Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring issues that affect parks, farmland preservation, water resources and the growing agricultural industry.
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Taliaferro, Houghtaling, Andrzejczak & McKnight Bill Package to Encourage Donation of Excess & Unused Food to Food Assistance Programs in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

A legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, Eric Houghtaling, Bob Andrzejczak and Angela McKnight that would make it easier for certain entities to donate excess food to food assistance programs was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"It is almost sinful to waste food that could help feed people in need," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Providing a how-to guide to schools on how to donate excess food could help increase supply for food banks. This not only helps reduce food waste, but helps provide for people who depend on food assistance programs to feed themselves and their families."

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Singleton, Conaway & Lampitt Bill Package to Better Protect Animals, Help Prevent Animal Abuse Clears Assembly Panel

A legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway, Jr., MD, and Pamela Lampitt to better protect animals by creating an online animal abuse registry, and prohibiting individuals convicted of animal cruelty offenses from owning pets and working in close contact with animals was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The first bill (A-308), sponsored by Singleton and Conaway, would prohibit an individual from owning a pet or operating, volunteering with or working at a facility that requires direct interaction with animals if he or she has been convicted of an animal cruelty offense in this or any state. Under the bill, any person who violates the bill's prohibitions would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

"Many people consider their pets part of the family. To know that the person responsible for the death of a beloved pet can continue to work with animals just adds insult to injury," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Putting these restrictions in place will help ensure that a person capable of such abuse and neglect is not allowed to work in this capacity, and possibly put other animals at risk."

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N.J. Minimum Wage Increase, Ride-Sharing Company Regulation & Eventual Plastic Bag Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Legislation to increase New Jersey's minimum wage, regulate transportation network companies and eventually ban non-compostable plastic bags top Thursday's Assembly committee hearings...

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