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NJ State Museum

NJSA 18A:73-20 State museum under control of New Jersey State Museum

The present State museum, including all of its collections and exhibits, shall be under the control and management of the New Jersey State Museum and its board of trustees, established pursuant to P.L.1999, c.437 (C.52:16A-60 et al.).

L.1967, c.271; amended 1999, c.437, s.13.

NJSA 52:16A-60. New Jersey State Museum

1. There is hereby established in the Department of State the New Jersey State Museum. The purpose of the New Jersey State Museum shall be to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural and natural history of New Jersey in a national and world context to visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds and to preserve and interpret the landmark property called Morven. The museum shall accomplish this purpose through the presentation of exhibits, education programs, publications and other services. Specific collection areas shall include, but not be limited to, archaeology and ethnology, decorative arts, fine arts, and natural history.

L.1999,c.437,s.1.

NJSA 52:16A-61. Division of the State Museum abolished; transfers

2. The Division of the State Museum continued in the Department of Education pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1969, c.158 (C.18A:73-1) and transferred to the Department of State under the Reorganization Plan of the Division of the State Museum in 1983 pursuant to the "State Agency Transfer Act," P.L.1971, c.375 (C.52:14D-1 et seq.), is abolished as a division in the Department of State and all of its powers, functions, and duties are continued in the museum.

All appropriations and other moneys available and to become available to the division are hereby continued in the museum and shall be available for the objects and purposes for which such moneys are appropriated subject to any terms, restrictions, limitations, or other requirements imposed by State or federal law. Whenever, in any law, rule, regulation, order, contract, document, judicial or administrative proceeding or otherwise, reference is made to the Division of the State Museum, the same shall mean and refer to the New Jersey State Museum in the Department of State.

L.1999,c.437,s.2.

NJSA 52:16A-62. The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Museum

3. a. The general responsibility for the proper operation of the New Jersey State Museum shall be vested in the board of trustees, which shall possess the powers and duties specified in this act. The board of trustees shall consist of 15 members: the Secretary of State, or the Secretary's designee, ex officio and 14 public members, to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Five of the public members shall be selected from the trustees of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, one of whom shall be the president of that body; three of the public members shall be selected from the trustees of Historic Morven, Inc., one of whom shall be the president of that body; and six of the public members shall be selected from the public at large.

b. The term of office of each public member shall be five years, except for the initial appointments which shall be made as follows: two members shall be appointed for a one-year term, two members shall be appointed for a two-year term, two members shall be appointed for a three-year term, two members shall be appointed for a four-year term, and four members shall be appointed for a five-year term. The terms of the president of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum and the president of Historic Morven, Inc. shall coincide with the presidents' terms of office. A public member of the board of trustees may be removed by the Governor, for cause, upon notice and opportunity to be heard. A vacancy occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term only and in the same manner as the original appointment. A member may serve until a successor is appointed. No person shall serve for more than two successive terms, provided, however, that any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall be eligible for two successive terms after the term for which the person was appointed to fill the vacancy.

c. There shall be five nonvoting, ex officio members of the board of trustees, in addition to the 14 public members:

(1)Two members of the Senate, who are not of the same political party, shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, and two members of the General Assembly, who are not of the same political party, shall be appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The legislative members shall serve for terms coextensive with the legislative two-year term for which they were appointed, subject to reappointment after the expiration of the legislative session.

(2)The Executive Director of the Museum.

d. The public members of the board of trustees shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The nonvoting, ex officio members shall not receive any compensation for services or reimbursement for expenses.

L.1999,c.437,s.3.

NJSA 52:16A-63. Executive Committee

4. The Secretary of State, or the Secretary's designee, shall serve as chair of the board of trustees. Under rules adopted by the board, the board may establish an executive committee composed of no fewer than three trustees, which committee may exercise powers vested in and perform duties imposed upon the trustees to the extent designated and permitted by the board of trustees. The board may establish such advisory boards and committees as it may deem advisable.

L.1999,c.437,s.4.

NJSA 52:16A-64. Conflicts of Interest

5. Members of the board of trustees shall be subject to the provisions of the "New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law," P.L.1971, c.182 (C.52:13D-12 et seq.).

L.1999,c.437,s.5.

NJSA 52:16A-65. Quorum

6. A majority of the public members of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum for all purposes. No vacancy in the membership of the board of trustees shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform the duties of the board.

L.1999,c.437,s.6.

NJSA 52:16A-66. Minutes; Governor's approval of actions

7. A true copy of the minutes of every meeting of the board of trustees shall be delivered promptly, after the certification of the chair thereof, to the Governor. No action taken at a meeting by the board of trustees shall have effect until approved by the Governor or until 10 days after the copy of the minutes shall have been delivered. If, in the 10-day period, the Governor returns the copy of the minutes with a veto of any action taken by the board or any member thereof at a meeting, such action shall be null. The Governor may approve all or part of the action taken at a meeting prior to the expiration of the 10-day period.

L.1999,c.437,s.7.

NJSA 52:16A-67. Board of Trustees' duties

8. The board of trustees is hereby authorized and empowered:

a. To employ an executive director of the museum.

b. To prescribe rules and regulations consistent with the laws and rules of the State of New Jersey for the operation of the museum, including those relating to operations, capital projects, collections, exhibits, and services.

c. On behalf of the State and in furtherance of the purposes of the museum, to solicit, receive and administer gifts, bequests and devises of property of any kind whatsoever, and grants from agencies of the United States government.

d. To make purchases for the collections and to dispose of items in the collections by sale or auction.

e. To enter into contracts with individuals, organizations and institutions for services or endeavors furthering the objectives of the museum's programs.

f. To prepare and implement a fiscal plan for the museum which shall include support from the State of New Jersey and the private sector.

g. To submit an annual operational and capital funding request to the Governor through the Department of State and the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury and to expend or authorize the expenditure of funds derived from such sources and funds as are appropriated by the State Legislature to the museum.

h. To manage and control the museum, together with its contents, furnishings, and other properties.

i. To care for and preserve property belonging to the museum.

j. To provide auxiliary services such as for the sale of books, periodicals, and art supplies and to provide facilities for the operation of food and beverage services at the museum.

k. To impose an admission charge to the museum, if deemed appropriate.

l. To adopt bylaws for its own governance.

m. To operate branch museums and to give technical advice to other museums.

n. To collect, preserve, and exhibit, in cooperation with the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, Medals of Honor and related memorabilia.

o. To provide, within the limits of funds appropriated therefor, for a program of maintenance and support for services by the Newark Museum Association for the educational and recreational use and benefit of the public.

L.1999,c.437,s.8.

NJSA 52:16A-68. Employment of Executive Director

9. The board of trustees shall employ an executive director who shall have a minimum of five years' experience in the management of a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums or shall have been engaged for an equal amount of time in the management of a similar and comparable institution. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the board of trustees and shall be in the unclassified service of the Civil Service. The executive director shall carry out the policies of the board of trustees under the direction of the chair.

L.1999,c.437,s.9.

NJSA 52:16A-69. Curators, other employees

10. The position and employment of the curators and all other employees of the Division of the State Museum are continued in the museum. The executive director may appoint such employees as may be necessary, whose employment shall be in the career service of the Civil Service.

L.1999,c.437,s.10.

NJSA 52:16A-70. Annual report

11. The board of trustees shall submit an annual report of its activities through the Department of State to the Governor and the Legislature on or before November 1 of each year. Such report shall contain at a minimum the annual financial statements of the museum for the fiscal year ending the preceding June 30.

L.1999,c.437,s.11.

NJSA 52:16A-71. Audits

12. The Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting, in the Department of the Treasury, the director's legally authorized representatives, and the State Auditor are hereby authorized and empowered from time to time to examine the accounts, books, and records of the museum, and any of its related entities, including its receipts, disbursements, contracts, investments and any other matters relating thereto and to its financial standing.

L.1999,c.437,s.12.