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  • NJ A5105
  • Establishes NJ's right of first refusal regarding conveyance of certain federal lands.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish a right of first refusal for the State for the conveyance of certain federal lands. Specifically, this bill would provide the Commissioner of Environmental Protection with the right of first refusal to acquire federal lands used for recreation and conservation purposes. Such lands could only be transferred to a third party if the commissioner elects not to exercise the right to acquire the lands and issues a certificate to that effect which includes the reason for not exercising the right to acquire the lands. The commissioner would be required to send a copy of this certificate to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly, and the Chairs of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, or their respective successor committees, and post the certificate on the department's website. The bill also would prohibit the recording, transferring, or filing of any deed or other instrument that transfers title to real property from the federal government to a party other than the State unless it contains a copy of the certificate issued by the commissioner. The bill is intended to recognize the environmental and economic benefits of public lands and discourage the conveyance of federal public lands in the State. On April 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a review of all presidential designations and expansions of designations made under the federal Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996, where the designation covers more than 100,000 acres. While there are no designations in New Jersey that are implicated by this executive order, there is a long tradition of open space preservation at the State and local level, and New Jersey also benefits greatly from the national parks and wildlife refuges in the State that are owned and managed by the National Park Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, respectively, and it is therefore important to take any available actions to discourage the conveyance of any federal public lands.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 7/13/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/13/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
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