Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Legislative Session in NJ; Energy, Enviro-Bills Moving


The 217th session of the New Jersey Legislature is only several weeks old but close to 5,000 pieces of legislation (most recycled from the previous session) already have been introduced under new numbers and 30 energy and environment bills have been released
from committee.


Here's the first batch out of the gate:

A-210  DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Gusciora, R. (D-15); Benson, D.R. (D-14)
Concerns installation and maintenance of solar panels in common interest communities.
     Nov 23, 2015  – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-436  Eustace, T. (D-38); Wimberly, B.E. (D-35); Conaway, H. (D-7)
Requires natural gas pipeline utilities to repair or replace leaking natural gas pipelines.
     Dec 3, 2015    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-780  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Spencer, L.G. (D-29)
Implements 2014 constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for certain environmental purposes; revises State's open space, farmland, and historic preservation programs.
     Jan 8, 2016     – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Appropriations


A-793  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1); Land, R.B. (D-1)
Requires Dept. of Agriculture and DEP to work with US Army Corps of Engineers to establish joint permit application process for aquaculture projects.
     Dec 18, 2015   – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-794  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1); Land, R.B. (D-1)
Requires Dept. of Agriculture and DEP to adopt joint permit application and review program for aquaculture projects.
     Dec 18, 2015   – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-1108  Oliver, S.Y. (D-34); Coughlin, C.J. (D-19); Caride, M. (D-36)
Requires corporations qualifying for certain State development subsidy grants to repay entire grant amount if corporation fails to uphold grant terms.
     Dec 30, 2015   – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Commerce and Economic Development
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Appropriations


A-1649  Schaer, G.S. (D-36); Spencer, L.G. (D-29); Pintor Marin, E. (D-29)
Requires local governments and authorities to obtain financing cost estimate from NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust for certain projects.
     Jan 7, 2016     – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported with Assembly committee amendments
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly

 
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A-1672
  Schaer, G.S. (D-36); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Quijano, A. (D-20)
Establishes "Neighborhood Solar Energy Investment Program."
     Jan 7, 2016     – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported with Assembly committee amendments
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-1899  Wisniewski, J.S. (D-19); Coughlin, C.J. (D-19); Danielsen, J. (D-17)
Allows tax credits for development of qualified wind energy facilities in certain portfield sites.
     Jan 7, 2016     – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported with Assembly committee amendments
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Appropriations


A-2220  Benson, D.R. (D-14)
Authorizes local units of government subject to "Local Public Contracts Law." and "Public School Contracts Law" to use electronic procurement technologies.
     Jan 12, 2016    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly State and Local Government
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-2242  DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
"Vegetation Management Response Act"; concerns vegetation management related to electric public utility infrastructure.
     Jan 12, 2016    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Telecommunications and Utilities
     Feb 4, 2016    – Posted but held: Telecommunications and Utilities 


A-2375
  McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Gusciora, R. (D-15)
Revises "Electronic Waste Management Act."
Related Bill: S-981
     Jan 27, 2016    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly


A-2404  McKeon, J.F. (D-27)
Requires, after study, DEP to adopt total maximum daily loads for Barnegat Bay ecosystem, and requires DEP to adopt nutrient standards for NJ marine waters.
Related Bill: S-765
     Jan 27, 2016    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported with Assembly committee amendments
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Appropriations


A-2547  Singleton, T. (D-7); Conaway, H. (D-7); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14); Benson, D.R. (D-14); Muoio, E.M. (D-15); Houghtaling, E. (D-11)
Permits small businesses to qualify for loans from NJEDA for costs of energy audit and making energy efficiency or conservation improvements.
     Jan 27, 2016    – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Commerce and Economic Development
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Appropriations


AJR-24  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1)
Declares aquaculture an important State economic driver and urges State to include aquaculture industry in its economic development plans.
     Dec 18, 2015   – Proposed for Assembly introduction
     Jan 27, 2016    – Introduced in Assembly
     Jan 27, 2016    – Referred: Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Assembly

IN THE SENATE

S-122  Pennacchio, J. (R-26); Codey, R.J. (D-27)
Establishes home elevation fund and dedicates up to $5 million of realty transfer fee revenue annually for this purpose.
Related Bill: A-2941
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-482  Oroho, S.V. (R-24); Stack, B.P. (D-33)
Directs State agencies to take certain actions to expedite permitting through use of general permits and permits-by-rule.
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: State Govt., Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported with Senate committee amendments
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-765  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Requires, after study, DEP to adopt total maximum daily loads for Barnegat Bay ecosystem, and requires DEP to adopt nutrient standards for NJ marine waters.
Related Bill: A-2404
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Posted: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Reported Sca (wo/quorum)
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported with Senate committee amendments
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-766  Smith, B. (D-17); Greenstein, L.R. (D-14)
Creates Office of Clean Energy in BPU.
Related Bill: A-2445
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Posted: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Reported by committee (wo/quorum)
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-769  Smith, B. (D-17); Greenstein, L.R. (D-14)
Requires environmental sustainability plan for State House Complex.
Related Bill: A-2922
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Posted: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Reported by committee (wo/quorum)
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-848  Stack, B.P. (D-33); Oroho, S.V. (R-24)
Requires certain State oversight of budgets of regional sewerage authorities.
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: State Govt. Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
     Feb 8, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 8, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-969  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Implements 2014 constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for certain environmental purposes; revises State's open space, farmland, and historic preservation programs.
     Jan 12, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Jan 12, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Posted: Senate Environment and Energy
     Jan 25, 2016    – Reported by committee (wo/quorum)
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-981  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Revises "Electronic Waste Management Act."
Related Bill: A-2375
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-984  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Establishes "Solar Roof Installation Warranty Program" in EDA and transfers $2 million from societal benefits charge to initially fund program.
Related Bill: A-2446
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 11, 2016   – Passed by the Senate (23-11)


S-985  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16)
Concerns low emission and zero emission vehicles; establishes Clean Vehicle Task Force.
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate


S-986  Beach, J. (D-6); Smith, B. (D-17)
Requires paint producers to implement or participate in paint stewardship program.
Related Bill: A-1373
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 8, 2016    – Referred: Senate Budget and Appropriations


S-987  Smith, B. (D-17)
Establishes position of State Oceanographer.
Related Bill: A-231
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 11, 2016   – Passed by the Senate (34-0)


S-988  Smith, B. (D-17); Whelan, J. (D-2)
Permits BPU to approve qualified wind energy project; requires BPU to provide application periods for those projects.
     Feb 4, 2016    – Introduced in Senate
     Feb 4, 2016    – Referred: Senate Environment and Energy
     Feb 4, 2016    – Reported by committee
     Feb 4, 2016    – 2nd reading in Senate
     Feb 11, 2016   – Passed by the Senate (23-11)








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