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Eustace, Zwicker, Benson & Mazzeo Legislation Urging Resident Participation in "Earth Hour 2017" Approved by Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Timothy Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo to encourage resident participation in Earth Hour, a worldwide movement to raise awareness of the effects of climate change was approved by the full Assembly, 62-9-1, on Thursday.
Specifically, the Assembly Resolution urges statewide participation in Earth Hour 2017, an annual event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, during which people from all walks of life, in communities large and small, dim their lights for one hour in order to "cast a vote in favor of action" to combat climate change.
"Since its inception in 2007 as a single-city initiative, Earth Hour has become a global phenomenon," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "It has raised worldwide environmental awareness. The effects of climate change are expected to continue and worsen in future years. Coastal communities, like our towns along the New Jersey shore are projected to lose up to $7 trillion in buildings, transportation, and other assets by mid-century if climate change is not properly addressed."
Johnson Introduces Environmental Legislation Encouraging Use of Green Vehicles to Reduce PollutionAssemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, chair of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, recently introduced a four-bill legislative package aimed at encouraging increased use of alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.
"By expanding the availability of green vehicle infrastructure and incentivizing the purchase of vehicles that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, New Jersey can make progress on economic, environmental and national security fronts," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Replacing conventional vehicles currently on the road with alternative fuel vehicles will spur innovation creating a more affordable, more eco-friendly New Jersey."
Eustace, Karabinchak, McKeon, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill to Create "Water Quality Accountability Act" Clears Assembly Panel
Measure Enhances the Reliability and Safety of the State's Drinking Water, Would Apply to All Water Purveyors(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace, Robert Karabinchak, John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson to establish a proactive cybersecurity policy for all water purveyors in order to enhance the reliability and safety of the state's drinking water systems.
In March of 2016, the BPU adopted cybersecurity requirements applicable to the electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities that it regulates. This bill would apply those requirements to all water purveyors.
"We have seen many cybersecurity threats in recent years," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Whether it is attacking our personal information online or threatening critical resources, the state must take steps to protect residents from cybersecurity breaches. This legislation would codify present cybersecurity requirements established by the BPU and strengthen protections of our water resources by extending these requirements to all water suppliers. "
Attorney General Investigates Deaths by Law Enforcement, No Secret Whistleblower Settlements, H20 Quality, Transgender Health Care Rights, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports & Domestic Violence Prevention Highlight Monday Assembly CommitteesAlso on Tap: Improving Mental Health Care, First-Time Homebuyers, Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Credit, Veterans Housing & Benefits, Opioid Antidotes in Schools, Storm Preparedness, Family Daycare Background Checks, Hearing Impairment Task Force, Studying Predatory Alienation & Criminalizing U-4
Having the state Attorney General investigate and prosecute crime involving a person's death by a law enforcement officer, barring public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower claims, the Water Quality Accountability Act, regulating daily fantasy sports activities, transgender health care rights and domestic violence prevention, highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings...