TRENTON – The Assembly passed bills involving logging on state lands, artificial turf fields in the Highlands, and gender neutral language regarding the Protestant Church.
A2837 Passed 46-27. This bill would permit logging on state lands. Assemblywoman Donna Simon, (R-16), Flemington, asked that the bill be set aside until a more thoughtful and better bill could be produced.
Opponents have long argued it will lead to harmful environmental consequences, while its backers say a coordinated approach to tending to state-owned lands is needed.
A3475: Passed 78-0. This requires utility service providers to report severe weather and emergency related service interruptions.
A3541: Passed 77-1. Provides “Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act” exemption for artificial turf field construction by local governments. The law already provides an exception for schools, and this would extend it to towns.
The bill came about because of Kinnelon, a very small town in Morris County with just one field that some referees said is unsafe to play on.
A3943: Passed 69-1-7. This bill removes gender-specific references from statutes involving the Protestant Church in New Jersey.