vested with the conduct of Rutgers University-Camden.  It shall have the following powers, subject to the approval of the Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors:

     a.  determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of Rutgers University-Camden;

     b.  study the educational and financial needs of Rutgers University-Camden; annually acquaint the Governor and Legislature with the condition of Rutgers University-Camden; and prepare and present an annual budget to the Governor, the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury, and the Legislature in accordance with the law;

     c.  set tuition and fees;

     d.  disburse all moneys appropriated to Rutgers University-Camden by the Legislature, including appropriations for fringe benefit costs, and all moneys received from tuition, fees, auxiliary services, and other sources;

     e.  direct and control expenditures and transfers of funds appropriated to Rutgers University-Camden, in accordance with the State budget and appropriation acts of the Legislature, reporting changes and additions thereto and transfers thereof to the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury and as to funds received from other sources, direct and control expenditures and transfers in accordance with  the terms and conditions of any applicable trusts, gifts, bequests, or other special provisions.  All accounts of Rutgers University-Camden shall be subject to audit by the State at any time;

     f.  borrow money for the needs of Rutgers University-Camden, as deemed requisite by the board, in such amounts and for such time and upon such terms as may be determined by the board; provided that no such borrowing shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit, or be payable out of property or funds, other than moneys appropriated for that purpose, of the State;

     g.  purchase all lands, buildings, equipment, materials, and supplies;

     h.  employ architects to plan buildings, secure bids for the construction of buildings and for the equipment thereof, make contracts for the construction of buildings and for equipment, and supervise the construction of buildings;

     i.  manage and maintain and provide for the payment of all charges on and expenses in respect of, all properties utilized by Rutgers University-Camden; 

     j.  in accordance with the provisions of the State budget and appropriations acts of the Legislature, appoint and fix the compensation of the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, who shall be the executive officer of Rutgers University-Camden and an ex-officio member of the Rutgers University-Camden board of trustees, without vote, and shall serve at the pleasure of that board;

     k.  in accordance with the provisions of the State budget, have the power to elect, appoint, remove, promote, or transfer all corporate, official, educational, and civil administrative personnel, and fix and determine their salaries;

     l.  in accordance with the State budget, appoint, remove, promote, and transfer all other officers, agents, or employees, assign their duties, determine their salaries, and prescribe qualifications for all positions, and in accordance with the salary schedules of the Civil Service Commission whenever possible; and

     m.  enter into contracts and agreements with the State or any of its political subdivisions or with the United States, or with any public body, department, or other agency of the State or the United States, or with any individual.

 

     20.  (New section)  Rutgers University-Camden shall maintain an Internet website for the board of trustees.  The purpose of the website shall be to provide increased public access to board operations and activities.  The following information shall be posted on the board's website:

     a.     the board's rules, regulations, resolutions, and official policy statements;

     b.    notice, posted at least five business days prior to a meeting of the board or any of its committees, setting forth the time, date, location, and agenda of the meeting;

     c.     the minutes of each meeting of the board and its committees; and

     d.    information on any contract entered into by the board that was not competitively bid and the statutory authority for the contracting process.

     The website shall be updated on a regular basis.

     21.  (New section)  a.  The board of governors of Rutgers University shall enter into a 99-year lease agreement with the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden, subject to the approval of the Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors, pursuant to which all property and assets of Rutgers University-Camden shall remain the property and assets of Rutgers University; except that Rutgers University shall have no responsibility or control over the property and assets or over the maintenance, insurance, and development of the property and assets.  The lease agreement shall provide for an annual payment of $1 per year by Rutgers University-Camden to the board of governors of Rutgers University and shall also include the payment by Rutgers University-Camden of any debt service associated with the facilities and property of Rutgers University-Camden.  At the end of the lease agreement Rutgers University-Camden shall have the option to purchase the property at fair market value, exclusive of any improvements, buildings, or fixed assets thereon.

     b.  The board of governors of Rutgers University and the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden shall enter into an agreement for the participation of Rutgers University-Camden in the central administrative services and systems provided by Rutgers University including, but not limited to:

     (1)  the library system;

     (2)  information technology systems; and

     (3) university administration and public safety including construction code services, emergency services, environmental and health services, and the police department.

     The agreement shall include a negotiated rate of reimbursement to be paid by Rutgers University-Camden to Rutgers University for the central administrative services and systems provided pursuant to the agreement.

 

     22.  (New section)  The board of governors of Rutgers University shall establish:

     a.  standards for the establishment and evaluation of academic programs of Rutgers University-Camden;

     b.  standards for the award of degrees to students enrolled in the academic degree programs of Rutgers University-Camden; and

     c.  standards for the promotion and award of tenure to faculty employed at Rutgers University-Camden.

 

     23.  (New section)  The provisions of all collective negotiations agreements applicable to employees of Rutgers University-Camden in effect on the effective date of P.L.    , c.    (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) shall remain in full force and effect until such time as new or revised agreements or contracts may be established.


     24.  (New section)  a. All monies previously allocated or otherwise provided to Rutgers University for the use of Rutgers University-Camden, regardless of source, which remain unexpended on the effective date of P.L.   ,c.    (C    ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), shall be transferred to Rutgers University-Camden.

     b.  State support for the operation of Rutgers University–Camden, including support for fringe benefit costs,  shall be appropriated by the Legislature directly to Rutgers University–Camden.

 

     25.  (New section)  There is established the Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the board shall have full authority over all matters concerning the supervision and operations of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden. 

     a.  The board shall be composed of seven members as follows: two members appointed by the board of trustees of Rowan University from among its members; two members appointed by the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden from among its members; and three members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.  The board shall elect a chairperson from among its membership. 

     b.  The term of office of a member of the joint board appointed by the board of trustees of Rowan University or the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden shall be coterminous with his term on that board of trustees.  The term of office of the Governor’s appointees shall be six years.  An appointed member may be removed for cause by the board of trustees that appointed the member, or by the Governor in the case of his appointees.  

     c.  Each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified, and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainder of the unexpired term. 

     d.  Members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses. 

     e.  The joint board shall be staffed by employees of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden.  

 

     26.  (New section) The Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors shall have the authority and responsibility to: 

     a.  approve or disapprove of any decision of the board of trustees of Rowan University or the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden;    

     b.  determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of curriculum and programs of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden, including dual degree programs and partnerships between the institutions;

     c.  make joint faculty appointments to Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden;

     d.  determine policies for the shared utilization of each institution’s resources including housing, student affairs, and security;

     e.  provide curricular oversight of joint programs of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden; and

     f.  develop plans and policies for the operation and governance of health science facilities, including policies concerning the development and financing of capital improvements or expansions of health science facilities

 

     27.  (New section)  a.  As used in sections 28 through 56 of             P.L.   , c.    (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) "Rowan University" shall, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary, include and mean the public research university herein designated "Rowan University" as presently and hereafter constituted, including all departments, colleges, schools, centers, branches, educational and other units and extensions thereof, extension and cooperative education programs, continuing education programs, and all other departments of higher education maintained by the educational entity of the university.

     b.  As used in sections 28 through 56 of P.L.   , c.    (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), “university” shall mean “Rowan University.” 

 

     28.  (New section)  There is hereby established a body corporate and politic to be known as Rowan University.  The exercise by the university of the powers conferred by this act, including the presentation and operation of a four-year allopathic medical school,  shall be deemed to be public and essential governmental functions necessary for the welfare of the State and the people of New Jersey.

 

     29.  (New section)  It is declared to be the public policy of the State that the university shall be given a high degree of self-government and that the governance and conduct of the university shall be free of partisanship.

 

     30.  (New section)  The board of trustees of the university is continued and shall have and exercise the powers, authority, rights and privileges and shall be subject to the duties, obligations, and responsibilities set forth in this act.

 

     31.  (New section)  a.  The composition and size of the board of trustees shall be determined by the board; however, the board shall have not less than seven nor more than 15 members.  The members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.  The board of trustees shall recommend potential new members to the Governor. The terms of office of appointed members shall be for six years beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30.  Each member shall serve until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified and vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the remainders of the unexpired terms.  Any member of a board of trustees may be removed by the Governor for cause upon notice and opportunity to be heard.

     b.    Members of the board as of the effective date of this act shall continue in office until the expiration of their respective terms and the qualification in office of their successors.

     c.     All voting members of the board of trustees, before undertaking the duties of their office, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and of the United States, to bear allegiance to the government of the State, and to perform the duties of their office faithfully, impartially and justly, to the best of their ability.

     d.    Members of the board of trustees shall not receive compensation for their services.  Each trustee shall be reimbursed for actual expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of his duties or in rendering service as a member of or on behalf of the board or any committee of the board.

     e.     The board of trustees shall elect its chairperson from among its voting members annually in July.  The board shall select such other officers from among its members as shall be deemed necessary.

     f.     A voting member of the board of trustees shall not be a salaried official of the State of New Jersey, or receive remuneration for services from the university.  No trustee shall be appointed who is an employee or paid official of any hospital affiliated with the university.  If any member of the board shall become ineligible by reason of the foregoing, a vacancy in his office as trustee shall thereby occur.

     g.     The board of trustees shall have the power to appoint and regulate the duties, functions, powers and procedures of committees, standing or special, from its members and such advisory committees or bodies as it may deem necessary or conducive to the efficient management and operation of the university, consistent with this act and other applicable statutes.

 

     32.  (New section) The board of trustees of the university shall provide for the election of two student representatives, who shall be full-time, regularly matriculated students in good academic standing, and who shall be 18 years of age or older and citizens of the United States.  The student representatives shall be elected by the members of the student government association to serve on the board of trustees for terms of two years commencing at the next organization of the board. 

     a.  A student shall be elected for a two-year term, but shall serve during the first year as an alternate member, and as a voting member during the second year. 

     Any vacancies which occur shall be filled by the student governing body for the unexpired term only. 

     b.  The standards for eligibility for student representatives on the board of trustees shall be the same as those required for other student government officers. 

     c.   The student members shall be entitled to full participation in all activities of the board except that they shall not participate in: 

     (1)  Any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of the performance of, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective officer or employee or current officer or employee employed or appointed by the board, unless all the individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected request in writing that the matter or matters be discussed at a public meeting;

     (2)  Any matter involving the purchase, lease, acquisition or sale of real property with public funds, the setting of banking rates or investment of public funds, where it could adversely affect the public interest if discussion of these matters were disclosed; and

     (3)  Any pending or anticipated litigation in which the board is, or may become, a party, where it could adversely affect the public interest if discussion of these matters were disclosed, or any matters falling within the attorney-client privilege, to the extent that confidentiality is required in order for the attorney to exercise his ethical duties as a lawyer.

     d.  Upon assuming office, the students shall agree to adhere to such standards of responsibility and confidentiality as are established by the board of trustees.

 

     33.  (New section) The board of trustees of Rowan University shall have the general supervision over and be vested with the conduct of the university.  It shall have the power and duty, subject to the approval of the Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors, to:

     a.     Adopt and use a corporate seal;

     b.    Determine the educational curriculum and program of the university;

     c.     Determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of the university; 

     d.    Study the educational and financial needs of the university, annually acquaint the Governor and Legislature with the condition of the university, and prepare and submit an annual request for appropriation to the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury in accordance with law; 

     e.     Disburse all moneys appropriated to the university by the Legislature and all moneys received from tuition, fees, auxiliary services and other sources; 

     f.     Direct and control expenditures and transfers of funds appropriated to the university in accordance with the provisions of the State budget and appropriation acts of the Legislature, and, as to funds received from other sources, direct and control expenditures and transfers in accordance with the terms of any applicable trusts, gifts, bequests, or other special provisions, reporting changes and additions thereto and transfers thereof to the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury. All accounts of the university shall be subject to audit by the State at any time; 

     g.     In accordance with the provisions of the State budget and appropriation acts of the Legislature, appoint and fix the compensation and term of office of a president of the university who shall be the executive officer of the university and an ex officio member of the board of trustees, without vote, and shall serve at the pleasure of the board of trustees;

     h.     In accordance with the provisions of the State budget and appropriation acts of the Legislature, appoint, upon nomination of the president, such deans and other members of the academic, administrative, and teaching staffs as shall be required and fix their compensation and terms of employment;

     i.      Consistent with the provisions of its budget, this act and any and all controlling collective bargaining agreements, have the power, upon nomination or recommendation of the president, to appoint, remove, promote and transfer all other officers, agents, or employees which may be required to carry out the provisions of this act and prescribe qualifications for those positions, and assign requisite duties and determine and fix respective compensation for those positions in accordance with duly adopted salary program parameters;

     j.  Grant diplomas, certificates or degrees;

     k.  Enter into contracts and agreements with the State or any of its political subdivisions or with the United States, or with any public body, department or other agency of the State or the United States or with any individual, firm or corporation which are deemed necessary or advisable by the board for carrying out the provisions of this act.  A contract or agreement pursuant to this subsection may require a municipality to undertake obligations and duties to be performed subsequent to the expiration of the term of office of the elected governing body of such municipality which initially entered into or approved said contract or agreement, and the obligations and duties so incurred by such municipality shall be binding and of full force and effect, notwithstanding that the term of office of the elected governing body of such municipality which initially entered into or approved said contract or agreement, shall have expired;

     l.  Exercise the right of eminent domain, pursuant to the provisions of the "Eminent Domain Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.361 (C.20:3-1 et seq.), to acquire any property or interest therein;

     m.  Adopt, after consultation with the president and faculty, bylaws and make and promulgate such rules, regulations, and orders, not inconsistent with the provisions of this act as are necessary and proper for the administration and operation of the university and the carrying out of its purposes;

     n.  Establish fees for room and board sufficient for the operation, maintenance, and rental of student housing and food services facilities;

     o.  Fix and determine tuition rates and other fees to be paid by students;

     p.  Accept from any government or governmental department, agency or other public or private body or from any other source grants or contributions of money or property which the board may use for or in aid of any of its purposes;

     q.  Acquire, by gift, purchase, condemnation or otherwise, own, lease, dispose of, use and operate property, whether real, personal or mixed, or any interest therein, which is necessary or desirable for university purposes;

     r.  Employ architects to plan buildings; secure bids for the construction of buildings and for the equipment thereof; make contracts for the construction of buildings and for equipment; and supervise the construction of buildings;

     s.  Manage and maintain, and provide for the payment of all charges on and expenses in respect of, all properties utilized by the university;

     t.  Borrow money and to secure the same by a mortgage on its property or any part thereof, and to enter into any credit agreement for the needs of the university, as deemed requisite by the board, in such amounts and for such time and upon such terms as may be determined by the board, provided that no such borrowing shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit or be payable out of property or funds, other than moneys appropriated for that purpose, of the State;

     u.  Authorize any new program, educational department or school consistent with the programmatic mission of the institution or approved by the Secretary of Higher Education;

     v.  Adopt standing operating rules and procedures for the purchase of all equipment, materials, supplies and services; however, no contract on behalf of the university shall be entered into for the purchase of services, materials, equipment and supplies, for the performance of any work, or for the hiring of equipment or vehicles, where the sum to be expended exceeds $30,700 or the amount determined by the Governor as provided herein, unless the university shall first publicly advertise for bids and shall award the contract to that responsible bidder whose bid, conforming to the invitation for bids, will be most advantageous to the university, price and other factors considered.  Such advertising shall not be required in those exceptions created by the board of trustees of the university, which shall be in substance those exceptions contained in sections 4 and 5 of P.L.1954, c.48 (C.52:34-9 and 10) or for the supplying of any product or the rendering of any service by a public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities of this State and tariffs and schedules of the charges made, charged, or exacted by the public utility for any such products to be supplied or services to be rendered are filed with the said board.  Commencing July 1, 2013 and every two years thereafter, the Governor, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, shall adjust the threshold amount set forth in this paragraph in direct proportion to the rise or fall of the consumer price index for all urban consumers in the New York City and the Philadelphia areas as reported by the United States Department of Labor.  The Governor shall notify the university of the adjustment. The adjustment shall become effective on July 1 of the year in which it is reported. 

     This subsection shall not prevent the university from having any work performed by its own employees, nor shall it apply to repairs, or to the furnishing of materials, supplies or labor, or the hiring of equipment or vehicles, when the safety or protection of its or other public property or the public convenience requires or the exigency of the university's service will not admit of such advertisement. In such case, the university shall, by resolution passed by the affirmative vote of its board of trustees, declare the exigency or emergency to exist, and set forth in the resolution the nature and approximate amount to be expended; shall maintain appropriate records as to the reason for such awards; and shall report regularly to its board of trustees on all such purchases, the amounts and the reasons therefor; 

     w.  Invest certain moneys in such obligations, securities and other investments as the board shall deem prudent, consistent with the purposes and provisions of this act and in accordance with State and federal law, as follows: 

     Investment in not-for-profit corporations or for-profit corporations organized and operated pursuant to the provisions of subsection x. of this section may utilize income realized from the sale or licensing of intellectual property as well as the reinvestment of earnings on intellectual property.  Investment in not-for-profit corporations may also utilize income from  the operation of faculty practice plans of the university and income from overhead grant fund recovery as permitted by federal law as well as other university funds except those specified in paragraph 5 of subsection x. of this section;

     x.  (1) Participate as the general partner or as a limited partner, either directly or through a subsidiary corporation created by the university, in limited partnerships, general partnerships, or joint ventures engaged in the development, manufacture, or marketing of products, technology, scientific information or health care services and create or form for-profit or not-for-profit corporations to engage in such activities; provided that any such participation shall be consistent with the mission of the university and the board shall have determined that such participation is prudent; 

     (2)   The decision to participate in any activity described in paragraph (1) of this subsection, including the creation or formation of for-profit or not-for-profit corporations, shall be articulated in the minutes of the board of trustees meeting in which the action was approved;

     (3)   The provisions of P.L.1971, c.182 (C.52:13D-12 et seq.) shall continue to apply to the university, its employees, and officers;

     (4)   Nothing herein shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit or be payable out of property or funds of the State;

     (5)   Funds directly appropriated to the university from the State or derived from the university's academic programs or derived from payment for coverage provided by the self insurance fund for claims accruing prior to the effective date of this act shall not be utilized by the for-profit or not-for-profit corporations organized and operated pursuant to this subsection in the development, manufacture, or marketing of products, technology or scientific information; 

     (6)   Employees of any joint venture, subsidiary corporation, partnership, or other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall not be deemed public employees; 

     (7)   A joint venture, subsidiary corporation, partnership, or other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall not be deemed an instrumentality of the State of New Jersey; 

     (8)   Income realized by the university as a result of participation in the development, manufacture, or marketing of products, technology, or scientific information may be invested or reinvested pursuant to subsection w. of this section or any other provision of this act or State or federal law or retained by the board for use in furtherance of any of the purposes of this act or of other applicable statutes; 

     (9)   The board shall annually report to the State Treasurer on the operation of all joint ventures, subsidiary corporations, partnerships, or such other jural entities entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university;

     y. Sue and be sued in its own name;

     z.  Retain independent counsel including representation by the Attorney General in accordance with subsection h. of section 6 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-6);

     aa.  (1) Procure and enter into contracts for any type of insurance and indemnify against loss or damage to property from any cause, including loss of use and occupancy, against death or injury of any person, against employees' liability, against any act of any member, officer, employee or servant of the university, whether part-time, full-time, compensated or non-compensated in the performance of the duties of his office or employment or any other insurable risk.  In addition, the university shall carry its own liability insurance or maintain an actuarially sound program of self insurance.  Any joint venture, subsidiary corporation, or partnership or such other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall carry insurance or maintain reserves in such amounts as are determined by an actuary to be sufficient to meet its actual or accrued claims; 

     (2)   Moneys in the fund known as the Self-Insurance Trust Fund administered by the State Treasurer shall continue to be available to the university solely to indemnify and defend claims against the university and its employees, officers and servants but only to the extent that the university has elected on behalf of itself and its employees to obtain representation from the Attorney General pursuant to subsection h. of section 6 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-6) and such entity or individuals would have been entitled to defense and indemnification pursuant to the "New Jersey Tort Claims Act," N.J.S.59:1-1 et seq., as a State entity or State employee but for the provision of subsection z. of this section.   Any expenditure of such funds shall be made only in accordance with the provisions of the "New Jersey Tort Claims Act," N.J.S.59:1-1 et seq., including but not limited to the provisions of chapters 10, 10A and 11 of Title 59 of the New Jersey Statutes. Nothing herein shall be construed to authorize the use of the Self-Insurance Trust Fund to indemnify or insure in any way, directly or indirectly the activities of any joint venture, partnership or corporation entered into or created by the university pursuant to subsection x. of this section;

     bb.  Create auxiliary organizations subject to the provisions of P.L.1982, c.16 (C.18A:64-26 et seq.);

     cc.  Adopt a code of ethics that complies with the requirements of all statutes applicable to the institution, including, but not limited, to the "Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994," P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-1 et al.), the "New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law," P.L.1971, c.182 (C.52:13D-12 et seq.), regulations of the State Ethics Commission, and any applicable executive orders; and

     dd.  Establish a procedure for the confidential, anonymous submission of employee concerns regarding alleged wrongdoing at the university.

