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December 2, 2009 - Tracking Legislation and Other Items Important to the NJ Business Community

ENVIRONMENT

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Clarifying Covenant Not to Sue – A-4265 (McKeon/D-27): Committee passed. This bill corrects an inconsistency in the law arising from the enactment of the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) and ensures that a covenant not to sue may be issued in certain circumstances. The lack of a covenant not to sue could create impediments to cleanup, redevelopment and transactions with respect to contaminated sites.

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A-4265 Vote: McKeon, John F. (Chairman) – Yes; Gusciora, Reed (Vice Chairman) – Yes; Barnes, Peter J., III – Yes; Milam, Matthew W. – Yes; Vainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes; and Rooney, John E. - Yes

LABOR

Assembly Labor Committee Protecting the UI Fund – ACR-134 (Burzichelli/D-3; Albano/D-1; DeCroce/R-26; Biondi/R-16): Committee passed. This measure proposes an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that prohibits the state from collecting contributions from employers or employees by means of assessment on wages for any purpose other than to provide employee benefits. The State Chamber believes that this concurrent resolution will assist both employers and employees by keeping our Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (UI) and Temporary Disability Insurance Benefit Fund (TDI), as well as various workers’ compensation funds solvent and assure that these funds are used for their intended purpose.

Assembly Labor Committee ACR-134 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (Chairman) – Yes; Evans, Elease (Vice Chair) – Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. – Yes; DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes; Quijano, Annette – Yes; Scalera, Frederick – Yes; and Webber, Jay – Yes.

Assembly Labor Committee Mandating Prevailing Wage for Maintenance-Related Projects – A-4268 (Cryan/D-20; Quijano/D-20): Committee passed. Extends prevailing wage requirements to any work on a maintenance-related project that exceeds the scope of work and capabilities of in-house maintenance personnel and has an aggregate value exceeding $50,000. The State Chamber opposes mandates that expand prevailing wage requirements because of the increased financial burden such mandates have on the employer community and taxpayers. These artificially inflated wages increase labor costs without a corresponding increase in productivity.

Assembly Labor Committee A-4268 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (Chairman) – Yes; Evans, Elease (Vice Chair) – Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. – Abstain; DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes; Quijano, Annette – Yes; Scalera, Frederick – Yes; and Webber, Jay - No.

Assembly Labor Committee Mandating Prevailing Wage for Certain Non-Rental Multi-Family Housing Projects – A-4291 (DeAngelo/D-14): Committee passed. Extends prevailing wage requirements for construction and rehabilitation work performed under the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) loans to non-rental multi-family housing projects. The State Chamber opposes mandates that expand prevailing wage requirements because of the increased financial burden such mandates have on the employer community and taxpayers. These artificially inflated wages increase labor costs without a corresponding increase in productivity.

Assembly Labor Committee A-4291 Vote: Egan, Joseph V. (Chairman) – Yes; Evans, Elease (Vice Chair) – Yes; Dancer, Ronald S. – Abstain; DeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes; Oliver, Sheila Y. – Yes; Quijano, Annette – Yes; Scalera, Frederick – Yes; and Webber, Jay - No.

Upcoming Legislative Schedule The State Senate has scheduled Group 3 & 4 Committees for Dec. 3. The General Assembly has scheduled Committees at the call of the Speaker on Dec. 3.