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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21)
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March 5, 2020
Kean Bill Targeting Non-Functioning Government Bodies Clears Committee

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To Remain Active, Authorities, Boards and Commissions Would Be Required to Meet at Least Once Annually

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bipartisan legislation that would shut down do-nothing advisory groups was approved unanimously by the Senate State Government Committee.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill will reduce the size of state government by deactivating boards and authorities that fail to conduct business at least once every year. (Wikimedia)

“Dormant boards and authorities are useless to the State and the taxpayers,” said Kean (R-21). “If a government-established entity doesn’t conduct business, fails to accomplish anything, and hides in the shadows, there is no need to retain it. We can eliminate these useless bodies and reduce bureaucratic paralysis.”

Kean’s bill (S-1367) would deactivate authorities, boards, commissions, committees, councils, panels, and task forces which do not meet with a quorum at least once every year.

The members of bodies deemed inactive by the bill would be released, and the group would no longer have access to the services of employees of any State, county, or municipality or agency.

Under the legislation, the Secretary of State is required to annually review the meeting records of all government bodies and determine if they are active.

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