a. The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall establish a process under
which applicants may apply for monies made available from the “1996 Economic Development
Site Fund,” established pursuant to section 20 of P.L. 1996, c. 70.
b. It shall be the duty of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development to
review and evaluate applications received pursuant to the process established in subsection
a. of this section to determine whether the project is eligible pursuant to the provisions
of section 8 of P.L.1997, c. 97 (C. 34:1B-142). Of those projects deemed eligible, the Department of Commerce and Economic Development
shall include a description of each project and its purpose, impact, cost, and construction
schedule and a recommendation for the approval or disapproval by the task force.
c. Upon the development of the project priority list, the Department of Commerce and
Economic Development shall submit the list to the task force for its approval. The task force is authorized to approve, disapprove or approve with modifications,
a project priority list. Upon approval of a project priority list containing projects eligible pursuant to
section 8 of P.L.1997, c. 97 (C. 34:1B-142), and authorized to receive funding pursuant to section 8 of P.L. 1996, c. 70, the task force shall submit a project priority list to the President of the Senate
and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who shall cause the project priority list
to be introduced in each House in the form of legislative appropriations bills.
d. The Legislature shall consider, and may amend or supplement, the appropriations
bills containing the project priority list. The monies authorized to be appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall be appropriated
from the “1996 Economic Development Site Fund,” established pursuant to section 20
of P.L.1996, c. 70, to the Department of Commerce and Economic Development for the projects designated
in the legislation. The Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall administer the projects
designated in the legislation.
e. No monies appropriated pursuant to subsection d. of this section shall be expended
for any economic development site related project unless the expenditure is authorized
pursuant to the legislation approved in accordance with the provisions of subsection
d. of this section.
f. Nothing in this section shall preclude the Legislature from developing a project
priority list and making appropriations therefor.
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