ASSEMBLY, No. 2589

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 16, 1996

 

 

By Assemblyman ROBERTS and Assemblywoman BUONO

 

 

An Act concerning conflicts of interest and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

    1. As used in this act:

    "commissioner" means the head of a principal department in the Executive branch of State government, or the principal executive officer of a department when a board, commission or other body is the head of a principal department in the Executive branch of State government; and

    "assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner" means the assistant or deputy heads of a principal department in the Executive branch of State government.

 

    2. No commissioner, assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner of a principal department in the Executive branch of State government shall be employed for a period of one year subsequent to the termination of employment with that department by an individual, association or corporation which has a contract with that department. If a former commissioner, assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner is employed within one year subsequent to the termination of employment with a department by an individual, association or corporation having a contract with that department, the department shall cancel all contracts with that individual, association or corporation.

 

    3. All contracts entered into by a principal department in the Executive branch of State government with an individual, association or corporation on or after the effective date of this act, P.L. , c. (C. ) (now pending before the Legislature as this bill), shall include the employment restrictions contained in section 2 of this act.

 

    4. This act shall take effect immediately.


STATEMENT

 

    The purpose of this bill is to prevent "revolving door" employment by high level State employees who, immediately after terminating employment with a department in State government, are employed by a private sector company which has a contract with that department. The bill provides that no commissioner, assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner of a principal department in the Executive branch of State government shall be employed for a period of one year subsequent to the termination of employment with that department by an individual, association or corporation which has a contract with that department. If a former commissioner, assistant commissioner or deputy commissioner is employed within one year subsequent to the termination of employment with a department by an individual, association or corporation having a contract with that department, the department shall cancel all contracts with that individual, association or corporation. All contracts entered into by a department with an individual, association or corporation on or after the effective date of this act shall include the employment restrictions contained in this act.

 

 

                             

 

Places post-State service employment restrictions on commissioners, assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners.