New Jersey Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Participation Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Participation Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have required the state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. At least two version of such a measure were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 81, which was sponsored by Rep. Grace Spencer (D-29), would have required the participation and dedicated any revenues from that participation to clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs.[1] Assembly Concurrent Resolution 140, which was sponsored by Rep. Upendra Chivukula (D-17) and Rep. John McKeon (D-27), would have required participation without allocating any revenues.[2]

Text of measure

ACR 81

If ACR 81 had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[1]

NJ2014 ACR 81 as introduced.JPG[3]

ACR 140

If ACR 140 had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[2]

NJ2014 ACR 140 as introduced.JPG[3]

Support

Rep. Grace Spencer (D-29) was the primary sponsor of ACR 81.[1] Rep. Upendra Chivukula (D-17) and Rep. John McKeon (D-27) were the primary sponsors of ACR 140.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions.

ACR 81 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and ACR 140 was introduced on March 24, 2014. Both were referred to the Environment and Solid Waste Committee.[4][5]

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