Assembly Environment and Solid Waste

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee focuses on the protection of the natural and historic resources in the state, as well as the management of waste disposal and recycling. The Committee is committed to preserving the quality of New Jersey's air, waters and land, as well as the health and safety of the state's residents.
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Eustace, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Kennedy & Benson Bill to Require NJ's Full Participation in RGGI Clears Assembly

Asm. Tim Eustace Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, James Kennedy and Daniel Benson sponsored to require New Jersey's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative gained General Assembly approval on Monday.

"From the very beginning, we believed that entering into agreements with other states would further the purposes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Global Warming Response Act," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The governor's withdrawal from RGGI blatantly disregarded the importance of our participation in RGGI to reducing greenhouse gas emission in our state. A return to the RGGI pact with full participation will get New Jersey back on the right environmental track."

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Gender Pay Equity, November Fire Elections, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports & Airbnb-type Businesses & Lead Testing at Health Care Facilities Highlight Monday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Enhancing Resident Voting Rights in Homeowner Associations, Improving Protections for Domestic Violence Victims, Personal Privacy Act & Biz Programs for LGBT, Disabled & Veterans

The Assembly on Monday will vote on bills to enhance gender pay equity protections, allow fire district elections be moved to November, regulate daily fantasy sports, impose the sales and hotel tax to accommodations such as Airbnb and to require health care facilities test for lead in drinking water and disclose the test results...

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Assembly Democratic Bill Establishing State Goal to Reduce Food Waste in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

Bill Sponsored by Assembly members Pamela Lampitt, Annette Quijano, Tim Eustace, James Kennedy, Dan Benson, Elizabeth Muoio and Andrew Zwicker
(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel released on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Annette Quijano, Tim Eustace, James Kennedy, Dan Benson, Elizabeth Muoio and Andrew Zwicker to establish a statewide food waste reduction goal of fifty percent by 2030.

"Food waste is a major issue nationally and globally," said Lampitt (D- Camden, Burlington). "Unwanted and discarded food squanders water, land, energy, labor, and capital resources. When food waste is dumped in a land fill, it rots and creates methane, a very hazardous greenhouse gas. We should begin to look at alternatives to ridding surplus food, especially if it is still unspoiled, than just tossing it in a landfill."

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Benson, Eustace & DeAngelo Bill to Provide Tax Credit for Use of Smart Thermostats Clears Assembly Committee

(TRENTON) - The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee approved legislation on Thursday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Tim Eustace and Wayne DeAngelo to provide gross income tax credit for purchasing and installation costs of smart thermostats.

The bill (A-4740) would provide a gross income tax credit of 50 percent of the cost of purchase and installation of a smart thermostat in a residential property, not to exceed $250. The tax credit would be funded through the societal benefits charge, commonly referred to as the "Clean Energy Fund."

"We have all forgotten to turn down the thermostat at one time and wished we had a remote device to adjust it while away," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Smart thermostats are brilliant new remote feature that allows families to conserve energy and save on their electric bill. This tax incentive is another way the state can help to foster energy conservation and responsible energy usage in homes throughout the state."

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Eustace, Zwicker &Vainieri Huttle Bill to Require NJ's Full Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to require New Jersey's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cleared the Assembly Environment panel on Thursday.

The bill would clarify the intent of existing law, and specifically require the State's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a cooperative effort among nine states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Governor Chris Christie withdrew from the program early in his first term.

"From the very beginning we believed that entering into agreements with other states will further the purposes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the "Global Warming Response Act," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "The Governor's withdrawal from RGGI blatantly disregarded the importance of our participation in RGGI is to reducing greenhouse gas emission in our state. A return to the RGGI pact with full participation will get New Jersey back on the right environmental track."

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Eustace Bill to Provide Incentive for Farmers to Donate Surplus to Area Food Banks Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation on Thursday sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace to provide corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for value of certain donations made to food banks by commercial farm operators.

"We've all heard the saying "Good food should never go to waste,'" said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "With this bill, we can provide an incentive that will encourage operators of commercial farms to donate surplus crops of fruits and vegetables to local area food banks. Not only will farmers have to waste less food but this will help to increase the amount and diversity of fresh, healthy foods available for distribution in area food banks."

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Combating Bias Intimidation amid Recent Threats, Student Transportation Safety (esp. along Route 130) & Homelessness Prevention Bill Package Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Voting Machine Security, No Smokeless Tobacco in Schools, Improved Education for Deaf Children, Deterring Food Waste, Labor Assistance Program for Suspended Drivers, Tougher Stalking Penalties & Improved Protections Against Employer Discrimination

Legislation to require New Jersey's full participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, toughen crimes against bias intimidation amid recent anti-Semitic threats, improve student transportation safety around schools - especially along Route 130 in Burlington County - and a wide-ranging bill package designed to combat homelessness highlight Thursday's Assembly committee hearings...

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