ASSEMBLY, No. 3444

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 25, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  UPENDRA J. CHIVUKULA

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Assemblyman  ALBERT COUTINHO

District 29 (Essex and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Provides certain exemptions from disclosure requirements for licensing of solid waste and hazardous waste operations.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning disclosure requirements for the licensing of solid waste and hazardous waste operations, and amending P.L.1983, c.392.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 3 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-128) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    In addition to any other procedure, condition or information required pursuant to P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-1 et seq.), P.L.1981, c.279 (C.13:1E-49 et seq.) or any other law:

     a.     (1)  Every applicant and permittee shall file a disclosure statement with the department and the Attorney General;

     (2)   Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any person required to be listed in the disclosure statement shall be fingerprinted for identification and investigation purposes in accordance with procedures therefor established by the Attorney General;

     (3)   The Attorney General shall, upon the receipt of the disclosure statement from an applicant for an initial license or from a permittee, prepare and transmit to the department an investigative report on the applicant or the permittee, as the case may be, based in part upon the disclosure statement. In preparing this report, the Attorney General may request and receive criminal history information from the State Commission of Investigation or the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

     (4)   In conducting a review of the application, the department shall include a review of the disclosure statement and investigative report;

     (5)   An applicant or permittee may file a limited disclosure statement pursuant to the provisions of paragraphs (a) through (h) of subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127); and a person required to be listed in the disclosure statement is exempt from the fingerprint and personal history disclosure requirements; if:

     (a)   The applicant or permittee is a secondary business activity corporation; and

     (b)   The person required to be listed in the disclosure statement is (i) a director or chief executive officer; or (ii) an individual who does not have any responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant, permittee or licensee conducted in New Jersey, and who will not exercise any such responsibility or control upon the issuance of a license by the department;

     (6)   (a) A person who is a director or chief executive officer of a business concern that is a secondary business activity corporation, a publicly traded corporation or an institutional investor, including limited partnership interests, that is not the applicant or permittee but which is listed in the disclosure statement of an applicant or permittee, pursuant to subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127), shall be exempt from the fingerprint and personal history disclosure requirements; [and]

     (b)   An individual who is an officer or partner of, or who holds any equity in or debt liability of, a business concern that is a secondary business activity corporation, a publicly traded corporation or an institutional investor, including limited partnership interests, that is not the applicant or permittee but which is listed in the disclosure statement of an applicant or permittee, pursuant to subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127), shall be exempt from the fingerprint and personal history disclosure requirements, provided that the person or secondary business activity corporation or publicly traded corporation or institutional investor does not and will not have any responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant or permittee conducted in New Jersey[.] ;

     (c)   A business concern that is a secondary business activity corporation, a publicly traded corporation or an institutional investor, including limited partnership interests, that is not the applicant, licensee, or permittee but which is listed in the disclosure statement of an applicant, licensee, or permittee, pursuant to subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127), shall be exempt from disclosure requirements established in subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127) provided that the secondary business activity corporation, publicly traded corporation or institutional investor does not and will not have any responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant, licensee, or permittee conducted in New Jersey;

     (d)   An individual described in subparagraph (b) of this paragraph, and a secondary business activity corporation, publicly traded corporation, or institutional investor described in subparagraph (c) of this paragraph, that directly or indirectly holds 5% or more of the equity or debt of the applicant, licensee, or permittee, shall be deemed to have responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant, licensee, or permittee conducted in New Jersey.  This subparagraph shall not apply to chartered lending institutions holding debt, directly or indirectly, of the applicant, licensee, or permittee; and

     (e)   A person that holds equity in, or debt liability of, a business concern that is exempt from the disclosure requirements established in subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127) shall also be exempt from those disclosure requirements.

     b.    All applicants, permittees and licensees shall have the continuing duty to provide any assistance or information requested by the department or the Attorney General, and to cooperate in any inquiry or investigation conducted by the Attorney General or the State Commission of Investigation and any inquiry, investigation, or hearing conducted by the department.  Except as otherwise determined by the Superior Court pursuant to subsection d. of this section, if, upon issuance of a formal request to answer any inquiry or produce information, evidence or testimony, any applicant, permittee or licensee refuses to comply, the application of the business concern for a license may be denied, or the license of that business concern may be revoked by the department.

     c.     If any of the information required to be included in the disclosure statement changes, or if any information provided concerning the applicability of an exemption under subsection d. of this section changes, or if any additional information should be added to the disclosure statement after it has been filed, the applicant, permittee or licensee shall provide that information to the department and the Attorney General, in writing, within 30 days of the change or addition.

     d.    The provisions of paragraphs (5) and (6) of subsection a. of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, the Attorney General may at any time require any person required to be listed in the disclosure statement to file a completed personal history disclosure form and a full disclosure statement with the department and the Attorney General pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (9) of subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127), or to be fingerprinted for identification and investigation purposes pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection a. of this section, if the Attorney General determines that there exists a reasonable suspicion that the additional information is likely to lead to information relevant to a determination regarding the approval of a license pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-133), the revocation of a license pursuant to section 9 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-134), or the severance of a disqualifying person pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-135).

     If the Attorney General requires any or all of this information, a written request for the additional information shall be served upon the applicant, permittee or licensee. Within 60 days of receipt of a written request for additional information, the applicant, permittee or licensee may seek review of the Attorney General's determination in the Superior Court. If the applicant, permittee or licensee fails to provide the additional information to the Attorney General within 60 days of receipt of the written request, the Attorney General may file with the Superior Court a petition for an order requiring the applicant, permittee or licensee to provide the additional information. In a proceeding brought by either party, the applicant, permittee or licensee shall demonstrate that the additional information requested is not likely to lead to information relevant to a determination regarding the approval of a license pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-133), the revocation of a license pursuant to section 9 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-134), or the severance of a disqualifying person pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-135). For good cause shown, the court may review in camera the submission of the Attorney General or the applicant, permittee or licensee, or any part thereof.

(cf:  P.L.2009, c.253, s.3)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would provide an exemption from the disclosure requirements established pursuant to subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127) for a business concern that is a secondary business activity corporation, a publicly traded corporation, or an institutional investor, including limited partnership interests, that is not the applicant, licensee, or permittee but which is listed in the disclosure statement of an applicant, licensee, or permittee.  The exemption from the disclosure statement requirements would be available if the secondary business activity corporation, publicly traded corporation or institutional investor does not and will not have any responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant, licensee, or permittee conducted in New Jersey.

     In addition, the bill would provide that an individual previously exempted from fingerprint and personal history disclosure requirements and a secondary business activity corporation, publicly traded corporation, or institutional investor, that directly or indirectly holds 5% or more of the equity or debt of the applicant, licensee, or permittee, shall be deemed to have responsibility for, or control of, the commercial solid waste or hazardous waste operations of the applicant, licensee, or permittee conducted in New Jersey.  However, under the bill, that provision would not apply to chartered lending institutions holding debt, directly or indirectly, of the applicant, licensee, or permittee.

     Finally, the bill provides that a person that holds equity in or debt liability of a business concern that is exempt from the disclosure requirements established by subsection e. of section 2 of P.L.1983, c.392 (C.13:1E-127) shall also be exempt from those disclosure requirements.