NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 39, ISSUE 20
ISSUE DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2007
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Proposed Readoption: N.J.A.C. 13:44B
Per Diem Compensation for Members of Professional and Occupational Boards
Authorized By: Anne Milgram, Attorney General of New Jersey, with the approval of Bradley Abelow, State Treasurer.
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.5.
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
Proposal Number: PRN 2007-316.
Submit written comments by December 14, 2007 to:
Stephen B. Nolan, Acting Director
Division of Consumer Affairs
PO Box 45027
Newark, New Jersey 07101
The agency proposal follows:
The Attorney General proposes to readopt N.J.A.C. 13:44B, which is scheduled to expire on September 15, 2008 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-5.1c. This chapter implements the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.5 by establishing rules regarding per diem compensation for members and officers of a professional board or commission designated in N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.1.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.5a, N.J.A.C. 13:44B-1.1 sets compensation rates at $ 100.00 for a full day of service and $ 50.00 for less than a full day service for all boards or commissions other than the State Board of Medical Examiners. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.1d, members of the State Board of Medical Examiners are compensated at a per diem rate of $ 150.00 and $ 75.00 for less than a full day service. N.J.A.C. 13:44B-1.2 sets forth the services for which a board member will be compensated and N.J.A.C. 13:44B-1.3 lists services for which board members will not be compensated.
These rules continue to be reasonable, necessary and effective for the purposes for which they were originally promulgated. The per diem rate established in N.J.A.C. 13:44B-1.1 will continue to provide modest compensation for individuals who serve on New Jersey's professional boards and N.J.A.C. 13:44B-1.2 and 1.3 will provide guidance to board members concerning services for which they may be compensated.
As the Board has provided a 60-day comment period on this notice of proposal, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5.
In setting per diem compensation rates and outlining compensable services, the rules proposed for readoption will have an advantageous impact on members of the professional boards and advisory committees within the Division of Consumer Affairs to whom these rules apply. These professional board members provide invaluable services to the public by setting practice standards, evaluating applicants for licensure, investigating complaints and initiating appropriate disciplinary and enforcement actions, all of which help ensure professional competence and maintain high professional standards for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare.
Readoption of this chapter will have a favorable economic impact on members of the professional and occupational licensing boards designated in N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.1. With the exception of Medical Board members, whose current per diem rate is set by statute, board members will receive $ 100.00 compensation for a full day of professional board work and $ 50.00 compensation for less than a full day of professional board work. There will be no economic impact upon the public or upon any State agency.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-3.2 professional boards are required to be self-funding; that is, operating costs must be met through licensing and other fees. Accordingly, board member compensation will be absorbed by licensees of the regulated professions and occupations.
Federal Standards Statement
A Federal standards analysis is not required because the rulemaking requirements pertaining to the rules proposed for readoption are governed by N.J.S.A. 45:1-2.5 and are not subject to any Federal requirements or standards.
The rules proposed for readoption at N.J.A.C. 13:44B concerning per diem compensation for members of professional and occupational licensing boards will not result in the generation or loss of jobs in New Jersey.
Agriculture Industry Impact
The Division does not believe that the rules proposed for readoption will have any impact on the agriculture industry of this State.
Regulatory Flexibility Statement
A regulatory flexibility analysis is not required because the rules proposed for readoption do not impose reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements on small businesses, as defined under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq. The rules concerns per diem compensation for members of professional and occupational licensing boards.
Smart Growth Impact
The Board does not anticipate that the rules proposed for readoption will have any impact on the achievement of smart growth and implementation of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, otherwise known as the State Plan.
Full text of the rules proposed for readoption may be found in the New Jersey Administrative Code at N.J.A.C. 13:44B.