On November 3, 2009, the people of New Jersey elected Kim Guadagno as the first
Lieutenant Governor in the state's history.
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Martin Luther King Commission
NJSA 52:9Z-1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission established
There is established in the Department of State the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. The commission shall consist of 45 members:
a. a representative of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change to be appointed by the Governor and to serve at the pleasure of the Governor;
b. a representative of the Governor's office to be appointed by the Governor and to serve at the pleasure of the Governor;
c. four members of the Senate to be appointed by the President thereof, no more than two of whom shall be from the same political party;
d. four members of the General Assembly to be appointed by the Speaker thereof, no more than two of whom shall be from the same political party; and
e. 35 public members to be appointed by the Governor.
The public members shall be residents of the State and shall represent the various geographical areas of the State; shall represent various civic, social, religious, educational, business and artistic organizations; and shall be committed to resolving conflict and to upholding the humanitarian philosophy of Dr. King.
NJSA 52:9Z-2. Appointment of co-chairpersons
The Governor shall select two public members to serve as co-chairpersons.
NJSA 52:9Z-3. Members; terms, filling of vacancies, reimbursement
Legislative members shall serve during the two-year legislative term in which the appointment is made. Public members shall serve for a term of two years and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. Vacancies in the membership shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired terms in the same manner as the original appointments were made. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties.
NJSA 52:9Z-4. Duties of the commission
The commission shall:
a. develop, coordinate, and advise the Governor and Legislature of Statewide activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday;
b. establish programs designed to educate the citizens of New Jersey about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement;
c. meet with other groups and organizations in order to coordinate events and seek volunteers who are willing to donate their talents; and
d. receive donations, through fund-raising activities and contributions, from individuals and public and private organizations in order to carry out its responsibilities and to address the needs of Dr. King's living memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
NJSA 52:9Z-5. Rights of the commission
The commission is entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of the employees of any State, county or municipal department, board, bureau, commission or agency which it may require and which may be available to it for these purposes and to employ stenographic and clerical assistants and incur traveling and other miscellaneous expenses necessary to perform its duties, within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to it for these purposes.