Higher-ed partnership, solar energy bills OK’d in Assembly

TRENTON – The Assembly passed bills this afternoon, including higher education public-private partnerships and solar energy programs.

S2501/A3141: This bill amends the law that allows state and county colleges to enter into public-private partnerships that permit a private entity to assume full financial and administrative responsibility for an on-campus construction project, provided that that the project is financed entirely by the private entity, and that the state or institution retains ownership of the land and any building resulting from the project.  It passed 76-0.

S1925/A2966: This bill seeks to inject new life into the solar energy program.

Among other things, the bill would change the solar alternative compliance payment schedule from a 15-year schedule to a statutorily established schedule with specifically prescribed values for each energy year. 

It passed 71-4-4.

S1923: The casino gaming bill, allowing for wagering on handheld devices, was approved  77-0-2.

A3097: Transferring the Sports & Exposition Authority to the Department of Community Affairs, passed 77-2.