Jersey's beaches beckon and the State Legislature is heeding the call.
In what is expected to be the final sessions for both the State Senate and General Assembly prior to a traditional summer recess, legislators are scheduled to vote today in Trenton on a state budget and hundreds of additional pieces of legislation--including more than 40 environmental bills.
Among numerous environmental bills up for final legislative approval are:
A-383 / S-344 Requires the BPU to establish voluntary program for certification of renewable energy installers.
A-2039 /S-843 Requires certain State buildings to be designed and managed to meet high performance green building standards.
A-3301 / S-2114 The "Global Warming Response Act," which requires that the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the State be reduced to the 1990 level by January 1, 2020.
A-4344 /S-2762 Makes changes to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Financing Program.
A-4346 /S-2763 Authorizes New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust to expend certain sums to make loans for environmental infrastructure projects.
A-4402 The "Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007"; authorizes issuance of $200 million in bonds
A-3983 /S-2631 Requires State to replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs; requires the BPU to educate public on benefits of compact fluorescent light bulbs.