4. a. There is hereby established in the Department of Health, a public body corporate and politic, with corporate succession, to be known as the "New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority." The authority shall constitute a political subdivision of the State established as an instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions, and the exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by this act shall be deemed and held to be an essential governmental function.
b.The authority shall consist of seven members, three of whom shall be the commissioner, who shall be the chairman, the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, and the Commissioner of Human Services, who shall serve during their terms of office, or when so designated by them, their deputies or other representatives, who shall serve at their pleasure, and four public members who are citizens of the State to be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate for terms of four years; provided that the four members first appointed by the Governor shall serve terms expiring on the first, second, third, and fourth, respectively, April 30 ensuing after the enactment of this act. Each member shall hold office for the term of the member's appointment and until the member's successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Any vacancy among the public members shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only.
c.Any member of the authority appointed by the Governor may be removed from office by the Governor for cause after a public hearing.
d.The members of the authority shall serve without compensation, but the authority may reimburse its members for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their official duties.
e.The authority, upon the first appointment of its members and thereafter on or after April 30 in each year, shall annually elect from among its members a vice chairman who shall hold office until April 30 next ensuing and shall continue to serve during the term of his successor and until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified. The authority may also appoint, retain, and employ, without regard to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes, such officers, agents, and employees as it may require, and it shall determine their qualifications, terms of office, duties, services, and compensation.
f.The powers of the authority shall be vested in the members thereof in office from time to time and a majority of the total authorized membership of the authority shall constitute a quorum at any meeting thereof. Action may be taken and motions and resolutions adopted by the authority at any meeting thereof by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present, unless in any case the bylaws of the authority shall require a larger number. No vacancy in the membership of the authority shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority.
g.Each member and the treasurer of the authority shall execute a bond to be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of such member or treasurer, as the case may be, in such form and amount as may be prescribed by the Attorney General. Such bonds shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State. At all times thereafter the members and treasurer of the authority shall maintain such bonds in full force and effect. All costs of such bonds shall be borne by the authority.
h.No trustee, director, officer, or employee of a health care organization may serve as a member of the authority.
i.At least two true copies of the minutes of every meeting of the authority shall be forthwith delivered by and under the certification of the secretary thereof, to the Governor. No action taken at such meeting by the authority shall have force or effect until 10 days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, after such copies of the minutes shall have been so delivered or at such earlier time as the Governor shall sign a statement of approval thereof. If, in said 10-day period, the Governor returns a copy of the minutes with veto of any action taken by the authority or any member thereof at such meeting, such action shall be null and of no effect. If the Governor shall not return the minutes within said 10-day period, any action therein recited shall have force and effect according to the wording thereof. At any time prior to the expiration of the said 10-day period, the Governor may sign a statement of approval of all or any such action of the authority.
The powers conferred in this subsection upon the Governor shall be exercised with due regard for the rights of the holders of bonds of the authority at any time outstanding.
L.1972, c.29, s.4; amended 1997, c.435, s.4; 2012, c.17, s.259.