SENATE RESOLUTION No. 41

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 7, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Reconstitutes “First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force.”

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Senate Resolution reconstituting the “First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force.”

 

Whereas, The “First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force” (task force) was created pursuant to Senate Resolution No. 78 of the 2014-2015 Session (SR-78) after passing the Senate and being filed with the Secretary of State on June 12, 2014; and

Whereas, During the 2014-2015 Session, the task force met to discuss a number of economic development matters, including the socioeconomic conditions in the First Legislative District (district), the role and impact of institutions of higher education on the economy of the district, and the state of the aquaculture industry in the region; and

Whereas, The authorization for the task force expired on January 12, 2016 with the expiration of the 216th Legislature and the convening of the 217th Legislature; and

Whereas, The task force needs to continue its work in order to meet its duties and responsibilities under SR-78; and

Whereas, The concerns of the Senate that prompted the passage of SR-78 with respect to the economic conditions of the district and the need for the task force to complete its work, remain of vital importance to the Senate; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  The “First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force,” established by the 216th Legislature, is reconstituted.

     b.    The purpose of the task force shall be to identify methods, policies, regulations, incentives, and tools to foster economic activity and create jobs in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties.

     c.     The task force shall:

     (1)   evaluate and report on current economic conditions in the First Legislative District;

     (2)   evaluate and report on successful policies enacted by other regions, states, counties, and localities that have similar demographics and economic conditions as the First Legislative District; and

     (3)   make recommendations on how to rectify and improve economic conditions in the First Legislative District.

 

     2.    a.  The task force shall be comprised of 11 members, as follows:

     (1)   The Senator representing the First Legislative District;

     (2)   One General Assembly member appointed by the President of the Senate who represents the First Legislative District or an elected official appointed by the President of the Senate who represents a county or municipality within the First Legislative District;

     (3)   One member from each board of chosen freeholders of Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties, to be appointed by the chair of the task force;

     (4)   The presidents of Atlantic Cape Community College and Cumberland County College, ex officio;

     (5)   The directors of the county departments of planning and economic development for Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties or their equivalent titles or positions, as determined and appointed by the chair of the task force; and

     (6)   The Executive Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, ex officio, or the executive director’s designee, or if the executive director chooses not to be a member, the chair of the task force may appoint, as a member, an expert on economic development policies in New Jersey.

     Vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.

     b.    The Senator representing the First Legislative District shall be the chair of the task force and the elected official appointed by the President of the Senate shall be the vice chair of the task force.

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

     d.    The task force shall meet at the call of the chair within Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties, as determined by the chair.

     e.     (1)  The task force shall be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any State department, board, bureau, commission, authority, agency, or other entity, as the task force may require and as may be available for its purposes, employ stenographic and clerical assistance, and incur traveling and other miscellaneous expenses as may be necessary to perform its duties, within the limits of funds made available to the task force for its purposes.  The Office of Legislative Services is authorized to provide staffing for the work of the task force.

     (2)   The chair of the task force may appoint an advisory panel of persons who are not members of the task force to assist the work of task force and attend task force meetings.  The number and makeup of the advisory panel shall be at the discretion of the chair.

 

     3.    No later than six months after the expiration of the 217th Legislature on January 9, 2018, the task force shall submit to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the General Assembly, a report containing its findings and recommendations.

     4.    This resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution reconstitutes the “First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force” (task force), which was created by Senate Resolution No. 78 of the 2014-2015 Session (SR-78).  This resolution provides that the task force is to have the same membership, conditions, duties, and responsibilities as the task force had under SR-78 during the 2014-2015 Session.  The task force needs to continue its work in order to meet its duties and responsibilities under SR-78.  The concerns of the Senate that prompted the passage of SR-78 with respect to the economic conditions of the district and the need for the task force to complete its work remain of vital importance to the Senate.