Archive for Tag: Department of Environmental Protection

Sawyer bill would require mosquito control commissions in all 21 NJ counties

TRENTON, N.J. – All 21 New Jersey counties should have mosquito control commissions, says Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer. Sawyer’s bill (A4344), recently introduced to the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, would require county commissioners (formerly freeholders) to establish mosquito control commissions. The bill also sets parameters for funding the commission,...

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South Jersey lawmakers’ Zoom call with N.J. DEP breaks down plastic bag ban for businesses

TRENTON, N.J. – Restaurants, fisheries, and food markets in South Jersey are eager to abide by New Jersey’s not-so-clear-cut law banning single-use plastic carryout bags starting May 4. In an attempt to address common questions and resolve confusion, southern shore region lawmakers, Sen. Michael Testa, Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and...

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Legislature extends plastic, paper bag ban deadline for food banks

TRENTON, N.J. – Food banks and community pantries could continue using single-use plastic and paper bags for an additional six months under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Assembly and Senate on Thursday. New Jersey’s strictest-in-the-nation single-use bag ban goes into effect on May...

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GOP lawmaker confronts DEP on bear hunt during budget hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirths grilled Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette on the increasingly dangerous bear activity during Wednesday’s Assembly budget hearing.  WATCH: GOP lawmaker confronts DEP on bear hunt during budget hearing Wirths: “Do you know if the increased sightings in your department resulted...

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