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Legislative Update 11/17/15

 

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New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
 

TRENTON WATCH  

November 17, 2015

Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the Business Community:

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Senate Economic Growth Committee
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Deadline Extension for Developers - S-3182 (Ruiz/D-29; Pou/D-35): Senate committee passed. Extends the deadline from April 26, 2017 to April 26, 2018 for a residential developer to submit documentation of its credit amount under the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program for approval by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The bill also extends the deadline for a developer to submit information on the credit amount certified for any tax period from July 28, 2017 to July 28, 2018. This legislation will give developers flexibility in filing necessary documentation to receive incentives for vital economic development projects. Contact: Michael Egenton
Senate Economic Growth Committee S-3182 Vote: Lesniak, Raymond J. (C) - Abstain; Cruz-Perez, Nilsa (VC) - Yes; Kyrillos, Joseph M. - Not Voting; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Whelan, Jim  - Yes
 
Senate Economic Growth Committee
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Innovation Zone Program - S-726 (Kean/R-21; Beach/D-6)/S-1257 (Turner/D-15; Cruz-Perez/ D-5): Senate committee passed. Establishes an innovation zone program to stimulate technology industry clusters around New Jersey's public universities or research hospitals. This bill is designed to keep New Jersey on the cutting edge of research and development. The high tech business sector is an important segment of New Jersey's economy, and it generates significant revenue and high quality jobs. Contact: Michael Egenton
Senate Economic Growth Committee S-726/S-1257 Vote: Lesniak, Raymond J. (C) - Yes; Cruz-Perez, Nilsa (VC) - Yes; Kyrillos, Joseph M. - Not Voting; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Whelan, Jim - Yes
 
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
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Establishes the Main Street Economic Development Program - A-4521 (Benson/D-14; Johnson/D-37; DeCroce, B./R-26; Mosquera/D-4): Assembly committee passed. Provides financial and technical assistance to businesses located in a Main Street area within a small municipality. The bill's purpose is to encourage business development in small municipalities with substantially developed commercial areas. The State Chamber believes this measure will strengthen small businesses located on Main Streets throughout New Jersey. Contact: Matt Malat
Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee A-4521 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. - Not Voting; Pintor Marin, Eliana - Yes

ENVIRONMENT

 

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
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Regulates E-Waste - A-4763 (McKeon/D-27; Spencer/D-29): Senate committee passed. Requires manufacturers of electronics to provide for the collection, transportation, and recycling of its market share in weight of all covered electronics collected in a program year. The State Chamber opposes this legislation based on the significant amount of the responsibility on the retail sector. Contact: Michael Egenton
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A-4763 Vote: Spencer, L. Grace. (C) - Yes; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; Rumana, Scott T. - No; Tucker Cleopatra G. - Yes; Wolfe, David W. - Abstain  
 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee
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Superfund Status Determination - S-2562 (Pou/D-35)/A-2340 (Greenwald/D-6; Spencer/D-29; Lagana/D-38; Pintor Marin/D-29): The Senate committee held this bill following a request from the DEP. 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. Contact: Michael Egenton
 
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
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Condemns DEP Proposal - SCR-180 (Lesniak/D-20; Smith/D-17; Greenstein/D-14)/ACR-249 (McKeon/D-27; Spencer/D-29): Assembly committee passed. Senate passed 24-13. The State Chamber does not agree with the resolution that states that the DEP's proposal to revise Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, Coastal Zone Management Rules, and Stormwater Management Rules is inconsistent with legislative intent. The proposal is positive and maintains the DEP's intent on easing regulatory burdens by clarifying and consolidating many sections of the rules. The State Chamber opposes this concurrent resolution and believes the more transparent and inclusive the DEP can be when developing regulations, the better the result will be for the public, the environment and for the regulated community. Contact: Michael Egenton
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee SCR-180/ACR-249 Vote: Spencer, L. Grace. (C) - Yes; Benson, Daniel R. - Yes; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; Rumana, Scott T. - Abstain; Tucker, Cleopatra G. - Yes; Wolfe, David W. - Yes
 
Senate Environment and Energy Committee
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Priority Consideration for Green Building - A-2580 (Mukherji/D-33; Pintor Marin/D-29; Muoio/D-15): Senate committee passed. Directs the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation, and municipal agencies to give priority consideration to permit applications for green building projects. Contact: Michael Egenton
Senate Environment and Energy Committee A-2580 Vote: Greenstein, Linda R. (VC) - Yes; Bateman, Christopher - Not Voting; Sweeney, Stephen M. - Yes; Thompson, Samuel D. - No; Vitale, Joseph F. - Yes

LABOR

 

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Increase in Workers' Compensation Payments - S-929/A-1908 (Sweeney/D-3; Madden/D-4; Burzichelli/D-3; Moriarty/D-4): The Governor issued an absolute veto. Imposes a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on workers' compensation benefit rates for certain cases that occurred after 1980. While the intent of the legislation is laudable, the legislation would increase the cost of workers' compensation insurance. The estimated $58 million annual cost would be paid for by increasing a $223 million annual surcharge that New Jersey employers now pay to the Second Injury Fund. It is already the second-highest surcharge in the nation. Contact: Michael Egenton
 
Assembly Appropriations Committee
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"New Jersey Secure Choices Act" - A-4275 (Prieto/D-32; Eustace/D-38; Lagana/D-38; Greenwald/D-6; Quijano/D-20; Danielsen/D-17; Mukherji/D-33): Assembly committee passed. Creates a retirement savings program for private sector workers in the form of an automatic enrollment, payroll-deduction Individual Retirement Account (IRA). This legislation requires businesses who do not offer retirement savings accounts with less than 25 employees to allow enrollment in a state-facilitated savings plan. While the State Chamber recognizes the importance of individuals establishing a retirement fund, we have concerns that the overall bill is a mandate on the employer community. The State Chamber will continue to work with the sponsors and legislative staff to secure further amendments to make the legislation voluntary and more palatable to our small business members.  Contact: Michael Egenton
Assembly Appropriations Committee A-4275 Vote: Burzichelli, John J. (C) - Yes; Spencer, L. Grace (VC) - Yes; Casagrande, Caroline - Not Voting; Conaway, Herb - Yes; DiMaio, John - No; Lagana, Joseph A. - Yes; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; Schaer, Gary S. - Yes

TRANSPORTATION

 

Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
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Urges Overregulation of the Petroleum Industry - AR-257 (Muoio/D-15; Spencer/D-29): Assembly committee passed. This resolution urges Congress to enact legislation that imposes greater safety requirements regarding the shipment of crude oil by rail. The State Chamber is concerned the resolution is prescriptive and it will make it difficult for producers/refiners to transport crude oil.  Contact: Michael Egenton
Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee AR-257 Vote: Wisniewski, John S. (C) - Yes; Stender, Linda (VC) - Yes; Auth, Robert - Abstain; Caride, Marlene - Yes; Clifton, Robert D. - Abstain; Garcia, Carmelo G. - Not Voting; Giblin, Thomas P. - Yes;  Moriarty, Paul D. - Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes; Rumana, Scott T. - Abstain; Rumpf, Brian E. - Abstain

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