• Views: in the last
  • 27Week
  • 18Month
  • 231Total


  • NJ A2513
  • Establishes Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman in Department of State.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(12/4/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman in the Department of State. The creation of this position was recommended in the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force Report issued July 2015. The task force was created by an Executive Order of Governor Chris Christie and was chaired by the Lieutenant Governor. The bill provides that the ombudsman is to be appointed by the Governor. A person possessing expertise in the areas of defense, business, and governmental affairs, and who has resided in the State for the past 36 months, would be qualified for appointment. Once appointed, the ombudsman would serve at the pleasure of the Governor and would report to the Secretary of State. Under the bill, the Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman would coordinate and implement a strategy to fortify and ensure the economic vitality the United States military installations in this State and to improve the economic environment for the defense industry in this State, in the face of evolving defense needs, by fostering productive interactions between federal, State, and local governments and overseeing efforts to position the State's military installations as hubs of development, innovation, and economic growth. The ombudsman's duties would include, but would not be limited to, identifying vulnerabilities of and threats to the viability of the State's military installations; recommending strategies and best practices to improve economic outcomes for the State's military installations and defense industry; coordinating the State's efforts by promoting opportunities for defense industry investments and working to create defense industry clusters at each military installation; developing productive relationships with the various governmental, industry, and community stakeholders; and disseminating information on the attributes and benefits of the State's military installations which make them attractive to current and future defense planning, industry investment, and economic growth. The bill further directs the ombudsman to undertake various efforts to eliminate barriers to investment and growth by businesses and the defense industry. Specifically, the ombudsman would facilitate the permit and application approval process for businesses with projects related to or supporting military installations; conduct marketing efforts; provide information to federal contactors; create a program to establish mentorship relations between large and small businesses; organize events at military installations to bring together stakeholders focusing on economic development and growth; and, in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, foster synergies between institutions of higher education and the defense industry in this State, which may include the development of a centralized database of higher education contacts and assets. In addition, as part of its education and outreach efforts, the bill directs the ombudsman to organize an annual tour of the State's military installations for the New Jersey Congressional Delegation; provide accurate, current, and factual information about the State's military installations and their attributes to federal partners; and establish and regularly convene meetings with the commanding officers of each military installation to hear directly from them and other high-ranking officials concerning the specific operations and needs at each installation. The bill requires that the Military and Defense Economic Ombudsman submit an annual report to the Secretary of State detailing the activities undertaken during the previous year.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Budget and Appropriations, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 12/4/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
12/4/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/4/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 12/4/2017 *Revised 11/30/17 - S-848, S-1916 (1R) / A-846, S-1922 (1R) / A-)
12/4/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 12/4/2017 S-2872 and S-3169 are pending referral. S-3554 (Sweeney/Corrado/)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (78-0-0)
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/4/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 0
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 10 0 1
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0