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  • NJ A1698
  • Establishes certain requirements for a State entity planting vegetation in certain circumstances; provides for preferences for NJ businesses providing such vegetation.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/12/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/8/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires every State entity to plant to the greatest extent practicable, when planting vegetation for purposes of land management, reforestation, or habitat restoration, vegetation which is a native plant or ecologically appropriate plant species to the area according to the best horticultural management practices for the use of native plants or ecologically appropriate plant species, as established by the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection and Rutgers, the State University. The bill directs the Department of Agriculture to develop criteria and a methodology for evaluating plant species and for determining which plants may be considered native and ecologically appropriate to an area. The department would also establish best horticultural management practices for the use of native plants and ecologically appropriate plant species. This section of the bill has a delayed effective date of 18 months. The bill exempts from the requirements concerning the use of native and ecologically appropriate plants site remediation or brownfield development projects and planting projects within proximity to airports and aviation facilities. It is important to the sponsor of the legislation that the bill does not jeopardize federal funding to brownfield and cleanup projects, or affect public safety. The Federal Aviation Administration restricts the planting of certain vegetation close to airports to avoid birds from being attracted to the area and flying into plane engines. The bill also directs: 1) the Department of Agriculture to compile and maintain with annual updates a list of certified nurseries, licensed plant dealers, and any other nursery or plant dealers that are annually inspected by the department; and 2) the Department of Community Affairs to compile and maintain with annual updates a list of licensed landscape architects and licensed and certified construction contracting professionals. The bill further requires the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property in the Department of the Treasury, the Director of the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury, and any State agency having authority to contract for the purchase of goods or services to give priority to purchasing goods and services or contracting for services from the businesses on the lists. Finally, the bill specifies that it does not apply to: 1) the planting or replacement of annual flowers and plants, sod or turf grass, or plants or trees producing fruits or vegetables or otherwise used for or in food, such as basil, garlic, onion, or other plants producing spices; 2) any planting of vegetation in an arboretum or laboratory owned or operated by a State entity; 3) the planting of vegetation for educational, experimental, or scientific purposes; or 4) the planting or replacement of vegetation for general landscaping construction and maintenance work which does not involve land management, reforestation, or habitat restoration.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment and Energy, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee  (on 6/12/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-2)
3/6/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/6/2017 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (19:00 3/6/2017 )
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 3/6/2017 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0