Thursday, March 17, 2011

Energy & environment legislation this week in NJ

Monday, March 14, was a busy day for energy and environmental legislation in the
New Jersey Legislature. Here's what happened and, in some cases, did not happen:


A-2042  DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Milam, M.W. (D-1); Albano, N.T. (D-1)
Requires BPU to increase credit provided when issuing Solar Renewable Energy Certificates for solar energy produced by equipment manufactured in NJ.
Related Bill: S-465
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly
 
A-2486  Burzichelli, J.J. (D-3); Rumana, S.T. (R-40)
Prohibits adoption of new rules exceeding federal standards unless specifically authorized by State law or necessary to protect public health, safety, or welfare.
Related Bill: S-1986
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly
 
A-2577  McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Barnes III, P.J. (D-18)
"Ocean County Stormwater Management System Demonstration Act."
Related Bill: S-1815
     Mar 14, 2011 Assembly amendment (voice vote) (voice vote) (McKeon)
     Mar 14, 2011 2nd reading in Assembly

 A-2606  McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Barnes III, P.J. (D-18)
Authorizes Ocean County Planning Board and municipal planning boards in Ocean County to take certain measures to control stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollution in Barnegat Bay watershed.  Related Bill: S-1856
     Mar 14, 2011 Substituted by another bill: S1856

 A-2925  Riley, C.M. (D-3); Chivukula, U.J. (D-17)
Concerns permits, letters of exemption, and enforcement with regard to agricultural activities under "Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act".
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (75-3-0)

 A-3124  Quijano, A. (D-20); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Increases Spill Compensation and Control Act cap on liability.
Related Bill: S-2108
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly
 
A-3648  Cryan, J. (D-20); Stender, L. (D-22); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Directs installation of electric vehicle charging stations at service areas on State's toll roads.
Related Bill: S-2603
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (47-28-3)

 A-3668  Chivukula, U.J. (D-17); Diegnan, P.J. (D-18); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Authorizes certain municipalities to establish the municipal shared services energy company.
Related Bill: S-2630
     Mar 14, 2011 Motion to return to 2nd Reading for amendment (voice vote)
     Mar 14, 2011 Motion to table (47-30-0) (Cryan)
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (76-0-2)
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A-3688  Wilson, G.L. (D-5); Riley, C.M. (D-3); Quijano, A. (D-20)
Authorizes Department of Agriculture to implement mobile fresh produce markets for residents of urban "food desert" communities.
Related Bill: S-2728
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (63-12-2)

 A-3831  Cryan, J. (D-20); Johnson, G.M. (D-37); Diegnan, P.J. (D-18)
Replaces plenary winery and farm winery licenses with small winery and wine manufacturing licenses.  Related Bill: S-2785
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (52-20-6)

A-3905  Greenwald, L.D. (D-6); Lampitt, P.R. (D-6); Coutinho, A. (D-29)
Expands treatment of mixed use projects under urban transit hub tax credit and requires developers utilizing State funds to reserve affordable units under certain conditions.
Related Bill: S-2788
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly

ACR-126  Burzichelli, J.J. (D-3); Riley, C.M. (D-3)
Determines that BPU regulation requiring approval of BPU prior to closure or relocation of cable television company's local business office is inconsistent with legislative intent.
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (77-0-0)

ACR-132  Burzichelli, J.J. (D-3)
Determines that DEP rules and regulations concerning requirement of domes on certain storage tanks are inconsistent with legislative intent.
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly

AJR-67  Wagner, C. (D-38); Gusciora, R. (D-15); Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37)
Urges Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania to enact moratorium banning  hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration or production until EPA concludes study and issues findings on that drilling practice.
Related Bill: SJR-59
     Mar 14, 2011 Passed by the Assembly (59-7-12)

 S-1815  Smith, B. (D-17)
"Ocean County Stormwater Management System Demonstration Act."
Related Bill: A-2577
     Mar 14, 2011 Assembly amendment (voice vote) (voice vote) (McKeon)
     Mar 14, 2011 2nd reading in Assembly

 S-1856  Smith, B. (D-17); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Barnes III, P.J. (D-18)
Authorizes Ocean County Planning Board and municipal planning boards in Ocean County to take certain measures to control stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollution in Barnegat Bay watershed. Related Bill: A-2606
     Mar 21, 2011 Posted: Senate

S-2108  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Clarifies liability for discharges of hazardous substances that enter NJ waters.
Related Bill: A-3124
     Mar 14, 2011 Posted but not considered: Assembly

INTRODUCTIONS

A-3913  Burzichelli, J.J. (D-3); Quijano, A. (D-20); Riley, C.M. (D-3)
Requires BPU to promulgate regulations requiring electricity providers to provide information so customers can compare prices and services.
     Mar 14, 2011 Introduced in Assembly
     Mar 14, 2011 Referred: Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities

PROPOSED INTRODUCTIONS

A-3935  Dancer, R.S. (R-30)
Authorizes prescribed burning in certain circumstances.
Related Bill: S-2169
     Mar 14, 2011 Proposed for Assembly introduction

 A-3943  Albano, N.T. (D-1); Milam, M.W. (D-1)
Creates striped bass license plates.
Related Bill: S-2102
     Mar 14, 2011 Proposed for Assembly introduction

 A-3949  Chivukula, U.J. (D-17); Mainor, C. (D-31)
Provides certain collocations of wireless equipment, minor site plan status.
     Mar 14, 2011 Proposed for Assembly introduction

 A-3951  Benson, D.R. (D-14); Jasey, M.M. (D-27)
Requires DCA to provide information regarding "Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act" to certain dwelling units approved for Weatherization Assistance Program.
     Mar 14, 2011 Proposed for Assembly introduction

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