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  • NJ A1739
  • Replaces NJ Wine Industry Advisory Council with NJ Wine Board and establishes new duties and authorizes revenue-producing activities.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would replace the New Jersey Wine Industry Advisory Council with the New Jersey Wine Board, and empower the board with additional responsibilities, such as engaging in revenue-producing activities. Under current law, there exists in the Department of Agriculture the "New Jersey Wine Promotion Account." The bill provides that funds in this account would be used for: research and development concerning the viticultural and wine-making processes in the State; promotion of New Jersey wine, consistent with the recommendations of the board; payments for services rendered, such as payments for products, equipment, materials or other goods supplied; and any other uses necessary for carrying out the provisions of P.L.1985, c.233. Currently, the account is credited annually, in an appropriation by law, with an amount equal to $0.47 per gallon on all sales of wines, vermouth and sparkling wines sold by plenary winery and farm winery licensees. The bill would increase the amount credited to the account to $0.875 per gallon on all sales of wines, vermouth and sparkling wines, and further provide that the account would also be credited with any interest or other investment income earned on monies in the account and $0.15 per gallon on all sales of alcoholic cider. The bill would also provide the New Jersey Wine Board with the authority to engage in educational, research-based, or promotional revenue-producing activities related to growing grapes or producing wine in New Jersey, which may include but need not be limited to: publishing materials with printed advertisements; selling printed materials; renting exhibit space at meetings or other events; and charging entrance or participation fees. The revenues received from such activities would be credited to the account. Furthermore, the board would meet to evaluate any proposal for funding from the account, and at least 10% of the funding allocated by the board annually, excluding monies received for revenue-producing activities, would be expended for projects that advance viticulture and enological research concerning the growing of grapes and the production of wine in New Jersey. Funds in the account are to be used exclusively for the purposes set forth in this bill. The bill requires the New Jersey Wine Board to foster the development of the New Jersey wine industry by developing marketing, advertising, and other programs designed to promote the orderly growth of the industry, expanding viticulture and enological research, increasing education about the industry, and promoting the production of grapes and wine in the State. The board would consist of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the Division of Travel and Tourism in the Department of State, or their respective designees, both of whom would serve ex officio and as nonvoting members, and six members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, as follows: one member recommended by the New Jersey Farm Bureau; one member recommended by the Garden State Wine Growers Association; one member who is an agricultural expert with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and three members of the public who hold a plenary winery license or a farm winery license or grow grapes or are a viticulturist, and of whom one is to be from each of the three regions in the State - northern, central, and southern. A majority of the entire board would constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but any action by the board would need an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the majority of voting members present. Section 4 of the bill sets forth additional powers and duties of the board. The bill would also repeal section 3 of P.L.1985, c.233 (C.4:10-77), the section of law that established the New Jersey Wine Industry Advisory Council.
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
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