 

     34.  (New section)  All functions, powers and duties relating to the investment or reinvestment of funds other than those funds specified in subsection w. of section 33 of P.L.   , c.    (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) within the jurisdiction of the board of trustees including the purchase, sale, or exchange of any investments or securities may be exercised and performed by the Director of the Division of Investment in the Department of the Treasury in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1950, c.270 (C.52:18A-79 et seq.) if so authorized by the board.  Sections 35 and 36 of P.L.   , c.  (C.   ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) shall only be applicable in the event of such an election.  Before any such investment, reinvestment, purchase, sale, or exchange shall be made by the director for or on behalf of the board of trustees, the Director of the Division of Investment shall submit the details thereof to the board, which shall, itself or by its finance committee, within 48 hours, exclusive of Sundays and public holidays, after such submission to it, file with the director its written acceptance or rejection of such proposed investment, reinvestment, purchase, sale, or exchange; and the director shall have authority to make such investment, reinvestment, purchase, sale, or exchange for or on behalf of the board, unless there shall have been filed with him a written rejection thereof by the board or its finance committee as herein provided. The board of trustees shall determine from time to time the cash requirements of the various funds and accounts established by it and the amount available for investment, all of which shall be certified to the State Treasurer and the Director of the Division of Investment. 

     The finance committee of the board of trustees shall consist of three members of the board who shall be appointed in the same manner and for the same term as other committees of the board are appointed. 

 

     35.  (New section)  The Director of the Division of Investment in the Department of the Treasury, in addition to other investments, presently or from time to time hereafter authorized by law, shall have authority, subject to any acceptance required, to invest and reinvest such  funds in, and to acquire for or on behalf of the board such bonds or other  evidence of indebtedness or capital stock or other securities issued by any  company incorporated within the United States or within the Dominion of Canada,  which shall be authorized or approved for investment by regulation of the State  Investment Council and in which life insurance companies organized under the  laws of this State may legally invest.

 

     36.  (New section) The State Treasurer shall be the custodian of the board's investment funds, shall select all depositories and custodians and shall negotiate and execute  custody agreements in connection with the assets or investments of any said  funds.

 

     37.  (New section)  The university shall maintain an Internet website for the board of trustees.  The purpose of the website shall be to provide increased public access to board operations and activities.  The following information shall be posted on the board's website:

     a.     the board's rules, regulations, resolutions, and official policy statements;

     b.    notice, posted at least five business days prior to a meeting of the board or any of its committees, setting forth the time, date, location, and agenda of the meeting;

     c.     the minutes of each meeting of the board and its committees; and

     d.    information on any contract entered into by the board that was not competitively bid and the statutory authority for the contracting process.

     The website shall be updated on a regular basis.

 

     38.  (New section)  The board of trustees, in addition to the other powers and duties provided herein, shall be vested with the right of perpetual succession and shall have and exercise all the powers, rights, and privileges that are incident to the proper governance, conduct, and management of the university and the control of its properties and funds and such powers granted to the university or the board or reasonably implied, may be exercised without recourse or reference to any department or agency of the State, except as otherwise provided by this act.

 

     39.  (New section)  The board shall appoint and fix the compensation of a president of the university.  The president shall be responsible to the board of trustees and shall have such powers as shall be requisite for the executive management and conduct of the university in all departments, branches and divisions, and for the execution and enforcement of bylaws, ordinances, rules, regulations, statutes, and orders governing the management, conduct and administration of the university.

 

     40.  (New section)  No trustee or officer of the university shall be personally liable for any debt, obligation, or other liability of the university or incurred by or on behalf of the university or any constituent unit thereof.

 

     41.  (New section)  The board of trustees shall advise the Governor and Legislature, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education and the President's Council and successor bodies, on the manner in which the facilities and services of the university may be utilized so as to increase the efficiency of the public education system and provide, maintain, and improve upon the quality of higher education for the people of the State.  The board of trustees shall make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature respecting the needs for the facilities and services of the university as an educational instrumentality of the State for that purpose.

 

     42.  (New section)  Subject to the provisions of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-167 et seq.) and except as otherwise provided by law, the university shall be deemed to be an employer for the purposes of the "Public Employees' Retirement System Act," P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-1 et seq.), and shall also be deemed to be a "public agency or organization" within the meaning of section 71 of that act (C.43:15A-71).  Further, the university's commissioned police officers shall be eligible for participation in and subject to the provisions of the "Police and Firemen's Retirement Systems Act," P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-1 et seq.), and the university shall be deemed an employer within the meaning of that act.

 

     43.  (New section)   Nothing herein contained shall be construed to impair, annul or affect any vested rights, grants, privileges, exemptions, immunities, powers, prerogatives, franchises, or advantages heretofore obtained or enjoyed by the university or any constituent unit thereof, under any authority or any act of this State or under any grant, deed, conveyance, transfer, lease, estate, remainder, expectancy, trust, gift, donation, legacy, devise, endowment or fund, all of which are hereby ratified and confirmed except insofar as the same may have expired, be or have been repealed or altered, or may be inconsistent with this act or with existing provisions of law; subject however, thereto and to all of the rights, obligations, relations, conditions, terms, trust, duties, and liabilities to which the same are subject.

 

     44.  (New section)  The enactment and adoption of this act shall not, of itself, affect the official, operational, or organizational status of any officer of the university or any and all outstanding authorizations of any officer, agent, or employee to take specified action, or any and all outstanding commitments or undertakings of or by the university, except and only to the extent that any of the same may be inconsistent with this act.

 

     45.  (New section)  Upon the establishment of the body corporate and politic known as Rowan University:

     a.     All appropriations available to Rowan University prior to the effective date of this act and to become available shall be transferred to the university by the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury and shall be available for the objects and purposes for which appropriated, subject to any terms, restrictions, limitations or other requirements imposed by the State budget;

     b.    All other grants, gifts, other moneys and property available to Rowan University prior to the effective date of this act and to become available to or for Rowan University shall be transferred to the university and shall be available for the objects and purposes of the university, subject to any terms, restrictions, limitations or other requirements imposed by State and federal law or otherwise;

     c.     All employees of Rowan University prior to the effective date of this act shall become employees of the university.  Nothing in this act shall be construed so as to deprive any person of any right of tenure or under any retirement system or to any pension, disability, social security or similar benefit, to which the person is entitled by law or contractually;

     d.    All files, papers, records, equipment and other personal property of Rowan University shall be transferred to the university; and

     e.     All orders, rules or regulations theretofore made or promulgated by Rowan University shall continue in full force and effect as the orders, rules and regulations of the university until amended or repealed by the university.

 

     46.  (New section)  This act shall not affect actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, brought by or against Rowan University, but such actions or proceedings may be prosecuted or defended in the same manner and to the same effect by the university as if the foregoing provisions had not taken effect; nor shall any of the foregoing provisions affect any order or regulation made by, or other matters or proceedings before, Rowan University, and all such matters or proceedings pending before Rowan University on the effective date of this act shall be continued by the university, as if the foregoing provisions had not taken effect.

 

     47.  (New section)  Whenever in any law, rule, regulation, contract, document, judicial or administrative proceeding or otherwise, reference is made to Rowan University, the same shall mean and refer to Rowan University, herein referred to as "university," established as a public research university pursuant to the provisions of this act.

 

     48.  (New section)  The general powers of supervision and control of the Secretary of Higher Education at the request of the Governor over Rowan University include the power to visit the university to examine into its manner of conducting its affairs and to enforce an observance of its laws and regulations and the laws of the State. 

 

     49.  (New section)  Notwithstanding any of the provisions of the "New Jersey Contractual Liability Act" (N.J.S.59:13-1 et seq.) to the contrary, contract claims and suits against the university shall be governed by that act.


     50.  (New section)  Every contract or agreement negotiated, awarded or made pursuant to this act  shall contain a suitable warranty by the contractor that no person or selling  agency has been employed or retained to solicit or secure such contract upon an  agreement or understanding for a commission, percentage, brokerage or  contingent fee, except bona fide employees or bona fide established commercial  or selling agencies maintained by the contractor for the purpose of securing  business, for the breach or violation of which warranty the university shall  have the right to annul such contract without liability or in its discretion to  deduct from the contract price or consideration the full amount of such  commission, percentage, brokerage or contingent fee.

 

     51.  (New section) Any person willfully authorizing, consenting to, making or procuring to be made payment of university funds for or on account of any purchase, contract  or agreement known to him to have been made or entered into in violation of any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

     52.  (New section) The payment of any fee, commission or compensation of any kind or the granting of any gift or gratuity of any kind, either directly or indirectly, whether or not in connection with any purchase, sale or contract, to any person  employed by Rowan University, having any duties or responsibilities in  connection with the purchase or acquisition of any property or services by the university, by or on behalf of any seller or supplier who has made, negotiated, solicited or offered to make and contract to sell or furnish real or personal property or services to the university is hereby prohibited. Any person offering, paying, giving, soliciting or receiving any fee, commission, compensation, gift or gratuity in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

     53.  (New section)  The provisions of this act shall not alter the term of any member of the board, not specifically abolished herein, lawfully in office as of the effective date of this act, or require the reappointment thereof.

 

     54.  (New section)  No provision of this act shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit, of the State of New Jersey.

 

     55.  (New section)  This act, being deemed and declared necessary for the welfare of the State and the people of New Jersey to provide for the development of public higher education in the State and thereby to improve the quality and increase the efficiency of the public system of educational services of the State, shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes and intent thereof.

     56.  (New section)  In accordance with the provisions of section 27 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-27), the university is allocated to the Department of State for the purposes of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution.  Notwithstanding this allocation, the university shall be independent of any supervision or control of the Department of State or any board, commission, or officer thereof and the allocation shall not in any way affect the principles of institutional autonomy established by that act and as otherwise enumerated herein.

 

     57. Section 2 of P.L.1991, c.387 (C.2A:14-1.2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  a.  Except where a limitations provision expressly and specifically applies to actions commenced by the State or where a longer limitations period would otherwise apply, and subject to any statutory provisions or common law rules extending limitations periods, any civil action commenced by the State shall be commenced within ten years next after the cause of action shall have accrued.

     b.    For purposes of determining whether an action subject to the limitations period specified in subsection a. of this section has been commenced within time, no such action shall be deemed to have accrued prior to January 1, 1992.

     c.     As used in this act, the term "State" means the State, its political subdivisions, any office, department, division, bureau, board, commission or agency of the State or one of its political subdivisions, and any public authority or public agency, including, but not limited to, the New Jersey Transit Corporation[ and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey].

     The provisions of this section shall not apply to any civil action commenced by the State concerning the remediation of a contaminated site or the closure of a sanitary landfill facility, or the payment of compensation for damage to, or loss of, natural resources due to the discharge of a hazardous substance, and subject to the limitations period specified in section 5 of P.L.2001, c.154 (C.58:10B-17.1).

(cf: P.L.2001, c.154, s.7)

 

     58.  N.J.S.11A:6-6 is amended to read as follows:

     11A:6-6.  State administrative leave.  Administrative leave for personal reasons including religious observances for full-time State employees or those employees of Rutgers, The State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University who perform services similar to those performed by employees of the New Jersey State colleges who are in the career service shall be three working days per calendar year.  Administrative leave shall not be cumulative and any administrative leave unused by an employee at the end of any year shall be cancelled.

(cf: N.J.S.11A:6-6)

 

     59. N.J.S.11A:6-17 is amended to read as follows:

     11A:6-17.  Supplemental compensation; employees of Rutgers, The State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University.  The supplemental compensation provided under this chapter shall also be paid to each employee of Rutgers, The State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, [and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] , and Rowan University who performs services similar to those performed by employees of the New Jersey State colleges who are in the career service or who have been granted sick leave under terms and conditions similar to career service employees, including those employees of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University who are members of the Newark Employees' Retirement System.

(cf: N.J.S.11A:6-17)

 

     60. Section 4 of P.L.2003, c.193 (C.17B:27D-4) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    The commission shall consist of 17 voting members as follows: the Commissioners of Health and Senior Services, Human Services and Banking and Insurance or their designees, who shall serve ex officio; three public members appointed by the President of the Senate, who shall include a representative of a commercial health insurance company, a physician licensed in this State who is a member of the Medical Society of New Jersey, and a representative of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, no more than two of whom shall be from the same political party; three public members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, who shall include a representative of a health service corporation, a physician licensed in this State, and a representative of organized labor, no more than two of whom shall be from the same political party; and eight public members appointed by the Governor, who shall include a medical educator from [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University whose major field of expertise is the study and evaluation of the cost of health care and health insurance, a representative of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, a representative of the New Jersey Hospital Association, a representative of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, a representative of the New Jersey Dental Association, a representative of a consumer advocacy organization and two representatives of the general public who are knowledgeable about health benefits plans.

     The President of the Senate may appoint two members of the Senate, no more than one of whom shall be from the same political party, to serve as nonvoting members of the commission.  The Speaker of the General Assembly may appoint two members of the General Assembly, no more than one of whom shall be from the same political party, to serve as nonvoting members of the commission.  The legislative members shall serve during their legislative term of office.

     Of the voting members first appointed, four shall serve for a term of two years, four for a term of three years and three for a term of four years.

     Voting members appointed thereafter shall serve four-year terms, and any vacancy shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only.  A member is eligible for reappointment.  Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.

(cf: P.L. 2003, c.193, s.4)

 

     61. Section 3 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-3) is amended to read as follows: 

     3.    For the purposes of this act, unless the context clearly requires a different meaning:

     "Authority" means the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:71A-3; 

     "Commission" means the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education established by this act; 

     "Council" means the New Jersey Presidents' Council established by this act;

     "Programmatic Mission" means all program offerings consistent within those levels of academic degrees or certificates that the institution has been authorized to grant by the State Board of Higher Education prior to the effective date of this act or approved thereafter by the commission; 

     "Public Research University" means Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University,  and the New Jersey Institute of Technology; 

     "State college" means any of the State colleges or universities established pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes including any State college designated as a teaching university. 

(cf: P.L. 1999, c.46, s.27)

 

     62. Section 12 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-12) is amended to read as follows:

     12. a. There shall be established an executive board which performs such duties as determined by the council.  The executive board shall be composed of 15 members as follows:

     The president of Rutgers, The State University;

     [The president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey];

     The president of New Jersey Institute of Technology;

     The president of Rowan University;

     Three presidents of State Colleges who shall be selected by the presidents of this sector;

     Five presidents of county colleges who shall be selected by the presidents of this sector;

     Three presidents of independent institutions who shall be selected by the presidents of this sector;

     One president of the proprietary schools which have been authorized to offer licensed degree programs who shall be selected by the presidents of these proprietary schools.

     b.    The chair of the executive board shall be rotated among the following: one of the presidents of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the president of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey]  Rowan University, and the president of New Jersey Institute of Technology; a president selected by the presidents of the State Colleges; a president selected by the presidents of the county colleges; and a president selected by the presidents of the independent institutions.  The chair of the executive board shall serve for a two-year period.  Biennially, the executive board shall select the chair in the manner provided above, but not necessarily in the order provided above.

     c.     The chair of the executive board shall also serve as the chair of the council.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.246,  s.2)

 

     63.  Section 1 of P.L.2009, c.308 (C.18A:3B-46) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    As used in this act:

     "Commission" means the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education established pursuant to section 13 of P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-13);

     "Public research university" means Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology;

     "State college" means the State colleges or universities established pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.308, s.1)


     64. Section 2 of P.L.2007, c.171 (C.18A:26-2.9) is amended to read as follows: 

     2. a. The Commissioner of Education shall develop recommendations for autism and other developmental disabilities awareness instruction and methods of teaching students with autism and other developmental disabilities for teacher preparation programs in accordance with section 1 of this act and shall submit the recommendations to the State Board of Education. In developing the recommendations, the commissioner shall consult with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, representatives from entities that promote awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities and provide programs and services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to Autism Speaks, The Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, and The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, and representatives of the education community, including, but not limited to the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards Board.

     b.    The Commissioner of Education shall develop recommendations to incorporate autism and other developmental disabilities awareness instruction and methods of teaching students with autism and other developmental disabilities for teacher and paraprofessional in-service and other training programs, where appropriate, and shall submit the recommendations to the State board.  In developing the recommendations, the commissioner shall consult with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, representatives from entities that promote awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities and provide programs and services to people with autism and other developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to Autism Speaks, The Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, and The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, and representatives of the education community, including, but not limited to the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards Board.

     c.     The recommendations developed by the commissioner pursuant to subsections a. and b. of this section shall address the following:

     (1)   characteristics of students with autism and other developmental disabilities;

     (2)   curriculum planning, curricular and instructional modifications, adaptations, and specialized strategies and techniques;

     (3)   assistive technology; and

     (4)   inclusive educational practices, including collaborative partnerships.

