Saturday, April 2, 2016

Whoa! Isn't this supposed to be Trenton's budget break?

Lobbyists and trade association executives whose careers are spent anticipating and reacting to the ebb and flow of activity in the state legislature look forward every year to the period in late March through April when all committee meetings are suspended except for the appropriations panels in each house that hold weeks of grueling hearings to prepare the next fiscal year's state budget.

If you don't have clients that need you to implore for funding, you can feel free to schedule a flight to a place with a warm beach and cold drinks. But not this year--at least, not next week.

The State Assembly has scheduled a hefty number of committee meetings for Monday, April 4 and a voting session for Thursday,
April 7.

Energy and environment bills are among other pieces of legislation scheduled for action.

Here's the lineup:

ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS
4/04/16 1:00 PM
Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-780  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Spencer, L.G. (D-29); Pintor Marin, E. (D-29); Dancer, R.S. (R-12); Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37)
Implements 2014 constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for certain environmental purposes; revises State's open space, farmland, and historic preservation programs.

A-2375  McKeon, J.F. (D-27); Gusciora, R. (D-15); Spencer, L.G. (D-29)
Revises "Electronic Waste Management Act."
Related Bill: S-981

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.

S-981  Smith, B. (D-17); Bateman, C. (R-16); Greenstein, L.R. (D-14)
Revises "Electronic Waste Management Act."
Related Bill: A-2375


ASSEMBLY ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE
4/04/16 2:00 PM
Committee Room 16, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
The committee will hear testimony from invited guests regarding the issue of lead as it relates to the State's aging drinking water infrastructure.

A-2281  Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37)
The "Smart Container Act" (better known as The Bottle Bill)

A-3539  Muoio, E.M. (D-15); Spencer, L.G. (D-29)
Requires public and nonpublic schools to test for and remediate lead in drinking water, and disclose test results.

A-3583  Spencer, L.G. (D-29); Muoio, E.M. (D-15); Tucker, C.G. (D-28
Appropriates $20 million from societal benefits charge to DEP for drinking water infrastructure improvements and lead abatement in City of Newark.


ASSEMBLY REGULATORY OVERSIGHT
4/04/16 2:00 PM
Committee Room 14, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-2082  Mukherji, A. (D-33); Pintor Marin, E. (D-29); Webber, J. (R-26)
Requires OAL to maintain Internet database summarizing all State rule-making actions.


ASSEMBLY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
4/04/16 2:00 PM
Committee Room 13, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

A-1623  Rodriguez-Gregg, M. (R-8)
Requires use of pervious concrete by State agencies under certain circumstances.

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ASSEMBLY VOTING SESSION

Thursday
4/07/16 1:00 PM

A-1645  Schaer, G.S. (D-36); Webber, J. (R-26); Dancer, R.S. (R-12
Expands definition of "acquisition," for purposes of county and municipal open space trust funds, to include demolition, removal of debris, and restoration of lands being acquired.
Related Bill: S-195

A-2949  Andrzejczak, R.B. (D-1); Land, R.B. (D-1)
Provides diamondback terrapins protection as non-game indigenous species. Related: S-1625





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