State of New Jersey
Executive Order #45

Governor James J. Florio

This Executive Order is extended by EO #29 Whitman.

WHEREAS, the presence of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) present a serious public health concern for the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation with regard to the number of its citizens infected with AIDS since 1981; and

WHEREAS, the number of AIDS cases has been steadily increasing and in November of 1990, New Jersey reported its ten-thousandth AIDS case; and

WHEREAS, as many as forty-thousand New Jerseyans may be infected with HIV; and

WHEREAS, the human suffering caused by AIDS is of continuing concern to all New Jerseyans; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey's AIDS/HIV effort needs to be better coordinated to deliver critical services efficiently and cost effectively to its citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the laws of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby created a Governor's Advisory Council on AIDS, hereinafter referred to as the Advisory Council.

2. The Advisory Council shall consist of the Commissioner of Health or her designee; the Commissioner of Corrections or his designee; the Commissioner of Education or his designee; the Commissioner of Human Services or his designee; the Commissioner of Community Affairs or his designee; the Commissioner of Insurance or his designee; the Attorney General or his designee; the Public Advocate or his designee; the Chancellor of Higher Education or his designee; two members of the Senate to be appointed by the President thereof, no more than one of whom shall be from the same political party; two members of the General Assembly to be appointed by the Speaker thereof, no more than one of whom shall be from the same political party; and no more than thirty-five public members to be appointed by the Governor. The public members shall consist of educators, labor representatives, health care providers, advocates and persons who have tested HIV positive. The public members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. All members of the Advisory Council shall serve without compensation.

3. The Governor shall designate a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among the public members of the Advisory Council.

4. Advisory Council vacancies shall be filled by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.

5. It shall be the duty of the Governor's Advisory Council to:

a. Advise the Governor on policy relating to AIDS issues;

b. Monitor the Department of Health's implementation of its plan to fight AIDS in the 1990's;

c. Recommend legislation to the Governor;

d. Advise the Governor as to what measures need to be taken to coordinate State efforts concerning AIDS research and treatment;

e. Advise the executive branch concerning its relationship with voluntary agencies and private sector entities involved in AIDS-related activities, including funding sources for research; and

f. Prepare an annual report for the Governor on or before June 1 of each year, regarding its findings, and any recommendations it deems appropriate.

6. The Advisory Council shall receive administrative staff support from the Department of Health, but shall not obligate any funds of that Department or of any other department, office, division or agency of the State.

7. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall terminate on June 2, 1994.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
24th day of October in the Year of Our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-one, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and sixteenth.

/s/ James J. Florio


Elizabeth A. Ryan
Assistant Counsel to the Governor