Assembly Commerce and Economic Development

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee is responsible for issues that affect urban enterprise zones, state and local redevelopment projects, corporate tax incentives, and business grant programs.
Democratic Research Aide:  Ben A. Graziano   
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Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Oliver, Tucker & Quijano Bill to Ensure Equal Access to State Contracts for Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses Continues to Advance

Asm. Benjie Wimberly Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Sheila Oliver, Cleopatra Tucker and Annette Quijano to ensure that women- and minority-owned businesses in New Jersey have equal access to state contracts cleared a Senate panel on Monday.

"While progress has been made, women- and minority-business owners continue to face challenges that limit their ability to grow," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The provisions in this legislation are necessary to ensure that the equality of opportunity guaranteed by federal and state law are available to minority-owned and women-owned businesses in this state..."

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Vainieri Huttle "Airbnb" Bill to Address Municipal Concerns over Short-Term Rentals Clears Assembly Panel

Bill addresses concerns about impact of short-term rentals on quality of life and public safety
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to address the lack of regulation in short-term rentals made popular by online marketplaces like Airbnb and the impact they have on residential neighborhoods was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

Currently, short-term rentals made available through transient space marketplaces like Airbnb are not regulated. Some municipalities have expressed concern about this lack of regulation, the inability to know who may be staying in their communities and the impact on quality of life.

In response, several Bergen County municipalities have passed ordinances requiring a minimum stay of 30 days, effectively banning transient rentals. The bill would codify that municipalities are authorized to pass such ordinances, while also creating a licensing and regulatory scheme.

"The current practices of short-term rental businesses lack the necessary safety precautions for our municipalities..," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).

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Quijano & Vainieri Huttle "Airbnb" Bill to Ensure Level Playing Field among Lodging Businesses Clears Assembly Panel

Bills would bring tax fairness to short-term rentals made popular by sites like Airbnb
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure fairness among all hospitality providers in the state and provide a much needed revenue boost to the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-4587) would impose the same taxes and fees that hotels and motels must currently pay to the state.

"Our laws need to be updated to keep up with changes brought about by new technology," said Quijano (D-Union). "The fact that taxes are not paid for stays at locations rented through sites like Airbnb but are applied to stays in hotels is an unfair advantage that hurts the hospitality industry and takes funding away from municipalities for important programs. This bill levels the playing field and provides tax fairness for the entire hospitality industry in New Jersey."
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Vainieri Huttle Bill Opposing President Trump's Proposal to Eliminate National Endowment for the Arts Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) opposing the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, and calling on the president, his administration, and Congress to instead increase support for the arts was released Monday by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts committee.

"The National Endowment for the Arts has been essential to the survival and continued existence of local artists and arts organizations in every state through grant funding," said Vainieri Huttle. "This proposal not only betrays the nation's long-standing efforts to foster artistic expression, which is vital to our spirit and democracy, it also threatens our local communities that currently benefit from the economic activity generated by the funded arts and entertainment programs."
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