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 to Christie Admin: Stop Erecting Roadblocks for the Electric Car Industry
Assemblyman Calls Decision to Block Tesla's Establishment in NJ Foolish & Short-SightedAssemblyman Tim Eustace on Tuesday criticized the Christie administration and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) for unilaterally bypassing the legislature and serving as a roadblock as the electric car industry attempts to expand its presence in New Jersey.
The MVC was expected to vote at a 2 p.m. meeting today to institute a new regulation that would require all new car dealers to obtain a franchise agreement in order to receive a license from the state, effectively prohibiting Tesla's direct sales model, which cuts out the middleman and brings vehicles directly to customers through smaller retail establishments.
Assembly Advances DeAngelo Bill Package Aimed at Fostering Design of Energy Efficient Buildings(TRENTON) - A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrat Wayne DeAngelo designed to encourage the creation of environmentally friendly buildings was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
Both bills aim to promote the incorporation of blue and green roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Blue and green roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling.
"It's time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Blue and green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment."
Stender, McKeon & Quijano Bill to Provide Immediate Notice to Public For Boil Water Advisories Clears Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel advanced legislation on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, John F. McKeon and Annette Quijano to require public water systems to provide prompt public notice when a boil water notice is in effect.
The sponsors note that the legislation underscores the necessity of ensuring that the public is informed and regularly updated during emergencies.
"Families must be notified promptly when it comes to matters that concern public health," said Stender (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "A public advisory must be issued quickly and publicized to ensure every household is aware of any contamination concerns."
Hearing on NJ Transit's Super Bowl Problems, Increased Minimum Wage for Newark Airport Workers & Improved School Nutrition & Farm-to-School Programs Top Monday Assembly HearingsRequiring Health Care Facilities be Generator-Ready & Hearing on Sandy Relief Integrity Monitors Also Set
Testimony on NJ Transit's problems following the Super Bowl and bills to ensure health care facilities can hook up to generators, support a higher minimum wage for workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, improve the school breakfast and lunch programs and promote the Farm to School program highlight Monday's Assembly committee action…