Federal standards and transit tax credit pulled from Assembly agenda

TRENTON – Two bills were pulled from the agenda today, one because of lobby pressure and the other for re-examination.

Sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli, (D-3), of Paulsboro, and Scott Rumana, (R-40), of Wayne, A2486 prohibits adoption of new rules exceeding federal standards unless specifically authorized by state law or necessary to protect public health, safety, or welfare.

The bill was opposed by lobbyists, including the Sierra Club, concerned that the bill was a pathway being made for industrial polluters.

The other bill, A3905, would allow the urban transit hub tax credit to be used for mixed-use development projects. Currently, the tax credit is only applicable for commercial developments over $5 million.

The problem, sources said, is keeping the bill legal under existing affordable housing conditions, although a conclusion is expected to be reached soon.

Federal standards and transit tax credit pulled from Assembly agenda