New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:1-7.4 - Conditions Of Closing Facilities, Privatizing Services

30:1-7.4. Conditions of closing facilities, privatizing services
2. a. Except in the case of an emergency condition, the commissioner shall not implement a decision to close an existing facility or to privatize any services, functions or units of an existing facility, if the commissioner finds that the decision shall result in the abolition of 100 or more non-vacant, full-time positions in the career service at the existing facility or facilities affected by the decision, unless the commissioner has complied with the procedures set forth in this section.

b. Pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the commissioner shall conduct at least one public hearing which shall be held in the region in which the facility is located, or a central location designated by the commissioner if more than one facility is affected by the decision, to provide an opportunity for the public to submit testimony on the proposed closing or privatization. The hearing shall be conducted at least 45 days in advance of a facility closure, or at least 30 days prior to the issuance of a Request for Proposal. For a facility closure, the public hearing shall be held within 15 days of publication of a Notice of Intent to close a facility by the commissioner in accordance with subsection c. of this section. The commissioner shall select a publicly convenient location for the hearing and shall give all persons the opportunity to testify in person or to submit written testimony.

c. The Notice of Intent to close a facility pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall be mailed, telephoned, telegrammed or hand delivered to at least two newspapers for publication, at least one of which shall be within the geographic boundaries of the county where the facility is located. Failure to comply with the requirements of this subsection shall not invalidate or delay any facility closure.

d. The commissioner shall prepare a report setting forth a fiscal impact analysis, policy rationale and summary of the testimony received at any hearing held pursuant to this section. This report shall be submitted to the chairmen of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee within five days of the issuance of a Notice of Intent to Award or within 30 days following the last scheduled public hearing for a facility closure.


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