Monday, January 4, 2010

Environmental legislation races the clock in NJ


The sponsors of dozens of environmental bills are working to get their legislation adopted in the final days of the New Jersey Legislature's current two-year session.


Here's the lineup of environmental legislation scheduled for action in committee today.


ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
10 a.m. Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-2859 AcsACS Chivukula, U.J. (D-17); Fisher, D.H. (D-3); Wagner, C. (D-38); McKeon, J.F.
Concerns biomass, solar, and wind energy generation on farms.
Related Bill: S-1538

A-3239 Aca1R (S-2677) McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Fisher, D.H. (D-3)
Establishes forest stewardship and forest certification programs in DEP; establishes Forest Stewardship Incentive Fund.

A-4337 McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Rumpf, B.E. (R-9); Gove, D.C. (R-9)
Dedicates up to $150,000 annually of fees collected at Island Beach State Park to special fund to be used to support certain park programs, and makes an appropriation from the fund.

S-713 ScsAcaSCS/1R (S-2677) Smith, B. (D-17); Van Drew, J. (D-1); Adler, J.H. (D-6
Establishes forest stewardship and forest certification programs in DEP; establishes Forest Stewardship Incentive Fund.
Related Bill: A-3239

S-1538 ScaSaSSSaSS/1R Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Concerns biomass, solar, and wind energy generation on farms.
Related Bill: A-2859

S-2019 Codey, R.J. (D-27)
Repeals the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium statute.


ASSEMBLY HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
10 A.M. - Committee Room 6, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-3740 DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Lampitt, P.R. (D-6); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Provides for regulation of small wind energy systems by municipalities.

A-4345 Green, J. (D-22); Scalera, F. (D-36)
Extends requirement of wastewater management planning agencies to establish or update wastewater management plans, and extends validity of sewer service areas and wastewater service areas, until April 7, 2012.

A-4347 Greenwald, L.D. (D-6); Malone, J.R. (R-30)
Extends expiration date of certain permits pursuant to "Permit Extension Act of 2008."
Related Bill: S-3137


ASSEMBLY REGULATED PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE
10 A.M. Committee Room 1, First Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-4340 Prieto, V. (D-32)
Concerns disclosure statements and certain other requirements for licensing of solid waste and hazardous waste operations.


ASSEMBLY ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE
2 p.m. Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-2202 (A-3118) Karrow, M.A. (R-23)
Authorizes any municipality outside Highlands Region to establish receiving zones for Highlands transfer of development rights program.

A-3218 McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Rudder, S. (R-8); Lampitt, P.R. (D-6); Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37)
Creates Solar and Wind Energy Commission.
Related Bill: S-1096

A-3852 Scalera, F. (D-36)
Changes the scope of public notification regarding contaminated site remediation.
Related Bill: S-3004

A-4341 McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Authorizes increased grant funding to local governments for site remediation for redevelopment of contaminated property for renewable energy projects.
Related Bill: S-3118

A-4342 McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Requires eligible applicants for innocent party grants from "Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund" to own subject property through application process.
Related Bill: S-3039


SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
2 p.m. Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-3339 AcsAcsACS Chivukula, U.J. (D-17); Coutinho, A. (D-29)
Concerns on-site generation facilities.
Related Bill: S-2557

S-2557 Sca1R Ruiz, M.T. (D-29); Oroho, S.V. (R-24)
Concerns on-site generation facilities.


A few committee meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Both the Senate and Assembly will hold voting sessions on Thursday, Jan. 7
Both the Senate and Asssembly will hold voting sessions on Monday, Jan. 11.
The new Legislature will be sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 12.



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