 (cf: P.L.2007, c.171, s.2)

 

     65.  Section 1 of P.L.1985, c.161 (C.18A:64-45) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    There is established a body corporate and politic, with corporate succession, to be known as the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.  New Jersey City University, Kean University, Montclair State University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, [Rowan University,] Thomas Edison State College, The College of New Jersey and The William Paterson University of New Jersey shall constitute the membership of the association.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.46, s.35)

 

     66.  Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.161 (C.18A:64-46) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The association shall consist of [nine] eight voting members to be appointed as follows: one member from each member institution's boards of trustees, appointed by the members thereof.  In addition the presidents of the member institutions shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members. 

      Members shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses. 

(cf: P.L.1999, c.46, s.36)

 

     67.  Section 3 of P.L.2006, c.95 (C.18A:64G-6.1) is amended to read as follows:

     3.  a.  The management, supervision, and administration of University Hospital shall be vested in a [nine-member] 12-member  board of directors of University Hospital.  The board shall be comprised of [four members of the board of trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey who shall serve ex officio and be appointed by the chairman of the board and five]:

     (1)  three members who shall serve ex-officio, without vote, including:  the Dean of New Jersey Medical School, the Dean of New Jersey Dental School, and the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services; and

     (2)  nine public members, who shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a five-year term[; except that in the case of the initial gubernatorial appointments to the board of directors, two shall serve for a term of two years, one for a term of three years, one for a term of four years, and one for a term of five years].

     A person who is a member of the board of directors on the effective date of P.L.   , c.    (C.    )(pending before the Legislature as this bill) shall be permitted to serve for the balance of the term for which that person was appointed.

     A member of the board of directors shall serve until [his] the member’s successor is appointed and has qualified.  Any vacancies in the membership occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.  Each member of the board of directors before entering upon [his] the member’s duties shall take and subscribe an oath to perform the duties of [his] the office faithfully, impartially, and justly to the best of [his] the member’s ability.  A record of the oath shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.  Each member of the board may be removed from office by the Governor, for cause, after a public hearing.

     b.  The members of the board of directors shall meet at the call of the Governor for purposes of organizing.  The board shall thereafter meet at such times and places as it shall designate.

     c.  The Governor shall designate one of the members as chairman of the board of directors.  The board shall select the other officers from among its members as shall be deemed necessary.

     d.  The board of directors shall have the power to appoint and regulate the duties and procedures of committees, standing or special, from its members and such advisory committees or bodies, as it may deem necessary or conducive to the efficient management and operation of the hospital.

     e.  The board shall have the power and duty to:

     (1)  direct and control expenditures of University Hospital funds;

     (2)  borrow money;

     (3)  enter into contracts with the State or federal government, or any individual, firm, or corporation;

     (4)  solicit and accept grant moneys;

     (5)  acquire, own, lease, dispose of, use, and operate property;

     (6)  sue and be sued;

     (7)  enter into a contract or other agreement with a for-profit or nonprofit corporation operating one or more hospitals in New Jersey to operate and manage or assist in the operation and management of University Hospital, without engaging in a competitive bidding process; and

     (8)  hire, fire, and fix salaries for all employees of University Hospital.

(cf: P.L.2006, c.95, s.3)


     68.  Section 1 of P.L. 1999, c.353 (C.18A:64G-35) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    There is established a "Physician-Dentist Fellowship and Education Program to Provide Health Care to Persons with Developmental Disabilities" within [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University.  The purpose of the program is to provide physicians and dentists with graduate and fellowship training through academic institutions in the State and continuing medical and dental education on a Statewide basis, in the provision of medical and dental services to persons with developmental disabilities to ensure that these services are accessible and adequately available to persons with developmental disabilities in the State.

(cf: P.L. 1999,c.353,s.1)

 

     69.  Section 2 of P.L. 1999, c.353 (C.18A:64G-36) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    There is established a 17-member Consortium on Physician and Dentist Training in Health Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities to advise the director of the program on the implementation of this act.

     a.     The members of the consortium shall include: one representative each from the pediatric medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry programs at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, one representative from the New Jersey Dental School, and one representative of the University Affiliated Program, to be appointed by the President of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University; the director of the Mainstreaming Medical Care program of The Arc of New Jersey, who shall serve ex officio; the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services, who shall serve ex officio; the Director of the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services, who shall serve ex officio; the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or the commissioner's designee, who shall serve ex officio; three health care provider public members appointed by the Commissioner of Human Services, one each upon the recommendation of the Medical Society of New Jersey, the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and the New Jersey Dental Association; and three public members appointed by the Commissioner of Human Services, two of whom shall represent community organizations that advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and one of whom shall be a family member of a person with a developmental disability or a person with a developmental disability who is a self advocate.

     The President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Commissioner of Human Services shall make the appointments to the consortium within 60 days of the effective date of this act.

     Members of the consortium shall serve for a term of three years and are eligible for reappointment, but of the members first appointed, five shall serve for a term of one year, four for a term of two years and four for a term of three years.  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.

     b.    Members shall serve without compensation, but the public members shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties and within the limits of funds appropriated to the program.

     c.     The consortium shall organize as soon as may be practicable after the appointment of its members.  The Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities shall serve as the chairman of the consortium.  The members of the consortium shall elect a vice-chairman from among the members. All members, including ex officio members, shall be eligible to vote on all matters before the consortium.  The director of the program, appointed pursuant to section 5 of this act, shall serve as secretary to the consortium.

     d.    The consortium shall assist the director of the program in establishing policies and procedures for the nomination and selection of physicians and dentists as program fellows.  The consortium shall otherwise advise the director on the operation of the program as the director deems necessary, and as specified in this act.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.353, s.2)

 

     70.  Section 5 of P.L.1999, c.353 (C.18A:64G-39) is amended to read as follows:

     5.    The President of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University shall, in consultation with the consortium, appoint a director for the program who shall be a State licensed physician.  The director of the program need not be solely responsible for the program and may continue to have other duties.  The director may, in consultation with the consortium, appoint regional chairmen or chairmen of medical or dental practice specialties, as the director deems necessary for the operation of the program.

(cf: P.L.1999,c.353,s.5)

 

     71. Section 4 of P.L.1977, c.390 (C.18A:64H-4) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    The council shall consist of 15 members, 12 voting members and three nonvoting members; four members of the council shall be appointed by the Governor and 11 shall be ex officio members.  The appointments shall consist of three representatives of the public and one student currently enrolled in a graduate medical training program; the appointed members shall be voting members of the council.  The president of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, who shall serve as chairperson; a dean from one of the medical schools of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey]  Rutgers, The State University, to be selected by the president of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University; the dean of the School of Graduate Medical Education of Seton Hall University; the president of the New Jersey Hospital Association; the president of the Association of Hospital Directors of Medical Education of New Jersey; the president of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; the president of the Medical Society of New Jersey; and the president of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals or their designated representatives shall be ex officio, voting members of the council. The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services; the president of the State Board of Medical Examiners and the Commissioner of Human Services or their designated representatives shall be ex officio, nonvoting members.  The appointed members shall serve for a three-year term or until a successor is appointed.  For those first appointed, two shall be appointed for a one-year term; one shall be appointed for a two-year term; and one shall be appointed for a three-year term.  Any vacancies in the voting membership other than by expiration of term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.  To assist the council in carrying out the intent of this act: 

     a.     The council may appoint advisory committees representative of the medical and health care professions, educators, and students, representatives of medical and health care facilities and consumers. The advisory committees shall provide advice and assistance to the council for the council's performance of its designated functions. 

     b.    The council may employ an executive director and additional staff to provide expertise in the gathering and analysis of data and administration. The executive director shall have the right to speak on all matters at meetings of the council but shall have no vote. The council and the advisory committees shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. 

(cf: P.L.2008, c.5, s.1)

 

     72. Section 1 of P.L.2003, c.133 (C.18A:64H-9) is amended to read as follows:

     1.  a.  There is created, within the [Commission on Higher Education] Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the "Advisory Committee on Alternatively Accredited Medical School Clinical Clerkships."

     The advisory committee shall consist of 11 members as follows:  the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or his designee, who shall serve ex officio; four members appointed by the Governor who include one representative of the Medical Society of New Jersey, one representative of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, one representative of the New Jersey Hospital Association and one representative of an alternatively accredited  medical school; two members appointed by the President of the Senate who include one representative of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and one representative of a teaching hospital in New Jersey that has students from an alternatively accredited medical school participating in a clinical clerkship program; two members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly who include one representative of an alternatively accredited  medical school and one representative of a teaching hospital in New Jersey that has students from a medical school of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University in a clinical clerkship program; one member appointed by the State Board of Medical Examiners; and one member appointed by the President of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University. No two members of the advisory committee shall be representatives of the same medical school or hospital.

     b.    Members shall serve for a term of three years from the date of their appointment and until their successors are appointed and qualified, except that of the members first appointed, four members shall serve for a term of one year, three members shall serve for a term of two years and three members shall serve for a term of three years.  Vacancies shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointments were made.  A member of the advisory committee shall be eligible for reappointment.

     c.     The members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties, within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the advisory committee for this purpose.

     d.    The advisory committee shall select a chairman from among its members, who shall serve a one-year term but may serve successive terms.  The advisory committee shall meet upon the call of the chairman or of a majority of its members.  A majority of the members of the advisory committee shall constitute a quorum, and no action of the advisory committee shall be taken except upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the entire advisory committee.

     e.     As used in this act, "alternatively accredited medical school" means a medical school located outside the United States: (1) in a country that applies accreditation standards that have been determined by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation within the United States Department of Education to be comparable to the accreditation standards applied to medical schools located within the United States; (2) that continues to meet the accreditation standards of that country; and (3) has medical school students participating in a clinical clerkship program in New Jersey prior to the effective date of this act, or is approved by the Advisory Graduate Medical Education Council of New Jersey pursuant to section 4 of this act to operate a clinical clerkship program in this State.

(cf: P.L.2003, c.133, s.1)

 

     73. Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.103 (C.18A:64J-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education, which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national-level bases for innovative technology research.

   b.  "Business incubation facilities" means low-cost, short-term occupancy, rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education.

   c.  "Commission" means the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology as created by Executive Order No. 12 of 1982 or its successor which is established by the Legislature.

   d.  "Consortium" means a cooperative arrangement between two or more institutions of higher education to pursue a program for strengthening academic programs, improving administration or providing for other special needs.

   e.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education, which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy, under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.).

   f.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges, universities or institutes incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and which provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion.

   g.  "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

   h.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private institutions of higher education to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c. 103, s. 2)

 

     74. Section 3 of P.L.1985, c. 103 (C.18A:64J-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.  There is established the Advanced Technology Center in Hazardous and Toxic Substance Management, hereinafter referred to as the center, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the City of Newark, County of Essex with the cooperation of a research and public policy consortium led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and including Stevens Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and Rutgers, The State University.  Various other public and private institutions of higher education and their faculties may be considered for participation in the work of the center in the future by the commission.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.103, s.3)

 

     75. Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.104 (C.18A:64J-9) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education, which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national-level bases for innovative technology research.

   b.  "Business incubation facilities" means low-cost, short-term occupancy, rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education.

   c.  "Commission" means the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology as created by Executive Order No. 12 of 1982 or its successor which is established by the Legislature.

   d.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education, which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy, under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.).

   e.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and which provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion.

   f.   "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

   g.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private universities to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.104, s. 2)

 

     76. Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.105 (C.18A:64J-16) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education, which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national-level bases for innovative technology research.

   b.  "Business incubation facilities" means low-cost, short-term occupancy, rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education.

   c.  "Commission" means the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology as created by Executive Order No. 12 of 1982 or its successor which is established by the Legislature.

   d.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education, which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy, under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

   e.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and which provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion.

   f.   "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

   g.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private institutions of higher education to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.105, s.2)

 

     77. Section 3 of P.L.1985, c.105 (C.18A:64J-17) is amended to read as follows:

     3.  There is established the Advanced Technology Center in Biotechnology (hereinafter referred to as the center) under the [joint] governance of Rutgers, The State University [and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and with the participation of other public and private institutions of higher education and faculties who may be considered for participation in the work of the center in the future by the commission. The center shall be composed of various units at locations designated by the participating institutions, with the approval of the commission.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.105, s.3)

 

     78.  Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.106 (C.18A:64J-23) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education, which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national-level bases for innovative technology research.

   b.  "Business incubation facility" means low-cost, short-term occupancy, rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education.

   c.  "Commission" means the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology as created by Executive Order No. 12 of 1982 or its successor which is established by the Legislature.

   d.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education, which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy, under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.).

   e.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and which provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion.

   f.  "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

   g.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private institutions of higher education to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.106, s.2)

 

     79.  Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.366 (C.18A:64J-30) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national level bases for innovative technology research;

   b.  "Business incubation facilities" means low cost, short-term occupancy rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education;

   c.   "Commission" means the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as created by P.L. 1985, c. 102 (C. 52:9X-1 et seq.);

   d.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.);

   e.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license, are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion;

   f.  "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law;

   g.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private institutions of higher education to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.366, s.2)

 

     80.  Section 2 of P.L.1985, c.397 (C.18A:64J-39) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  For the purposes of this act:

   a.  "Advanced technology center" means one or more outstanding programs or departments at New Jersey's public and private institutions of higher education, which are provided substantial and concentrated financial support to promote their development into national-level bases for innovative technology research;

   b.  "Business incubation facilities" means low-cost, short-term occupancy rental spaces wherein assistance is granted to a targeted network of new companies employing selected technologies congruent with the strengths of the State's public and private institutions of higher education;

   c.  "Commission" means the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as created by P.L. 1985, c. 102 (C. 52:9X-1 et seq.);

   d.  "Innovation partnership grants" means matching grants to academic researchers performing applied research in emerging technologies at any of the State's public and private institutions of higher education, which are of strategic importance to the New Jersey economy, under regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.);

   e.  "Private institutions of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion;

   f.  "Public institutions of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law;

   g.  "Technology extension services" means programs that not only accelerate the application and transfer of technological innovations by the State's public and private institutions of higher education to existing industry, but also adapt these innovations to the requirements of individual business operations.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.397, s.2)

 

     81.  N.J.S.18A:65-14 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:65-14.  The membership of the board of governors shall be classified as follows and consist of: 

     a.  the president of the corporation, serving as an ex officio non-voting member; and

     b.  [11] 15 voting members,

     i.  [six] nine of whom shall be appointed by the Governor of the State, with the advice and consent of the Senate, [and] two of whom shall be from a northern county in the State,

      ii.  five of whom shall be appointed by the board of trustees, from among their members elected and serving under the provisions of subsection I.c. or I.d. of 18A:65-15, and

     iii.  the chairperson of the Rutgers-Newark board of governors.

      All members shall serve for terms of six years, except that the terms of those initially appointed by the Governor which began on September 1, 1956, shall expire respectively (as designated by him) one, two, three, four, five and six years after June 30, 1956, and terms of those initially appointed by the board of trustees which began on September 1, 1956, shall expire respectively (as designated by the board) two, three, four, five and six years after June 30, 1956; all of whose respective successors shall be appointed to serve six-year terms.  Governors may succeed themselves for not more than one additional term after having served one full six-year term (including an initial term beginning on September 1, 1956, and expiring on June 30, 1962). 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.177)

 

     82. Section 4 of P.L.2009, c.4 (C.18A:65A-1) is amended to read as follows:

     4. a. The board of trustees of a public institution of higher education may implement an energy savings improvement program in the manner provided by this section whenever it determines that the savings generated from reduced energy use from the program will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's energy conservation measures as set forth in an energy savings plan. Under such a program, a board of trustees may enter into an energy savings services contract with an energy services company to implement the program or the board may authorize separate contracts to implement the program.  The provisions of: N.J.S.18A:64-1 et seq., in the case of any State college; P.L.1995, c.400 (C.18A:64E-12 et seq.), in the case of the New Jersey Institute of Technology; N.J.S.18A:65-1 et seq., in the case of Rutgers, the State University; [P.L.1970, c.102 (C.18A:64G-1 et al.), in the case of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey]; P.L.    , c.    (C.   ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), in the case of Rowan University; and N.J.S.18A:64A-1 et seq., in the case of the county colleges; shall apply to any contracts awarded pursuant to this section to the extent that the provisions of such law are not inconsistent with any provision of this section.

     In the case of Rutgers, the State University, references in this  section to the board of trustees shall mean the Rutgers board of governors.

     b. (1) To be eligible to enter into an energy savings services contract, an energy services company shall be a commercial entity that is qualified to provide energy savings services in accordance with the provisions of this section. A public institution of higher education may enter into an energy savings services contract through public advertising for bids and the receipt of bids therefor.

     (2) (a) Public works activities performed under an energy savings improvement program shall be subject to all requirements regarding public bidding, bid security, performance guarantees, insurance and other public contracting requirements that are applicable to public works contracts, to the extent not inconsistent with this section.  A general contractor, energy services company serving as general contractor, or any subcontractor hired for the furnishing of plumbing and gas fitting and all kindred work, and of steam and hot water heating and ventilating apparatus, steam power plants and kindred work, and electrical work, structural steel and ornamental iron work, shall be classified by the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury in order to perform public works activities under an energy savings improvement program.

     (b)   Individuals or organizations performing energy audits, acting as commissioning agents, or conducting verification of energy savings plans, implementation of energy conservation measures, or verifying guarantees shall be prequalified by the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury to perform their work under an energy savings improvement program.

     (c)   Where there is a need for compatibility of a direct digital control system with previously installed control systems and equipment, the bid specifications may include a requirement for proprietary goods, and if so included, the bid specification shall set forth an allowance price for its supply which shall be used by all bidders in the public bidding process.

     (3)   An energy services company may be designated as the general contractor for improvements to be made pursuant to an energy savings plan, provided that the hiring of subcontractors that are required to be classified pursuant to subparagraph (a) of paragraph (2) of this subsection shall be performed pursuant to the public bidding requirements of the board of trustees.  A contract with an energy savings company shall include, but not be limited to: preparation of an energy savings plan, the responsibilities of the parties for project schedules, installations, performance and quality, payment of subcontractors, project completion, commissioning, savings implementation; a requirement that the savings to be achieved by energy conservation measures be verified upon commissioning of the improvements; allocation of State and federal rebates and tax credits; and any other provisions deemed necessary by the parties.

     (4)   Except as provided in paragraph (5) of this subsection, a subsidiary or wholly-owned or partially-owned affiliate of the energy services company shall not be an eligible contractor or subcontractor under an energy savings services contract.

     (5)   When the energy services company is the manufacturer of direct digital control systems and contracts with the board of trustees to provide a guaranteed energy savings option pursuant to subsection f. of this section, the specification of such direct digital control systems may be treated as proprietary goods and if so treated, the bid specification shall set forth an allowance price for its supply by the energy services company which shall be used by all bidders in the public bidding process.  Direct digital controls shall be open protocol format and shall meet the interoperability guidelines established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

     c.     An energy savings improvement program may be financed through a lease-purchase agreement or through the issuance of energy savings obligations pursuant to this subsection.

     (1)   An energy savings improvement program may be financed through a lease-purchase agreement between a board of trustees and an energy services company or other public or private entity.  Under a lease-purchase agreement, ownership of the energy savings equipment or improved facilities shall pass to the board of trustees when all lease payments have been made.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the duration of such a lease-purchase agreement shall not exceed 15 years, except that the duration of a lease purchase agreement for a combined heat and power or cogeneration project shall not exceed 20 years.

     (2)   Any lease-purchase or other agreement entered into in connection with an energy savings improvement program may be a general obligation of the public institution of higher education pursuant to this subsection, and may contain: a clause making it subject to the availability and appropriation annually of sufficient funds as may be required to meet the extended obligation; and a non-substitution clause maintaining that if the agreement is terminated for non-appropriation, the board of trustees may not replace the leased equipment or facilities with equipment or facilities that perform the same or similar functions.

     (3)   A board of trustees may arrange for incurring energy savings obligations to finance an energy savings improvement program and may enter into any agreement with the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority or other persons in connection with the issuance by the authority of its obligations on behalf of the public institution of higher education in order to finance the institution's energy savings improvement program.  Energy savings obligations may be funded through appropriations for utility services in the annual budget of the board, or incurred as a general obligation of the public institution of higher education in connection with the issuance by the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority of bonds or notes pursuant to N.J.S.18A:72A-2 et seq., or, in the case of a county college, by a sponsoring county as a refunding bond pursuant to N.J.S.40A:2-52 et seq., including the issuance of bond anticipation notes as may be necessary, provided that all such bonds and notes mature within the periods authorized for such energy savings obligations.

     (4)   Lease-purchase agreements and energy savings obligations shall not be used to finance maintenance, guarantees, or verification of guarantees of energy conservation measures.  Lease-purchase agreements and energy savings obligations may be used to finance the cost of an energy audit or the cost of verification of energy savings as part of adopting an energy savings plan.  Maturity schedules of lease-purchase agreements or energy savings obligations must exceed the estimated useful life of the individual energy conservation measures.

     d. (1) The energy audit component of an energy savings improvement program shall be conducted either by the board of trustees or by a qualified third party retained by the board for that purpose.  It shall not be conducted by an energy services company subsequently hired to develop an energy savings improvement program.  The energy audit shall identify the current energy use of any or all facilities and energy conservation measures that can be implemented in which the energy savings and energy efficiency could be realized and maximized.

     (2)   To implement an energy savings improvement program, a board of trustees shall develop an energy savings plan that consists of one or more energy conservation measures.  The plan shall:

     (a)   contain the results of an energy audit;

     (b)   describe the energy conservation measures that will comprise the program;

     (c)   estimate greenhouse gas reductions resulting from those energy savings;

     (d)   identify all design and compliance issues that require the professional services of an architect or engineer and identify who will provide these services;

     (e)   include an assessment of risks involved in the successful implementation of the plan;

     (f)    identify the eligibility for, and costs and revenues associated with the PJM Independent System Operator for demand response and curtailable service activities;

     (g)   include schedules showing calculations of all costs of implementing the proposed energy conservation measures and the projected energy savings;

     (h)   identify maintenance requirements necessary to ensure continued energy savings, and describe how they will be fulfilled; and

     (i)    if developed by an energy services company, a description of, and cost estimates of an energy savings guarantee.

     All professionals providing engineering services under the plan shall have errors and omissions insurance.

     (3)   Prior to the adoption of the plan, the board of trustees shall contract with a qualified third party to verify the projected energy savings to be realized from the proposed program have been calculated as required by subsection e. of this section.

     (4)   Upon adoption, the plan shall be submitted to the Board of Public Utilities, which shall post it on the Internet on a public webpage maintained for such purpose.  If the board of trustees maintains its own website, it shall also post the plan on that site.  The Board of Public Utilities may require periodic reporting concerning the implementation of the plan.

     (5)   Verification by a qualified third party shall be required when energy conservation measures are placed in service or commissioned, to ensure the savings projected in the energy savings plan shall be achieved.

     (6)   Energy-related capital improvements that do not reduce energy usage may be included in an energy savings improvement program but the cost of such improvements shall not be financed as a lease-purchase or through energy savings obligations authorized by subsection c. of this section.  Nothing herein is intended to prevent the financing of such capital improvements through otherwise authorized means.

     (7)   A qualified third party when required by this subsection may include an employee of the public institution of higher education who is properly trained and qualified to perform such work.

     e. (1) The calculation of energy savings for the purposes of determining that the energy savings resulting from the program will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's energy conservation measures, as provided in subsection a. of this section, shall involve determination of the dollar amount saved through implementation of an energy savings improvement program using the guidelines of the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol or other protocols approved by the Board of Public Utilities and standards adopted by the Board of Public Utilities pursuant to this section.  The calculation shall include all applicable State and federal rebates and tax credits, but shall not include the cost of an energy audit and the cost of verifying energy savings.  The calculation shall state which party has made application for rebates and credits and how these applications translate into energy savings.

     (2)   For the purposes of this section, the Board of Public Utilities shall adopt standards and uniform values for interest rates and escalation of labor, electricity, oil, and gas, as well as standards for presenting these costs in a life cycle and net present value format, standards for the presentation of obligations for carbon reductions, and other standards that the board may determine necessary.

     f. (1) When an energy services company is awarded an energy savings services contract, it shall offer the board of trustees the option to purchase, for an additional amount, an energy savings guarantee.  The guarantee, if accepted by a separate vote of the board of trustees, shall insure that the energy savings resulting from the energy savings improvement program, determined periodically over the duration of the guarantee, will be sufficient to defray all payments required to be made pursuant to the lease-purchase agreement or energy savings obligation, and if the savings are not sufficient, the energy services company will reimburse the board of trustees for any additional amounts.  Annual costs of a guarantee shall not be financed or included as costs in an energy savings plan but shall be fully disclosed in an energy savings plan. 

     (2)   When a guaranteed energy savings option is purchased, the contract shall require a qualified third party to verify the energy savings at intervals established by the parties.

     g.     As used in this section:

     "direct digital control systems" means the devices and computerized control equipment that contain software and computer interfaces that perform the logic that control a building's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system.  Direct digital controls shall be open protocol format and shall meet the interoperability guidelines established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers;

     "educational facility" means a structure suitable for use as a dormitory, dining hall, student union, administrative building, academic building, library, laboratory, research facility, classroom, athletic facility, health care facility, teaching hospital, and parking, maintenance, storage or utility facility or energy conservation measures and other structures or facilities related thereto or required or useful for the instruction of students or the conducting of research or the operation of an institution for higher education, and public libraries, and the necessary and usual attendant and related facilities and equipment, but shall not include any facility used or to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship;

     "energy conservation measure" means an improvement that results in reduced energy use, including, but not limited to, installation of energy efficient equipment; demand response equipment; combined heat and power systems; facilities for the production of renewable energy; water conservation measures, fixtures or facilities; building envelope improvements that are part of an energy savings improvement program; and related control systems for each of the foregoing;

     "energy related capital improvement" means a capital improvement that uses energy but does not result in a reduction of energy use;

     "energy saving obligation" means a bond, note or other agreement evidencing the obligation to repay borrowed funds incurred in order to finance energy saving improvements;

     "energy savings" means a measured reduction in fuel, energy, operating or maintenance costs resulting from the implementation of one or more energy conservation measures services when compared with an established baseline of previous fuel, energy, operating or maintenance costs, including, but not limited to, future capital replacement expenditures avoided as a result of equipment installed or services performed as part of an energy savings plan;

     "energy savings improvement program" means an initiative of a public institution of higher education to implement energy conservation measures in existing facilities, provided that the value of the energy savings resulting from the program will be sufficient to cover the cost of the program's energy conservation measures;

     "energy savings plan" means the document that describes the actions to be taken to implement the energy savings improvement program;

     "energy savings services contract" means a contract with an energy savings company to develop an energy savings plan, prepare bid specifications, manage the performance, provision, construction, and installation of energy conservation measures by subcontractors, to offer a guarantee of energy savings derived from the implementation of an energy savings plan, and may include a provision to manage the bidding process;

     "energy services company" means a commercial entity that is qualified to develop and implement an energy savings plan in accordance with the provisions of this section;

     "public works activities" means any work subject to the provisions of P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.); and

     "water conservation measure" means an alteration to a facility or equipment that reduces water consumption, maximizes the efficiency of water use, or reduces water loss.

     h. (1) The State Treasurer and the Board of Public Utilities may take such action as is deemed necessary and consistent with the intent of this section to implement its provisions.

     (2)   The State Treasurer and the Board of Public Utilities may adopt implementation guidelines or directives, and adopt such administrative rules, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), as are necessary for the implementation of those agencies' respective responsibilities under this section, except that notwithstanding any provision of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to the contrary, the State Treasurer and the Board of Public Utilities may adopt, immediately upon filing with the Office of Administrative Law, such rules and regulations as deemed necessary to implement the provisions of this act which shall be effective for a period not to exceed 12 months and shall thereafter be amended, adopted or re-adopted in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

(cf: P.L.2009, c.4, s.4)

 

     83. Section 2 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-168) is amended to read as follows:

     2.     Repeal of the act and parts of acts, and all amendments and supplements thereto, pursuant to section 1 of this act, is subject to the following provisos: 

     a.  The alternate benefit programs established by [the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry,]  the Board of Governors of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Board of Higher Education for certain employees of State and county colleges, are continued except as the benefit and contribution schedules are revised by this act. 

     b.  The timely filing of applications for transfer from the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund and the Group Annuity Plan as specified in such acts shall be deemed to have not been revised by this act. 

     c.  The transfer of employee and employer contributions from the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund and the Group Annuity Plan to the insurers or mutual fund companies of the alternate benefit programs shall be considered as having met the requirements of said acts and shall be continued as provided by this act. 

     d.  Any contributions made by a member of the alternate benefit program for any additional death benefit coverage established under said acts shall not be returnable to the member or his beneficiary in any manner, or for any reason whatsoever, nor shall any contributions made for the additional death benefit coverage be included in any annuity payable to any such member or to his beneficiary. 

(cf: P.L.1993, c.385, s.1) 

     84.  Section 3 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-169) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    As used in this act:

     a.     "Accumulated deductions" means those contributions as defined in N.J.S.18A:66-2 or in section 6 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-6).

     b.    "Base salary" means a participant's regular base or contractual salary.  It shall exclude bonus, overtime or other forms of extra compensation such as (1) longevity lump sum payments, (2) lump sum terminal sick leave or vacation pay, (3) the value of maintenance, (4) individual pay adjustments made within or at the conclusion of the participant's final year of service, (5) retroactive salary adjustments or other pay adjustments made in the participant's final year of service unless such adjustment was made as a result of a general pay adjustment for all personnel of the department or institution, (6) any unscheduled individual adjustment made in the final year to place the member at the maximum salary level within his salary range and (7) any pay for services rendered during the summer vacation period by a participant who is required to work only 10 months of the year. 

     c.     "Base annual salary" means the base salary upon which contributions by the member and his employer to the alternate benefit program were based during the last year of creditable service. 

     d.    (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1994, c.48).

     e.     ["University of Medicine and Dentistry" means the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey established pursuant to the terms of section 3 of P.L.1970, c.102 (C.18A:64G-3).] Deleted by amendment, P.L.   , c.    (pending before the Legislature as this bill)

     f.     "County colleges" means the colleges so defined in N.J.S.18A:64A-1. 

     g.     "Division of Pensions" means the division established in the Department of the Treasury pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1955, c.70 (C.52:18A-95) and is the agency responsible for the administration of the alternate benefit program of the State and county colleges and for the administration of the group life and disability insurances of all alternate benefit programs established in the State for public employees. 

     h.     "Full-time officers" and "full-time members of the faculty" shall include the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the respective school.  "Full-time" shall also include eligible full-time officers and full-time members of the faculty who are granted sabbaticals or leaves of absence with pay where the compensation paid is 50% or more of the base salary at the time the leave commences and the period of eligibility terminates with the end of the school year following the year in which the sabbatical began. "Part-time" shall be defined as an appointment where the employee receives a salary or wages for a period of less than 50% of the normal work week.  These definitions shall apply to teaching or administrative staff members or to employees serving in a dual capacity where the appointment includes teaching as well as administrative duties. 

     i.      "Group Annuity Plan" refers to the Group Annuity Contract R-134 between the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Prudential Insurance Company of America. 

     j.     "Member" or "participant" means a full-time officer or a full-time member of the faculty participating in the alternate benefit program, and after the effective date of P.L.2008, c.89, means an adjunct faculty member or a part-time instructor whose employment agreement begins after that effective date. 

     k.    "New Jersey Institute of Technology" means the Newark College of Engineering. 

     l.      "Pension reserve" means those moneys as defined in N.J.S.18A:66-2 or in section 6 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-6). 

     m.    "Rutgers, The State University" means the institution of higher education described in chapter 65 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. 

     n.     "State Colleges" means the colleges so described in chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes and any former State college designated as a public research university pursuant to              P.L.    , c.   (C.   ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill)

     o.    "Mutual fund company" means an investment company or trust regulated by the federal "Investment Company Act of 1940," 15 U.S.C.s. 80a-1 et seq. 

(cf: P.L.2008, c.89, s.12)

 

     85. Section 4 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-170) is amended to read as follows:

     4.  All full-time officers and all full-time members of the faculty of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] Rutgers, The State University, the Newark College of Engineering, Rowan University, the State and county colleges and all regularly appointed teaching and administrative staff members in applicable positions, as determined by the Director of the Division of Pensions in the Department of the Treasury, shall be eligible and shall participate in the alternate benefit program, except those persons appointed in a part-time or temporary capacity, physicians and dentists holding employment in positions titled intern, resident or fellow on or after the effective date of this amendatory act, persons compensated on a fee basis, persons temporarily in the United States under an F or J visa and members of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or the Group Annuity Plan, who did not elect to transfer to the alternate benefit program in accordance with the provisions of chapter 64C or 65 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes, P.L.1967, c.278 (C.18A:66-130 et seq.), or c.281 (C.18A:66-142 et seq.), or P.L.1968, c.181 (C.18A:66-154 et seq.). An eligible person who has been enrolled in the alternate benefit program for at least one year pursuant to this section may continue to be enrolled in the program, notwithstanding promotion or transfer to a position within the institution not otherwise eligible for the program. 

     Any person participating in the alternate benefit program shall be ineligible for membership in the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or the Group Annuity Plan and any person electing to participate in the alternate benefit program shall thereby waive all rights and benefits provided by the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or the Group Annuity Plan as a member of said fund, system or plan, except as herein and otherwise provided by law or under terms of the Group Annuity Plan. 

     Any person required to participate in the alternate benefit program by reason of employment, who at the time of such employment is a member of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund, shall be permitted to transfer his membership in said fund to the Public Employees' Retirement System, by waiving all rights and benefits which would otherwise be provided by the alternate benefit program. Any such new employee who is a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System will be permitted to continue his membership in that system, by waiving all rights and benefits which would otherwise be provided by the alternate benefit program.  Such waivers shall be accomplished by filing forms satisfactory to the Division of Pensions within 30 days of the beginning date of employment. 

     Any person receiving a benefit by reason of his retirement from any retirement or pension system of the State of New Jersey or any political subdivision thereof shall be ineligible to participate in the alternate benefit program. 

     No person eligible for participation in the alternate benefit program shall be eligible for, or receive, benefits under chapters 4 and 8B of Title 43 of the Revised Statutes. 

     The alternate benefit programs established pursuant to this act are deemed to be pension funds or retirement systems for purposes of P.L.1968, c.23 (C.43:3C-1 et seq.). 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.188) 

 

     86. Section 7 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-173) is amended to read as follows:

     7. (a) When a member of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System elects to transfer to an alternate benefit program by filing the proper application form declaring his election to participate in such alternate benefit program, the respective retirement system shall transfer the amount of his accumulated deductions as of the date of transfer to his individual account in the program. 

     (b)  There shall also be transferred from the contingent reserve fund or the pension fund of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or from the Group Annuity Plan to the individual's account in the alternate benefit program, the pension reserve required as of the date of his transfer to provide a pension for each year of service credited to the account of the member as set forth in N.J.S.18A:66-36 or N.J.S.18A:66-44 or as set forth in section 38 or section 48 of P.L.1954, c. 84 as such sections have been amended and supplemented as of July 1, 1969 (C.43:15A-38, C.43:15A-48) or as set forth in section 17 of P.L.1964, c.241 (C.43:16A-11.2) or section 5 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-5) or for each year of service credited under the Group Annuity Plan.  Such transfer from the contingent reserve fund or the pension fund of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or the Group Annuity Plan shall be made at the time of the member's transfer to the alternate benefit program in the case of any such member who has then met the eligibility requirements for a pension under the aforementioned N.J.S.18A:66-36, or N.J.S.18A:66-44, or section 38 or section 48 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-38, C.43:15A-48) or section 17 of P.L.1964, c.241 (C.43:16A-11.2) or section 5 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-5) or the Group Annuity Plan.  In the case of any member who elects to participate in the alternate benefit program who has not then met the eligibility requirements for a pension under N.J.S.18A:66-36 or N.J.S.18A:66-44, or under section 38 or section 48 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-38, C.43:15A-48) or section 17 of P.L.1964, c.241 (C.43:16A-11.2) or section 5 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-5) or under the Group Annuity Plan, the transfer from the contingent reserve fund or the pension fund of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or the Group Annuity Plan shall be effected at the time such requirements have been met, taking into account for the purpose of such eligibility requirement his years of membership service at the time of his election and his subsequent years of service as a full-time member of the faculty of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry,] Rutgers, The State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, or the State or county colleges or as an eligible employee of the Department of Higher Education, or at the time he shall have 10 years of credit for New Jersey service and becomes physically incapacitated for the performance of duty if he had been a member of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System as of the date of transfer. 

     The annuity to be used in determining the amount of pension is the actuarial equivalent of the member's accumulated deductions transferred from the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System to the date the member attains 60 years of age, if subsequent to the date of election.  The amount of pension is that established by formula within N.J.S.18A:66-44 or section 48 of P.L.1954, c.84 as such sections have been amended and supplemented as of July 1, 1969 (C.43:15A-48) or section 5 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-5) or under the Group Annuity Plan, and changes to N.J.S.18A:66-44 or section 48 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-48) or section 5 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-5) enacted subsequent to this act or the Group Annuity Plan shall have no application to the provisions of this act. 

     In the event that the eligibility requirement under N.J.S.18A:66-36 or under section 38 of P.L.1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-38) or section 17 of P.L.1964, c.241 (C.43:16A-11.2) or under the Group Annuity Plan is changed at some future date to permit members to become eligible for such benefit prior to the completion of 15 years of service, the transfer of the reserve from the contingent reserve fund or the pension fund of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund or the Public Employees' Retirement System or the Police and Firemen's Retirement System or from the Group Annuity Plan shall be effective as of the date the member who had elected the alternate benefit program meets the amended eligibility requirement or the effective date of the amendment, whichever is later. 

