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Legislative Update:


Assembly Schedule:

The following Assembly Committees were scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14:


Financial Institutions and Insurance; Higher Education; and Telecommunications & Utilities.


Senate Schedule:

The following Senate Committees were scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14:


Education; and Higher Education.


Activity on Bills of Interest:


A-583: New Jersey Works Act”; Permits businesses to create pre-employment training programs in partnership with nonprofit organizations or educational institutions; provides tax credit to businesses that provide financial assistance to pre-employment training programs. n: March 10, favorably reported by Assembly Labor Committee. Next action: Assembly vote, to be announced (TBA).


A-179: Requires DEP to make certain information regarding water purveyors available on its Internet website. March 10, favorably reported by Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Next action: Assembly vote, TBA.


A-574: Establishes ranking criteria for certain nonpoint source pollution control grants issued by DEP. March 10, favorably reported by Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Next action: Assembly vote, TBA.


A-672: Establishes Water Apprenticeship, Training, and Resources Pilot Program in DOLWD. March 10, favorably reported by Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Next action: Assembly vote, TBA.


A-1115: Requires DEP to prioritize funding for environmental infrastructure projects for applicants with established program to employ, at project or related facilities, local residents or residents of nearby urban aid qualifying municipalities. March 10, favorably reported by Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Next action: Assembly vote, TBA.


A-1736: Requires water purveyors to conduct, and report to DEP, water loss audits. March 10, amended and favorably reported by Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Next action: Assembly vote, TBA.


A-2233: Eliminates one percent tax on purchasers of Class 4A commercial property transferred for consideration in excess of $1 million. Introduced February 7 and referred to Commerce and Economic Development Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


A-1100: Requires any entity having ownership of an above-ground line, as that term is defined in the bill, to remove that line if abandoned for at least twelve months or permanently out of service. Introduced January 11 and referred to Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


A-1961: Permits certain local units and authorities to reduce water, and sewer, and stormwater fees and other charges for low-income persons. Introduced January 11 and referred to Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


A-3329: Requires BPU to conduct study of effect of coronavirus 2019 pandemic on local and public utility service and to quarterly collect and publish certain local and public utility service and customer information. Introduced March 7.and referred to Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


A-642: Concerns use of steel slag as aggregate. February 28 passed Assembly, received in Senate, and referred to Environment and Energy Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


S-429: Provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations and for commercial zero emission vehicle fleet conversions. Introduced January 11 and referred to Environment and Energy Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.


S-1679: Requires DEP to prioritize funding for environmental infrastructure projects for applicants with established program to employ, at project or related facilities, local residents or residents of nearby urban aid qualifying municipalities. Introduced February 14 and referred to Environment and Energy Committee. March 14, scheduled for committee consideration.

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