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  • NJ A3056
  • Requires DEP to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste; extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" immunity protections to public and nonpublic schools.*
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(3/13/2017)
Crossed Over
(5/25/2017)
Passed
(6/29/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, to establish, or partner with appropriate nonprofit organizations to establish, voluntary guidelines to encourage and facilitate the ability of school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess, unused, edible food to local voluntary food assistance programs. These guidelines would include: (1) information on food waste, and the need of food assistance programs for food; (2) recommendations on how schools may incorporate this information into their curricula, and create programs and activities for the donation of food; (3) information on the types of food schools may donate; (4) a cost-effective, safe, and sanitary means for donation of food; and (5) a means by which schools and local voluntary food assistance programs may connect with each other. The bill would require the Department of Education and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to distribute these guidelines to each school district and institution of higher education, respectively, and to publish the guidelines on their respective Internet websites. This bill would also amend the "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" to extend legal immunity to school districts that donate food, which appears to be fit for human consumption at the time it is donated, to a nonprofit organization. Institutions of higher education already receive such immunity under the act.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Economic Growth, Environment and Energy, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.210.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.210.
6/29/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (78-0-0)
6/1/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
5/25/2017 S Passed by the Senate (37-0)
5/25/2017 S Substituted for S2360/3030 (SCS)
3/13/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
3/13/2017 Senate Environment and Energy Hearing (19:00 3/13/2017 *Revised 3/7/17 - A-3056 (1R) was added for consideration.)
3/6/2017 S Transferred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
6/6/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
5/26/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (72-0-0)
5/19/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/19/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 5/19/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 78 0 2
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2360 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Environment and Energy Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0
Detail 5/26/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 0 8
Detail 5/19/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0