ASSEMBLY, No. 4284

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 27, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman† ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

Assemblyman† DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† ELIZABETH MAHER MUOIO

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

Assemblywoman† MARLENE CARIDE

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman† VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman† ANGELA V. MCKNIGHT

District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblyman† BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman† SHAVONDA E. SUMTER

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Caputo, Assemblywoman Pintor Marin, Assemblyman Eustace, Assemblywomen Pinkin, Lampitt and Assemblyman Chiaravalloti

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Provides that school districts may receive reimbursement for costs incurred on or after January 1, 2016 for testing school drinking water for lead.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act to amend ďAn Act making appropriations for the support of the State Government and the several public purposes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 and regulating the disbursement thereof,Ē approved June 30, 2016 (P.L.2016, c.10).

 

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

 

†††† 1.††† The following language provision in section 1 of P.L.2016, c.10, the annual appropriations act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, is amended to read as follows:

 

34 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

30 Educational, Cultural, and Intellectual Development

31 Direct Educational Services and Assistance

STATE AID

03-5120 Miscellaneous Grants-in-Aid

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of any law or regulation to the contrary, the amount hereinabove appropriated for Lead Testing for Schools is subject to the following condition: amounts shall be paid to school districts, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting, based on approved applications for reimbursement of the costs of: 1) testing school drinking water pursuant to program requirements established by the department, which shall be effective upon filing with the Office of Administrative Law; and 2) testing school drinking water on or after January 1, 2016, but prior to the departmentís filing of the program requirements with the Office of Administrative Law, if the testing that has been conducted meets or exceeds the program requirements established by the department.

(cf: P.L.2010, c.10, s.1)

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† The annual appropriations act for fiscal year 2016-2017 included a $10 million appropriation to be used to reimburse school districts for costs incurred when conducting lead testing in drinking water in schools.† The corresponding language provision stipulated that the reimbursement would be made pursuant to program requirements to be established by the Department of Education, which would be effective upon filing with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).† The departmentís requirements stated that school districts would only be eligible to receive a reimbursement for lead testing
performed after July 13, 2016.† This bill would allow a school district to receive a reimbursement for lead testing conducted on or after January 1, 2016, but before the department filed the program requirements with the OAL, if the lead testing meets or exceeds the program requirements established by the department.