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  • NJ A2448
  • Establishes "Milkweed for Monarchs" program.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish a "Milkweed for Monarchs" program in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This bill would authorize groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals to "adopt" assigned State-owned stormwater management basins throughout the state for the purpose of planting milkweed. The DEP would be responsible for, among other things, establishing criteria for the planting of milkweed in stormwater management basins and coordinating with program volunteers, public interest organizations, and government officials to arrange for the adoption of stormwater management basins. Groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals who are interested in becoming program volunteers would notify the DEP. Upon receipt of the request, the DEP would assign the program volunteer an appropriate stormwater management basin in which to plant milkweed. The DEP would then provide the program volunteer with information and instructions on how to plant and maintain the milkweed. Adoptions would last for one year, but could be renewed on an annual basis. The bill also requires the DEP, in consultation with the Department of Education and citizen, educational, and environmental groups, to prepare educational materials on the decline in the monarch butterfly population and the ways in which residents can create and conserve monarch butterfly habitats, and to distribute these materials to schools and public interest organizations. Under the bill, each program volunteer in the "Milkweed for Monarchs" program would be required to sign a waiver to release all State and local government entities and employees from any liability for injury or damages caused or sustained while planting milkweed in an assigned stormwater management basin. A "Milkweed for Monarchs" program volunteer would not be considered a public employee or State employee for the purposes of the "New Jersey Tort Claims Act," and would not be accorded any of the protections set forth in that act. Finally, the bill authorizes the DEP, counties, municipalities, and schools to accept donations of funds, supplies, or services for use in the "Milkweed for Monarchs" program.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Environment and Solid Waste, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S1986  (on 12/7/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
12/7/2017 A Substituted by S1986
9/19/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
9/19/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (14:00 9/19/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 9/19/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0