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GFOA of NJ Legislative Update: 01/19/17

Friday, January 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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GFOA of NJ staff were present at Thursday’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Meeting.

The following bills of interest were heard and voted on.

 

A-2081: Provides for priority consideration, by DCA, DEP, DOT, and municipalities, of permit applications for green building projects.

 

This bill 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. Under the bill, a project would qualify as a “green building project” if the project is designed in accordance with the green building manual prepared by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. The bill requires an application receiving priority consideration to include a letter from a licensed architect or engineer describing how the project qualifies as a green building project. 

 

The bill was opposed by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

 

The bill was reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd reading.

 

A-4013: Prohibits sale of expanded polystyrene food containers by public schools and public institutions of higher education.

 

This bill would require every public school and public institution of higher education to ensure that no food or beverage packaged or contained in an expanded polystyrene food container is sold, offered for sale, or otherwise provided in the school or institution.  An “expanded polystyrene food container” is defined in the bill as a container, plate, hot or cold beverage cup, tray, carton, or other product made of expanded polystyrene and used for selling or providing a food or beverage.  The prohibition would not apply to any food or beverage that was filled and sealed in an expanded polystyrene food container before a school received it.

 

The bill was reported out of Assembly Committee with amendments, and referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.


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