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  • NJ A742
  • Imposes restrictions concerning Delaware River and Bay Authority commissioners, officers, and employees regarding employment, gifts, and compensation.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill supplements the compact between the State of Delaware and the State of New Jersey creating the Delaware River and Bay Authority ("DRBA"). The bill makes changes to the compact to impose various restrictions upon the DRBA, its subsidiary corporations, and the commissioners, officers, and employees of the authority and its subsidiary corporations. The bill prohibits the DRBA and its subsidiary corporations from: · compensating any commissioner, officer, or employee for expenses related to commuting or a personal vehicle; · exempting any commissioner, officer, or employee, or former commissioner, officer, or employee from payment of any toll for use of any of its tolled facilities or from payment of fares, or reimbursing any such individual for use of any of its tolled facilities or transportation services or from payment of any other expenses for commuting between home and work or for travel not directly related to the public business of the authority; · providing to any commissioner, officer, or employee a driver whose assigned full-time or part-time duties are to operate any motor vehicle in which the commissioner, officer, or employee, or an immediate family member, is a passenger, unless the driver is a law enforcement officer who is assigned also to provide for the security of the commissioner, officer, or employee when the need for such security has been documented; · compensating any commissioner, officer, or employee for overnight travel on behalf of the authority or for purposes of conducting authority business unless such travel arrangements and itinerary are approved in writing by the authority commissioners at a public meeting. An exception would be allowed in emergent situations relating to the authority's business; · extending to any commissioner, officer, or employee a personal line of credit or any other form of credit agreement for any purpose unless the use of a credit is directly related and essential to the performance of those official duties of the commissioner, officer, or employee, as documented in writing, that concern the maintenance of security for specified persons or property, law enforcement, inspections or audits of regulated facilities, entities, or persons, or the health, safety, and welfare of members of the public; · providing to any commissioner, officer, or employee any personal expense allowance or contingent fund for personal or official expenses except where such allowance or fund is expressly provided for by statute or legislative appropriation; · providing to any commissioner, officer, or employee an allowance, stipend, subsidy, reimbursement or other form of payment for the purchase, lease, or maintenance of a residence; and · providing tuition reimbursement unless (1) the course is taken at an accredited public institution of higher education in Delaware or New Jersey, (2) the course is directly related to the skills and knowledge required for the duties being performed by the officer or employee, or required for the performance of the duties of a position to which the officer or employee may directly be promoted from the current position, and (3) the officer or employee agrees to remain an officer or employee for five years after the final tuition reimbursement is made. The amount of reimbursement cannot exceed 50 percent of the tuition. The bill prohibits DRBA commissioners, officers, and employees, including employees of its subsidiary corporations, from: · soliciting or accepting any compensation, reward, employment, gift, honorarium, out-of-State travel or subsistence expense, or other thing of value from any source other than the authority for any service related to the official duties of the commissioner, officer, or employee or under any other any circumstance which could reasonably be expected to influence the manner in which authority business is conducted; · engaging in employment with any professional service provider, vendor, or independent contractor of the authority for two years after termination; · accepting use of a commission, or commission subsidiary-owned residence for purposes not directly related and essential to the performance of those official duties of the officer or employee; and · soliciting, receiving or agreeing to receive, whether directly or indirectly, any ticket or other form of admission to any place of entertainment that is provided free of charge or at a discounted rate by the sponsor, promoter, performer, or operator of the event or entertainment venue unless the same free or reduced admission is available to (a) the public; (b) a class consisting of all officers or employees of Delaware or New Jersey state agencies, as appropriate, whether or not restricted on the basis of geographic consideration; (c) all members of a group or class in which membership is unrelated to authority service; (d) all members of an organization, such as an employees' association or state or other public entity credit union, in which membership is related to authority service; or (e) a group or class that is not defined in a manner that specifically discriminates among state or authority officers or employees on the basis of branch of government or type of responsibility, or on a basis that favors those of higher rank or rate of pay. Any commissioner, officer, or employee of the authority or its subsidiary corporations who willfully engages in conduct, or accepts a benefit, in violation of the provisions of this bill would be subject to removal from office or employment and subject to a fine of between $500 and $10,000. The enactment by Delaware of substantially similar legislation would be required, and approval of Congress may be required, before the supplemental compact authorized by this bill may become operative.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
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