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Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:

Economic Development
Senate Economic Growth Committee
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Moratorium on Non-Residential Development Fees
S-2716 (Lesniak/D-20):

Senate committee passed. Extends the moratorium on the 2.5 percent fee on non-residential construction projects through June 30, 2016. The State Chamber believes the continued moratorium will encourage sustainable economic growth and help attract businesses to New Jersey.

Senate Economic Growth Committee S-2716 Vote: Lesniak, Raymond J. (C) - Yes; Codey, Richard J. - Yes; Kyrillos, Joseph M. - No; Oroho, Steven V. - No; Sweeney, Stephen M. - Yes

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Environment
Senate Environment and Energy Committee
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Removes Public Entities from Environmental Liability
S-2094 (Ruiz/D-29):

Senate committee passed. Removes public sewage and wastewater entities from liability issues pertaining to hazardous discharges into the Passaic River. This legislation unfairly removes public sector liability and mounts full responsibility on private industry. Ultimately, this bill will set in motion a bad public policy precedent for environmental cleanups throughout the state.

Senate Environment and Energy Committee S-2094 Vote: Smith, Bob. (C) - Yes; Greenstein, Linda (VC) - Yes; Bateman, Christopher - Abstain; Beck, Jennifer - Abstain; Whelan, Jim - Yes

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Senate Environment and Energy Committee
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Removes the Ability to Sue Public Entities for Environmental Liability
S-2322 (Scutari/D-22):

Senate committee passed. Prohibits any person from suing a government-run utility authority for cleanup and removal costs or any other damages associated with the discharge of hazardous substances. This legislation unfairly removes public sector liability and mounts full responsibility on private industry. Ultimately, this bill would set in motion a bad public policy precedent for environmental cleanups throughout the state.

Senate Environment and Energy Committee S-2322 Vote: Smith, Bob. (C) - Yes; Greenstein, Linda (VC) - Yes; Bateman, Christopher - Abstain; Beck, Jennifer - Abstain; Whelan, Jim - Yes

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Labor
Senate Labor Committee
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"Ban the Box"
S-2586 (Cunningham/D-31; Ruiz/D-29; Lesniak/D-20):

Committee held. Prohibits an employer from conducting a criminal background check on job candidates during the pre-application and interview process. The application process ends when an employer has extended a conditional offer of employment to a candidate. The State Chamber has several concerns with provisions in the bill that enhance an employer's liability and require excessive record keeping.

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Assembly Budget Committee
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Combating UI Fraud
A-3812 (DeAngelo/D-14; Space/R-24; Fuentes/D-5; McHose/R-24):

Requires certain state agencies to notify the state Labor and Workforce Development Department when state residents die or are incarcerated to eliminate fraud in the unemployment insurance (UI) system. The State Chamber believe this bill will act as a safeguard for the public benefit programs and diminish the false payment of UI and TDI benefits.

Assembly Budget Committee A-3812 Vote: Prieto, Vincent (C) - Yes; Schaer, Gary S. (VC) - Yes; Brown, Christopher J. - Yes; Bucco, Anthony M. - Yes; Burzichelli, John J. - Yes; Coutinho, Albert - Yes; Fuentes, Angel - Yes; Johnson, Gordon - Yes; O'Scanlon, Declan J. - Yes; Singleton, Troy - Yes; Watson Coleman, Bonnie - Yes; Webber, Jay - Yes; Wimberly, Benjie E. - Yes

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Legal
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
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Increases Penalties on Cigarette Counterfeiters
S-2516 (Norcross/D-5; Oroho/R-24):

Committee passed. Increases penalties involving unstamped and counterfeit cigarettes, cigarette smuggling and various schemes to evade the cigarette tax, and imposes certain reporting requirements under the Cigarette Tax Act, N.J.S.A.54:40A-1 et seq., and the Cigarette Sales Act, N.J.S.A.54:40A-46 et seq. This bill establishes a new third degree crime for importing, selling, distributing, transporting, or possessing with intent to sell counterfeit cigarettes. The State Chamber believes the quality and integrity of goods sold to New Jerseyans should be maintained by increasing the penalties for violations.

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee S-2516 Vote: Sarlo, Paul A. (C) - Yes; Stack, Brian P. (VC) - Yes; Bateman, Christopher "Kip" - Yes; Beck, Jennifer - Yes; Bucco, Anthony R. - Not Voting; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes; Greenstein, Linda R. - Yes; O'Toole, Kevin J. - Yes; Pennacchio, Joseph - Yes; Pou, Nellie - Yes; Ruiz, M. Teresa - Yes; Van Drew, Jeff - Yes; Weinberg, Loretta - Yes

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Taxation
Assembly Budget Committee & Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
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Software Services Tax Exemption
A-1331 (Greenwald/D-6; Singleton/D-7) and
S-1868 (Van Drew/D-1; Pou, Nellie/D-35):

Assembly committee passed; Senate committee passed. Provides a sales and use tax exemption for services performed to prewritten computer software delivered electronically for business use. The State Chamber believes this exemption will remove tax liability from the maintenance of critical operating systems that are essential to daily business operations. Moreover, this bill will provide our member companies with predictability, enhance New Jersey's business climate, and strengthen the state's competitiveness.

Assembly Budget Committee A-1331 Vote: Prieto, Vincent (C) - Yes; Schaer, Gary S. (VC) - Yes; Brown, Christopher J. - Yes; Bucco, Anthony M. - Yes; Burzichelli, John J. - Yes; Coutinho, Albert - Yes; Fuentes, Angel - Yes; Johnson, Gordon - Yes; O'Scanlon, Declan J. - Yes; Singleton, Troy - Yes; Watson Coleman, Bonnie - Yes; Webber, Jay - Yes; Wimberly, Benjie E. - Yes

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee S-1868 Vote: Sarlo, Paul A. (C) - Yes; Stack, Brian P. (VC) - Yes; Bateman, Christopher "Kip" - Yes; Beck, Jennifer - Yes; Bucco, Anthony R. - Not Voting; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes; Greenstein, Linda R. - Yes; O'Toole, Kevin J. - Yes; Pennacchio, Joseph - Yes; Pou, Nellie - Yes; Ruiz, M. Teresa - Yes; Van Drew, Jeff - Yes; Weinberg, Loretta - Yes

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