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Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission was created in 2009 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L. 2009, c.81, N.J.S.A. 2C:48A-1 et seq. It shall be the duty of the commission to conduct a thorough review of the criminal sentencing provisions of New Jersey law for consideration of possible recommendations for revisions to the laws governing the criminal justice system.Commission MembersThere is hereby created a commission to be known as the "Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission" to consist of 13 members as follows: the Attorney General, or his designee; the Public Defender, or his designee; the Chief Justice, or a designee of the Chief Justice who may be a retired judge with experience in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court; the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, or his designee; the Chairman of the State Parole Board, or his designee; the President of the New Jersey County Prosecutors Association, or his designee; the President of the New Jersey Bar Association, or his designee; one public member appointed by the Senate President; one public member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; one public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; one public member appointed by the Assembly Minority Leader; and two public members appointed by the Governor, not more than one of whom shall be of the same political party. In selecting the public members, the Senate President, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the Assembly Minority Leader and the Governor should seek to include persons who have experience, training, or academic background in victims' rights advocacy, corrections, judicial administration or criminal law. The public members appointed by the Governor shall include one representative of a police organization.Public MembersSenator Sandra B. Cunningham, Senate President's Appointee
Donald A. DiGioia, Esq., Senate Minority Leader's Appointee, Vice Chair
James Nolan, Assembly Speaker's Appointee
Aidan P. O'Connor, Assembly Minority Leader's Appointee
Deborah Poritz, Governor's Appointee, Chair
Jiles Ship, Governor's Appointee, representative of police organization
Ex Officio MembersAttorney General (or designee)
Public Defender (or designee)
Chief Justice (or designee)
Commissioner, Department of Corrections (or designee)
Chairman, State Parole board (or designee)
President, New Jersey County Prosecutors Association (or designee)
President, New Jersey Bar Association (or designee)
The Commission StaffGabriella B. Ferri, 609-847-3870
Carolyn I. Roscoe Wright, 609-847-3865
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe Legislative Services Commission was created in 1979 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.1979, c.8, N.J.S.A. 52:11-55 et seq. The Commission was given the responsibility to:
  1. Carry on the work of continuous revision of the general and permanent statute law of the State, by causing to be conducted a continuous examination thereof and of the judicial decisions construing the same, and by causing to be prepared and to be submitted to the Legislature for its action thereon from time to time legislative bills designed to revise such portions of the general and permanent statute law as in the judgment of the commission may be necessary to remedy defects therein, to accomplish improvement thereof and to maintain the same in revised, consolidated and simplified form under the general plan and classification of the Revised Statutes;
  2. To provide accurate budgetary, fiscal and program performance, evaluation and analysis, legal assistance, information and advice and informatory and research services to the standing reference, joint and special legislative committees and commissions and to the officers and members of the Legislature;
  3. To study the methods, practices and procedures employed by the Legislature and from time to time make such recommendations for their improvement and modernization as the commission shall deem desirable;
  4. Through the Office of Legislative Services to plan, provide for and coordinate administrative, housekeeping and other general services on behalf of the Legislature in the areas of purchasing, data processing, facilities, public educational programs and legislative district offices in accordance with the joint rules governing the operation of the district offices.
Commission MembersThe Commission consists of sixteen members. Currently the members are:Senate Members:Senator Christopher J. Connors
Senator Kristin M. Corrado
Senator Nia H. Gill
Senator Linda R. Greenstein
Senator Joseph Pennacchio
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VacancyAssembly Members:Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin
Assemblyman John DiMaio
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald
Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Assemblyman Harold J. Wirths
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Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe New Jersey Intergovernmental Relations Commission was created in 1964 by the New Jersey Legislature (N.J.S.A. 52:9B-1 et seq.) The Commission's function is to carry forward the participation of New Jersey as a member of the Council of State Governments, both regionally and nationally, to confer with officials of other States and of Federal Government, to formulate proposals for co-operation between this State and the other States, and with the Federal Government, and to organize and maintain governmental machinery for such purposes.Commission MembersThe New Jersey Intergovernmental Relations Commission shall be composed of 15 members, namely:
The five members of the committee on intergovernmental relations of the Senate.
The five members of the committee on intergovernmental relations of the General Assembly.
Five officials of the State named by the Governor, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.
The Governor shall be an honorary member of the commission.
Currently the members are:Senate Members:Senator Christopher J. Connors
Senator Linda R. Greenstein
Senator James W. Holzapfel
Senator Troy Singleton
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Assembly Members:Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese
Assemblyman John DiMaio
Assemblyman John F. McKeon
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberley
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Governor's Appointments:Vacancy
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The Commission Staff:Lori O'Mara-Van Driesen, 609-847-3130
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission was created in 1989 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.1989, c.163, N.J.S.A. 1:14-12 et seq. The Study Commission was given the responsibility to study and review all aspects of the New Jersey statutes, legislation and decisions of the courts in this State and other states relating to business entities, including business corporations and partnerships and the issuance of ownership interests or securities thereby. In addition the commission shall study and review all aspects of the law governing non-profit corporations in this State and other states.Commission MembersThe Study Commission consists of three members who are admitted to practice law in New Jersey, and who are distinguished in the field of corporate and business law. Currently the members are:

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis, Phd.
Rose Marie MangerThe Commission StaffTodd W. Moore
609-847-3845
TMoore@njleg.org
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission was created in 1991 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.1991, c.382, N.J.S.A. 52:9HH-1 et seq. The Commission was given the responsibility to review any bill, joint resolution or concurrent resolution introduced in either House of the Legislature which establishes or modifies pension benefits or health benefits for public employees in this State. Such a review shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the bill's or resolution's fiscal impact on the retirement system and on the public employer, any comments upon or recommendations concerning the legislation, and any alternatives to the legislation which the commission may wish to suggest. The commission consists of 10 members: the State Treasurer and three other members of the Executive Branch appointed by the Governor; two public members appointed by the Governor; two public members appointed by the President of the Senate; and two public members appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly.Commission MembersCurrently the members are:

Vacancy, Chair
Sonia Rivera-Perez, State Treasurer's Designee
Vacancy, Executive Branch Member
John Megariotis, Assistant Director, Finance, Division of Pensions and Benefits, Executive Branch Member
Thomas H. Neff, Esq., Executive Branch Member
Anthony J. DeNova, Public Member
Thomas Hastie, Public Member
Mark M. Krane, Public Member
Robert J. Pittfield, Public Member
Vacancy, Public Member

Meeting Agenda and Vote Results of the Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission
(The listing of the meeting agenda is under the 8th tab marked PHBRC.)

Angelina Scales, Administrator (609) 292-2010
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe State Capitol Joint Management Commission was created in 1992 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.1992, c.67, N.J.S.A. 52:31-34 et seq. The Commission was given the responsibility to maintain, monitor and preserve the architectural, historical, cultural and artistic integrity of any completed project for the restoration, preservation and improvement of the State capitol complex and to safeguard any related artifacts, documents and objects; maintain custody of the State capitol complex, with exclusive jurisdiction with respect to its management and operation, including maintenance, repair, renovation, improvement, security, parking, furnishing, artifact displays, and space utilization; and consult with the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, established pursuant to P.L.1987, c.58 (C.52:9Q-9 et seq.), regarding matters of common concern.Commission MembersThe Commission consists of eight members. Currently the members are:

Christopher Chianese, Director, Division of Property Management and Construction
Kate McDonnell, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel
Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Vice Chair, State Treasurer
Lynn Azarchi, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget

Kevin Drennan, Chair, Executive Director,Senate Majority Office
Christine Shipley, Executive Director, Senate Republican Office
Vacancy, Executive Director, Assembly Majority Office
Mark H. Duffy, Executive Director, Assembly Republican OfficeThe Commission StaffRoger Lai, Counsel 609-847-3901
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe State House Commission was created in 1953 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.1953, c.85, N.J.S.A. 52:20-1 et seq. The Commission controls the sale and leasing of state owned properties.Commission MembersThe State House Commission shall consist of the Governor, who shall be the presiding officer, the State Treasurer, and the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting or their designees, or the persons upon whom shall devolve by law the powers, duties and emoluments of said offices respectively, for the time being, and two members of the Senate appointed by the President thereof and two members of the General Assembly appointed by the Speaker thereof, no more than one of either group of two being of the same political party or their alternates. Each alternate for an appointed member shall also be a member of the Senate or General Assembly appointed by the President or Speaker, as appropriate, and shall have full voting powers when required to attend commission meetings. The members of the commission shall serve without pay in connection with all such duties as are prescribed in this chapter. The appointed members of 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. Currently the members are:

Philip D. Murphy, Governor
Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor (first alternate)
Justin Braz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs (second alternate)
Kate McDonnell, Deputy Chief Counsel (third alternate)

Elizabeth Maher Muoio, State Treasurer
Catherine Brennan, Deputy State Treasurer
Jo-Ann Povia, Treasurer's Office Chief of Staff (alternate)
Lynn Azarchi, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, Treasury

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Senator Bob Smith
Senator Vin Gopal (alternate)
Senator Michael J. Doherty (alternate)

Assemblyman John DiMaio
Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty
Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak (alternate)
Vacancy (alternate)The Commission Staff:Robert J. Shaughnessy, Jr. Secretary 609-292-5535

State House Commission Homepage
Overview of the Commission and its WorkEstablishmentThe Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing was created in 2020 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L.2020, c.60.Prior to the issuance of any amount of “New Jersey COVID-19 General Obligation Emergency Bonds,” the issuing officials must obtain approval of the proposal to issue bonds from the Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing. The Commission will be comprised of two members of the Senate selected by the Senate President and two members of the General Assembly selected by the Speaker of the General Assembly. Approval by three or more members of the Commission will constitute approval of the proposal to issue bonds, and the issuing officials may then issue bonds pursuant to the proposal. If the Commission fails to approve the proposal, the proposal will be considered disapproved by the Commission, and no bonds pursuant to the disapproved proposal will be allowed to be issued.Commission MembersThe Commission consists of four members. Currently the members are:

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin
Senator Paul A. Sarlo
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin
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