     In the event an option is available with respect to the distribution of employee and employer contributions between fixed and variable annuities under the alternate benefit program, the employee shall have the right to determine the percentage distribution of these funds subject to any limitations imposed by the designated insurer or insurers. 

     (c) No transfer of pension reserves shall be made pursuant to this section where more than two consecutive years elapse in which no employer contributions to an alternate benefit program are required. 

(cf: P.L.1993, c.385, s.5) 

 

     87. Section 8 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-174) is amended to read as follows:

     8. (a) [The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] Rutgers, The State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology shall reduce the compensation of each participant in the alternate benefit program and pay over to the insurers or mutual fund companies for the benefit of the participant an employee contribution for the retirement annuity contract or contracts equal to 5% of the participant's base salary.  The intervals for deductions or reductions and payments shall be determined by the respective school governing bodies.

     The Division of Pensions and Benefits shall provide for reductions from the compensation of each participant in the alternate benefit program employed by the State and county colleges of an employee contribution equal to 5% of the participant's base salary and pay this amount to the insurers or mutual fund companies for the individual's retirement annuity contract or contracts.  The intervals for deductions or reductions and payments shall be determined by the Division of Pensions and Benefits.

     The Division of Pensions and Benefits may require that all participant contributions be made in accordance with section 414(h) of the federal Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. s.414(h)).

     (b)   Based on a certification to the Division of Pensions and Benefits by [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] Rutgers, The State University [and], the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rowan University of the number and base salary of participants, the division shall authorize the State to make payment of the employer contributions to the alternate benefit program at a rate equal to 8% of the employee's base salary, except the amount of the contribution shall not exceed 8% of the maximum salary for department officers established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1974, c.55 (C.52:14-15.107), which moneys shall be paid to the designated insurers or mutual fund companies for the benefit of each participant.

     Based on a certification by the Division of Pensions and Benefits of the number and base salary of participants employed by the State and county colleges, the State shall make payment of the employer contributions to the alternate benefit program at a rate equal to 8% of the employee's base salary, except the amount of the contribution shall not exceed 8% of the maximum salary for department officers established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1974, c.55 (C.52:14-15.107), which moneys shall be paid to the designated insurers or mutual fund companies for the benefit of each participant.

     (c)   For the member of the Public Employees' Retirement System employed by the county colleges, who is defined in the regulations of the Division of Pensions and Benefits as a full-time faculty member and who is permitted to transfer his membership and does so, the State shall pay the employer contribution to the alternate benefit program at a rate equal to 8% of the member's base salary, except the amount of the contribution shall not exceed 8% of the maximum salary for department officers established pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1974, c.55 (C.52:14-15.107). If the member continues membership in the Public Employees' Retirement System, the State shall pay the employer contribution to the retirement system on his behalf and such employer contribution shall be at a rate equal to the normal contribution made by the State on behalf of nonveteran members of the Public Employees' Retirement System.

     (d)   For any nonacademic employee of a county college, as defined in section 4 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-170), who is eligible for the program according to the regulations of the Director of the Division of Pensions and Benefits, the county college shall pay the employer contribution to the retirement system on the employee's behalf in the same manner as the State, pursuant to this section.

(cf: P.L.2010, c.31, s.1)

 

     88. Section 24 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-190) is amended to read as follows:

     24.  The [Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the] Board of Governors of Rutgers, The State University, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Board of Trustees of Rowan University, and the boards of trustees of State and county colleges, are hereby authorized to enter into agreement with each employee participating in the alternate benefit program whereby the employee agrees to take a reduction in salary with respect to amounts earned after the effective date of such agreement in return for the agreement of the respective institution to use a corresponding amount to purchase an annuity for such employee so as to obtain the benefits afforded under section 403(b) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended.  Any such agreement shall specify the amount of such reduction, the effective date thereof, and shall be legally binding and irrevocable with respect to amounts earned while the agreement is in effect; provided, however, that such agreement may be terminated after it has been in effect for a period of not less than one year upon notice in writing by either party, and provided further that not more than one such agreement shall be entered into during any taxable year of the employee.  For the purposes of this section, any annuity or other contract which meets the requirements of section 403(b) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended, may be utilized.  The amount of the reduction in salary under any agreement entered into between the institutions and any employee pursuant to this section shall not exceed the limitations set forth in P.L.93-406 (Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) and Section 415(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended for such year.

     Amounts payable pursuant to this section by an institution on behalf of an employee for a pay period shall be transmitted and credited not later than the fifth business day after the date on which the employee is paid for that pay period.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.247, s.2)


     89. Section 25 of P.L.1969, c.242 (C.18A:66-191) is amended to read as follows:

     25.    No retirement, death or other benefit shall be payable by the State, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry,] Rutgers, The State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University or the Division of Pensions under the alternate benefit program.  Benefits shall be payable to participating employees and their beneficiaries only by the designated insurers or mutual fund companies under the terms of the contracts. 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.192) 

 

     90. Section 3 of P.L.1969, c.142 (C.18A:71-30) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    As used in this act, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

     (a)   The term "board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund created by section 4 of P.L.1968, c.142 (C.18A:71-31).

     (b)   (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1994, c.48).

     (c)   The term "department" shall mean the Department of State.

     (d)   The term "fund" shall mean the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund created by section 4 of P.L.1968, c.142 (C.18A:71-31).

     (e)   The term "higher education" shall mean that education which is provided by any or all of the public institutions of higher education as herein defined or any or all equivalent private institutions.

     (f)    The term "public institutions of higher education" shall mean and include Rutgers, The State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the [nine] eight State colleges, the county colleges, and any other public universities, colleges or county colleges now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.212)

 

     91. N.J.S.18A:71A-4 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:71A-4.  a.        The Board of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority shall consist of 18 members as follows:  the State Treasurer, ex-officio, or a designee; the [chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education] Secretary of Higher Education, ex-officio, or a designee from among the public members of the commission; the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Educational Opportunity Fund, ex-officio, or a designee from among the public members of the board; five representatives from eligible institutions in this State, including one from Rutgers, the State University, one from either the New Jersey Institute of Technology or [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, one from the county colleges, one from the State colleges, and one from the independent institutions of higher education in the State; two students from different collegiate institutional sectors; seven public members who shall be residents of this State, including one who shall represent a lender party to a participation agreement with the authority; and the executive director of the authority, or designee, who shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board.

     b.    The seven public members, including the lender member, shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.  No more than four of the public members shall be members of the same political party.  The institutional representatives shall be nominated by the respective institution in the case of Rutgers, the State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, [and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and Rowan University.  The remaining institutional representatives shall be nominated by the respective sector association.  Institutional representatives shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.  The student members shall be the individuals that the Student Advisory Committee elects as its chairperson and vice-chairperson.  The Student Advisory Committee shall be created by the board to include students from all collegiate institutional sectors.  The necessary appointments shall be made within 45 days of the enactment of P.L.1999, c.46 (N.J.S.18A:71A-1 et al.).

     c.     Public and institutional members of the board shall serve a term of four years and until a successor is appointed and qualified, except in the case of the first members so appointed, four of whom shall be appointed for a term of four years, four of whom shall be appointed for a term of three years, two of whom shall be appointed for a term of two years, and two of whom shall be appointed for a term of one year.  Student members shall serve a term of office not to exceed two years.  Any vacancy in the membership of the board, occurring otherwise than by expiration of term, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment or election was made, but for the unexpired term only.

(cf: N.J.S.18A:71A-4)

 

     92. Section 3 of P.L.2000, c.163 (C.18A:71B-55) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    As used in this act, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

     "Board" means the Board of Trustees of the Tony Pompelio Commemorative Scholarship Fund for the children of crime victims created pursuant to this act.

     "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

     "Executive director" means the chief executive and administrative officer of the authority.

     "Authority" means the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:71A-1 et seq., the "Higher Education Student Assistance Authority Law," or any  body, entity, commission, or department succeeding to the principal functions thereof or to whom the powers conferred upon the authority by N.J.S.18A:71A-1 et seq. shall be given by law.

     "Public Institutions of  Higher Education" means the State colleges and universities created pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes; the county colleges; [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey]; the New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers, the State University; Rowan University; and any other public universities, colleges, county colleges and junior colleges now or hereafter established or authorized by law.

(cf: P.L.2000, c.163, s.3)

 

     93  N.J.S.18A:71C-32 is amended to read as follows:        

     18A:71C-32.  "Approved site" means a site located within a State designated underserved area or a health professional shortage area, or a clinic which is part of the extramural network of dental clinics established by the New Jersey Dental School of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, or a site that has been determined by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, in consultation with the Department of Health and Senior Services, to serve medically underserved populations according to criteria determined by the authority, including, but not limited to, the percentage of medically underserved patients served.

     "Authority" means the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.

     "Eligible qualifying loan expenses" means the cumulative outstanding balance of student loans covering the cost of attendance at an undergraduate institution of medical, dental, or other primary care professional education at the time an applicant is selected for the program.  Interest paid or due on qualifying loans that an applicant has taken out for use in paying the costs of undergraduate medical, dental, or other primary care professional education shall be considered eligible for reimbursement under the program.  The authority may establish a limit on the total amount of qualifying loans which may be redeemed for participants under the program, provided that the total redemption of qualifying loans does not exceed $120,000, or the maximum amount authorized by the federal government, whichever is greater, either in State funds or the sum of federal, State, and other non-federal matching funds, pursuant to section 338I of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.s.254q-1), whichever is applicable.

     "Executive director" means the executive director of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.

     "Health professional shortage area" (HPSA) means an urban or rural area, a population group or a public or non-profit private medical or dental facility or other public facility which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines has a health professional shortage pursuant to section 332 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. s.254e).

     "Primary care" means the practice of family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, general obstetrics, gynecology, pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, public health dentistry, and any other areas of medicine or dentistry which the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may define as primary care.  Primary care also includes the practice of a nurse-practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, and physician assistant.

     "Primary care practitioner" means a State-licensed or certified health care professional who has obtained a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or another primary care profession at an undergraduate institution of medical, dental, or other primary care professional education, as applicable.

     "Program" means the Primary Care Practitioner Loan Redemption Program established pursuant to N.J.S.18A:71C-33.

     "Program participant" means a primary care practitioner who contracts with the authority to engage in the clinical practice of primary care at an approved site in exchange for the redemption of eligible qualifying loan expenses provided under the program.

     "Qualifying loan" means a government or commercial loan for the actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable education and living expenses relating to the obtaining of a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or another primary care profession.

     "State designated underserved area" means a geographic area in this State which has been ranked by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services on the basis of health status and economic indicators as reflecting a medical or dental health professional shortage.

     "Total and permanent disability" means a physical or mental disability that is expected to continue indefinitely or result in death and renders a participant in the program unable to perform that person's service obligation, as determined by the executive director or his designee.

     "Undergraduate medical, dental, or other primary care professional education" means the period of time between entry into medical school, dental school, or other primary care professional training program and the award of a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or another primary care profession, respectively.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.145, s.1)


     94. N.J.S.18A:71C-35 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:71C-35.  The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, after consultation with the Commissioner of Corrections and the Commissioner of Human Services, shall designate and establish a ranking of State designated underserved areas.  The criteria used by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services in designating areas shall include, but not be limited to:

     a.     the financial resources of the population under consideration, including the percentage of the population that is eligible for medical assistance pursuant to P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.) and P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et seq.), and the percentage of the population that does not have health insurance coverage;

     b.    the population's access to primary care services;

     c.     appropriate physician, dentist, or other primary care staffing in State, county, municipal and private nonprofit health care facilities and in clinics which are part of the extramural network of dental clinics established by the New Jersey Dental School of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University; and

     d.    the extent to which racial and ethnic disparities in health care in a geographic area, including, but not limited to, disparities in the incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, chemical dependency, diabetes, asthma, homicide, suicide, accidental injury, infant mortality, child immunization rates, HIV/AIDS, dental caries, and periodontal disease, indicate the need to increase access to primary care services among racial and ethnic minority populations in that area.

     The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall transmit the list of State designated underserved areas and the number of positions needed in each area to the executive director or designee.

(cf: P.L. 2009, c.145, s.4)

 

     95. Section 10 of P.L.2009, c. 145 (C.18A:71C-36.1) is amended to read as follows:

     10. a. A program participant, as a condition of participation, shall be required to adhere to performance standards established by the executive director or his designee and if the approved site is a clinic which is part of the extramural network of dental clinics established by the New Jersey Dental School of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University the program participant shall also meet performance standards set by the New Jersey Dental School.

     b.    The standards shall include, but not be limited to, requirements that a participant:

     (1)   maintain residency in the State;

     (2)   maintain a license or certification to practice a primary care profession in the State;

     (3)   remain current with payments on student loans;

     (4)   enter into a mutually acceptable contract with an approved site;

     (5) maintain satisfactory performance of services rendered at an approved site; and

     (6)   report to the authority or its designee, on a form and in a manner prescribed by the authority or its designee, on the program participant's performance of services rendered at an approved site prior to repayment of the annual amount eligible for redemption.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.145, s.10)

 

     96.  N.J.S.18A:71C-38 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:71C-38. Each program participant shall serve a six-month probationary period upon initial placement at an approved site.  During that period, the primary care staff of the approved site, or in the case of a clinic which is part of the extramural network of dental clinics established by the New Jersey Dental School of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, the director of the clinics and the vice-dean of the dental school, together with the program participant and the executive director or his designee, shall evaluate the suitability of the placement for the program participant.  At the end of the probationary period, the primary care staff shall recommend the continuation of the program participant's present placement, a change in placement, or its determination that the program participant is an unsuitable candidate for the program.  If the primary care staff of the approved site recommends a change in placement, the executive director or a designee shall approve an alternate placement at an approved site.  If the primary care staff determines that the program participant is not a suitable candidate for the program, the executive director or his designee shall take this recommendation into consideration in regard to the program participant's final acceptance into the program.  No loan redemption payment shall be made during the six-month probationary period; however, a program participant shall receive credit for the six-month period in calculating the first year of required service under the loan redemption contract.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.145, s.7)

 

     97. N.J.S.18A:72A-3 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:72A-3.  As used in this act, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context indicates or requires another or different meaning or intent:

     "Authority" means the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority created by this chapter or any board, body, commission, department or officer succeeding to the principal functions thereof or to whom the powers conferred upon the authority by this chapter shall be given by law;

     "Bond" means bonds or notes of the authority issued pursuant to this chapter;

     "County college capital project" means any capital project of a county college certified pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1971, c.12 (C.18A:64A-22.2) and approved by the State Treasurer for funding pursuant to the "County College Capital Projects Fund Act," P.L.1997, c.360 (C.18A:72A-12.2 et seq.);

     "Dormitory" means a housing unit with necessary and usual attendant and related facilities and equipment, and shall include a dormitory of a public or private school, or of a public or private institution of higher education;

     "Educational facility" means a structure suitable for use as a dormitory, dining hall, student union, administration building, academic building, library, laboratory, research facility, classroom, athletic facility, health care facility, teaching hospital, and parking maintenance storage or utility facility and other structures or facilities related thereto or required or useful for the instruction of students or the conducting of research or the operation of an institution for higher education, and public libraries, and the necessary and usual attendant and related facilities and equipment, but shall not include any facility used or to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship;

     "Emerging needs program" means a program at one or more public or private institutions of higher education directed to meeting new and advanced technology needs or to supporting new academic programs in science and technology;

     "Higher education equipment" means any property consisting of, or relating to, scientific, engineering, technical, computer, communications or instructional equipment;

     "Participating college" means a public institution of higher education or private college which, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, participates with the authority in undertaking the financing and construction or acquisition of a project;

     "Project" means a dormitory or an educational facility or any combination thereof, or a county college capital project;

     "Private college" means an institution for higher education other than a public college, situated within the State and which, by virtue of law or charter, is a nonprofit educational institution empowered to provide a program of education beyond the high school level;

     "Private institution of higher education" means independent colleges or universities incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license, are nonprofit educational institutions authorized to grant academic degrees and which provide a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which are eligible to receive State aid;

     "Public institution of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the State colleges, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the county colleges and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by law;   

     "School" means a secondary school, military school, or boarding school;

     "University" means Rutgers, The State University.

(cf: P.L.2000, c.56, s.10)

 

     98.  N.J.S.18A:72A-26 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:72A-26.  In order to provide new dormitories and to enable the construction and financing thereof, to refinance indebtedness hereafter created by the authority for the purpose of providing a dormitory or dormitories or additions or improvements thereto, or for any one or more of said purposes, but for no other purpose unless authorized by law, each of the following bodies shall have the powers hereafter enumerated to be exercised upon such terms and conditions, including the fixing of any consideration or rental to be paid or received, as it shall determine by resolution as to such property and each shall be subject to the performance of the duties hereafter enumerated, that is to say, the treasurer as to such as are located on land owned by the State or by the authority, the board of governors of the university, the board of trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology [or the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] or Rowan University, the board of trustees of a State college or the board of trustees of a county college as to such as are located on land owned by the university or by the particular college respectively, namely: 

     a.  The power to sell and to convey to the authority title in fee simple in any such land and any existing dormitories thereon owned by the State or owned by the board of trustees of a county college or the power to sell and to convey to the authority such title as the university or the college respectively may have in any such land and any existing dormitories thereon. 

     b.  The power to lease to the authority any land and any existing dormitories thereon so owned for a term or terms not exceeding 50 years each.

     The power to lease or sublease from the authority, and to make available, any such land and existing dormitories conveyed or leased to the authority under subsections a. and b. of this section, and any new dormitories erected upon such land or upon any other land owned by the authority, any rentals to be payable, as to the university or as to any such college from available funds other than moneys appropriated to it by the State. 

     d.  The power and duty, upon receipt of notice of any assignment by the authority of any lease or sublease made under subsection c. of this section, or of any of its rights under any such lease or sublease, to recognize and give effect to such assignment, and to pay to the assignee thereof rentals or other payments then due or which may become due under any such lease or sublease which has been so assigned by the authority. 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.238)      

 

     99.  N.J.S.18A:72A-27.1 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:72A-27.1.  In addition to the powers and duties with respect to dormitories given under N.J.S.18A:72A-26 and 18A:72A-27 the treasurer, the board of governors of the university, the board of trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the board of trustees of a State college, the board of trustees of Rowan University, and the board of trustees of a county college [and the board of trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] shall also have the same power and be subject to the same duties in relation to any conveyance, lease or sublease made under subsection a., b., or c. of section 18A:72A-26, with respect to revenue producing facilities; that is to say, structures or facilities which produce revenues sufficient to pay the rentals due and to become due under any lease or sublease made under subsection c. of section 18A:72A-26 including, without limitation, student unions and parking facilities. 

