Just off their afternoon news alert:
Legislative leaders today named the lawmakers who will serve on the four committees that will study property tax reform.
The committees will study these areas: consolidation of municipal services, public pensions, a citizensâ€™ tax convention and school funding.
The committees are:
Co-chairs: Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). Members: Sen. Ellen Karcher (D-Monmouth), Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Assemblyman Robert Gordon (D-Bergen), Assemblyman Joseph Malone (R-Burlington.
Co-chairs: Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) and Assemblyman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic). Members: Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), Sen. William Gormley (R-Atlantic), Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Essex), Assemblyman Kevin Oâ€™Toole (R-Essex).
Co-chairs: Sen. Bernard Kenny (D-Hudson) and Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester). Members: Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester), Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), Assemblyman Lou Manzo (D-Hudson), Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Morris).
Co-chairs: Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Assemblyman Herb Conoway (D-Burlington). Members: Sen. Joseph Doria (D-Hudson), Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen), Assemblyman Brian Stack (D-Hudson), Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Ocean).
The committees will hold their opening sessions: Citizens Convention, Friday at noon; Consolidation, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m.; Public pensions Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.; School funding Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.
The committees are charged with filing reports by November and Gov. Jon Corzine told a special joint session of the Legislature on Friday that if lawmakers fail to â€œachieve sustainable relief and reformâ€ by Jan. 1, he will call for â€œa citizensâ€™ constitutional conventionâ€ to take up the task.
Contributed by Chris D’Amico