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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Caride, Watson Coleman, Burzichelli, Eustace, Wilson & Riley Bill Package to Protect & Celebrate New Jersey's Natural Habitats Released by Assembly Panel

A six-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Bonnie Watson Coleman, John Burzichelli, Tim Eustace, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Celeste Riley to protect and commemorate animals and plants that are native to New Jersey was released Monday by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

The first bill (A-2913), sponsored by Caride and Watson Coleman, designates the Black Swallowtail butterfly as the official State Butterfly of New Jersey. This large, black, yellow and blue butterfly is indigenous to New Jersey and can be found in each of the state's 21 counties.

"Many states across the country have designated an official state butterfly, but New Jersey, despite its great wealth of indigenous butterflies, has never made such a designation," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "New Jersey is often associated with our urban landscapes, but there is plenty of natural beauty that is unique to New Jersey that should be acknowledged and celebrated."

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Mazzeo Bill to Control Running Bamboo & Help Homeowners Combating the Invasive Plant Released by Assembly Panel

Bill Prompted By Struggles of Linwood Family Overrun by Bamboo
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo sponsored to combat concerns surrounding the uncontrolled growth of bamboo, which can cause severe damage to property and buildings, was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) said the bill is necessary due to bamboo's invasiveness, and cited as an example Elaine Walsh of Linwood. Ms. Walsh, a nurse and mother of two, formally resided in Atlantic City, but lost her home during Superstorm Sandy. She relocated to a house in Linwood, but soon discovered her property was being overrun by running bamboo from a neighboring yard.

"The invasive plant caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to Ms. Walsh's property and threatened the foundation of her home," Mazzeo said. "This would give Ms. Walsh and New Jersey residents in similar situations the legal means to recover for damage caused by running bamboo."

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Earned Sick Leave & Port Authority Reform Top Monday Assembly Committee Meetings

Improved Suicide Prevention, Help for Farmers, Apartment Building Generators, Regulating Drone Usage & Controlling Invasive Bamboo Also on Tap

Discussion Also Set on Improving Teacher Readiness

Two bills to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and legislation to require businesses to provide earned sick leave to workers highlight Monday's Assembly hearings.

Also up are bills to improve suicide prevention training in schools, help farmers fight nuisance complaints, regulate drone usage, require generators for multiple-dwelling buildings and regulate the planting and sale of invasive and destructive running bamboo…

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