New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:4d-67 - Iphd Project Governing Board.

30:4D-67 iPHD project governing board.
3. a. The iPHD Project Governing Board is hereby established in, but not of, the Department of Health. The Governing Board shall consist of 10 members: one of whom shall be the Director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, who shall serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member; one of whom shall be a public member appointed by the President of the Senate, representing an organization capable of advocating on behalf of persons whose data may be received, maintained, or transmitted by the iPHD Project in accordance with this act; one of whom shall be a public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, with experience in human subjects research who is affiliated with a research university in New Jersey; and two of whom shall be public members appointed by the Governor, as follows:

(1)An individual with legal expertise and interest in protecting the privacy and security of individually identifiable information; and

(2)An individual with technical expertise and interest in the creation and maintenance of large data systems and data security.

The five remaining members shall be voting, ex-officio members representing the Commissioner of Health, who shall also serve as chair of the Board; the Commissioner of Human Services; the State Treasurer; the Attorney General; and the Chief Information Officer for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Ex-officio members may be represented by designees.

Of the public members first appointed to the Governing Board, two shall be appointed to terms of three years, one shall be appointed to a term of two years, and one shall be appointed to a term of one year. Following the expiration of the initial terms, public members of the Board shall be appointed for terms of three years. The voting ex-officio members of the Board shall serve during their respective terms of office. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, but for the unexpired term only. The Board shall meet at least quarterly, and at such other times as it determines, in its judgment, to be necessary. The appointed members of the Board shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. In addition, the Board shall be entitled to and avail itself of the assistance and services of the staff of the Department of Health, and of the employees of any other State department, board, bureau, commission, or agency, as it may require and as may be available for its purposes.

b.A member of the Governing Board shall not, by reason of the member's performance of any duty, function, or activity required of, or authorized to be undertaken by, the Board, be liable in an action for damages to any person for any action taken or recommendation made by the member within the scope of the member's duty, function, or activity as a member of the Board, if the action or recommendation was taken or made without malice. The members of the Board shall be indemnified and their defense of any action provided for in the same manner and to the same extent as employees of the State under the "New Jersey Tort Claims Act," N.J.S.59:1-1 et seq., on the basis of acts or omissions in the scope of their service.

c.A member of the Governing Board shall not participate in deliberations or vote on any matter before the Board concerning an individual or entity with which the member has, or within the last 12 months has had, any substantial ownership, employment, medical staff, fiduciary, contractual, creditor, or consultative relationship. A member who has or who has had such a relationship with an individual or entity involved in any matter before the Board shall make a written disclosure before any action is taken by the Board with respect to the matter, and shall make the relationship public in any meeting in which action on the matter is to be taken.

d.The iPHD Project Governing Board shall be a public body for the purposes of the "Senator Byron M. Baer Open Public Meetings Act," P.L.1975, c.231 (C.10:4-6 et seq.), and shall conduct its business in accordance with the provisions of that act. All proceedings of the Governing Board shall be subject to P.L.2001, c.404 (C.47:1A-5 et al.).

L.2015, c.193, s.3.

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