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  • NJ A3555
  • Increases minimum annual amounts for appropriation for certain arts, historical heritage, and tourism purposes from hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues.
Introduced
(4/4/2016)
In Committee
(10/6/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill increases the minimum dollar amounts to be annually allocated for appropriation for cultural projects, historical heritage programs, and tourism advertising and promotion purposes from State hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues. Current law provides that of total hotel and motel occupancy fees collected, 22.68 percent is to be annually appropriated to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for cultural projects, provided that the actual dollar amount allocated is at least $22.68 million. This bill increases the minimum dollar amount to be annually allocated for appropriation for cultural projects to $30 million. Similarly, under current law, 3.84 percent of hotel and motel occupancy fees collected are to be annually allocated for appropriation to the New Jersey Historical Commission for historical heritage purposes, provided that the actual dollar amount allocated is at least $3.84 million. This bill increases the minimum annual dollar amount to be allocated for appropriation for historical heritage purposes to $10 million. Currently, the annual allocation for appropriation to the Division of Travel and Tourism in the Department of State for tourism advertising and promotion purposes is to be 12.76 percent of hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues, provided at least $12.76 million is allocated. This bill increases that minimum annual dollar amount to be allocated from hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues for tourism advertising and promotion to $15 million. The bill applies to revenues collected for occupancies during State Fiscal Year 2017 and thereafter. The purpose of this bill is to encourage increased State funding for the arts, historical heritage, and tourism purposes without binding the Legislature to such increased funding levels. The bill does not change the "poison pill" provision under current law, which mandates that certain projects, including the arts, historical heritage, and tourism advertising and promotion purposes described be annually minimally funded at Fiscal Year 2004 appropriation levels, in order to avoid suspension of the hotel and motel occupancy fee.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Tourism, Gaming and the Arts
Reported as an Assembly Committee Substitute and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 10/6/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
10/6/2016 A Reported as an Assembly Committee Substitute and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/6/2016 Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Hearing (10:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
4/4/2016 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