WHEREAS, on July
18, 2000, the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, P.L.
2000, c.72 ("Act"), became law and established a new funding formula and
construction options for school facilities projects; and
WHEREAS, the Act
commits significant State and local resources to address the compelling,
urgent need to construct new school facilities, and rehabilitate existing
school facilities; and
WHEREAS many school
facility projects to date have been approved for funding pursuant to the
Act in order to address these compelling needs; and
Order 215 confirms that the intended benefit of Executive Order 215 results
from environmental assessments performed prior to the time of approval;
WHEREAS a reasonable
balancing of public policy considerations in harmony with reasonable cost
and time efficiencies, including protecting taxpayers' investments, requires
clarification as contained in this Order.
THEREFORE, I, Donald
T. DiFrancesco, President of the Senate, Acting Governor of the State
of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the
people of the State of New Jersey:
proclaim that any school facilities project which receives approval
from the Commissioner of Education on or before December 18, 2001,
shall be exempted from the requirements of Executive Order 215; and
This Order shall
take effect immediately.
my hand and seal this day of
in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand One,
and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Sixth.
/s/ Donald T. DiFrancesco
/s/ James A. Harkness
Chief Counsel to