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  • NJ A4597
  • Appropriates $59,532,000 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects, and capital and park development projects.
Introduced
(2/15/2017)
In Committee
(3/20/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill appropriates the sum of $59.532 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including for Blue Acres projects, and for capital projects and park development on lands administered by the DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry and Division of Fish and Wildlife pursuant to the "Preserve New Jersey Act," P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-43 et seq.). The funding in this bill is provided from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues pursuant to Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the State Constitution, approved by the voters of the State in November 2014, including the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for these purposes pursuant to P.L.2016, c.10 (i.e., the FY2017 annual appropriations act). The "Preserve New Jersey Act" implements for State fiscal years 2017 through 2019, the constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for open space, farmland, and historic preservation. The act provides that of the 60 percent of dedicated CBT revenues allocated each year for the Green Acres program: 55 percent would be used for State open space acquisition and development projects; 38 percent would be used for grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and 7 percent would be used for grants to fund open space acquisition and development projects undertaken by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations. Of the funding for State open space acquisition and development projects: 50 percent would be used for acquisition projects and 50 percent would be used for development projects. Further, of the funding for State open space development projects, up to 22 percent would be used for stewardship activities undertaken on lands administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and up to 22 percent would be used for stewardship activities undertaken on lands administered by the Division of Parks and Forestry. This bill appropriates $26.548 million from the "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" and the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to P.L.2016, c.10 (i.e., the FY2017 annual appropriations act), to the DEP to provide funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes. The "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" was established by section 6 of the "Preserve New Jersey Act." This appropriation allocates funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes in 11 project categories throughout the State. In addition, this bill appropriates $6.436 million from the "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund" and the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to P.L.2016, c.10 (i.e., the FY2017 annual appropriations act), to the DEP to provide funding by the State for the acquisition, for recreation and conservation purposes, of properties throughout the State that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, i.e., "Blue Acres" projects. The "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund" was established by section 7 of the "Preserve New Jersey Act." The bill also appropriates $26.548 million from dedicated CBT revenues from the "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" and the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to P.L.2016, c.10 (i.e., the FY2017 annual appropriations act), for State capital projects and park development. Of the total funding in this bill, $34,776,991 is from the "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" and $24,755,009 is from the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account. The projects and appropriations listed in this bill have been approved by the DEP and the Garden State Preservation Trust. Lastly, the bill authorizes the department to re-distribute certain other moneys made available by project cancellations or cost savings to provide additional funding, for recreation and conservation purposes, to previously approved and funded State projects, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee. The bill provides that the additional funding, if provided from a Green Acres bond act, may include administrative costs.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Environment and Solid Waste, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S2997 (1R)  (on 3/23/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
3/23/2017 A Substituted by S2997 (1R)
3/20/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/20/2017 A Transferred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral)
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral*)
2/15/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 0