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Capitol Report

September 7, 2009

By Tamika Wilson

This edition of the Capitol Report includes a summary of recently signed laws, as well as a listing of attorneys in the Governor's Office and the Legislature, including positions held. It is compiled by the legislative department of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

New Laws

P.L.2009, c.122 (Vitale) Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to report certain patient safety indicators on a hospital-by-hospital basis, and prohibits hospitals from charging for certain medical errors. Signed by the governor on August 31.

Executive Orders

Executive Order No. 151 Orders and directs that all members of the public should be afforded the opportunity to benefit from the federal economic recovery funds and associated state spending, and, in particular, the Corzine administration re-affirms the state's commitment, expressed in statute and regulation, that every public contract, whether for construction services, goods, or other services, shall provide equal employment opportunity for women and minorities.

Attorney Members Of Governor's Executive Staff

Edward McBride, Esq. - Chief of Staff

William Castner - Chief Counsel

Michellene Davis, Esq. (NJSBA member) - Chief Policy Counsel

Attorney Members Of Governor's Cabinet

Jeanne Fox (NJSBA member) - President, Board of Public Utilities

Lucille Davy - Commissioner, Department of Education

Heather Howard - Commissioner, Department of Health and Senior Services

Jennifer Velez- Commissioner, Department of Human Services (DHS)

Hope L. Cooper(NJSBA member) - Acting Commissioner, Civil Service Commission

Jerold L. Zaro(NJSBA member) - Chief, Office of Economic Growth

Nina Mitchell Wells (NJSBA member) - Secretary, Department of State

Anne Milgram - Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety

Ronald Chen - Public Advocate, Department of the Public Advocate

Attorney Members Of New Jersey Senate

Sen. Bill Baroni (R14) (NJSBA member) - Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; Joint Committee on the Public Schools; Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee

Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R16) - Deputy Conference Leader, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Environment Committee, Joint Committee on the Public Schools Vice Chair Sen. Barbara Buono (D18) - Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair, Joint Budget Oversight Committee

Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R9) - Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee; Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee

Sen. Nia H. Gill (D34) - Senate Commerce Committee Chair, Senate Legislative Oversight Committee Vice Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee, Legislative Services Commission

Sen. Phil Haines (R8) - Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

Sen. Sean T. Kean (R10) - Senate Labor Committee, Senate Transportation Committee, Legislative Services Commission

Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D19) - Senate Economic Growth Committee Chair, Senate Commerce Committee Vice Chair, Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Kevin J. O'Toole (R40) - Minority Whip, Senate State Government Committee, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D28) - Assistant Majority Leader; Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee Chair; Joint Committee on the Public Schools Co-Chair; Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee

Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D22) - Senate State Government Committee Chair, Senate Commerce Committee, State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Bob Smith (D17) - Senate Environment Committee Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney Members Of New Jersey General Assembly

Asm. Dawn Marie Addiego (R8) - Assistant Republican Whip, Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assembly Appropriations Committee

Asm. Peter J. Barnes III (R14) (NJSBA member) - Assembly Judiciary Committee Vice Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

Asm. Jon M. Bramnick (R21) - Republican Whip, Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee, Legislative Services Commission

Asm. Michael Patrick Carroll (R25) - Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee

Asm. Caroline Casagrande (R12) - Assembly Judiciary Committee, Assembly State Government Committee

Asm. Herb Conaway (D7) - Assembly Health and Senior Services Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Asm. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D18) (NJSBA member) - Parliamentarian, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair, Assembly Regulated Professions Committee, Assembly Education Committee, Joint Committee on the Public Schools

Asm. Michael J. Doherty (R23) - Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Labor Committee

Asm. Linda R. Greenstein (D14) - Deputy Speaker, Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair, Assembly Health and Senior Services

Asm. Louis D. Greenwald (D6) - Assembly Budget Committee Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee, Joint Budget Oversight Committee

Asm. Reed Gusciora (D15) - Deputy Majority Leader, Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee Chair, Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee, State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee

Asm. Jim Holzapfel (R10) (NJSBA member) - Assembly Regulated Professions Committee

Asm. Rick Merkt (R25) - Republican Appropriations Officer, Assembly Higher Education Committee, Assembly Appropriations Committee

Asm. John F. McKeon (D27) (NJSBA member) - Majority Whip, Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chair, Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee

Asm. Asw. Annette Quijano (D20) - Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, Assembly Labor Committee

Asm. Scott T. Rumana (R40) (NJSBA member) - Assistant Republican Leader, Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee; Assembly Education Committee

Asm. Brian E. Rumpf (R9) - Assembly Higher Education Committee; Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee

Asm. David C. Russo (R40) (NJSBA member) - Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee

Asw. L. Grace Spencer (D29) - Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Vice Chair, Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

Asm. Jay Webber (R26) (NJSBA member) - Assembly State Government Committee, Assembly Labor Committee

Asm. John S. Wisniewski (D19) - Deputy Speaker; Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee Chair; Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee; Assembly Appropriations Committee

Meeting Notice

NJSBA section/committee chairs, co-chairs, vice chairs, legislative coordinators and county bar legislative coordinators are invited to attend the annual NJSBA Chair Orientation & Legislative Forum:

Wednesday - September 9

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

New Jersey Law Center

One Constitution Square

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

This program will include opening remarks by NJSBA President Allen A. Etish, a review of NJSBA policies and procedures with Executive Director Angela Scheck, a New Jersey ICLE presentation and a legislative forum. Lunch will be served at noon.

Registration is required to attend this free event. To register, go to www.njsba.com or contact the Meetings Department 732-249-5000.