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  • NJ A2949
  • Provides diamondback terrapins protection as nongame indigenous species.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(3/3/2016)
Crossed Over
(4/7/2016)
Passed
(5/26/2016)
Signed
(7/15/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides the protection afforded by "The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act" to the diamondback terrapin. The bill designates the diamondback terrapin as a nongame indigenous species subject to the same laws, rules, and regulations governing other nongame indigenous reptiles in the State. As a result of this designation, it would no longer be legal to catch or take diamondback terrapin in New Jersey. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to investigate biological and ecological data concerning the State's diamondback terrapin population and determine management measures necessary for the continued viability of the State's diamondback terrapin population. The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin or Malaclemys palustris) is native to New Jersey and inhabits the State's coastal salt marshes and estuaries along the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay. Habitat loss and road mortality pose major threats to the health of the population. Each year, hundreds of terrapins are killed by motor vehicle, particularly in summer months when females actively search for suitable nest sites. Affording the diamondback terrapin protection as a nongame indigenous species subject to "The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act" will help encourage conservation of the species and its habitats.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.17.  (on 7/15/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/15/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.17.
5/26/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
5/26/2016 S Substituted for S1625
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (71-0-0)
3/3/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1625 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 0 9
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0