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Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:

Economic Development
Senate Economic Growth Committee
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Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 3
S-1551 (Lesniak/D-20)

Senate committee passed. Makes several technical changes that clarifies provisions in the "New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013". A key change includes extending the date by which a developer seeking tax credits under the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program (ERG) must submit a temporary certificate of occupancy for the project. The date was extended from July 28, 2015 to July 28, 2018. The changes to this landmark legislation will further provide businesses and developers the flexibility needed to begin new projects, and will help grow New Jersey's economy.

Senate Economic Growth Committee S-1551 Vote: Lesniak, Raymond J. (C) - Yes; Barnes, Peter J. (VC) - Yes; Kyrillos, Joseph M. - Yes; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Sacco, Nicholas J. - Yes

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Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee & Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
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Moratorium on Non-Residential Fees
S-1011 (Lesniak/D-20; Beck/D-11) and
A-1907 (Burzichelli/D-3; Bramnick/R-21; Singleton/D-7; DeCroce, B. /R-26; Lampitt/D-6; Wimberly/D-35)

Senate committee passed; Assembly committee passed. Re-instates the moratorium on fees for non-residential construction projects that expired on July 1, 2013, and continues the moratorium through December 31, 2014. This bill sends a message that New Jersey is focused on enhancing economic growth, creating jobs and strengthening the economy.

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee S-1011 Vote: Van Drew, Jeff (C) - Yes; Rice, Ronald L. (VC) - Yes; Beck, Jennifer - Yes; Connors, Christopher J. - Yes; Stack, Brian P. - Yes

Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee A-1907 Vote: Green, Jerry (C) - Yes; Clifton, Robert D. - Not Voting; Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes; Garcia, Carmelo G. - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria - Yes

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Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
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Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Extension
A-2728 (Pintor Marin/D-29; Johnson/D-37; Singleton/D-7; Spencer/D-29)

Assembly committee passed. Extends from July 28, 2015 to July 28, 2018 the deadline by which a developer of a residential project must submit a temporary certificate of occupancy in order to qualify or tax credits under the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program (ERG). A developer of a residential project may submit an application for an incentive grant under this law until July 1, 2015. These changes will give businesses and developers the flexibility needed to begin new projects that will help grow New Jersey's economy.

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee A-2728 Vote: Johnson, Gordon M. (C) - Yes; Caride, Marlene (VC) - Not Voting; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Bucco, Anthony M. - Not Voting; DeCroce, BettyLou - Yes; Mosquera, Gabriela M. - Yes; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; Munoz, Nancy F. - Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes; Pintor Marin, Eliana - Yes

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Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
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Authorizes Municipality to Set Aside Affordable Housing and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Extension
A-3095 (Watson Coleman/D-15; Johnson/D-37; Gusciora/D-15; Oliver/D-34)

Assembly committee passed. Allows a municipality with a residential project receiving incentives under the state's Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program (ERG) to determine the percentage of newly-constructed residential units that must be reserved for occupancy by low or moderate income households. Additionally, this bill extends the deadline for submitting a temporary certificate of occupancy from July 28, 2015 to July 28, 2018 in order to provide a developer a realistic opportunity to satisfy the requirement. The date change will give businesses and developers the flexibility needed to begin new projects that will help grow New Jersey's economy.

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee A-3095 Vote: Johnson, Gordon M. (C) - Yes; Caride, Marlene (VC) - Not Voting; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Bucco, Anthony M. - Not Voting; DeCroce, BettyLou - Yes; Mosquera, Gabriela M. - Yes; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; Munoz, Nancy F. - Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes; Pintor Marin, Eliana - Yes

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Energy
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
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Banning Off-Shore Exploration and Production
S-1513 (Smith/D-17; Bateman/R-16)

Senate committee passed. Prohibits the NJ Department of Environmental Protection from issuing permits related to drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of New Jersey. If we are to meet our growing demand for energy, our nation must explore offshore resources. Advanced technology and industry vigilance, coupled with stringent regulatory oversight, will both protect the environment and allow for domestic energy production.

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee S-1513 Vote: Sarlo, Paul A. (C) - Yes; Stack, Brian P. (VC) - Yes; Barnes, Peter J. - Yes; Beck, Jennifer - Yes; Bucco, Anthony R. - Yes; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes; Greenstein, Linda R. - No; O'Toole, Kevin J. - Yes; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Pou, Nellie - Yes; Ruiz, M. Teresa - Yes; Thompson, Samuel D. - Yes; Van Drew, Jeff - Yes

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Ban on Fracking
S-1041 (Gordon/D-38; Bateman/R-16)

Senate passed 32-5. Prohibits the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of any wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings or other byproducts resulting from hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of natural gas exploration or production in any state. This bill sets a bad precedent by limiting opportunities for those in the field of energy production, and economically isolates our state by placing an embargo on out-of-state commerce, which directly violates the dormant Commerce Clause.

