SENATE STATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM & HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
SENATE, No. 2297
with committee amendments
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Bill No. 2297.
As amended by the committee, this bill establishes in the Office of Information Technology the “New Jersey Blockchain Initiative Task Force” (task force). The purpose of the task force is to study if State, county, and municipal governments can benefit from a transition to a blockchain-based system for recordkeeping and service delivery.
The task force is to be comprised of 15 members as follows:
(1) two members appointed by the Governor;
(2) two members appointed by the President of the Senate;
(3) two members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly;
(4) one member appointed by the Assembly Minority Leader;
(5) one member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; and
(6) the Chief Technology Officer; the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance; the Clerk of Bergen County; the Clerk of Monmouth County; the Mayor of Newark; the Mayor of Jersey City; and the Mayor of Camden, or their designees, who will serve ex-officio.
The bill requires the task force to issue a report to the Governor and the Legislature and present its findings to the General Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee and the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee. The bill requires the report to include: a general description of the costs and benefits of State and local government agencies utilizing blockchain technology; recommendations concerning the feasibility of implementing blockchain technology and the best approach to finance the cost of implementation; any draft legislation the task force deems appropriate to implement blockchain technology; and any other information relevant to the subject of the report.
committee amendments: (1) add the Monmouth County
Clerk to the task force membership; (2) require the task force to also report its findings to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee; and (3) make technical changes to the bill.