Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:
Assembly passed 76-0. Requires the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Protection to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish a joint permit application process for aquaculture projects that require both state and federal permits, licenses and approvals. This bill will make the approval process more efficient and increase the incentive for developers to launch aquaculture projects.
Assembly passed 76-0. Senate committee passed. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, to develop and implement an aquaculture permitting review program to provide for the coordinated review of any aquaculture project. This bill, in conjunction with S-316, will attract more developers to aquaculture projects.
Senate Budget Committee S-317 Vote: Sarlo, Paul A. (C) - Yes; Stack, Brian P. (VC) - Yes; Beck, Jennifer - Yes; Bucco, Anthony R. - Yes; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes; Diegnan, Patrick J. - Yes; Gordon, Robert M. - Yes; Greenstein, Linda R. - Yes; O'Toole, Kevin J. - Yes; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Pou, Nellie - Yes; Thompson, Samuel D. - Yes; Van Drew, Jeff - Yes
Senate passed 36-0. Allows companies that are using BEIP tax credits to pay their insurance premiums tax to receive a refund if their tax credits are higher in value than what they owe in the insurance premiums tax. Previously, companies could only receive refunds if they chose to apply the tax credit to their corporate business tax liability.
Assembly committee passed. Establishes the four-year "New Jersey Innovation Inspiration School Grant Pilot Program" in the Department of Education. The program would grant awards to school districts to encourage student participation in non-traditional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A Georgetown University study shows that New Jersey will be home to 248,250 STEM-related jobs by 2018. By encouraging development in STEM education, New Jersey will be able to remain competitive.
Assembly Education Committee A-2195 Vote: Caride, Marlene (C) - Yes; Singleton, Troy (VC) - Yes; Auth, Robert - Yes; Caputo, Ralph R. - Yes; Jasey, Mila M. - Yes; Jimenez, Angelica M. - Yes; Jones, Patricia Egan - Yes; McKnight, Angela V. - Yes; Rible. David P. - Yes; Taliaferro, Adam J. - Yes; Wolfe, David W. - Yes
Senate passed 34-0. Appropriates up to $20 million from the societal benefits charge to Department of Environmental Protection for remediation of lead contamination in drinking water in public buildings.The bill takes money paid by electric and gas ratepayers for energy efficiency and clean energy projects and turns it over to the DEP to pay for infrastructure. The State Chamber encourages the State of New Jersey to consider the utilization of other sources of revenue, such as the Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT), for cleanups, instead of diverting revenue from the clean energy fund.
A-4114 (Muoio/D-15; Schaer/D-36; Coughlin/D-19; Benson/D-14; Holley/D-20; Wisniewski/D-19; Gusciora/D-15)
Assembly committee passed. Requires the Department of Transportation to compensate local government entities for any contractual delay damages resulting from shutdown of transportation projects funded by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The State Chamber has been adamant about securing funding for the TTF, and believes that the State has an obligation to pay back the municipalities and counties for following through on their contracts.
Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee A-4114 Vote: Wisniewski, John S. (C) - Yes; Vainieri Huttle, Valerie (VC) - Not Voting; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Chaparro, Annette - Yes; Chiaravalloti, Nicholas - Yes; Clifton, Robert D. - Not Voting; DeCroce, BettyLou - Yes; Giblin, Thomas P. - Yes; Kennedy, James J. - Yes; McGuckin, Gregory P. - No; Muoio, Elizabeth Maher - Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes; Rumana, Scott T. - No
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