Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dozens of environmental bills posted today in NJ lawmakers' summer swan song

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.

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