ASSEMBLY, No. 3985

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 15, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  VINCENT MAZZEO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman  JOHN J. BURZICHELLI

District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

Assemblyman  BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Senator  STEPHEN M. SWEENEY

District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

Senator  JIM WHELAN

District 2 (Atlantic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Removes provisions of law relating to Atlantic City Alliance.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act concerning Casino Reinvestment Development Authority public-private partnerships, amending P.L.2011, c.18, and repealing sections 7 and 9 of P.L.2011, c.18.

 

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

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-218) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    As used in P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-218 et al.):

     "Atlantic City" or "city" means the City of Atlantic City, Atlantic County.

     "Atlantic City convention center project" or "convention center project" means the project authorized by paragraph (9) of subsection a. of section 6 of P.L.1971, c.137 (C.5:10-6).

     "Atlantic City Tourism District" or "tourism district" means the district within Atlantic City established pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-219).

     "Authority" means the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority established pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1984, c.218 (C.5:12-153).

     "Convention center authority" means the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority established pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1981, c.459 (C.52:27H-31).

     "Convention Center Division" or "division" means the division created pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection b. of section 12 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-226) to exist within the authority as a division of the authority.

     ["Corporation" means the not-for-profit corporation with which the authority is to undertake an agreement pursuant to subsection a. of section 7 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-221).]

     "Development and design guidelines" means the development and design guidelines for site plan applications, which guidelines are to be adopted by the authority pursuant to section 6 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-220).

     "District land use regulations" means the regulations, applicable within the tourism district, that are to be adopted by the authority pursuant to P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-218 et al.).

     "Gaming" means, in addition to any meaning otherwise provided by law, any legalized form of gambling in New Jersey including, but not limited to, casino gambling and horse racing.

     "Nonconforming use" means a legal or pre-existing use or activity which fails to conform to the development and design guidelines or land use regulations adopted by the authority pursuant to P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-218 et al.).

     "Public safety improvements" means the development of infrastructure in the tourism district made for the purpose of increasing safety.  Such improvements would include the development of appropriate security technology and the installation of increased lighting in outdoor areas, the installation of surveillance cameras, and the installation of emergency phones and lights throughout the tourism district for use by appropriate security and law enforcement personnel.

     "Road and highway authority" means any State or local entity, including, but not limited to, Atlantic City or any agency thereof, Atlantic County or any agency thereof, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority established under section 4 of P.L.1991, c.252 (C.27:25A-4), or any other State or local entity having jurisdiction over (a) the roads and highways in the tourism district, (b) the roads and highways adjacent to the tourism district, (c) the land area in which the authority is an interested party pursuant to subsection c. of section 6 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-220), or (d) the portion of the roads and highways in Atlantic City which provide direct access to the tourism district.

     "Tourism district master plan" or "Master plan," or "plan," means the authority's comprehensive master plan for the redevelopment of the tourism district.

     "Transfer Date" means, with respect to the assumption by the authority of the powers, duties, assets, and responsibilities of the convention center authority, the date on which (a) the chairs of the authority and the convention center authority certify to the Governor that all of the bonds issued by the convention center authority cease to be outstanding within the meaning of the resolutions pursuant to which the bonds were issued, and (b) the authority assumes all debts and statutory responsibilities of the convention center authority.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.18, s.1)

 

     2.  Sections 7 and 9 of P.L.2011, c.18 (C.5:12-221 and C.5:12-223) are repealed.

 

     3.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill repeals the portions of law that require the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (authority) to enter into an agreement with a not-for-profit corporation comprised of a majority of the casino licensees, which has been established and is known as the Atlantic City Alliance, for a five-year public-private partnership.  The purpose of the partnership was to establish a five-year marketing campaign to promote Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Tourism District (district) as a destination resort.  The bill also repeals the portion of law which authorized the authority to assess a fee on casino licensees if the public-private partnership was terminated or otherwise ended.