New Senate bills: Highlands exceptions, infrastructure fees, more

TRENTON – Senators introduced a variety of bills this week.

S2289: This would provide an exemption from the Highlands Act for local governments that seek to build artificial-surface athletic fields.

The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn, and Joseph Pennacchio, (R-26), Montville, acknowledges that the Highlands Protection Act already provides such exemptions for public or private schools in existence at the time the Act was enacted.

This bill would allow such fields to be constructed by a local government unit as well.

S2291: This bill would eliminate the requirement that every full-time college student maintain health insurance coverage that provides basic hospital benefits. 

The bill also would eliminate the requirement that every full-time student annually present evidence of health insurance coverage. Any requirements for health insurance coverage imposed at the federal level by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would still be applicable.

S2290: This bill would permit a county government to impose a countywide fee to fund infrastructure construction after first obtaining voter approval. 

The bill, sponsored by Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn, acknowledges that infrastructure needs are critical at a time when local aid for such projects from the Transportation and other state departments is often “inadequate.’’

Gordon’s bill states other states have used similar approaches.

“The infrastructure construction fee created through this bill could take any reasonable form so long as it is presented to the voters through a public question that clearly states the maximum fee to be established,” the bill states.

 

New Senate bills: Highlands exceptions, infrastructure fees, more