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McKeon, Schaer, Prieto, Quijano & Wimberly Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Heads to Gov's Desk
Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motiveLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."
McKeon & Quijano Bill to Extend Public Notice of Pending Environmental Settlements Approved by Assembly
Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motiveLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) and Annette Quijano (D- Union) to better inform the public about environmental settlements being considered by the state was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
"The many concerns surrounding the Exxon Mobil settlement make it a glaring example of why the public notice timeframe needs changing," said McKeon. "The questionable size of the settlement, the extent of the damage and the length of time involved with this litigation makes a 30-day public notice period inadequate. More time is appropriate for this - and all future settlements."
DeAngelo, Quijano, Andrzejczak & Wilson Bill to Establish Fund for Veterans Organizations Signed Into Law
New Law Allows Donations through Gross Income Tax Returns(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne P. DeAngelo, Annette Quijano, Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak and Whip Wilson to allow New Jersey taxpayers to make donations to nonprofit veterans' organizations via their gross income tax returns was signed into law Monday.
The new law (A-2313) would establish the Fund for the Support of New Jersey Nonprofit Veterans Organizations, to which taxpayers may indicate they would like to donate on their tax returns. An annual grant program drawing from contributions to the fund would assist private nonprofit veterans organizations in providing programs and services for veterans. Many such organizations have experienced financial hardship due to the recent economic downturn.
"Organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Marine Corps League are sources of support and community for veterans in New Jersey," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "With this new law, we show our appreciation for those who have given so much for the sake of the people of this state and this nation."