Measure Extends Permits for Work Suspended Under Virus Restrictions
When the coronavirus pandemic hit and the Governor locked down the state, the majority of business and government projects screeched to a halt. Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would ensure those projects can continue when restrictions are lifted was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Senator Bucco sponsors legislation, advanced by the Senate budget committee today, to extend permit approvals to ensure important work projects continue once COVID restrictions are lifted. (Wikimedia Commons)
The bipartisan bill, S-2346, would extend existing permit approvals from state, county and municipal agencies for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
“The economy has been stopped in its tracks by strict social distancing orders intended to slow the spread of virus,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “Work projects have been frozen. Permit approvals can expire during indefinite delays, jeopardizing important construction and placing public and private investment at risk. Extending permits during the state of emergency will prevent important, already-approved work from being abandoned.”
On April 8, Murphy’s executive order No. 122 ceased all non-essential construction projects and imposed additional requirements on essential retail businesses and industries.
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