ASSEMBLY, No. 2680

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 8, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  ANTHONY M. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

Assemblyman  MICHAEL PATRICK CARROLL

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

Assemblyman  JAY WEBBER

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman McHose, Assemblyman Chiusano, Assemblywoman B.DeCroce and Assemblyman Space

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes Lake Hopatcong Fund, dedicates $400,000 annually from certain power vessel operator license fees to the fund, and appropriates $400,000 for FY2012.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act establishing the Lake Hopatcong Fund, amending P.L.2000, c.175 and P.L.1995, c.401, and making an appropriation.

 

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

 

     1.    Section 12 of P.L.2000, c.175 (C.58:4B-12) is amended to read as follows:

     12.  a. The “Lake Hopatcong Fund” is established as a nonlapsing, revolving fund in the Department of the Treasury.  The fund shall be administered by the Lake Hopatcong Commission, and shall be credited with monies received and dedicated to the fund pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-73) and subsection b. of this section, and with any interest or other investment income earned on monies in the fund.  Monies in the fund shall be used to carry out the purposes and objectives of P.L.2000, c.175 (C.58:4B-1 et seq.)

     b.    Notwithstanding any provision of law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, any State or federal funds appropriated, allocated, or designated by law, rule, regulation, or otherwise for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management, or enhancement of Lake Hopatcong shall be [allocated to the Lake Hopatcong Commission] deposited in the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” for expenditure in furtherance of the purposes and objectives of [this act] P.L.2000, c.175.  This section shall not apply to State or federal funds appropriated, allocated, or designated for Lake Hopatcong State Park.

(cf:  P.L.2000, c.175, s.12)

 

     2.    Section 13 of P.L.2000, c.175 (C.58:4B-13) is amended to read as follows:

     13.  There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Lake Hopatcong Commission the sum of $3,000,000 to pay for startup costs and to carry out the purposes and objectives of [this act] P.L.2000, c.175 in the first year after the date of enactment of [this act] P.L.2000, c.175, and any unspent monies after that first year shall be carried forward for use by the commission in future years.  Each year after the [first year] date of enactment of P.L.    , c.     (C.    ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the commission shall submit its annual budget request for funds dedicated to the Lake Hopatcong Fund pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-73) and sufficient to carry out the purposes and objectives of [this act] P.L.2000, c.175 as part of the annual
budget request submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury, which shall include it in the budget request submitted annually by the Governor for appropriation by the Legislature.

(cf:  P.L.2000, c.175, s.13)

 

     3.    Section 4 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-73) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    a.  The fee for a 48-month power vessel operator's license required pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-72) shall be $18 and shall be paid to the [director  for deposit into the State General Fund] Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.  Of the revenue derived from the fees imposed by this subsection, beginning July 1 following the date of enactment of P.L.    , c.     (C.    ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the sum of $400,000 shall be annually credited to and deposited in the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” established pursuant to section 12 of P.L.2000, c.175 (C.58:4B-12) and the remaining revenue shall be deposited into the General Fund .

     b.    Each New Jersey power vessel operator's license issued pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-72) shall have a digitized color picture of the licensee.  In addition to the fee required pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the fee for the digitized color picture shall be $6 for each license or renewal.

(cf:  P.L.2001, c.391, s.11)

 

     4.    There is appropriated from the General Fund the sum of $400,000 to the Lake Hopatcong Commission for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of Lake Hopatcong pursuant to P.L.2000, c.175 (58:4B-1 et seq.), which amount shall be first charged to the revenue collected from the fees assessed pursuant to subsection a. of section 4 of P.L.1995, c.401 (C.12:7-73).

 

     5.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” and dedicate to the fund $400,000 annually from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.  It also appropriates $400,000 from the General Fund to the Lake Hopatcong Fund immediately to provide funding to the commission for State fiscal year 2012.  The moneys would be used by the Lake Hopatcong Commission for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of the lake pursuant to P.L.2000, c.175 (C.58:4B-1 et seq.).