[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2507

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 12, 2022

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† NIA H. GILL

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Senator† ANTHONY M. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Establishes New Jersey Ireland Trade Commission in Department of State.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee on May 18, 2023, with amendments.

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An Act establishing the New Jersey Ireland Trade Commission and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

†††† 1.††† a.† There is established in, but not of, the Department of State the New Jersey Ireland Trade Commission.† The commission shall consist of 1[15] 231 members, to be appointed as follows:

†††† 1[Two] (1) (a)† Four1 members of the Legislature shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, 1[neither] two1 of whom shall 1[be members of the same political party] have current or past involvement in organizations that promote Irish affairs or shall have interest in the well-being of trade relations between New Jersey and Ireland1 ; and two members of the Legislature shall be appointed by the 1[Speaker of the General Assembly, neither of whom shall be members of the same political party] Minority Leader of the Senate, both of whom shall have current or past involvement in organizations that promote Irish affairs or shall have interest in the well-being of trade relations between New Jersey and Ireland.

††††† (b) †Four members of the Legislature shall be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, two of whom shall have current or past involvement in organizations that promote Irish affairs or shall have interest in the well-being of trade relations between New Jersey and Ireland; and two members of the Legislature shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the General Assembly, both of whom shall have current or past involvement in organizations that promote Irish affairs or shall have interest in the well-being of trade relations between New Jersey and Ireland.

†††† (c)1† The legislative members of the commission shall serve during the two-year legislative term in which the appointments are made.

†††† 1(2)1† Eleven members of the commission shall be appointed by the Governor.† Six members shall serve for a term of three years and five shall serve for a term of four years.† The 11 members thus appointed shall include at least one representative from: a 1[State] public1 institution of higher education; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, or its successor organization; and at least two public members representing Irish American communities neither of whom shall be members of the same political party.

†††† b.††† All appointments shall be made no later than 90 days following the day of enactment of P.L.††† , c.††† (C.†††††† ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).† A vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made.

†††† c.†††† Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties, within the limit of funds appropriated to the commission or otherwise made available to it for its purposes.

†††† d.††† The commission shall meet and hold hearings at the places it designates throughout the State.

 

†††† 2.††† The 1[Governor] President of the Senate1 shall designate 1[a chairperson or] two1 co-chairpersons from among the 1[members of the commission, who shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the Governor.† The chairperson or co-chairpersons, as appropriate, may appoint from among the commission members subcommittees and subcommittee chairpersons at their discretion.] Presidentís appointments, one each from the majority and minority party; and the Speaker of the General Assembly shall designate two co-chairpersons from among the Speakerís appointments, one each from the majority and minority party.1† A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the commission.

 

†††† 3.††† a.†† The purpose of the New Jersey Ireland Trade Commission shall be to:

†††† (1)†† advance bilateral trade and investment between New Jersey and Ireland;

†††† (2)†† initiate joint action on policy issues of mutual interest to New Jersey and Ireland;

†††† (3)†† promote business and academic exchanges between New Jersey and Ireland;

†††† (4)†† encourage mutual economic support between New Jersey and Ireland;

†††† (5)†† encourage mutual investment in the infrastructure of New Jersey and Ireland; and

†††† (6)†† address such other issues as determined by the commission.

†††† b.††† The commission shall report its findings, results, and recommendations to the Governor, and the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), within one year of its initial organizational meeting and by February 1st of each succeeding year for the activities of the preceding calendar year. †The report shall be in writing and include recommendations as deemed appropriate by the commission to effectuate its purpose, as provided by this section.

 

†††† 4.††† The New Jersey Ireland Trade Commission shall be authorized to raise funds, through direct solicitation or other fundraising events, alone, or with other groups, and accept gifts, grants, and bequests from individuals, corporations, foundations, governmental agencies, and public and private organizations and institutions, to defray the commissionís administrative expenses and to carry out its purposes as set forth in P.L.††† , c.†† †(C.†††††† ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill). †The funds, gifts, grants, or bequests received pursuant to this section shall be deposited in an account in the Department of the Treasury and allocated and annually appropriated to the Department of State to defray the commissionís administrative expenses and carry out its purposes.

 

†††† 5.††† This act shall take effect immediately.