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  • NJ A2249
  • Increases State hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues required to be annually appropriated to fund certain arts and cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs and activities.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill increases the amount of State revenues that are required by law to be annually appropriated to fund certain arts and cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs and activities. Under current law, the State imposes a fee on the rent charged for certain hotel and motel occupancies in this State. The law imposing the fee requires a minimum amount of revenue collected from the fee to be annually allocated for appropriation to fund cultural project grants through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Historical Commission grants, tourism advertising and promotion through the Division of Travel and Tourism in the Department of State, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. The law imposing the fee includes a "poison pill" provision that requires the minimum amount to be annually appropriated for the fee to remain in effect. If an annual appropriations act is enacted that does not provide funding for the arts and cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs and activities at the levels established for fees collected in State fiscal year 2004, the law requires the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting to inform the Director of the Division of Taxation that the appropriation requirements have not been met and requires the Director of the Division of Taxation to, in turn, notify hotel and motel operators that the fee is no longer required to be paid or collected. This bill increases the amounts that are required to be annually appropriated to fund arts and cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs and activities over a three-year period beginning in State fiscal year 2017. The bill provides that of the State hotel and motel occupancy fees collected: -- during State fiscal year 2017: $18,227,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund cultural project grants through the council, $3,080,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund commission grants, $10,647,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund tourism advertising and promotion through the division, and $574,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund the trust; -- during State fiscal year 2018: $20,454,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund cultural project grants through the council, $3,460,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund commission grants, $11,703,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund tourism advertising and promotion through the division, and $647,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund the trust; and -- during State fiscal year 2019 and each year thereafter: $22,680,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund cultural project grants through the council, $3,840,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund commission grants, $12,760,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund tourism advertising and promotion through the division, and $720,000 must be allocated for appropriation to fund the trust. The bill revises the "poison pill" provision to tie its annual appropriation requirements to the increased levels of funding provided by the phase-in. The bill provides that if an annual appropriations act is enacted that does not provide funding for the arts and cultural, historical, and tourism-related programs and activities at the levels established for fees collected from occupancies occurring in State fiscal year 2017, 2018, and 2019 and each year thereafter, respectively, the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting must inform the Director of the Division of Taxation that the appropriation requirements have not been met and the Director of the Division of Taxation must notify hotel and motel operators that the fee is no longer required to be paid or collected. The bill takes effect immediately upon enactment.
Combined with another Bill, Tourism, Gaming and the Arts
Combined with A3555 (ACS)  (on 10/6/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
10/6/2016 A Combined with A3555 (ACS)
10/6/2016 Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Hearing (10:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/6/2016 Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee: Reported with Substitution 7 0 0