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  • NJ A4031
  • Creates New Jersey Crude Oil by Rail Safety Task Force.
Introduced
(7/21/2016)
In Committee
(10/13/2016)
Crossed Over
(12/7/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates a task force to be known as the "New Jersey Crude Oil by Rail Safety Task Force" (task force). The task force is to study the risks and impact of the transport of crude oil by rail on public health and safety and to make recommendations on emergency response measures for emergency services personnel in the event of a derailment of a train carrying crude oil. The task force is to consist of 13 members, which is to include: the Commissioner of the Transportation, or the commissioner's designee; the State Director of Emergency Management, or the director's designee; two members, appointed by the Governor, from the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, or Salem, one who is a law enforcement officer and one who is an emergency medical service technician, firefighter, or emergency communications operator; two members, appointed by the Governor, from the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, or Union, one who is law enforcement officer and one who is an emergency medical service technician, firefighter, or emergency communications operator; two members, appointed by the Governor, from the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, or Warren, one who is a law enforcement officer and one who is an emergency medical service technician, firefighter, or emergency communications operator; two members, appointed by the Senate President, one with expertise in the field of freight rail transportation and one who represents an organization that advocates for issues concerning the environment in New Jersey; two members, appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly, one with expertise in the field of petroleum, petroleum products, or hazardous materials management or production and one who represents an organization that advocates for issues concerning the environment in New Jersey; and one member by joint appointment of the Senate President and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who is to represent an organization that advocates for issues concerning public health and safety. The task force is to hold not less than three public hearings to provide information to the public on the risks and impact of the transport of crude oil by rail in New Jersey and on emergency response measures in the event of a train derailment. At least one public hearing is to take place in each of the three regions of the State. Each public hearing is to begin after 6:30 P.M., Eastern Standard Time, on a weekday. Notice of each public hearing is to be given to the county clerk and board of chosen freeholders in each county in the region in which the hearing is to be held at least 30 days prior to the hearing. The task force is to study the risks and impact of the transport of crude oil by rail in New Jersey and develop recommendations for government strategies, which is to include legislative and regulatory action, if deemed appropriate, and strategies for private entities and citizens on emergency response measures in the event of a train derailment. The task force is to prepare and submit an interim report, not more than 180 days after its organization, to the Governor and the Legislature summarizing its activities. The task force is to submit a final report summarizing its findings and setting forth its recommendations within one year of the final public hearing. The task force is to expire 30 days after the issuance of its final report.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Passed Assembly, Transportation and Independent Authorities
Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading  (on 12/11/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
12/11/2017 S Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading
12/7/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (64-0-0)
10/13/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
10/13/2016 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (10:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
7/21/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/7/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 63 0 16
Detail 10/13/2016 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee: Reported with Amendments 10 0 3