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)
Assemblyman Caputo, Assemblywoman Pintor Marin, Assemblyman Eustace, Assemblywomen Pinkin, Lampitt and Assemblyman Chiaravalloti
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
An Act to amend “An 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,” 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
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 department’s 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.
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 department’s
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.