Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sixteen energy and environmental bills in Trenton today


Sixteen pieces of environmental and energy legislation will be heard
in five committees of the New Jersey Legislature today. The bills
involve solar and wind energy, agriculture, Green Acres 
project funding, and more.


Here's the lineup:

ASSEMBLY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND UTILITIES
10 AM 
Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

The Committee will take testimony from invited guests regarding the benefits to New Jersey of adopting Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards encompassing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat Recovery Capturing emissions.

A-3893  Chivukula, U.J. (D-17); McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Establishes uniform real property taxation for commercial renewable energy systems and eliminates municipal construction permit fees for non-commercial renewable energy systems.
   
A-3991  Chivukula, U.J. (D-17)
Provides exception from BPU standards for construction and installation of certain solar and photovoltaic electric generation equipment on utility poles by electric public utilities.

A-3992  Chivukula, U.J. (D-17)
Revises standards for wind generation facilities on preserved farmland.       


SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
10:00 AM
 Room 10, State House Annex

S-2371  Smith, B. (D-17)
Requires that contracts by non-utility load serving entities to purchase solar renewable energy certificate shall extend for a term of 15 years or longer.
   
S-2857  Codey, R.J. (D-27); Doherty, M.J. (R-23)
Appropriates $84,495,199 from "2009 Green Acres Fund" and "Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund" for local government open space acquisition and park development projects.
   
S-2858  Greenstein, L.R. (D-14); Kean, T.H. (R-21)
Appropriates $14,818,787 from "2009 Green Acres Fund" and "Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund" for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.  Related Bill: A-4051
   
S-2859  Gordon, R.M. (D-38); Beck, J. (R-12)
Appropriates $45 million from "2009 Green Acres Fund" and $12 million from "2009 Blue Acres Fund" for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes.
   
SCR-107  Beck, J. (R-12); Sweeney, S.M. (D-3)
Proposed constitutional amendment providing for reduced property taxes for certain privately-held lands permanently preserved as open space.
   
SR-83  Rice, R.L. (D-28)
Memorializes Congress to renew America's water infrastructure by creating dedicated fund to upgrade and repair aging public water and wastewater systems.
   
SR-98  Gordon, R.M. (D-38)
Urges enactment of H.R. No. 2766, known as the "Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009." Related Bill: AR-112


SENATE ECONOMIC GROWTH
10:30 AM Committee Room 1, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-3469  Albano, N.T. (D-1); Milam, M.W. (D-1); Amodeo, J.F. (R-2); DiMaio, J. (R-23) Reestablishes historic driving privileges afforded holders of agricultural driver's licenses in operating farm equipment and vehicles. Related Bill: S-2428
   

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
   
S-1356  Oroho, S.V. (R-24); Van Drew, J. (D-1)
Encourages purchase of "Jersey Fresh" and other NJ agricultural products by State agencies, departments and facilities.  Related Bill: A-2342
   

SENATE STATE GOVT., WAGERING, TOURISM & HISTORIC PRESERVATION
1:00 PM - Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-763  DiMaio, J. (R-23); Riley, C.M. (D-3)
Establishes program authorizing lease of historic buildings and structures in State parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. Related Bill: S-2570
   
S-2570  Doherty, M.J. (R-23); Van Drew, J. (D-1)
Establishes program authorizing lease of historic buildings and structures in State parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. Related Bill: A-763
   
  
ASSEMBLY HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
2:00 PM - Committee Room 16, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

The committee will receive testimony from invited guests regarding the National Low Income Housing Coalition's 2011 Out of Reach Report along with data showing New Jersey's rentals are not affordable.

A-3179  Coughlin, C.J. (D-19)
Revises standard of value for the purposes of real property assessment where property owner is responsible for environmental damage to real property.
Related Bill: S-2279 

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