ASSEMBLY, No. 2654

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 20, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Removes monk parakeet from list of potentially dangerous species.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning monk parakeets and supplementing P.L.1973, c.309 (C.23:2A-1 et seq.).

 

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

 

     1.  a. The monk parakeet (Myiopsitta spp.) shall not be considered or listed by the Department of Environmental Protection or any other State agency as a potentially dangerous species.

     b.  Any feral monk parakeet, including any nest or egg thereof, shall be protected by the Department of Environmental Protection, any other State agency, and any local governmental entity in the same manner and to the same extent as any nongame species of bird indigenous to the State that is protected by the "The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act," P.L.1973, c.309 (C.23:2A-1 et seq.), any other applicable State law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto.

     c.  For the purposes of this section, "potentially dangerous species" means any exotic mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian, or nongame species, that, in the opinion of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, is capable of inflicting serious or fatal injuries or that has the potential to become an agricultural pest or a menace to the public health or indigenous wildlife populations.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would provide that the monk parakeet (Myiopsitta spp.) shall not be considered or listed by the Department of Environmental Protection or any other State agency as a potentially dangerous species.

     The bill also would provide that any feral monk parakeet, including any nest or egg thereof, must be protected by the Department of Environmental Protection, any other State agency, and any local governmental entity in the same manner and to the same extent as any nongame species of bird indigenous to the State that is protected by the "The Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act," any other applicable State law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto.