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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Coughlin Bill to Help Residents Avoid Higher Flood Insurance Premiums for Elevating their Homes Clears First Legislative Hurdle

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Craig Coughlin to provide gross income tax deduction for certain home elevation expenses was approved on Thursday by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

The bill (A-3669) provides a temporary, gross income tax deduction for a portion of the home elevation expenses paid in the taxable year by certain taxpayers who reside in areas designated by FEMA as special flood hazard areas. The deduction, which would be available for taxable years before January 1, 2019, would be equal to 25% of the expenses paid by the taxpayer for jacking and resetting services provided by a qualified home elevation contractor.

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Spencer, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Curb Use of Single-Use Carryout Plastic Bags Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats L. Grace Spencer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Timothy Eustace to discourage the use of single-use carryout plastic bags was approved on Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"Plastic bags are a source of numerous environmental concerns," said Spencer (D-Essex). "These bags wash up in our waterways, are hazardous to marine life and even pollute the air when burned at landfills. With this legislation, we can encourage more stores to make environmentally responsible choices when it comes to shopping bags."

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Conaway & Singleton Measure to Monitor Impact of Dredging Activity on Delaware River Communities Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D. and Troy Singleton that would require the state to monitor the impact Delaware River dredging would have on neighboring communities was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The sponsors noted that the issue of where to dump dredged river spoils has been of paramount concern to communities in their district, particularly Delanco, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been eyeing as a potential dumping site.

"Given the changing face of our towns over the last several decades, it's important that this issue be studied carefully," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Not only does the dumping of dredged spoils carry potential environmental hazards, but it may cause untold harm to homes and recreational areas if an estimated 15,000 truck trips are needed to haul away roughly 300,000 cubic yards of spoils."

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