The Assembly voted today to concur with the Senate amendments to ACR192, the finding that DEP's recently adopted Highlands septic density standards are inconsistent with legislative intent. Because the Assembly had already passed the resolution in December, today's vote means that both Houses have passed an identical resolution, thereby triggering a 30-day window during which DEP must amend the rule. If DEP fails to amend the rule, the rule is invalidated by a concurrent resolution passed in each house. Because the 30-day period ends after the Legislature breaks for summer recess, final action to invalidate the septic density rule must wait until the Fall. Below is how your Assembly members voted on the resolution in December:
A huge thanks to our champions in the Legislature: Senator Bob Smith and Assemblyman John McKeon; their co-prime sponsors, Assemblywoman Muoio, Assemblyman BensonAssemblyman GuscioraAssemblyman Conaway, and Senator Bateman; co-sponsors, Assemblywoman Caride, Assemblyman CaputoAssemblywoman PinkinAssemblyman EustaceAssemblyman Diegnan, Senator Greenstein, Senator Scutari and Senator Turner. Thanks also to our partner organizations in Trenton, and to all of you who've responded to our calls to action.

Watch for our further calls to action when the required legislative committee hearing is scheduled for the invalidation resolution and when the Senate and Assembly votes to invalidate the rule scheduled.  
​About the New Jersey Highlands Coalition

We represent a diverse network of organizations - small and large, local, regional, statewide and national - and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than 5.4 million people in Northern and Central New Jersey who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website:

Thank you for all of your support! 
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