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  • NJ A222
  • "New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act"; authorizes issuance of $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects at public libraries; appropriates $5,000.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/29/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/22/2017)
Passed
(7/4/2017)
Signed
(7/21/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, entitled the "New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act," authorizes the issuance of $125,000,000 in State general obligation bonds to provide grants for the construction, expansion, and equipping of New Jersey's public libraries. The bill directs the State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State College, to establish eligibility criteria for the receipt of grants. The State Librarian, with the approval of the president, will prepare a list of eligible projects. Under the bill, for any approved project financed by bond proceeds, the grant award will support 50% of the cost of the project, and the appropriate local governing entity in the area served by the public library will support 50% of the cost of the project. The bill provides that the bond act is to be submitted to the people for approval at the general election to be held at least 70 days after enactment and appropriates $5,000 to the Department of State for expenses in connection with the publication of the public question. New Jersey's public libraries serve an invaluable role for the State's citizens. In addition to providing traditional services such as book-borrowing and lending, public libraries have a long and well-documented history of functioning as public spaces and community centers for reading, studying, and holding public meetings. More recently, public libraries have helped to bridge the "digital divide" by providing patrons with access to computers and the Internet, while continuing to provide a wide range of critical services, including college-preparation, job-seeking and career-assistance, and the securing of government assistance. The benefits of public libraries are numerous, and the construction, expansion, and improvement of public libraries will serve to promote the success of New Jersey's citizens and thereby advance the economic development of the State. It is the sponsor's belief that, in addition to increasing the capacity of public libraries to better serve the public, the issuance of $125 million in State general obligation bonds for the construction, expansion, and improvement of public libraries will lead to the creation of numerous construction and trade jobs and will help ensure the economic well-being of New Jersey's citizens.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.149.  (on 7/21/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.149.
7/4/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (31-2)
7/4/2017 S Substituted for S2171 (2R)
6/29/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/29/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/29/2017 S-1045, S-1046 and S-2841 are all pending referral. * Revised 6/)
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (63-12-1)
6/22/2017 A Motion Suspend 18:1 (DeAngelo) (Voice)
6/19/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 Revised 6/16/17 - A2167 and A4586 have been added. In addition t)
6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 )
4/4/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
4/4/2016 Assembly State and Local Government Hearing (14:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 7/4/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 31 2 7
Detail 7/4/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2171 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 63 12 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Motion to Suspend Rules (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 2 0
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly State and Local Government Committee: Reported Favorably 3 2 0