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  • NJ S2457
  • Enables collection of voluntary contributions for Jersey Fresh Program through gross income tax returns.
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
The bill enables the collection of voluntary contributions for the Jersey Fresh Program through gross income tax returns. The purpose of this bill is to create an additional funding source for advertising, promotional, and quality grading program activities under the Jersey Fresh Program. In 1984, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture created the first in the nation state-sponsored agricultural branding program, Jersey Fresh, in order to distinguish the high quality of New Jersey produced fruits and vegetables from others in the marketplace. This State-sponsored branding program was later expanded to include Jersey Grown for nursery crops, Jersey Seafood for aquacultured and wild-caught fish and shellfish, Jersey Equine for equine livestock, and Made with Jersey Fresh for processed food made with New Jersey sourced agricultural products. These additional programs related to Jersey Fresh could also receive funds under the bill. Advertising and promotional materials are used to inform consumers about the availability of locally grown products. The quality grading program guarantees that each Jersey Fresh commodity meets a certain quality standard for size, shape, and coloring. The State's agriculture and food industry is an essential part of New Jersey's local economy and this bill allows for the collection of voluntary contributions on gross income tax returns to help support it. To receive the gross income tax return contributions, the bill establishes the Jersey Fresh Program Fund. The fund is scheduled to begin receiving contributions for the first taxable year beginning after the date of enactment of the bill into law. The bill directs that fund deposits are to be annually appropriated to the Department of Agriculture for the purposes of providing support to the Jersey Fresh Program, which would include, but need not be limited to, funding advertising, promotional, and quality grading program activities.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Economic Growth, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.197.  (on 8/7/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.197.
6/22/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A3999
12/19/2016 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
12/19/2016 S Passed by the Senate (37-0)
10/20/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
10/17/2016 Senate Economic Growth Hearing (10:30 10/17/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
6/30/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3999 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 10/17/2016 Senate Economic Growth Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0