13 Nov: Smith Bill To Require New Home Developers To Install Solar Energy Systems If Requested Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would require developers of new residential development in New Jersey to offer to install solar energy systems for home buyers was unanimously approved by the Senate Economic Growth Committee today.

“Solar energy represents one of the best renewable energy sources that we can tap to offset home energy needs,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset, and Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “For new home construction, home buyers have a lot of say in negotiating for improvements upon the base blueprint, including an expanded kitchen, a fireplace, or a fully-loaded bathroom. Through this legislation, we’re saying that renewable energy systems – and the energy cost savings they bring – are just as important as having the Jacuzzi soaking tub or granite kitchen countertops in new home construction.”

05 Oct: Karcher To Propose Trans Fat Ban In New Jersey

TRENTON – Senator Ellen Karcher announced today that she will be introducing legislation to ban trans fats from New Jersey restaurants in order to fight the statewide trend in increasing childhood obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

“We’re following New York City’s lead in banning trans fats, in order to combat heart disease and obesity and realize a healthier New Jersey,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “Study upon study has shown the health risks from consuming trans fats, including heightened cholesterol and increased risk of cardiac arrest. This is an epidemic, and unless we take action, it will only get worse.”