BURZICHELLI, QUIJANO, RILEY & DeANGELO BILL TO HELP N.J. BUSINESSES NAVIGATE THROUGH BPU ORDERS MOVES FORWARD

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John J. Burzichelli, Annette Quijano, Wayne DeAngelo and Celeste Riley to ease the bureacracy hurting New Jersey businesses continues advancing.
The bill is part of the Assembly Democratic efforts to cut the bureacracy impairing New Jersey’s business environment.
“This is a sensible bill that will go along way toward making our state more business friendly,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem), chair of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee that initially released the bill.
The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly on Jan. 10. It was released Monday by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.
The bill (A-2849) requires the Board of Public Utilities to issue every order in written form and post them on the Internet.
“We’ve heard time and again from our businesses on how it would be helpful to them to get clearer guidelines from the state, and a written order should help provide the clarity needed to ensure everyone is on the same page,” said Quijano (D-Union).
“Commonsense legislation like this that helps improve our business environment and create jobs is clearly the right direction for our state and for hard-working New Jersey families who benefit from a strong business environment,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex).
“BPU orders can be among the most important yet complex directives for our businesses, and it’s important to make sure they’re clear so our businesses can spend more time creating jobs and less time cutting through red tape,” said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem).
The bill allows a written order to be issued within 14 days of an oral order where a matter is an emergency that affects public health and safety if the written order doesn’t differ substantively from the oral order.
Any board order issued orally may be made effective immediately, but if such order is not issued in written form within 14 calendar days thereafter, it shall be void and of no effect.