Bill to address illegal trade of animals clears committee

TRENTON –The Senate Economic Growth Committee released a bill today dealing with the illegal trade of animals.

SCR127 would have the Legislature set up a task force to look into the illegal trade and inhumane treatment of endangered, exotic animals. It was released unanimously.

The bill was amended to add another public member to the task force.

The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak, (D-20), Union, was introduced this summer and is related to another initiative of Lesniak’s that was conditionally vetoed by the governor.

Lesniak’s bill, passed by the Legislature, would have required the state to create a registration system regarding tigers to ensure they are not traded illegally.

The committee also released a bill dealing with timely handling of certain kinds of  property sales.

A1522, whose sponsors include Assembly members John Burzichelli, (D-3), Paulsboro, and Celeste Riley, (D-3), Bridgeton, would require the Board of Public Utilities to make a decision within 180 days of receiving a utility petition to sell property.

The bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously last year, would change a law that gave BPU a year to render such a decision. The bill was approved unanimously.

Bill to address illegal trade of animals clears committee