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  • NJ A1264
  • Prohibits knowingly selling or planting certain invasive plant species.
In Committee
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit knowingly selling, planting, propagating or distributing of certain invasive plants in the State, except for scientific or educational purposes. However, the sale, offer for sale, planting, propagation, or distribution of an invasive plant that is inadvertently included in a container together with another plant would not constitute a violation under the bill. The invasive plants covered by the bill are Canadian Thistle (Cirsium arvense), Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum caspidatum), Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), Mile-a-minute (Polygonum perfoliatum), Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), and Water Chestnut (Trapa natans), and include the plant, and any cutting, flower, seed, root, other plant part, or cultivar therefrom. The bill provides that a violation of the prohibition could subject the violator to a civil penalty of up to $100 for a first offense, up to $200 for a second offense, and up to $500 for a third or subsequent offense. The bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to seek injunctive relief to prohibit or prevent a violation of the bill. However, the bill prohibits the Department of Agriculture from adding any plant to the list of plants in the definition of "invasive plant" in the bill.
Environment and Solid Waste
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (14:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)  (on 10/13/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
10/13/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (14:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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