 (cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.239) 

 

     100. Section 48 of P.L.2009, c.90 (C.18A:72A-82) is amended to read as follows:

     48.  As used in sections 48 and 49 of P.L.2009, c.90 (C.18A:72A-82 and C.18A:72A-83):

     "Board" means the Local Finance Board established in the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs.

     "Bonds" mean bonds, notes or other obligations issued to finance or refinance higher education projects by a municipality, or on behalf of a municipality by a county improvement authority created pursuant to the "county improvement authorities law," P.L.1960, c.183 (C.40:37A-44 et seq.).

     "Higher education partnership agreement" means an agreement between a municipality and an institution of higher education providing for the issuance of bonds by the municipality, a county improvement authority or a redevelopment entity, and the pledge of payments by the institution of higher education to secure those bonds to finance a higher education project, or part thereof.

     "Higher education project" means the establishment and construction of higher education buildings and the expansion and construction of additional facilities at, and the acquisition of additional and upgraded equipment for existing higher education buildings, including but not limited to the planning, erecting, purchasing, improving, developing, constructing, reconstructing, extending, rehabilitating, renovating, upgrading, demolishing and equipping of facilities at institutions of higher education.

     "Institution of higher education" means: Rutgers, The State University; a State college or university established pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes; the New Jersey Institute of Technology; [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University; a county college and any other public university or college now or hereafter established or authorized by State law; and any college or university incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license is a nonprofit educational institution authorized to grant academic degrees and which provides a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education, as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which is eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion.

     "Municipality" means the municipal governing body or an entity acting on behalf of the municipality if permitted by the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or, if a redevelopment agency or redevelopment entity is established in the municipality pursuant to P.L.1992, c.79 (C.40A:12A-1 et seq.) and the municipality so provides, the redevelopment agency or entity so established.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.90, s.48)

 

     101. Section 3 of P.L.1985, c.493 (C.18A:72H-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.  As used in this act:

     a.  "Auditorily impaired" means a hearing impairment of such severity that the individual depends primarily upon visual communication. 

     b.  "Competent authority" means any doctor of medicine or any doctor of osteopathy licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State. 

     c.  (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1994, c.48).

     d.  "Eligible student" means any student "admitted to a public or independent institution of higher education who is" suffering from a visual impairment, auditory impairment or a specific learning disability within guidelines established by the Commission on Higher Education pursuant to regulations promulgated under this act. 

     e.  "Independent institution of higher education" means a college or university incorporated and located in New Jersey, which by virtue of law or character or license is a nonprofit educational institution authorized to grant academic degrees and which provides a level of education which is equivalent to the education provided by the State's public institutions of higher education, as attested by the receipt of and continuation of regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and which is eligible to receive State aid under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, but does not include any educational institution dedicated primarily to the education or training of ministers, priests, rabbis or other professional persons in the field of religion. 

     f.  "Learning disability" means a significant barrier to learning caused by a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.  The disorder includes conditions such as perceptual handicap, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  This term shall not include learning problems which are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, or environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage. 

     g.  "Program" means the Higher Education Services for Visually Impaired, Auditorily Impaired and Learning Disabled Students Program established pursuant to this act. 

     h.  "Public institution of higher education" means Rutgers, The State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the State colleges and the county colleges. 

     i.  "Support services" or "supportive services" means services that assist eligible students in obtaining a college education and include, but are not limited to, interpreters, note takers, and tutors. 

     j.  "Visually impaired" means a vision impairment where the better eye with correction does not exceed 20/200 or where there is a field defect in the better eye in which the diameter of the field is no greater than 20 degrees. 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.48, s.282) 

 

     102. Section 2 of P.L.1987, c.183 (C.18A:72J-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2. There are created the Martin Luther King Physician-Dentist Scholarships which shall be maintained by the State and awarded and administered pursuant to this act to students from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds enrolled in the [University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Fairleigh Dickinson] Rutgers University School of Dentistry.

(cf: P.L.1987, c.183, s.2)


     103. Section 2 of P.L.2007, c.172 (C.26:1A-36.7a) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The Early Intervention Program in the Department of Health and Senior Services established pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1993, c.309 (C.26:1A-36.7) shall conduct activities to address the specific needs of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  These activities shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

     a.     developing, in consultation with autism experts and advocates, including, but not limited to, the Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, Autism Speaks, The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, The Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc., and the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, guidelines for health care professionals to use in evaluating infants and toddlers living in the State for autism and to ensure the timely referral by health care professionals of infants and toddlers who are identified as having autism or suspected of being on the autism spectrum to the Early Intervention Program in order to provide appropriate services to those infants and toddlers as early as possible;

     b.    referring affected children who are identified as having autism or suspected of being on the autism spectrum and their families to schools and agencies, including community, consumer, and parent-based agencies, and organizations and other programs mandated by Part C of the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (20 U.S.C. s.1431 et seq.), which offer programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children with autism;

     c.     collecting data on Statewide autism screening, diagnosis, and intervention programs and systems that can be used for applied research, program evaluation, and policy development; and

     d.    disseminating information on the medical care of individuals with autism to health care professionals and the general public.

(cf: P.L.2007, c.172, s.2)

 

     104. Section 23 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-23) is amended to read as follows:

     23.  In order to provide new health care organizations and to enable the construction and financing thereof, to refinance indebtedness hereafter created by the authority for the purpose of providing one or more health care organizations or additions or improvements thereto or modernization thereof or for any one or more of said purposes but for no other purpose unless authorized by law, each of the following bodies shall have the powers hereafter enumerated to be exercised upon such terms and conditions, including the fixing of fair consideration or rental to be paid or received, as it shall determine by resolution as to such property and each shall be subject to the performance of the duties hereafter enumerated, that is to say, the Department of Health and Senior Services as to such as are located on land owned by, or owned by the State and held for, any State institution or on lands of the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Senior Services or of the Department of Human Services,  or by the authority, the Commissioner of Human Services as to State institutions operated by that department, the board of  trustees or governing body of any public health care organization, the board of [trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] governors of Rutgers, The State University, as to such as are located on land owned by the university, or by the State for the university, the State or by the particular public health care organization, respectively, namely:

     a.     The power to sell and to convey to the authority title in fee simple in any such land and any existing health care facility thereon owned by the State and held for any department thereof or of any of the institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Senior Services or the power to sell and to convey to the authority such title as the State or the public health care organization, respectively, may have in any such land and any existing health care facility thereon.

     b.    The power to lease to the authority any land and any existing health care facility thereon so owned for a term or terms not exceeding 50 years each.

     c.     The power to lease or sublease from the authority, and to make available, any such land and existing health care facility conveyed or leased to the authority under subsections a. and b. of this section, and any new health care facility erected upon such land or upon any other land owned by the authority.

     d.    The power and duty, upon receipt of notice of any assignment by the authority of any lease or sublease made under subsection c. of this section, or of any of its rights under any such lease or sublease, to recognize and give effect to such assignment, and to pay to the assignee thereof rentals or other payments then due or which may become due under any such lease or sublease which has been so assigned by the authority.

(cf: P.L.1997, c.435, s.9)

 

     105. Section 25 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-25) is amended to read as follows:

     25.  In addition to the powers and duties with respect to health care organizations given under sections 23 and 24 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-23 and C.26:2I-24, respectively), the board of trustees or governing body of any State institution or public health care organization and the board of [trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] governors of Rutgers, The State University shall also have the same powers and be subject to the same duties in relation to any conveyance, lease or sublease made under subsection a., b., or c. of section 24 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-24), with respect to revenue producing facilities; that is to say, structures or facilities which produce revenues sufficient to pay the rentals due and to become due under any lease or sublease made under subsection c. of section 24 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-24), including, without limitation,  extended care and parking facilities.

(cf: P.L.1997, c.435, s.11)

 

     106. Section 27 of P.L.1972, c.29 (C.26:2I-27) is amended to read as follows:

     27.  To the extent not otherwise expressly provided under existing law, all powers and duties conferred upon any State institution or [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University or any county, city or municipal health care organization pursuant to this act shall be exercised and performed by resolution of its governing body and all powers and duties conferred upon any of these health care organizations pursuant to this  act shall be exercised and performed by resolution of its board of trustees or  governing body.

(cf: P.L.1997, c.435, s.12)

 

     107. Section 1 of P.L.1986, c.106 (C.26:2K-35) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    As used in this act:

     a.     "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

     b.    "Dispatch" means the coordinated request for and dispatch of the emergency medical service helicopter response unit by a central communications center located in the service area, following protocols developed by the mobile intensive care hospital, the regional trauma or critical care center, the commissioner and the superintendent.

     c.     "Emergency medical service helicopter response unit" means a specially equipped hospital-based emergency medical service helicopter staffed by advanced life support personnel and operated for the provision of advanced life support services under the medical direction of a mobile intensive care program and the regional trauma or critical care center authorized by the commissioner.

     d.    "Emergency medical transportation" means the prehospital or interhospital transportation of an acutely ill or injured patient by a dedicated emergency medical service helicopter response unit operated, maintained and piloted by the Division of State Police of the Department of Law and Public Safety, pursuant to regulations adopted by the commissioner under chapter 40 of Title 8 of the New Jersey Administrative Code.

     e.     "Medical direction" means the medical control and medical orders transmitted from the physician of the mobile intensive care hospital or from the physician at the regional trauma or critical care center to the staff of the helicopter.  The mobile intensive care unit coordinating center and regional trauma or critical care center shall have the ability to cross patch and consult with each other as approved by the commissioner.

     f.     "Mobile intensive care hospital" means a hospital authorized by the commissioner to develop and maintain a mobile intensive care unit to provide advanced life support services in accordance with P.L.1984, c.146 (C.26:2K-7 et al.).

     g.     "Regional trauma center" means a State designated level one hospital-based trauma center equipped and staffed to provide emergency medical services to an accident or trauma victim, including, but not limited to, the level one trauma centers at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-] University Hospital in Newark, known as the "Eric Munoz Trauma Center," and at the Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden.

     h.     "Critical care center" means a hospital authorized by the commissioner to provide regional critical care services, such as trauma, burn, spinal cord, cardiac, poison or neonatal care.

     i.      "Superintendent" means the Superintendent of the Division of State Police of the Department of Law and Public Safety.

(cf: P.L.2010, c.80, s.1) 

 

     108. Section 2 of P.L.1986, c.134 (C.26:2N-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.  The commissioner shall prepare and make available to all health care providers in the State and parents and guardians, upon request, a pamphlet which explains the benefits and possible adverse reactions to immunizations for pertussis.  This pamphlet may contain any information which the commissioner deems necessary and may be revised by the department whenever new information concerning these immunizations becomes available.  The pamphlet shall include the following information:

     a.  A list of the immunizations required for admission to a public or private school in the State;

     b.  Specific information regarding the pertussis vaccine which includes:

     (1)  The circumstances under which pertussis vaccine should not be administered or should be delayed, including the categories of persons who are significantly more vulnerable to major adverse reactions than are members of the general population;

     (2)  Possible adverse reactions to pertussis vaccine and the early warning signs or symptoms that may be precursors to a major adverse reaction which, upon occurrence, should be brought to the immediate attention of the health care provider who administered the vaccine;

     (3)  A form that the parent or guardian may use to monitor symptoms of a possible adverse reaction and which includes places where the parent or guardian can record information about the symptoms that will assist the health care provider; and

     (4)  Measures that a parent or guardian should take to reduce the risk of, or to respond to, a major adverse reaction including identification of who should be notified of the reaction and when the notification should be made.

     The commissioner shall prepare the pamphlet in consultation with the Medical Society of New Jersey [and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and shall adopt by regulation the information contained in the pamphlet, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.)

(cf: P.L.1986, c.134, s.2)

 

     109. Section 2 of P.L.1999, c.66 (C.26:2U-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The Department of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, Inc., and the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey [and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey], shall prepare and make available to all health care providers in the State, upon request, a manual which provides information about the clinical significance, diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.  The manual may contain any other information which the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services deems necessary and may be revised by the department whenever new information about chronic fatigue syndrome becomes available.  The department shall publicize and make available the  manual to the maximum extent possible.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.66, s.2)

 

     110. Section 4 of P.L.1984, c.126 (C.26:5C-4) is amended to read as follows:

     4. [The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University shall, in coordination with the State Department of Health and Senior Services, serve as a resource center and may offer diagnostic procedures, medical treatment, counseling, as well as any other services that may be necessary to assist AIDS victims and their families.

(cf: P.L.1984, c.126, s.4)

 

     111. Section 115 of P.L.2008, c.29 (C.26:2NN-1) is amended to read as follows:

     115. a. The Department of Health and Senior Services shall maintain a toll-free information "Law Enforcement Officer Crisis Intervention Services" telephone hotline on a 24-hour basis.

     The hotline shall receive and respond to calls from law enforcement officers and sheriff's officers who have been involved in any event or incident which has produced personal or job-related depression, anxiety, stress, or other psychological or emotional tension, trauma, or disorder for the officer and officers who have been wounded in the line of duty.  The operators of the hotline shall seek to identify those officers who should be referred to further debriefing and counseling services, and to provide such referrals.  In the case of wounded officers, those services may include peer counseling, diffusing, debriefing, group therapy and individual therapy as part of a coordinated assistance program, to be known as the "Blue Heart Law Enforcement Assistance Program," designed and implemented by the [University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's] University Behavioral Healthcare Unit of Rutgers, The State University.

     b.    The operators of the hotline shall be trained by the Department of Health and Senior Services and, to the greatest extent possible, shall be persons, who by experience or education, are:  (1) familiar with post trauma disorders and the emotional and psychological tensions, depressions, and anxieties unique to law enforcement officers and sheriff's officers; or (2) trained to provide counseling services involving marriage and family life, substance abuse, personal stress management and other emotional or psychological disorders or conditions which may be likely to adversely affect the personal and professional well-being of a law enforcement officer and a sheriff's officer.

     c.     To ensure the integrity of the telephone hotline and to encourage officers to utilize it, the commissioner shall provide for the confidentiality of the names of the officers calling, the information discussed by that officer and the operator, and any referrals for further debriefing or counseling; provided, however, the commissioner may, by rule and regulation, (1) establish guidelines providing for the tracking of any officer who exhibits a severe emotional or psychological disorder or condition which the operator handling the call reasonably believes might result in harm to the officer or others and (2) establish a confidential registry of wounded New Jersey law enforcement officers.

(cf: P.L.2008, c.29, s.115)

 

     112. Section 10 of P.L.2011, c.210 (C.26:5B-6) is amended to read as follows:

     10. a. The Department of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the Medical Society of New Jersey and [the [University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rutgers, The State University, shall prepare, and make available on its Internet website, information in English and Spanish, which is designed to be easily understandable by the general public, about the genetic risk factors associated with, and the symptoms and treatment of, sickle cell anemia, in addition to any other information that the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services deems necessary for the purposes of this act.  The department shall revise this information whenever new information about sickle cell anemia becomes available.

     b.    The department shall prepare an informational booklet in English and Spanish that contains the information posted on its website pursuant to subsection a. of this section, as funds become available for that purpose.  The department shall make a supply of booklets available to all licensed health care facilities engaged in the diagnosis or treatment of sickle cell anemia, as well as to health care professionals, community health centers, members of the public, and social services agencies upon their request.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.210, s.10)

 

     113. Section 2 of P.L.2005, c.379 (C.34:11-56.59) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    As used in this act:

     "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development or the commissioner's duly authorized representatives.

     "Building services" means any cleaning or building maintenance work, including but not limited to sweeping, vacuuming, floor cleaning, cleaning of rest rooms, collecting refuse or trash, window cleaning, engineering, securing, patrolling, or other work in connection with the care, securing, or maintenance of an existing building, except that "building services" shall not include any maintenance work or other public work for which a contractor is required to pay the "prevailing wage" as defined in section 2 of P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.26).

     "Leased by the State" means that not less than 55% of the property or premises is leased by the State, provided that the portion of the property or premises that is leased by the State measures more than 20,000 square feet.

     "Prevailing wage for building services" means the wage and benefit rates designated by the commissioner based on the determinations made by the General Services Administration pursuant to the federal "Service Contract Act of 1965" (41U.S.C. s.351 et seq.), for the appropriate localities and classifications of building service employees.

     "The State" means the State of New Jersey and all of its departments, bureaus, boards, commissions, agencies and instrumentalities, including any State institutions of higher education, but does not include political subdivisions.

     "State institutions of higher education," means Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey [, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and any of the State colleges or universities established pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes, but does not include any county college established pursuant to chapter 64A of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

(cf: P.L.2005, c.379, s.2)

 

     114. Section 1 of P.L.2011, c.116 (C.38A:13-10) is amended to read as follows:

     1. a. The Legislature finds and declares that the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, in conjunction with [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has established a veteran to veteran peer support program telephone helpline.  The helpline receives and responds to calls from veterans, servicemembers, and their families.  It provides them with access to a comprehensive mental health provider network of mental health professionals specializing in post traumatic stress disorder and other veterans issues. All services are free and confidential.

     b.    Since its inception, the helpline has fielded over 6,000 calls from veterans and their families and based on prior statistics, a 10% increase in calls has been projected.

     c.     The helpline is funded through an allocation from a State appropriation for post traumatic stress disorder.  It is appropriate that the helpline have a separate annual appropriation.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.116, s.1)

 

     115.  Section 2 of P.L.2011, c.116 (C.38A:13-11) is amended to read as follows:

     2. a. The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs shall establish, in coordination with University Behavioral HealthCare of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a toll free veteran to veteran peer support helpline.

     b.    The helpline shall be accessible 24 hours a day seven days per week and shall respond to calls from veterans, servicemembers and their families.  The operators of the helpline shall seek to identify the veterans, servicemembers and their families who should be referred to further peer support and counseling services, and provide referrals.

     c.     The operators of the helpline shall be trained by University Behavioral Healthcare of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and, to the greatest extent possible, shall be trained veterans or mental health professionals with military service expertise and (1) familiar with post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and the emotional and psychological tensions, depressions, and anxieties unique to veterans, servicemembers, and their families or (2) trained to provide counseling services involving marriage and family life, substance abuse, personal stress management and other emotional or psychological disorders or conditions which may be likely to adversely affect the personal and service related well-being of veterans, servicemembers, and their families.

     d.    The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs and [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey shall provide for the confidentiality of the names of the persons calling, the information discussed, and any referrals for further peer support or counseling; provided, however, the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs and [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey may establish guidelines providing for the tracking of any person who exhibits a severe emotional or psychological disorder or condition which the operator handling the call reasonably believes might result in harm to the veteran or servicemember or any other person.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.116, s.2)

 

     116. Section 3 of P.L.2011, c.116 (C.38A:13-12) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    University Behavioral Healthcare of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey shall maintain a list of credentialed military-oriented behavioral healthcare providers throughout the State of New Jersey.  Case management services shall also be provided to ensure that veterans, servicemembers, and their families receive ongoing counseling throughout all pre and post deployment events in New Jersey.  The continuum of services shall utilize the National Yellow Ribbon guidelines while providing ongoing peer support customized for each branch of military service.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.116, s.3)

 

     117.  Section 4 of P.L.2011, c.116 (C.38A:13-13) is amended to read as follows:   

     4.    In establishing the helpline authorized under the provisions of section 2 of this act, P.L.2011, c.116 (C.38A:13-11) the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs and University Behavioral Healthcare of [the University of Medicine and Dentistry] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey shall consult on a quarterly basis with the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services within the Department of Human Services, the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs, the New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network, at least two New Jersey Veteran Centers, and at least two State recognized veteran groups.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.116, s.4)


     118. Section 25 of P.L1954, c.84 (C.43:15A-25) is amended to read as follows:

     25. a. The annuity savings fund shall be the fund in which shall be credited accumulated deductions and contributions by members or on their behalf to provide for their allowances. A single account shall be established in this fund for each person who is or shall become a member and all contributions deducted from each such member's compensation shall be credited to this single account.

     b. (1) Members enrolled in the retirement system on or after July 1, 1994 shall contribute 5% of compensation to the system. Members enrolled in the system prior to July 1, 1994 shall contribute 5% of compensation to the system effective with the payroll period for which the beginning date is closest to July 1, 1995, provided, however, that any member enrolled before July 1, 1994, whose full contribution rate under the system prior to the revisions by this act was less than 6%, shall pay 4% of compensation to the system effective with the payroll period for which the beginning date is closest to July 1, 1995, and 5% of compensation to the system effective with the payroll period for which the beginning date is closest to July 1, 1996.

