[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3804







Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JAY WEBBER

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

Assemblyman  JOHN F. MCKEON

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblywoman  NANCY J. PINKIN

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)


Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen B.DeCroce and Vainieri Huttle






     Dedicates $500,000 annually in revenues from vessel registration and renewal fees to NJ Greenwood Lake Fund.



     As reported by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on January 24, 2019, with amendments.


An Act dedicating revenues from vessel registration and renewal fees to the New Jersey Greenwood Lake Fund, and supplementing P.L.1999, c.402 (C.32:20A-1 et seq.), and amending P.L.1962, c.73.


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


     1.    (New Section) Greenwood Lake is an interstate lake approximately nine miles long, straddling the border of New York and New Jersey. It is located in West Milford, New Jersey (in Passaic County) and Greenwood Lake, New York (in Orange County).

     Greenwood Lake feeds North Jersey’s major source of drinking water, the Monksville and Wanaque Reservoir, and supplies drinking water to 3.5 million residents and thousands of businesses on a daily basis.

     Additionally, Greenwood Lake is a popular destination for outdoor activities, such as fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, and other water activities, and hiking in the surrounding parks.


     2.    (New section) a.  The "New Jersey Greenwood Lake Fund" is established as a nonlapsing, revolving fund in the Department of Environmental Protection.  The fund shall be administered by the department, and shall be annually credited with $500,000 from moneys received and dedicated to the fund pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1962, c.73 (C.12:7-34.47), and with any interest or other investment income earned on monies in the fund.  Moneys in the fund shall be used solely for the protection, preservation, maintenance, management, or enhancement of the New Jersey side of Greenwood Lake.

     b.    Moneys appropriated to the fund pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1962, c.73 (C.12:7-34.47) may be utilized without matching funds from substantially similar legislation by the State of New York if used solely for the protection, preservation, maintenance, management, or enhancement of the New Jersey side of Greenwood Lake. 

     c.     When joint funding is required by the Greenwood Lake Commission, pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c. 402 (C.32:20A-3 et seq.), the State of New York is not required to provide moneys from a similar source as the State of New Jersey.


     3.    Section 12 of P.L.1962, c.73 (C.12:7-34.47) is amended to read as follows:

     12.  The fees for the initial numbering of all vessels and for each renewal of the certificate of number issued thereto, unless otherwise provided by law, shall be:

     (a)   For all vessels less than 16 feet, $12 per year; 16 feet or more but less than 26 feet, $28 per year; 26 feet or more but less than 40 feet, $52 per year; 40 feet or more but less than 65 feet, $80 per year; 65 feet or more, $250 per year.  The revenue derived from the increase, pursuant to the amendatory provisions of section 12 of P.L.2002, c.34, in the amount of the fees imposed under this subsection shall be deposited into the "Maritime Industry Fund" established pursuant to section 8 of P.L.2001, c.429 (C.27:1A-82), as follows:  in fiscal year 2003, 50% of the revenue derived from the increase in fees, in fiscal year 2004, 75% of the revenue derived from the increase in fees; and in fiscal year 2005 and thereafter, 100% of the revenue derived from the increase in fees.

     (b)   (Deleted by amendment.)

     (c)   Special numbers including up to three duplicates thereof and up to four sets of temporary numbers bearing a number corresponding to the special number, shall be assigned to boat dealers and manufacturers, as provided for under rules and regulations to be promulgated by the division, and such numbers shall be displayed temporarily upon boats being tested, demonstrated, photographed or transported, said display to be as prescribed in the rules and regulations aforementioned.

     For each such special number so assigned the fee shall be $75 for one year.

     (d)   A fee shall not be charged for the numbering of any marine equipment operated and maintained by the State of New Jersey; a county; a municipality; a volunteer first aid, rescue, or emergency squad; a search and rescue unit established within a fire district created pursuant to N.J.S.40A:14-70; or a volunteer fire company created pursuant to N.J.S.40A:14-70.1.  This subsection shall apply only to marine equipment which is used exclusively in the performance of the prescribed duties of the governmental entities and organizations described above.

     (e)   A sum of $500,000 from fees collected pursuant to this section shall be annually credited to and deposited in the “New Jersey Greenwood Lake Fund” established pursuant to P.L.    , c.   (C.   ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), which supports the "Maritime Industry Fund" purpose, which is to provide for projects that support New Jersey’s maritime industry.

(cf: P.L.2002, c.34, s.12)


     4.    This act shall take effect 1[immediately] on July 1, 20191.