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Assembly Appropriations Committee Passes Strongest National Ban on Single Use Plastics; Next Step is an Assembly Floor Vote

Today, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee passed A1978, by a bipartisan 7-3-1 vote, which will be the strongest single-use plastics ban in the nation by banning single-use plastic bags and polystyrene, restricts straws to on demand only and phase out paper bags at larger grocery stories. The bill was amended to mirror the Senate version of the bill (S864) which passed the State Senate in early March. If the legislation is passed and signed into law, it would be implemented on an 18-month timeline.

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NJ, NY and Delaware Governors Provide the 3 Votes Needed to Halt Progress on Dangerous, Unwanted LNG Export Terminal

the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced at their virtual meeting decision this morning to delay a decision on whether or not to approve permits for the proposed controversial liquid natural gas (LNG) New Fortress Energy Gibbstown, NJ port so the Commissioners could further assess the voluminous record and take a “careful look” at complex issues involved; and stay any construction there until final permit decisions are made by the DRBC Commissioners with a public vote.  The three votes needed for passage of the delay and stay were cast by the NY, NJ and Delaware representatives. Pennsylvania abstained and the Trump Administration voted against the delay and stay. In a storm of controversy, the public had weighed in with over 71,000 petition signatures to DRBC to stop the project.

 

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New Jersey Legislature Passes Electric Vehicle Charging Bill, Expanding Access to Community Associations

Today, the New Jersey State Senate took a step further towards the goal of electrification of our transportation sector by passing legislation (A3367/S1951) that would encourage common interest communities to install electric vehicle charging stations for at-home use. The legislation passed the State Senate by a vote of 36 to 2. The bill prevents condo or homeowner associations from establishing rules to bar the installation of EV charging stations, therefore allowing unit owners to purchase and install charging stations for their parking spaces.

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Sen. Booker Joins Advocates At Virtual Town Hall To Call To Save NJ Transit with $1.2 Billion Federal Recovery Dollars

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined transportation advocates late this morning for a #SaveTransit virtual town hall with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New Jersey Policy Perspective, Amalgamated Transit Union, Environment New Jersey and the Regional Plan Association. Sen. Booker reaffirmed his support for the federal push for the federal recovery HEROES Act to secure $32 billion dollars in federal COVID emergency transit funding nationwide including $1.2 billion for NJT. The live feed of the town hall is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y2zkxej7

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Statement: Historic Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

President Trump today signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems plaguing America’s public lands. 

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