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Burzichelli Bill to Allow Certain Preserved Farmlands to Establish Microenterprises Clears First Legislative Hurdle(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently approved legislation sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) to encourage the viability of preserved farmlands in the state.
Designated as the "New Jersey Rural Microenterpise Act," the intent of the legislation is to help certain owners of preserved farmlands to expand the economic activity in manner consistent with the objectives of the state's farmland preservation program.
"There is a way to help the owners of historically preserved farmlands become more self-sustainable and still protect agricultural structures and the public investment into farmland preservation," Burzichelli said. "We have seen vineyards and farms create a vehicle to economic growth and stability through microenterprises. The owners who oversee the preservation of New Jersey's most historic agricultural sites should be given the same opportunity."
Burzichelli Bill to Strengthen Legal Protections for Farmers Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli to strengthen the legal protections provided to farmers under the "Right to Farm Act" was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Farmers face enough day-to-day challenges trying to keep their operations economically viable," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "We've been trying very hard in recent years to streamline regulatory requirements and eliminate unnecessary burdens for our farm industry. The last thing they need is to be mired in bills from meritless legal proceedings."
Caride, Watson Coleman, Burzichelli, Eustace, Wilson & Riley Bill Package to Protect & Celebrate New Jersey's Natural Habitats Released by Assembly PanelA 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."
Burzichelli Bill Prohibiting Rental and Sale of Motor Vehicles Subject to Safety Recalls Advances in the Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli sponsored to make it illegal for rental companies to rent, lease or sell unrepaired motor vehicles that are subject to safety recall was recently approved by an Assembly panel.
"Consumers have certain expectations when they rent a car - that it's safe and in good operating condition," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Unfortunately, since rental companies aren't required to pull recalled cars from their active fleets until the vehicles are fixed, consumers can instead be unwittingly subjected to a dangerous game of rental car Russian roulette."
Current federal law prohibits car dealers from both selling and leasing vehicles subject to a recall unless and until they are repaired.
Assembly Panel Advances 7 More Bills Aimed at Making College More Affordable and Attainable in NJ
Comprehensive Package is Sponsored by Riley, Cryan, Benson, Garcia, Giblin, Eustace, Pinkin, Mazzeo, Burzichelli, Lagana & StenderAn Assembly panel on Thursday approved seven more bills that are part of a larger 20-bill package aimed at addressing the systemic factors pushing more and more New Jersey students into the real world saddled with debt and without a college degree.
The bills approved today are sponsored by Assembly Democrats Celeste Riley, Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Carmelo Garcia, Thomas Giblin, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Vince Mazzeo, John Burzichelli, Joseph Lagana and Linda Stender.