Monday, February 1, 2016

Possible NJ-NY Endangered Species Bills

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New Jersey state senator Ray Lesniak, a Democrat, brought two bills through the Senate Committee on Economic Growth that address endangered species. The same bills had moved quickly through the Legislature toward the end of the last session, but were pocket-vetoed by Governor Christie.

The first bill, S977, would prohibit the sale, possession, storage or transport of body parts belonging to endangered species within state borders. The second bill, S978, would prohibit the same in all Port Authority facilities (seaports and the region's three airports).

Since the state shares the Port Authority with New York, it would require the New York Legislature to also pass similar bills. This is not as unusual as it may seem. NJ and NY already did this with a measure to ban the trade of ivory being brought into the country. New Jersey was the first state in the U.S. to enact the ban on August 5, 2014 and New York followed a week later.

Source: Senior NJ lawmaker pushes two-state endangered species measure | POLITICO

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