Monday, November 12, 2007

A flock of environmental bills lands in New Jersey's lame duck session

After a summer slumber that lingered into fall--and all the way through Election Day on Nov. 6--New Jersey lawmakers are back in action and introducing scores of new bills. Almost 50 of the news measures introduced on Nov 8 involve environmental and energy issues.

Here are a just a few of the fledgling fliers making their debut in the lame duck session:

A-4440 Dancer, R.S. (R-30)Provides for the licensure of tree experts and tree care operators, and the registration of their employers.

A-4469 Manzo, L. (D-31); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Authorizes DEP to remove or order abatement of environmental nuisance.

A-4477 Watson Coleman, B. (D-15); Scalera, F. (D-36)
Establishes school chemical management program; appropriates $90,000.

A-4483 Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37)
The "Smart Container Act."

A-4513 Rooney, J.E. (R-39)
Provides that a solid waste collector will not collect the contents of a solid waste container containing designated recyclable materials until the resident removes the recyclable material.

A-4552 McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Provides for decreases and eventual ban on use of non-compostable plastic grocery bags.

A-4555 Conaway, H. (D-7); Conners, J. (D-7)
"Plastic Bag Recycling Act."

A-4556 McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Authorizes DEP to sell, by auction or otherwise, allowances from greenhouse gas emissions trading programs, and establishes "Global Warming Consumer Benefit Fund."

A-4559 Chivukula, U.J. (D-17)
The "New Jersey Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Act."

S-2856 Littell, R.E. (R-24)Prohibits State departments and agencies from considering or requiring compliance by Highlands planning area municipalities with Highlands regional master plan in certain circumstance.

S-2885 (A-4297) Adler, J.H. (D-6)Provides for civil and criminal penalties for giving false information pertaining to violations of environmental laws

S-2893 Sweeney, R.J. (D-3)Revises statutory law concerning shellfisheries

S-2936 Smith, B. (D-17); Buono, B. (D-18)Revises law concerning net metering for electricity and renewable energy portfolio standards.

SCR-148 Singer, R.W. (R-30)Proposes constitutional amendment to preserve right of people to hunt, fish and harvest game subject to certain restrictions as may be prescribed by the Legislature.

These new bills are in addition to more than 7,000 already introduced in the current, two-year session that ends at the start of the new year.
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