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On May 1 Governor Christie signed into law the SJR-75/AJR-122, which establishes “Disparity in State Procurement Study Commission”.  The purpose of the Commission is to assess the procurement of goods and services by the State and local government units to determine disparities, if any, between the availability and utilization of small, disadvantaged, and minority- and women-owned business enterprises in particular market areas.

The 15 member Commission will be appointed as follows:

(1) six members of the Senate, four members of the majority party to be appointed by the President of the Senate and two members of the minority party to be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;

(2) six members of the General Assembly, four members of the majority party to be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and two members of the minority party to be appointed by the Minority Leader of the General Assembly;

(3) one member to be appointed by the Governor;

(4) the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property in the Department of the Treasury, or his designee, who shall serve ex officio; and

(5) the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs, or his designee, who shall serve ex officio.

If there is any vacancy on the commission the seat must be filled in the same manner provided for the original appointment.

The law requires that the Commission members be appointed by May 31, 2017 and must hold their initial organizational meeting as soon as practicable, but no later than 30 days following the appointment of its members.  The chair and vice chair must be selected at the organizational meeting.  The chair is responsible for appointing a secretary, who does not need to be a member of the Commission.

The Commission will recommend policies, practices, and programs that further this State’s efforts to promote opportunities for small, disadvantaged, and minority- and women-owned business enterprises in purchasing and procurement by State and local government units. The Commission must issue a report of its findings and conclusions, together with any recommendations it may have for legislative or regulatory action, to the Governor and Legislature within one year of its initial organizational meeting.  The Commission will expire on 30 days after the issuance of their report.

Contacts:   Lori Buckelew, Sr. Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njslom.org, 609-695-3481 x112.

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