A3555 has just been introduced by Assemblyman Troy Singleton of the 7th District, and co-sponsored by Assembly Ralph Caputo of District 28. The bill adjusts the minimum dollar amounts to be annually allocated for appropriation for cultural projects, historical heritage programs, and tourism advertising and promotion purposes from State hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues.
The bill statement goes on to explain “the purpose of this bill is to encourage increased State funding for arts, historical heritage, and tourism purposes without binding the Legislature to such increased funding levels. The bill does not change the “poison pill” provision under current law, which mandates that arts, historical heritage, and tourism advertising and promotion be annually minimally funded at Fiscal Year 2004 appropriation levels, in order to avoid suspension of the hotel and motel occupancy fee.”
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