27:1B-4. New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority
4. a. There is hereby established in the department a public body corporate and politic, with corporate succession, to be known as the "New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority." For the purpose of complying with the provisions of Article V, Section IV, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, the authority is hereby allocated within the Department of Transportation, but notwithstanding said allocation, the authority shall be independent of any supervision or control by the department or by any board or officer thereof. The authority is hereby constituted as an instrumentality of the State, exercising public and essential governmental functions, no part of whose revenues shall accrue to the benefit of any individual, and the exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by the act shall be deemed and held to be an essential governmental function of the State.
b.The authority shall consist of seven members as follows: the commissioner and the State Treasurer, who shall be members ex officio, and five public members, three of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of whom shall represent the interests of trade unions that work on the construction of public highways and the other shall represent the interests of owners of firms that are eligible to submit bids for the construction of public highways. The two remaining public members shall be appointed by the Governor, one of whom upon recommendation of the President of the Senate and the other upon recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly. No more than four members of the authority shall be of the same political party. The public members appointed by the Governor shall serve a four-year term, except that the public member appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the President of the Senate shall serve for a four-year term and the public member appointed upon recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly shall serve for a two-year term.
With respect to those public members first appointed by the Governor: the Senate shall advise and consent to the appointment of the member not appointed upon recommendation of the President and the Speaker within 30 days of the receipt thereof from the Governor, such appointment having been sent by the Governor to the Senate within 20 days following the effective date of this act; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly shall send their recommendations for public members to the Governor within 20 days following the effective date of this act. The Governor has an additional 10 days to accept or reject in writing these recommendations. With respect to the two additional public members to be appointed by the Governor pursuant to P.L.2000, c.73 (C.27:1B-21.14 et al.), the Senate shall advise and consent to the appointment of the members, such appointments having been sent by the Governor to the Senate within 20 days following the date of enactment of P.L.2000, c.73 (C.27:1B-21.14 et al.).
Each public member shall hold office for the term of the member's appointment and until the member's successor shall have been appointed and qualified. A member shall be eligible for reappointment. Any vacancy in the membership occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.
c.Each public member, except those appointed upon recommendation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, may be removed from office by the Governor, for cause, after public hearing, and may be suspended by the Governor pending the completion of such hearing. All members before entering upon their duties shall take and subscribe an oath to perform the duties of their office faithfully, impartially and justly to the best of their ability. A record of such oaths shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
d.The authority shall not be deemed to be constituted and shall not take action or adopt motions or resolutions until at least four authorized members shall have been appointed and qualified in the manner provided in this section. The commissioner shall serve as chairperson of the authority. Prior to the authority being constituted, the chairperson is authorized to transfer up to $75 million to the department from the appropriations made to the authority for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1984. The members shall annually elect one of their members as vice chairperson. The members shall elect a secretary and a treasurer, who need not be members, and the same person may be elected to serve both as secretary and treasurer. The powers of the authority shall be vested in the members thereof in office from time to time and four members of the authority shall constitute a quorum at any meeting thereof. Action may be taken and motions and resolutions adopted by the authority at any meeting thereof by the affirmative vote of at least four members of the authority. No vacancy in the membership of the authority shall impair the right of a quorum of the members to exercise all the powers and perform all the duties of the authority.
e.The members of the authority shall serve without compensation, but the authority shall reimburse its members for actual expenses necessarily incurred in the discharge of their duties. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, no member shall be deemed to have forfeited nor shall the member forfeit the member's office or employment or any benefits or emoluments thereof by reason of the member's acceptance of the office of ex officio member of the authority or the member's services therein.
f.Each ex officio member may designate an employee of the member's department or agency to represent the member at meetings of the authority. All designees may lawfully vote and otherwise act on behalf of the member for whom they constitute the designee. The designation shall be in writing delivered to the authority and shall continue in effect until revoked or amended in writing delivered to the authority.
g.A true copy of the minutes of every meeting of the authority shall be forthwith delivered by and under the certification of the secretary thereof to the Governor. No action taken at the meeting by the authority shall have force or effect until 15 days after such copy of the minutes shall have been so delivered, unless during this 15-day period the Governor shall approve in writing the same or any part thereof, in which case the action shall become effective upon approval. If, in said 15-day period, the Governor returns a copy of the minutes with his veto of any action taken by the authority or any member thereof at the meeting, the action shall be null and void and of no effect. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the last day of the 15-day period shall be a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the 15-day period shall be deemed extended to the next following business day. The powers conferred in this paragraph upon the Governor shall be exercised with due regard for the rights of the holders of bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority at any time outstanding, and nothing in, or done pursuant to, this paragraph shall in any way limit, restrict or alter the obligation or powers of the authority or any representative or officer of the authority to carry out and perform in every detail each and every covenant, agreement or contract at any time made or entered into by or on behalf of the authority with respect to its bonds, notes or other obligations or for the benefit, protection or security of the holders thereof.
h.The authority shall continue in existence until dissolved by act of the Legislature. However, any dissolution of this authority shall be on condition that the authority has no debts, contractual duties or obligations outstanding, or that provision has been made for the payment, discharge or retirement of these debts, contractual duties or obligations. Upon any dissolution of the authority, all property, rights, funds and assets thereof shall pass to and become vested in the State.
L.1984,c.73,s.4; amended 1987, c.460, s.1; 1995, c.108, s.2; 2000,c.73,s.26.
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