March 16, 2012
||I. Permit Extension Bill Held
II. Results of the Senate and Assembly Voting Sessions
Yesterday, the Assembly and Senate held their final voting session before the budget break. Below is a summary of the action on bills of interest:
I. Permit Extension bill held
The State Senate and Generally Assembly held S-743 and A-1338 respectively. This legislation would further extend the Permit Extension Act until December 31, 2014. Specifically, these bills, opposed by the League, would extend the validity of certain approvals issued by State and local government units beginning January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2014, rather than December 31, 2012, as provided in current law. (The 2008 Act was previously extended in 2010.)
While the legislation has bipartisan support, the complicating issue has been the introduction of new language which expands the applicability of the Act to parts of the State not included in the original law, including Planning Area 3 (PA3) and Planning Area 4A (PA4A) and the entire planning area in the Highlands.
While the bills were held, it is anticipated that both will return for consideration, in one form or another, when the Legislature returns in early May.
II. Other Results of the Senate and Assembly Voting Sessions
Assembly Voting Session
A-1660 – Increases contribution limits by counties and municipalities to volunteer first aid, ambulance, and rescue squads. The bill, which the League supports, unanimously passed the Assembly. The Senate companion bill, S-960, has been referred to the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
A-1968 – Permits surety companies to issue blanket bonds for certain local government officers and employees; applies rating criteria and underwriting standards to blanket bond coverage. The bill, which the League supports, passed the Assembly by a vote of 78-1. At this time there is no senate companion bill.
A-1151 – Authorizes State and local governments to enter into group purchasing agreement for advance technology vehicles and alternative fueled vehicles. The bill, which the League supports, unanimously passed the Assembly. The Senate companion bill, S-371, has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
A-2003 – Revises sales and use tax to specify certain persons deemed to be sellers and to clarify tax collection responsibilities of certain other persons and agents. The bill, which the League supports, passed the Assembly by a vote of 58-20-2. The Senate companion bill, S-1305, has been referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
A-2395 – Changes priorities for financial assistance from Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund. The bill, which the League supports, unanimously passed the Assembly. The Senate companion bill, S-1246, has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senate Voting Session
S-420 – Requires Governor notify local governments to fly United States and State flags at half-staff upon death of member of Armed Forces of United States or National Guard who was State resident. The bill, which the League supports, unanimously passed the Senate. The Assembly companion bill, A-2562, has been referred to the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
S-450 – Requires property tax bills to contain eligibility information on State tax relief programs. The League opposes S-450 due to our concern with the cost associated with the new insertion and a possible unfunded state mandate. We believe that the State can address this mandate directly by including the information with income tax documentation. The bill unanimously passed the Senate. At this time there is no Assembly companion bill.
S-900 – Requires all State firefighter training to be accredited. The League opposes S-900 as we are concerned that this bill imposes an unfunded mandate and will cost volunteers additional limited resources. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37-1. The Assembly companion, A-2399, has been referred to the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
If you have any questions or need additional information on any of the bills please contact your Legislative team at 609-695-3481: Jon Moran at ext. 121 or email@example.com, Mike Cerra at ext. 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Buckelew at ext. 112 or email@example.com.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.