Senator PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Senator LINDA R. GREENSTEIN
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Makes supplemental appropriation of $15 million to DEP for implementation of Electric School Bus Program.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A Supplement to the annual appropriations act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, P.L.2022, c.49.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. In addition to the amounts appropriated under P.L.2022, c.49, the annual appropriations act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, there is appropriated from the General Fund the following amount for the purpose specified:
42 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
40 Community Development and Environmental Management
45 Environmental Regulation
02-4892 Air Pollution Control ......................................... $15,000,000
Total Grants-in-Aid appropriation,
Environmental Regulation ............................. $15,000,000
02 Electric School Bus Program, P.L.2022, c.86 ($15,000,000)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill appropriates $15 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from the General Fund to support the Electric School Bus Program.
In August 2022, the State enacted P.L.2022, c.86 (C.26:2C-8.58), which required the DEP to develop and implement an Electric School Bus Program. Under the law, the DEP will award grants to certain school districts and school bus contractors for the purchase or lease of electric school buses and electric school bus charging infrastructure. Subject to the availability of funds, the law requires the DEP to provide $15 million in grants during each year of the three-year program.
Accordingly, this bill appropriates $15 million to the DEP to support the first year of operations of the Electric School Bus Program. As provided under P.L.2022, c.86, the DEP may use up to five percent of these monies to support administrative costs associated with the program.