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Environment
Assembly Appropriations Committee
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Superfund Status Determination
A-2340 (Greenwald/D-6; Spencer/D-29; Lagana/D-38)

Assembly committee passed. Requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to prepare a report and conduct a public hearing prior to recommending a site for inclusion on the federal Superfund list. This bill allows environmental experts to convey data and expertise to DEP, while a site is considered for inclusion on the federal superfund list.

Assembly Appropriations Committee A-2340 Vote: Burzichelli, John J. (C) - Yes; Spencer, L. Grace (VC) - Yes; Casagrande, Caroline - Yes; Conaway, Herb, Jr. -Yes; DiMaio, John - Yes; Lagana, Joseph A. - Yes; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; McHose, Alison Littell - Yes; Schaer, Gary S. - Yes

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Insurance
Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
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Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
AR-104 (McKeon/D-27; Chivukula/D-17)

Assembly committee passed. Urges Congress to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program in order to maintain stability in the insurance and reinsurance markets. In the post-9/11 landscape, businesses and residents need assurance that their assets are protected and can be replaced in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or incident. This federal program provides needed assistance to insurers in high risk areas.

Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee AR-104 Vote: Coughlin, Craig J. (C) - Yes; Lampitt, Pamela R. (VC) - Yes; Auth, Robert - Yes; Caride, Marlene - Not Voting; Casagrande, Caroline - Yes; Ciatterelli, Jack M. - Yes; Garcia, Carmelo G. - Yes; Gusciora, Reed - Yes; Lagana, Joseph A. - Yes; McKeon, John F. - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria - Yes

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Labor
Assembly Labor Committee and Senate Labor Committee
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Impeding Privatization
S-770 (Weinberg/D-37; Turner/D-15; Sweeney/D-3) and
A-2873 (Vainieri Huttle/D-37; Moriarty/D-4; Mosquera/D-4; Benson/D-14)

Assembly committee passed. Senate passed 24-14. Senate committee passed. This bill imposes additional requirements and procedures on public service privatization contracts. The State Chamber believes the goal of privatization is to provide the best services at the lowest price, which equates to cost savings for New Jersey taxpayers. Provisions in this bill will create impediments and hurdles, thereby complicating and stifling the current system.

Assembly Labor Committee A-2873 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (C) - Yes; Sumter, Shavonda E. (VC) - Yes; Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. - No; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Quijano, Annette - Yes; Space, Parker - No; Webber, Jay - No

Senate Labor Committee S-770 Vote: Madden, Fred H. (C) - Yes; Vitale, Joseph F. (VC) - Yes; Addiego, Dawn Marie - No; Bucco, Anthony R. - Not Voting; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes

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Assembly Labor Committee
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Regulates Hiring Practices
S-1440 (Barnes/D-18; Whelan/D-2) and
A-2910 (Riley/D-3; DeAngelo/D-14)

Assembly committee passed. Senate passed 22-14. Prohibits employers from basing employment decisions on the fact that an applicant is, or has been, unemployed. The State Chamber is concerned that this legislation will lead to unnecessary fines on employers based on the voluntary information that may be disclosed during the job-hiring process. State Chamber staff is currently working with the sponsors of the bill on amendments to address these concerns of the business community.

Assembly Labor Committee A-2910 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (C) - Yes; Sumter, Shavonda E. (VC) - Yes; Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. - Yes; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Quijano, Annette - Yes; Space, Parker - No; Webber, Jay - No

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Assembly Labor Committee
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Wage Recovery
A-2349 (Lampitt/D-6; Mosquera/D-4; Watson Coleman/D-15; Garcia/D-33)

Assembly committee passed. Expands the statute of limitations governing discriminatory compensation claims under the "Law Against Discrimination". This bill goes beyond the scope of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 that caps the statute of limitations at two years. While this bill's attempt to address pay disparity is laudable, the State Chamber believes this legislation should not expand the current statute of limitations for the recovery of lost wages.

Assembly Labor Committee A-2349 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (C) - Yes; Sumter, Shavonda E. (VC) - Yes; Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. - Abstain; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Quijano, Annette - Yes; Space, Parker - No; Webber, Jay - No

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Assembly Labor Committee
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Creates New Requirement for State Contracts
A-2345 (Lampitt/D-6; Mosquera/D-4; Johnson/D-37; Watson Coleman/D-15)

Assembly committee passed. Requires any state contractor that is not subject to the prevailing wage requirement to report - to the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development - information regarding the gender, race, job title, occupational category and total compensation of every employee working in connection with the contract. The State Chamber is concerned that the mandates requiring employers to supply sensitive and private information to the State could jeopardize identity protection of employees.

Assembly Labor Committee A-2345 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (C) - Yes; Sumter, Shavonda E. (VC) - Yes; Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. - Abstain; Mukherji, Raj - Yes; O'Donnell, Jason - Yes; Quijano, Annette - Yes; Space, Parker - No; Webber, Jay - No

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