Monday, June 16, 2014

Environment and energy bills to get hearing in Trenton

There are nine pieces of legislation up for discussion today before the NJ State Environment and Energy Committee. Topics include Superfund sites, blue roofs, farm structures in wetland areas, energy generation from methane, and responsibility for operating and maintaining beaches

In addition, two biggies: Forest stewardship on state-owned property and dedicating a portion of annual Corporate Business
Tax revenues for open space funding.
  

The committee is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in Room 10, Third Floor, State House Annex. You can listen to the meeting live by clicking here.

Here's the lineup:

A-2303  DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Eustace, T.J. (D-38); Gusciora, R. (D-15)
Requires certain State departments, divisions, commissions, and authorities to consider use of green or blue roof in construction of certain new State buildings, facilities, and structures.
Related Bill: S-1418
  
A-2340  Greenwald, L.D. (D-6); Spencer, L.G. (D-29); Lagana, J.A. (D-38) 
Requires report and public hearing prior to DEP recommendation of site for inclusion on Superfund list.
      
S-1418  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Requires certain State departments, divisions, commissions, and authorities to consider use of green or blue roof in construction of certain new State buildings, facilities, and structures.
Related Bill: A-2303
    
S-2021  Sweeney, S.M. (D-3)
Exempts certain temporary farm structures from permit and transition area requirements of "Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act."
Related Bill: A-3124
     
Establishes forest stewardship program for State-owned lands.
Related Bill: A-1775
     
S-2076  Smith, B. (D-17)
Establishes Class I renewable energy certificate multiplier program for certain energy production facilities fueled by methane.
     
S-2171  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Permits fifth and sixth class counties to assume control and responsibility for operation and maintenance of beaches bordering Atlantic Ocean unless control and responsibility are reserved by a municipality.
Related Bill: A-1596
      
S-2172  Smith, B. (D-17)
Clarifies liability for discharges of hazardous substances from drilling platforms that enter NJ waters.


SCR-84  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Amends Constitution to dedicate four percent of CBT revenues to open space, farmland, and historic preservation, water programs, public and private site remediation, and underground storage tank programs.  Related Bill: ACR-130
     Jun 5, 2014    – Reported as a Senate committee substitute
     Jun 5, 2014    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Jun 5, 2014    – Place on Senate Desk (20-day notice)
     Jun 5, 2014    – Placed on Assembly Desk (20-day notice)
     Jun 16, 2014   – Public hearing

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