SENATE, No. 2269

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 15, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Senator  BRIAN P. STACK

District 33 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes “State Vehicle Reduction Task Force.”

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act establishing the “State Vehicle Reduction Task Force.”

 

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

 

     1.  There is established the “State Vehicle Reduction Task Force.”  The purpose of the task force is to conduct a cost analysis of the State vehicle fleet, determine if a reduction in the fleet would be financially beneficial to the State, and provide recommendations on how to reduce the fleet over a period of five State fiscal years.  The task force shall not include in its consideration aircraft and watercraft, vehicles of the Division of State Police, the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and independent authorities, commissions, boards, agencies, instrumentalities, or institutions of higher education of the State, and vehicles and equipment used for construction, maintenance, or emergency services purposes.  

 

     2.  a.  The task force shall be comprised of seven members who shall be appointed as follows: 

     (1)  the State Treasurer, or a designee, shall serve ex-officio;

     (2) the commissioners of the three departments of State government with the most vehicle usage, or their designees, shall serve ex-officio;

     (3) one public member appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the President of the Senate;

     (4) one public member appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly; and

     (5) a public member who is a representative from organized labor, appointed by the Governor. 

     b.  The public members of the task force shall be appointed no later than 30 days following the effective date of this act.  Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner provided for the original appointments. 

     c.  The task force shall organize within 30 days following the appointment of five of the seven members and shall select a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among the members of the task force.  The task force may appoint a secretary who need not be a member of the task force. 

     d.  The public members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties and within the limits of funds available to the task force. 

     e.  The task force may meet and hold hearings at the places designated by the chairperson.  The task force shall adopt recommendations by a majority vote of its members. 

     f.  The Department of the Treasury shall provide staff support to the task force. 

     3.  The task force shall:

     a.  analyze how to reduce the State vehicle fleet through a number of mechanisms, including, but not limited to, sharing vehicles within departments, evaluate whether leasing vehicles is a financially viable option, and study what other states have done to successfully reduce their fleet;

     b.  review how often the vehicles within the fleet are used, and how many people take vehicles home and if that procedure is necessary; and  

     c.  analyze the criteria for the duties and the requirements of any position requiring a State vehicle, the funding source for the vehicle, the existence of other substantially similar positions that are assigned a vehicle, and the essential or supportive nature of the vehicle.  

 

     4.  No later than one year from the date of enactment, the task force shall submit its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1). 

 

     5.  The Department of the Treasury shall implement the recommendations of the task force.  The recommendations shall be implemented over a five-year period beginning with the first fiscal year that commences after the task force submits its recommendations. 

 

     6.  This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire upon the submission by the task force of its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature, or one year after the task force organizes, whichever is sooner.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill establishes the “State Vehicle Reduction Task Force.”  The purpose of the task force is to conduct a cost analysis of the State vehicle fleet, determine if a reduction in the fleet would be financially beneficial to the State, and provide recommendations on how to reduce the fleet over a period of five years.  The task force review will not include aircraft and watercraft, vehicles of the Division of State Police, the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and independent authorities, commissions, boards, agencies, instrumentalities, or institutions of higher education of the State, and vehicles and equipment used for construction, maintenance, or emergency services purposes. 

     The task force will be comprised of seven members, the State Treasurer, the commissioners of the three departments of State government with the most vehicle usage, a member appointed with the recommendation of the President of the Senate, a member appointed with the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly, and a representative of organized labor appointed by the Governor. 

     The task force will analyze how to reduce the State vehicle fleet through a number of mechanisms, including, but not limited to, sharing vehicles within departments, evaluate whether leasing vehicles is a financially viable option, and study what other states have done to successfully reduce their fleet.  It will also review how often the vehicles within the fleet are used and how many people take the vehicles home and if that procedure is necessary.  It will also analyze the criteria for the duties and the requirements of the position requiring a State vehicle, the funding source for the vehicle, the existence of other substantially similar positions that are assigned a vehicle, and the essential or supportive nature of the vehicle.  

     The Department of the Treasury must implement the recommendations of the task force.  The recommendations are to be implemented over a five-year period beginning with the first fiscal year that commences after the task force submit’s their recommendations. 

     This task force will expire upon the submission by the task force of its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.