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  • NJ A1768
  • Directs State agencies to take certain actions to expedite permitting through use of general permits and permits-by-rule. *
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-26 et seq.) to direct every State agency to identify those permits that may be expedited by issuance of a general permit. P.L.2011, c.34 directed every State agency (defined as "any New Jersey principal department or any division, office, agency, or bureau thereof that issues a permit to a business") to periodically review those permits the State agency issues to identify permits that can be administered through an expedited process, such as developing procedures for the electronic submission of permit applications. This bill expands on that requirement by directing every State agency to identify those permits that may be expedited by issuance of a general permit. For each permit identified as being able to be expedited through the use of a general permit, the State agency would be required to adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," rules and regulations providing for the issuance and use of such a general permit. This bill also provides that if a State agency identifies a permit that could be administered through an expedited process, such as through a general permit, but finds, as a result of statutory law, that it does not have the necessary authority to establish an expedited process for that particular permit, the head of the State agency would send written notice of this finding to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the chairs of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee and the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, or their successors, and the Secretary of State or the Governor's designee. This bill implements one of the findings of the "Red Tape Review Commission Findings and Recommendations" report, issued February 2012. The report states the following, on page 27: "DEP's increased usage of general permits and general operating permits is another success worthy of replication. These pre-approved permits cover minor activities, do not require extensive submittal of data, and allow departmental staff to focus greater attention on individual permits which encompass more complex activities. Though DEP has made notable progress in this regard, DEP, as well as all other permit issuing departments and agencies, should expand the use of such permits." The expanded use of general permits and "permits-by-rule" is also encouraged in the Department of State's "Permit Review Annual Report," issued March 2012, in response to the provisions of P.L.2011, c.34.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Commerce and Economic Development
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading  (on 6/20/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
2/22/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/22/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Hearing (13:00 2/22/2016 Committee Room 16, Fourth Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 10 0 1
Detail 2/22/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 0