     (2)   Members enrolled in the retirement system on or after July 1, 2007 who are:

     employees of the State, other than employees of the Judicial Branch;

     employees of an independent State authority, board, commission, corporation, agency or organization;

     employees of a local school district, regional school district, county vocational school district, county special services school district, jointure commission, educational services commission, State-operated school district, charter school, county college, any officer, board, or commission under the authority of the Commissioner of Education or of the State Board of Education, and any other public entity which is established pursuant to authority provided by Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes; or

     employees of a State public institution of higher education [, other than employees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] shall contribute 5.5% of compensation to the system, and all such members described above enrolled in the system prior to July 1, 2007 shall contribute 5.5% of compensation to the system effective with the payroll period for which the beginning date is closest to July 1, 2007.

     Members enrolled in the retirement system on or after July 1, 2008, other than those described in the paragraph above, shall contribute 5.5% of compensation to the system. Members enrolled in the system prior to July 1, 2008, other than those described in the paragraph above, shall contribute 5.5% of compensation to the system effective with the payroll period that begins immediately after July 1, 2008.

     (3)   Members of the retirement system shall contribute 6.5% of compensation to the system on and after the effective date of P.L.2011, c.78, with an additional contribution of 1% to be phased in in equal increments over a period of seven years commencing with the first year following that effective date.

     c.     The retirement system shall certify to each State department or subdivision thereof, and to each branch of the State service not included in a State department, and to every other employer, the proportion of each member's compensation to be deducted and to facilitate the making of deductions the retirement system may modify the deduction required by a member by such an amount as shall not exceed 1/10 of 1% of the compensation upon the basis of which the deduction is to be made.

     If payment in full, representing the monthly or biweekly transmittal and report of salary deductions, is not made within 15 days of the due date established by the retirement system, interest at the rate of 6% per annum shall commence to run against the total transmittal of salary deductions for the period on the first day after such fifteenth day.

     d.    Every employee to whom this act applies shall be deemed to consent and agree to any deduction from his compensation required by this act and to all other provisions of this act. Notwithstanding any other law, rule or regulation affecting the salary, pay, compensation, other perquisites, or tenure of a person to whom this act applies, or shall apply, and notwithstanding that the minimum salary, pay, or compensation or other perquisites provided by law for him shall be reduced thereby, payment, less such deductions, shall be a full and complete discharge and acquittance of all claims and demands for service rendered by him during the period covered by such payment.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.78, s.10)

 

     119. Section 3 of P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-27) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    As used in this act, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

     (a) (1) "Covered employer" means, with respect to whether an employer is required to provide benefits during an employee's own disability pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), any individual or type of organization, including any partnership, association, trust, estate, joint-stock company, insurance company or corporation, whether domestic or foreign, or the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee or successor thereof, or the legal representative of a deceased person, who is an employer subject to the "unemployment compensation law" (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.), except the State, its political subdivisions, and any instrumentality of the State unless such governmental entity elects to become a covered employer pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection (a); provided, however, that commencing with the effective date of this act, the State of New Jersey, including Rutgers, The State University [, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, shall be deemed a covered employer, as defined herein.

     "Covered employer" means, after June 30, 2009, with respect to whether the employer is an employer whose employees are eligible for benefits during periods of family temporary disability leave pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), and, after December 31, 2008, whether employees of the employer are required to make contributions pursuant to R.S.43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii), any individual or type of organization, including any partnership, association, trust, estate, joint-stock company, insurance company or domestic or foreign corporation, or the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee or successor thereof, or the legal representative of a deceased person, who is an employer subject to the "unemployment compensation law" (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.), including any governmental entity or instrumentality which is an employer under R.S.43:21-19(h)(5), notwithstanding that the governmental entity or instrumentality has not elected to be a covered employer pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection (a).

     (2)   Any governmental entity or instrumentality which is an employer under R.S.43:21-19(h)(5) may, with respect to the provision of benefits during an employee's own disability pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), elect to become a "covered employer" under this subsection beginning with the date on which its coverage under R.S.43:21-19(h)(5) begins or as of January 1 of any year thereafter by filing written notice of such election with the division within at least 30 days of the effective date.  Such election shall remain in effect for at least two full calendar years and may be terminated as of January 1 of any year thereafter by filing with the division a written notice of termination at least 30 days prior to the termination date.

     (b) (1) "Covered individual" means, with respect to whether an individual is eligible for benefits during an individual's own disability pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), any person who is in employment, as defined in the "unemployment compensation law" (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.), for which the individual is entitled to remuneration from a covered employer, or who has been out of such employment for less than two weeks, except that a "covered individual" who is employed by the State of New Jersey, including Rutgers, The State University [, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and] or the New Jersey Institute of Technology, or by any governmental entity or instrumentality which elects to become a "covered employer" pursuant to this amendatory act, shall not be eligible to receive any benefits under the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law" until such individual has exhausted all sick leave accumulated as an employee in the classified service of the State or accumulated under terms and conditions similar to classified employees or accumulated under the terms and conditions pursuant to the laws of this State or as the result of a negotiated contract with any governmental entity or instrumentality which elects to become a "covered employer."

     "Covered individual" shall not mean, with respect to whether an individual is eligible for benefits during an individual's own disability pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), any member of the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety.

     (2)   "Covered individual" means, with respect to whether an individual is eligible for benefits during the individual's period of family temporary disability leave pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.), any individual who is in employment, as defined in the "unemployment compensation law" (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.), for which the individual is entitled to remuneration from a covered employer, or who has been out of that employment for less than two weeks.

     (c)   "Division" or "commission" means the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and any transaction or exercise of authority by the director of the division shall be deemed to be performed by the division.

     (d)   "Day" shall mean a full calendar day beginning and ending at midnight.

     (e)   "Disability" shall mean such disability as is compensable under section 5 of P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-29).

     (f)    "Disability benefits" shall mean any cash payments which are payable to a covered individual for all or part of a period of disability pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.).

     (g)   "Period of disability" with respect to any covered individual shall mean:

     (1)   The entire period of time during which the covered individual is continuously and totally unable to perform the duties of the covered individual's employment because of the covered individual's own disability, except that two periods of disability due to the same or related cause or condition and separated by a period of not more than 14 days shall be considered as one continuous period of disability; provided the individual has earned wages during such 14-day period with the employer who was the individual's last employer immediately preceding the first period of disability; and

     (2)   On or after July 1, 2009, the entire period of family temporary disability leave taken from employment by the covered individual.

     (h)   "Wages" shall mean all compensation payable by covered employers to covered individuals for personal services, including commissions and bonuses and the cash value of all compensation payable in any medium other than cash.

     (i)    (1) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2001, c.17).

     (2)   (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2001, c.17).

     (3)   "Base week" with respect to periods of disability commencing on or after October 1, 1985 and before January 1, 2001, means any calendar week during which a covered individual earned in employment from a covered employer remuneration equal to not less than 20% of the Statewide average weekly wage determined under subsection (c) of R.S.43:21-3, which shall be adjusted to the next higher multiple of $1.00 if not already a multiple thereof.

     (4)   "Base week" with respect to periods of disability commencing on or after January 1, 2001, means any calendar week of a covered individual's base year during which the covered individual earned in employment from a covered employer remuneration not less than an amount 20 times the minimum wage in effect pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1966, c.113 (C.34:11-56a4) on October 1 of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the benefit year commences, which amount shall be adjusted to the next higher multiple of $1.00 if not already a multiple thereof, except that if in any calendar week an individual subject to this paragraph is in employment with more than one employer, the covered individual may in that calendar week establish a base week with respect to each of the employers from whom the covered individual earns remuneration equal to not less than the amount defined in this paragraph during that week.

     (j) (1) "Average weekly wage" means the amount derived by dividing a covered individual's total wages earned from the individual's most recent covered employer during the base weeks in the eight calendar weeks immediately preceding the calendar week in which a period of disability commenced, by the number of such base weeks.

     (2)   If the computation in paragraph (1) of this subsection (j) yields a result which is less than the individual's average weekly earnings in employment with all covered employers during the base weeks in such eight calendar weeks, then the average weekly wage shall be computed on the basis of earnings from all covered employers during the base weeks in the eight calendar weeks immediately preceding the week in which the period of disability commenced.

     (3)   For periods of disability commencing on or after July 1, 2009, if the computations in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection (j) both yield a result which is less than the individual's average weekly earnings in employment with all covered employers during the base weeks in the 26 calendar weeks immediately preceding the week in which the period of disability commenced, then the average weekly wage shall, upon a written request to the department by the individual on a form provided by the department, be computed by the department on the basis of earnings from all covered employers of the individual during the base weeks in those 26 calendar weeks, and, in the case of a claim for benefits from a private plan, that computation of the average weekly wage shall be provided by the department to the individual and the individual's employer.

     When determining the "average weekly wage" with respect to a period of family temporary disability leave for an individual who has a period of family temporary disability immediately after the individual has a period of disability for the individual's own disability, the period of disability is deemed to have commenced at the beginning of the period of disability for the individual's own disability, not the period of family temporary disability.

     (k)   "Child" means a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild or legal ward of a covered individual, child of a domestic partner of the covered individual, or child of a civil union partner of the covered individual, who is less than 19 years of age or is 19 years of age or older but incapable of self-care because of mental or physical impairment.

     (l)    "Domestic partner" means a domestic partner as defined in section 3 of P.L.2003, c.246 (C.26:8A-3).

     (m)  "Civil union" means a civil union as defined in section 2 of P.L.2006, c.103 (C.37:1-29).

     (n)   "Family member" means a child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent of a covered individual.

     (o)   "Family temporary disability leave" means leave taken by a covered individual from work with an employer to (1) participate in the providing of care, as defined in the "Family Leave Act," P.L.1989, c.261 (C.34:11B-1 et seq.) and regulations adopted pursuant to that act, for a family member of the individual made necessary by a serious health condition of the family member; or (2) be with a child during the first 12 months after the child's birth, if the individual, or the domestic partner or civil union partner of the individual, is a biological parent of the child, or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption with the individual.  "Family temporary disability leave" does not include any period of time in which a covered individual is paid benefits pursuant to P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et al.) because the individual is unable to perform the duties of the individual's employment due to the individual's own disability.

     (p)   "Health care provider" means a health care provider as defined in the "Family Leave Act," P.L.1989, c.261 (C.34:11B-1 et seq.), and any regulations adopted pursuant to that act.

     (q)   "Parent of a covered individual" means a biological parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, or stepparent of the covered individual or a person who was a legal guardian of the covered individual when the covered individual was a child.

     (r)    "Placement for adoption" means the time when a covered individual adopts a child or becomes responsible for a child pending adoption by the covered individual.

     (s)   "Serious health condition" means an illness, injury, impairment or physical or mental condition which requires: inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or continuing medical treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider.

     (t)    "12-month period" means, with respect to an individual who establishes a valid claim for disability benefits during a period of family temporary disability leave, the 365 consecutive days that begin with the first day that the individual first establishes the claim.

(cf: P.L.2008, c.17, s.2)

 

     120. Section 22 of P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-46) is amended to read as follows:

     22.  State disability benefits fund.  (a) The State disability benefits fund, hereinafter referred to as the fund, is hereby established.  The fund shall remain in the custody of the State Treasurer, and to the extent of its cash requirements shall be deposited in authorized public depositories in the State of New Jersey. There shall be deposited in and credited to the fund the amount of worker and employer contributions provided under subparagraph (G) of paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of R.S.43:21-7 and subsection (e) of R.S.43:21-7, less refunds authorized by the chapter (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.) to which this act is a supplement, and the entire amount of interest and earnings from investments of the fund, and all assessments, fines and penalties collected under this act.  The fund shall be held in trust for the payment of disability benefits pursuant to this act, for the payment of benefits pursuant to subsection (f) of R.S. 43:21-4, and for the payment of any authorized refunds of contributions.  All warrants for the payment of benefits shall be issued by and bear only the signature of the Director of the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance or his duly authorized agent for that purpose.  All other moneys withdrawn from the fund shall be upon warrant signed by the State Treasurer and countersigned by the Director of the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance of the Department of Labor of the State of New Jersey.  The Treasurer shall maintain books, records and accounts for the fund, appoint personnel and fix their compensation within the limits of available appropriations. The expenses of the Treasurer in administering the fund and its accounts shall be charged against the administration account, as hereinafter established.  A separate account, to be known as the administration account, shall be maintained in the fund, and there shall be credited to such account an amount determined to be sufficient for proper administration, not to exceed, however, 1/10 of 1% of the wages with respect to which current contributions are payable into the fund, and the entire amount of any assessments against covered employers, as hereinafter provided, for costs of administration prorated among approved private plans.  The costs of administration of this act, including R.S.43:21-4(f), shall be charged to the administration account. 

 (b)  further separate account, to be known as the unemployment disability account, shall be maintained in the fund.  Such account shall be charged with all benefit payments under R.S.43:21-4(f). 

Prior to July 1 of each calendar year, the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance of the Department of Labor of the State of New Jersey shall determine the average rate of interest and other earnings on all investments of the State disability benefits fund for the preceding calendar year.  An amount equal to the sum of the amounts withdrawn from the unemployment trust fund pursuant to section 23 hereof multiplied by such average rate shall be determined by the division and credited to the unemployment disability account as of the end of the preceding calendar year.

 If the unemployment disability account shall show an accumulated deficit in excess of $200,000.00 at the end of any calendar year after interest and other earnings have been credited as provided hereinabove, the division shall determine the ratio of such deficit to the total of all taxable wages paid during the preceding calendar year, and shall make an assessment against all employers in an amount equal to the taxable wages paid by them during such preceding calendar year to employees, multiplied by such ratio, but in no event shall any such assessment exceed 1/10 or 1% of such wages; provided, however, that the assessment made against the State (including Rutgers, The State University [, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] and the New Jersey Institute of Technology) shall not exceed the sum of all benefits paid under the provisions of R.S.43:21-4(f) as the result of employment with the State.  Such amounts shall be collectible by the division in the same manner as provided for the collection of employee contributions under this chapter (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.).  In making this assessment, the division shall furnish to each affected employer a brief summary of the determination thereof.  The amount of such assessments collected by the division shall be credited to the unemployment disability account. 

 As used in this section, "taxable wages" shall mean wages with respect to which employer contributions have been paid or are payable pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of R.S.43:21-7. 

 (c) A board of trustees, consisting of the State Treasurer, the Secretary of State, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, the director of the division, and the State Comptroller, is hereby created.  The board shall invest and reinvest all moneys in the fund in excess of its cash requirements, and such investments shall be made in obligations legal for savings banks; provided, however, that the provisions of this subsection shall in all respects be subject to the provisions of P.L.1950, c.270 (C.52:18A-79 et seq.). 

 (d) There is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of the fund, such amounts as may from time to time be required for the payment of disability benefits, and such amounts as may be required each year, as contained in the annual appropriation act, for the administration of this act, including R.S.43:21-4(f). 

(cf: P.L.1994, c.112, s.3) 

 

     121.  Section 2 of P.L.1999, c.201 (C.52:9E-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    As used in this act:

     a.     "Approved research project" means a peer reviewed scientific research project, which is approved by the commission and which focuses on the treatment and cure of spinal cord injuries and diseases that damage the spinal cord.

     b.    "Commission" means the New Jersey  Commission on Spinal Cord Research  established pursuant to this act.

     c.     "Institutional support services"  means all services, facilities, equipment, personnel and expenditures associated with the creation and maintenance of approved research projects.

     d.    "Qualifying research institution"  means [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;] Rutgers, The State University; Princeton University; the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation; the Coriell Institute for Medical Research; and any other research institution in the State approved by the commission.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.201, s.2)

 

     122. Section 3 of P.L.1999, c. 201 (C.52:9E-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.  a.  There is established in the Executive Branch of the State government, the New Jersey  Commission on Spinal Cord Research.  For the purposes of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, the commission is allocated within the Department of Health and Senior Services, but notwithstanding that allocation, the commission shall be independent of any supervision or control by the department or by any board or officer thereof.

     b.    The commission shall consist of [11] 10 members, including the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, or his designee, who shall serve ex officio; [one representative of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;] one representative of Rutgers, The State University; one representative of the federally designated Spinal Cord Injury Model System; one representative from the American Paralysis Association; and six public members who are residents of the State knowledgeable about spinal cord injuries and who include at least one physician licensed in this State and at least one person with a spinal cord injury. The members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

     c.     The term of office of each appointed member shall be three years, but of the members first appointed, three shall be appointed for  a term of one year,  four for terms of two years, and three for terms of three years. All vacancies shall be filled for the balances of the unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments.  Appointed members are eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of their terms.  A member shall continue to serve upon the expiration of his term until a successor is appointed.

     The members of the commission shall not receive compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the commission.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.201, s.3)

 

     123. Section 2 of P.L.2003, c.200 (C.52:9EE-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    As used in this act:

     "Approved research project" means a scientific research project, which is approved by the commission and which focuses on the treatment and cure of brain injuries.

     "Commission" means the New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research established pursuant to this act.

     "Institutional support services" means all services, facilities, equipment, personnel and expenditures associated with the creation and maintenance of approved research projects.

     "Qualifying research institution" means [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and] Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and any other institution approved by the commission, which is conducting an approved research project.

