November 30, 2011 Legislative Alert!
Re: Senate Environment Committee for Thursday, December 1
On Thursday, December 1 the Senate Environment Committee will consider a number of bills of interest and concern to local governments. Among those bills are:
- S-2887, which the League opposes. We anticipate that the Committee will seek to amend the bill to make it identical to the Assembly companion, A-3992. A copy of this bill can be viewed at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A4000/3992_U1.PDF
The bill has been amended so that the provisions pertain only to municipalities in Salem and Cumberland counties. The League maintains opposition since the legislation is an unnecessary intrusion on local discretion and undermines the State’s successful farmland preservation program. A-3992 is now scheduled for a vote by the full Assembly this Monday. For more on this bill, please see our September 20 Dear Mayor Letter, and the September 14 Dear Mayor letter.
- A-3142 and S-2196, which the League conditionally supports, would permit municipalities to undertake local government renewable energy generation demonstration projects utilizing renewable energy technologies. We have asked the sponsors to expand the number of municipalities which would be eligible to utilize the provisions of the legislation.
- S-3119, which is up for discussion only and will not be acted upon, would establish notification requirements for combined sewer overflows.
For more on these bills, please contact Mike Cerra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-695-3481 x120.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.