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  • NJ A1374
  • The "Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2014," authorizes bonds for $200 million; appropriates $5,000.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
The bill, entitled the "Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2014," authorizes the issuance of $200 million in State general obligation bonds for acquiring and developing lands for recreation and conservation purposes, preserving farmland, and funding historic preservation projects and "Blue Acres" projects. Of the total sum authorized: (1) $109 million would be used for acquiring and developing lands for public recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies, under the Green Acres program; (2) $12 million would be used for the "Blue Acres" program; (3) $73 million would be used for farmland preservation purposes; and (4) $6 million would be used for historic preservation purposes. Of the $109 million allocated for the Green Acres program, $45 million would be used for State open space acquisitions and park improvements and facilities, $55 million would be used for grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisitions and park improvements and facilities, and $9 million would be used for grants to fund open space acquisitions and park improvements and facilities undertaken by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations. "Blue Acres" is the term used to refer to properties that have been damaged by storms or storm-related flooding, that appear likely to incur such damage, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage. Structures on a purchased property are demolished, the debris is removed, and the land is preserved as open space. Properties are purchased from willing sellers only. The Blue Acres program is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program. 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.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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