(cf: P.L.2003, c.200, s.2)

 

     124. Section 3 of P.L.2003, c.200 (C.52:9EE-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3. a. There is established in the Executive Branch of the State government, the New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research.  For the purposes of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, the commission is allocated within the Department of Health and Senior Services, but notwithstanding that allocation, the commission shall be independent of any supervision or control by the department or by any board or officer thereof.

     b.    The commission shall consist of [11] 10 members, including the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, or his designee, who shall serve ex officio; [one representative of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;] one representative of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; six public members, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of whom shall be a licensed physician in this State and one of whom shall be a person with a brain injury; and two public members, one of whom shall be appointed by the President of the Senate and one of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly.  All public members shall be residents of the State or otherwise associated with the State, and shall be known for their knowledge, competence, experience or interest in brain injury medical research.

     c.     The term of office of each public member shall be three years, but of the members first appointed, three shall be appointed for terms of one year, three for terms of two years, and two for terms of three years. All vacancies shall be filled for the balances of the unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments.  Appointed members are eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of their terms.  A member shall continue to serve upon the expiration of his term until a successor is appointed.

     The members of the commission shall not receive compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the commission.

(cf: P.L.2003, c.200, s.3)

 

     125. Section 3 of P.L.1983, c.6 (C.52:9U-3) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    As used in this act:

     a.     "Approved research project" means a scientific research project, which is approved by the commission and which focuses on the genetic, biochemical, viral, microbiological and environmental causes of cancer, and may include, but is not limited to, behavioral, socio-economic, demographic and psychosocial research or research into methods of clinical treatment; or which focuses on pain management and palliative care for persons diagnosed with cancer.

     b.    "Commission" means the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research established pursuant to this act.

     c.     "Institutional support services" means all services, facilities, equipment, personnel and expenditures associated with the creation and maintenance of approved research projects.

     d.    "Qualifying research institution" means the Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] Rutgers--The State University, Princeton University and any other institution approved by the commission, which is conducting an approved research project.

(cf: P.L.2000, c.63, s.1)

 

     126. Section 2 of P.L.2008, c.85 (C.52:16A-100) is amended to read as follows:

     2. a. The Ellis Island Advisory Commission is hereby created and established in the Executive Branch of the State Government.  For the purposes of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, paragraph 1, of the New Jersey Constitution, the commission is allocated within the Department of State.

     The commission shall consist of [20] 19 voting members, as follows:

     (1)   a representative of the Governor's office, the Secretary of State or a designee, the State Treasurer or a designee, the Attorney General or a designee, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or a designee, the Commissioner of Education or a designee, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commerce Commission or a designee, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or a designee, the Commissioner of Transportation or a designee, the New Jersey State representative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or a designee, and the President of Save Ellis Island, Inc. or a designee, each serving ex officio;

     (2)   four members of the Legislature, of whom one shall be appointed by the Senate President, one by the Senate Minority Leader, one by the Speaker of the General Assembly and one by the Minority Leader of the General Assembly.  Legislators appointed to the commission shall serve as members thereof for terms co-extensive with their respective terms as members of the Houses of the Legislature from which they were appointed; and

     (3)   [five] four members shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, of whom one shall be a representative of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, chosen with expertise in immigration issues, [and one shall be a representative of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, chosen with expertise in public health issues,] and three shall be members of the public, chosen with due regard for their knowledge of the role of Ellis Island in American history, including one member with expertise in the hospitality industry and one member with expertise in the development industry.  No public members shall hold elective office.

     b.    Each public member of the commission shall serve for a term of three years, except that of the initial members so appointed: one member shall serve for one year, two members shall serve for two years, and two members shall serve for three years.  Public members shall be eligible for reappointment.  They shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified, and the term of any successor of any incumbent shall be calculated from the expiration of the term of that incumbent.  A vacancy occurring other than by expiration of the term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.  Public members may be removed by the Governor for cause.

     c.     The members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties subject to the availability of funds.

     d.    The Secretary of State, or a designee, shall serve as chair, and the members of the commission shall elect annually one of the public members to serve as vice-chair.  The chair may appoint a secretary, who need not be a member of the commission.  The presence of a majority of the full membership of the commission shall be required for the conduct of official business.

     e.     The commission shall meet at the call of the chair.  The commission shall hold at least two meetings annually which shall be held at the State capitol and at such other times and places as the commission may deem expedient, including on Ellis Island.

(cf: P.L.2008, c.85, s.2)

 

     127. Section 12 of P.L.1978, c.39 (C.52:18A-174) is amended to read as follows:

     12. Subject to the independent approval of the State Treasurer, the board may authorize the transfer of funds necessary to permit individuals employed at [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers, The State University, Rowan University, and any other agency, authority, commission, or instrumentality of State government which has an independent corporate existence, to participate in the plan.

(cf: P.L.1985, c.449, s.1)

 

     128. Section 1 of P.L.1959, c.40 (C.52:27B-56.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    The Director of the Division of Purchase and Property may, by joint action, purchase any articles used or needed by the State and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the New Jersey Highway Authority, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the South Jersey Port Corporation, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, the Delaware River Port Authority, Rutgers, The State University, [the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] Rowan University, the  New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the New Jersey Housing Finance Agency, the New Jersey Mortgage Finance Authority, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, the New Jersey Education Facilities Authority, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority or any other agency, commission, board, authority or other such  governmental entity which is established and is allocated to a State department or any bi-state governmental entity of which the State of New Jersey is a member.

(cf: P.L.1999, c.440, s.89)

 

     129. Section 2 of P.L.2005, c.373 (C.52:27C-97) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The Foundation for Technology Advancement shall be governed by a [23-member] 22-member board of trustees who are appointed as follows:

     a.     The Executive  Director of the New Jersey Commerce Commission; the Executive Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology; and the Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Information Technology; or their designees, all of whom shall serve ex officio;

     b.    A faculty member appointed by the president of each of the following academic institutions: The New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers, the State University; [The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;] and Princeton University, all of whom shall serve ex officio; and

     c.     Fifteen public members appointed by the Governor as follows: a representative of each of the following organizations: the New Jersey Technology Council, the Biotechnology Council of New Jersey, the Forum for Academicians, Scientists and Technologists of New Jersey, the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow States Organization, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Tooling and Manufacturing Association, the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, the American Electronics Association - New Jersey/Pennsylvania Council, and a representative employed by a corporation from each of the following industry sectors: pharmaceuticals, financial services, advanced technology, information technology, and nanotechnology.

     Of the public members first appointed, four shall serve for a term of two years, four for a term of three years, four for a term of four years, and three for a term of five years.

     Members appointed thereafter shall serve five-year terms, and any vacancy shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only.  A member is eligible for reappointment.  Vacancies in the membership of the foundation shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.

     The members shall elect a chair and vice chair from the membership of the board of trustees.

(cf: P.L.2007, c.253, s.38)

 

     130.  Section 5 of P.L.2001, c.154 (C.58:10B-17.1) is amended to read as follows:

     5. a. (1) Except where a limitations provision expressly and specifically applies to actions commenced by the State or where a longer limitations period would otherwise apply, and subject to any statutory provisions or common law rules extending limitations periods, any civil action concerning the remediation of a contaminated site or the closure of a sanitary landfill facility commenced by the State pursuant to the State's environmental laws shall be commenced within three years next after the cause of action shall have accrued.

     (2)   For purposes of determining whether a civil action subject to the limitations periods specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection has been commenced within time, no cause of action shall be deemed to have accrued prior to January 1, 2002 or until the contaminated site is remediated or the sanitary landfill has been properly closed, whichever is later.

     b. (1) Except where a limitations provision expressly and specifically applies to actions commenced by the State or where a longer limitations period would otherwise apply, and subject to any statutory provisions or common law rules extending limitations periods, any civil action concerning the payment of compensation for damage to, or loss of, natural resources due to the discharge of a hazardous substance, commenced by the State pursuant to the State's environmental laws, shall be commenced within five years and six months next after the cause of action shall have accrued.

     (2)   For purposes of determining whether a civil action subject to the limitations periods specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection has been commenced within time, no cause of action shall be deemed to have accrued prior to January 1, 2002 or until the completion of the remedial action for the entire contaminated site or the entire sanitary landfill facility, whichever is later.

     c.     As used in this section:

     "State's environmental laws" means the "Spill Compensation and Control Act," P.L.1976, c.141 (C.58:10-23.11 et seq.), the "Water Pollution Control Act," P.L.1977, c.74 (C.58:10A-1 et seq.), P.L.1986, c.102 (C.58:10A-21 et seq.), the "Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act," P.L.1997, c.278 (C.58:10B-1.1 et al.), the "Industrial Site Recovery Act," P.L.1983, c.330 (C.13:1K-6 et al.), the "Solid Waste Management Act," P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-1 et seq.), the "Comprehensive Regulated Medical Waste Management Act," P.L.1989, c.34 (C.13:1E-48.1 et seq.), the "Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Act," P.L.1981, c.279 (C.13:1E-49 et seq.), the "Sanitary Landfill Facility Closure and Contingency Fund Act," P.L.1981, c.306 (C.13:1E-100 et seq.), the "Regional Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Act," P.L.1987, c.333 (C.13:1E-177 et seq.), or any other law or regulation by which the State may compel a person to perform remediation activities on contaminated property; and

     "State" means the State, its political subdivisions, any office, department, division, bureau, board, commission or agency of the State or one of its political subdivisions, and any public authority or public agency, including, but not limited to, the New Jersey Transit Corporation [and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey] .

     d.    Nothing in the amendatory provisions to this section adopted pursuant to P.L.2009, c.60 (C.58:10C-1 et al.) shall extend a limitations period that has expired prior to the date of enactment of P.L.2009, c.60 (C.58:10C-1 et al.).

(cf: P.L.2009, c.60, s.50)

 

     131. Section 8 of P.L.2001, c.246 (App.A:9-71) is amended to read as follows:

     8. a. There is established in the Department of Law and Public Safety the Domestic Security Preparedness Planning Group, which shall assist the task force in performing its duties under this act.  In cooperation with the task force, the planning group shall develop and provide to the task force, for consideration, a coordinated plan to be included in the State Emergency Operations Plan to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from incidents of terrorism.

     b.    The members of the planning group shall include the Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the Adjutant General of Military and Veterans' Affairs or his designee, the Commissioner of Agriculture or his designee, the Commissioner of Community Affairs or his designee, the Commissioner of Corrections or his designee, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or his designee, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services or his designee, the Commissioner of Human Services, or his designee, the Commissioner of Transportation or his designee, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Transit Corporation or his designee, the State Treasurer or his designee, the New Jersey State Medical Examiner or his designee, [a representative of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,] the President of the Board of Public Utilities or his designee, a representative of the New Jersey County Emergency Management Coordinators Association, a representative of the New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association, and a representative of the New Jersey State Police Chiefs Association.  The planning group may include, to the extent such individuals may be made available for such purpose, a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a representative of the American Red Cross, and a representative of such other charitable groups as may be appropriate.  The chairperson of the task force shall appoint the chair and vice chair of the planning group.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.246, s.8)

 

     132.  The following sections are repealed:

     P.L.1970, c.102 (C.18A:64G-1 et seq.);

     Sections 3, 6, 19, 20, 21, and 22 of P.L.1981, c.325 (C.18A:64G-3.1, 18A:64G-4.1, 18A:64G-3.3, 18A:64G-3.4, 18A:64G-3.5, 18A:64G-3.6);

     Sections 1, 7, and 8 of P.L.1992, c.84 (C.18A:64G-3.8, 18A:64G-3.9, and 18A:64G-3.);

     Section 4 of P.L.2006, c.95 (C.18A:64G-6.2); and

     Section 1 of P.L.1979, c.1 (C.18A:64G-20.1).

 

     133. This act shall take effect on the 180th day after the date of enactment, but anticipatory administrative action may be taken in advance of the operative date as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act. 

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill, the “New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act,” implements numerous changes to the State’s public system of higher education. 

     The bill transfers all schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, other than the School of Osteopathic Medicine, to Rutgers, The State University.  The bill provides for the appropriate transfer of: facilities; appropriations, grants and other moneys available to the transferred entities; employees of; and all files, books, papers, records, equipment, and other property of the transferred entities to Rutgers, The State University. The bill provides that all orders, rules or regulations made or promulgated by the schools, institutes, and centers, or by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on their behalf, will be continued with full force and effect as the orders, rules and regulations of Rutgers, The State University until amended or repealed pursuant to law.  The bill further provides that the bill will not affect any actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, brought by or against the schools, institutes, and centers of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

     The bill provides that all debts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry associated with the schools, institutes, and centers will be transferred to Rutgers, The State University. 

     This bill also transfers the School of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rowan University.  The bill provides for the appropriate transfer of: facilities; appropriations, grants and other moneys available to the school; employees of; and all files, books, papers, records, equipment, and other property of the school to Rowan University. The bill provides that all orders, rules or regulations made or promulgated by the school, or by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on its behalf, will be continued with full force and effect as the orders, rules and regulations of Rowan University until amended or repealed pursuant to law.  The bill further provides that the bill will not affect any actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, brought by or against the School of Osteopathic Medicine.

     The bill provides that all debts of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey associated with the School of Osteopathic Medicine will be transferred to Rowan University. 

     The bill provides protections for University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey employees with regard to pension rights, health benefits, collective bargaining, and civil service status if any, as well as the tenure, rank, or academic track of any person holding a faculty position, who may be transferred to, or otherwise become employees of, Rutgers, The State University or Rowan University as a result of a reorganization pursuant or subsequent to the bill.  The employees, upon transfer to a new entity, are to retain any accrued seniority, rank, and tenure, which are to be applied when determining eligibility for all benefits, including all paid leave time, longevity increases, and promotions.

      The bill designates University Hospital as the principal teaching hospital of New Jersey Medical School, but stipulates that University Hospital is to be treated and accounted for as a separate legal entity from the university, and prohibits its assets, liabilities, and funds from being consolidated or commingled with those of the university.

     The bill requires that all monies allocated to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for the use of University Hospital, regardless of their source, and which remain unexpended on the effective date of the bill, be transferred to the hospital, and that all appropriations intended for the use of University Hospital, on or after the effective date of the bill, be made directly to the hospital.

     The bill establishes a nine-member board, to be designated as the University Hospital Community Oversight Board, which is responsible for ensuring community access to services provided at University Hospital.  The membership of the board is comprised of:  (1) four ex officio members, including the President of Rutgers University; and the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Medical Officer of University Hospital; and (2) five public members, including two representatives of organized labor appointed by the heads of labor unions that represent persons employed at University Hospital and three persons with one each appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the General Assembly.  The board is to meet at such times and places as it designates, and University Hospital is to provide such staff support to the board as it deems necessary to carry out its duties.

     The bill provides protections for University Hospital officers and employees with regard to pension rights, health benefits, collective bargaining, and civil service status if any, as well as the tenure, rank, or academic track of any person holding a faculty position that is associated with University Hospital, who may be transferred to, or otherwise become employees of, a new entity as a result of a restructuring or reorganization pursuant or subsequent to the bill.  The employees, upon transfer to a new entity, are to retain any accrued seniority, rank, and tenure, which are to be applied when determining eligibility for all benefits, including all paid leave time, longevity increases, and promotions.

     The bill requires that University Hospital obtain approval from the Superior Court of New Jersey prior to entering into a transaction that results in the acquisition of the hospital, and satisfy the requirements of the “Community Health Care Assets Protection Act,” P.L.2000, c.143 (C.26:2H-7.10 et seq.), to the maximum extent to which those provisions are determined applicable by the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

     The bill adds three nonvoting, ex-officio members to the University Hospital Board of Directors, as follows:  the Dean of New Jersey Medical School, the Dean of New Jersey Dental School; and the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.  In addition, the bill revises the existing membership of the board of directors by replacing the four ex-officio members of the University Hospital Board of Trustees with four public members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, in addition to the five public members of the board of directors who are already appointed in that manner.  A person who is a member of the board of directors on the effective date of the bill would, however, be permitted to serve for the balance of the term for which that person was appointed.

     This bill establishes new governance structures for Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-Camden.  Under the bill’s provisions, a board of governors is established at Rutgers University –Newark.  The membership of the board will include the chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, two members appointed by the board of governors of Rutgers University from among its members, one member appointed by the board of trustees of Rutgers University from among its members, and four members who are residents of the northern counties of the State appointed by the Governor.  The campus board of governors will have authority to: maintain a separate debt service account for Rutgers University-Newark; propose capital projects and bonding for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University; propose an annual budget for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University; recommend new academic programs and degree requirements for Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University; and recommend candidates for promotion and tenure at Rutgers University-Newark to the board of governors of Rutgers University.

     Under the bill’s provisions, a campus board of trustees is established at Rutgers University-Camden.  The membership of the board will include the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, two members appointed by the board of governors of Rutgers University from among its members, one member appointed by the board of trustees of Rutgers University from among its members, and four members who are residents of the southern counties of the State appointed by the Governor.

     The campus board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden  trustees will have authority similar to that of the board of governors of the university, such as setting tuition and fees, disbursing funds appropriated to each of those campuses, preparing an annual budget, planning for capital projects, and entering into contracts for the construction of such projects.  However, the board of governors of Rutgers University will determine standards for the establishment and evaluation of academic programs, standards for the award of degrees, and standards for the promotion and award of tenure to faculty.

     Under the bill’s provisions, the board of governors of Rutgers University will continue to hold title to the property and assets located on Rutgers University-Camden.  However, the board of governors will enter into a 99-year lease agreement with the campus board of trustees under which the board of governors will have no responsibility or control over the property and assets.  Under the lease agreements, the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden will make an annual payment of $1 and will also pay any debt service associated with the facilities and properties located on the campus.  At the end of the lease agreement Rutgers University-Camden will have the option to purchase the property at fair market value. 

     The Rutgers University board of governors and the Rutgers University-Camden board of trustees will also enter into an agreement in regard to participation of the campus in the central administrative services and systems provided by Rutgers University, such as the library system and information technology systems.

     The bill establishes the Joint Rowan University-Rutgers Camden Board of Governors. Under the bill, the authorities granted to the boards of trustees at Rutgers University-Camden and Rowan University will be subject to the approval of the joint board.  In addition, the bill authorizes the joint board to: approve or disapprove of any decision of the board of trustees of Rowan University or the board of trustees of Rutgers University-Camden; determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of curriculum and programs of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden, including dual degree programs and partnerships between the institutions; make joint faculty appointments to Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden;

determine policies for the shared utilization of each institution’s resources including housing, student affairs, and security; provide curricular oversight of joint programs of Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden; and develop plans and policies for the operation and governance of health science facilities, including policies concerning the development and financing of capital improvements or expansions of health science facilities

     Under the bill, Rowan University is established as a public research university along with Rutgers, The State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Currently, Rowan University is one of nine State colleges organized pursuant to chapter 64 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. 

     Under this bill, the current board of trustees of Rowan University is continued.  The board of trustees is given authority similar to that of the boards of the other public research universities in the State, including the authority to participate as the general partner or as a limited partner, either directly or through a subsidiary corporation created by the university, in limited partnerships, general partnerships, or joint ventures engaged in the development, manufacture, or marketing of products, technology, scientific information or health care services.