CHAPTER 88

 

An Act concerning permits issued by State agencies, and amending P.L.2011, c.34.

 

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

 

     1.    Section 2 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-27) is amended to read as follows:

 

C.52:14B-27  Periodic review of permits.

     2. a. Consistent with the requirements of applicable statutes, the head of each State agency shall periodically conduct a comprehensive written review of all permits issued by the State agency, in order to identify:

     (1)   those permits that can be administered through an expedited process;

     (2)   those permits that are obsolete, are no longer necessary, or cost more to administer than the benefits they provide, and thus should be eliminated so long as the public health, safety, or general welfare is not endangered;

     (3)   those permits that can have their period of validity extended beyond the scheduled termination date without significant disruption to the efficiency or work of the State agency, so long as the public health, safety, or general welfare is not endangered; and

     (4)   those permitting procedures that can be better facilitated through the increased incorporation of computer-based technology, such as the Internet, or that can be completed online.

     b.    The head of each State agency shall include, as part of the comprehensive written review required by subsection a. of this section:

     (1)   a description of those permits identified pursuant to subsection a. of this section;

     (2)   a description of the recent actions taken by the State agency to:

     (a)   eliminate obsolete permits;

     (b)   extend the period of validity associated with non-obsolete permits;

     (c)   expedite the State agency’s permitting procedures;

     (d)   facilitate the enhanced use of computer-based and Internet technology in such procedures; and

     (e)   reduce the number of permits that are backlogged;

     (3)   recommendations and explanations as to which of the State agency’s remaining permitting procedures should be revised or simplified in order to further expedite the issuance of permits by the State agency and increase the use of computer-based technology, such as the Internet, in the State agency’s permitting procedures; and

     (4)   the identification of those rules, regulations, and statutes administered by the State agency that would need to be revised or eliminated in order to effectuate the changes recommended pursuant to paragraph (3) of this subsection.

     c.     Upon completion of the comprehensive written review pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the head of each State agency shall submit the review to the Secretary of State or other State officer or employee designated by the Governor pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-28).

 

     2.    Section 5 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-30) is amended to read as follows:

 

C.52:14B-30  Report to Governor, Legislature.

     5. a. The Secretary of State, or other State officer or employee designated by the Governor pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-28), shall submit, no less than biennially, a report to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature, summarizing the information contained in the comprehensive written reviews that have been submitted by the various State agencies pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-27).  In particular, each report shall include:

     (1)   a summary of the actions taken by each State agency during the preceding period to:

     (a)   eliminate obsolete permits;

     (b)   extend the period of validity associated with non-obsolete permits;

     (c)   expedite the State agency’s permitting procedures;

     (d)   facilitate the enhanced use of computer-based and Internet technology in such procedures; and

     (e)   reduce the number of permits that are backlogged;

     (2)   a description of the remaining permits that each State agency has identified as being obsolete and conducive to elimination;

     (3)   a description of the remaining permits that each State agency has indicated could have their period of validity extended beyond the scheduled termination date;

     (4)   a description of the remaining permitting procedures that each State agency has identified as being conducive to revision, simplification, or the greater incorporation of computer-based technology, such as the Internet;

     (5)   the identification, by name, of the counties and municipalities that are participating in cooperative and contemporaneous handling of business permits and approvals pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-28);

     (6)   the identification, by name and project, of the specific employees assigned as designated contact persons to specific projects pursuant to section 4 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-29), as well as a summary of actions taken on behalf of each project, and a description of the outcome of each project that was completed during the preceding period; and

     (7)   any information pertaining to other matters as the Secretary of State or the Governor's designee may find material.

     b.    The report required by subsection a. of this section shall be posted on the Department of State web site.

     c.     After due consideration of the report submitted in accordance with subsection a. of this section, the Governor may:

     (1)   direct the head of each State agency to make such changes to the State agency’s permitting systems as may be appropriate, pursuant to current rules, regulations, and statutes, in order to effectuate those parts of the report the Governor deems necessary; and        

     (2)   seek from the Legislature changes in the statutory law, including the amendment, repeal, or supplementation of various statutes as the Governor believes appropriate, in order to effectuate those parts of the report the Governor deems necessary.

     d.    The head of each State agency shall adopt such rules and regulations, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), and perform such duties, as the head of the State agency may deem necessary, in order to effectuate the regulatory changes identified in section 2 of P.L.2011, c.34 (C.52:14B-27) and this section.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

     Approved August 10, 2015.