Monday, May 2, 2011

Solar, wind energy and deer-control bills clear NJ Senate

Alternative energy legislation allowing the installation of solar panels and wind turbines on former landfills and former mining sites moved closer to enactment on Thursday (April 28) when the New Jersey Senate passed S-2126 (Whelan) on a 33-0 vote. 

This is the  second go-round for the environmental bill. It received final legislative approval on January 10, 2011, but was returned to the Legislature by Governor Chris Christie with recommended amendments affecting sites within the  jurisdiction of the NJ Pinelands Commission. The Senate approved those changes on Thursday and now sends the bill to the Assembly for final legislative approval.   

Another piece of environmental legislation had a rougher time. Senate Environment Committee Chairman
Bob Smith's S-2649 , which allows hunters to use bait to attract deer, also was approved but only by one vote more than a required 21-vote majority. The measure now moves on to the Assembly for consideration.



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