2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-49 - Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities and Women's Enterprises
34:1B-49. Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities and Women's Enterprises
a. There is established in but not of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development the New Jersey Development Authority for Small Businesses, Minorities' and Women's Enterprises, which shall assist in providing financing and other services to eligible businesses. The board of directors of the authority shall consist of six members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Executive Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and the State Treasurer, or their designees, shall be members ex officio. At least one member of the board shall be an investment banker, one member shall have experience in small business finance, and one member shall have experience in market analysis. At least one member of the board shall be a minority, and one member shall be a woman. One member of the board shall be a resident of Atlantic City. In addition to the six members of the board, the Governor shall appoint a nonvoting member who represents the casino industry. Initially, the Governor shall appoint two members for a term of one year, two members for a term of two years, and three members for a term of three years. Thereafter, all members appointed by the Governor shall serve for three-year terms. Each member shall hold office for the term of his appointment and until his successor has been appointed and qualified. 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.
b. Any member of the board may be removed by the Governor for cause after notice and hearing.
c. The Governor shall select a chairman and the members of the board shall elect a vice chairman. The authority shall recommend at least three candidates for the position of Executive Director to the Governor, who shall appoint one of the candidates to the position, with the advice and consent of the Senate. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum. Any action may be taken by the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum.
d. The members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed by the authority for their actual expenses. No officer or employee of the State shall be deemed to have forfeited or shall forfeit his office or employment or any benefits or emoluments by reason of his appointment to the board or his appointment as a consultant to the board or his performance of other services for the authority.
e. A true copy of the minutes of every meeting of the board, certified by the secretary of the board, shall be delivered by the secretary to the Governor. No action taken at a meeting shall have effect until the 10th day following the delivery of the minutes to the Governor, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays excepted, unless within that period the Governor has approved the minutes, in which case the action shall become effective upon his approvaL. If, within the 10-day period, the Governor returns the copy of the minutes with his veto of any action taken by the board or any member thereof at the meeting, that action shall be null and void and of no effect. The Governor may approve all or part of the action taken at such meeting prior to the expiration of the 10-day period.
f. On or before March 31 of every year, the authority shall make an annual report on its activities in the preceding calendar year to the Governor and the Legislature, which shall include a statement of its investment policy and its underwriting guidelines as well as a complete operating and financial statement covering the authority's operations during the preceding year. The board shall cause an audit to be made at least once in each calendar year by certified public accountants. A copy of the audit shall be filed with the State Treasurer and shall be available for public inspection.
L. 1985, c. 386, s. 3, eff. Dec. 18, 1985.
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