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Constitutional Amendment Dedicating Moneys From State Environmental Contamination Cases

New Jersey Ballot Measure - SCR39

Election: Nov. 7, 2017 (General)
Outcome: Pending

Categories:
Environment
Government Budget and Spending

Summary

Amends Constitution to dedicate all State moneys received from settlements and awards in cases of environmental contamination relating to natural resource damages for certain environmental purposes.

Measure Text

Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment?

The moneys would have to be used only for environmental purposes to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.

This amendment would dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated solely for environmental purposes. These purposes could include preserving, repairing, or restoring to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred.

The moneys may could also include cleaning contaminated sites and underground storage tank sites, funding water quality programs, or preserving open space, farmland, or historic buildings or sites be used to preserve the State’s natural resources to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose.

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