A board created to oversee a new health sciences partnership between Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden would gain eminent domain powers under a bill that cleared the Senate budget committee Monday.
The bill, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), also would allow Rowan to enter into public-private partnerships, including for new construction. It would exempt the school - elevated to a state research institution as a result of the higher-education restructuring that took effect last year - from certain public bidding requirements, in line with existing law granting exemptions for state colleges.
The bill would also shield Rowan for two years from unexpected costs stemming from the dissolution of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey under the restructuring act. UMDNJ-Stratford is now a part of Rowan.