March 10, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 46 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 46
(Senate - March 10, 2020)
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[Pages S1671-S1672] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated: POM-188. A resolution adopted by the Senate of the State of New Jersey respectfully urging the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to prohibit the use of slavery or indentured servitude for individuals convicted of a crime; to the Committee on the Judiciary. Senate Resolution No. 16 Whereas, The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted in 1865, and is commonly understood to have abolished slavery and indentured servitude in the United States; and Whereas, The Thirteenth Amendment reads: ``Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction''; and Whereas, The Thirteenth Amendment did not completely abolish slavery and indentured servitude, but rather allowed both slavery and indentured servitude to remain legal as punishments for individuals convicted of a crime; and Whereas, Twenty-Five percent of the worlds incarcerated population, roughly 2.3 million people, currently reside in the United States; and Whereas, Nearly 20 percent of federal prisoners and seven percent of state prisoners are held in private correctional facilities; and Whereas, The private correctional facility industry is a $4.8 billion industry; and Whereas, In order to make a profit, private correctional facilities often rely on low cost labor provided by prison workers; and Whereas, According to the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court, prison workers are not entitled to receive the minimum wage under the ``Fair Labor Standards Act,'' and the average working inmate's wage is 93 cents per hour; and Whereas, Incarcerated workers in states such as South Carolina and Texas are not paid for the work that they are forced to perform; and Whereas, According to the Solidarity Research Center, the California prison system made a $58 million profit from the work of prison inmates, where 4,000 California prison workers earn $2 per day; and Whereas, Most of the work performed by incarcerated individuals does not develop skills that are translatable to the labor market outside of prison; and Whereas, Therefore, it is appropriate for Congress to adopt an amendment to the United States Constitution to prohibit the use of slavery and indentured servitude for incarcerated individuals: Now, therefore, [[Page S1672]] Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey: 1. This House urges Congress to propose an Amendment to the United States Constitution to prohibit the use of slavery, indentured servitude, and involuntary servitude within the United States or any of its territories. 2. Copies of this resolution as filed with the Secretary of State shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of Congress elected from this State. ____ POM-189. A resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey urging the United States Congress and the President of the United States to provide funding and other incentives to states to promote hydrogen fuel cell vehicle usage; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Assembly Resolution No. 38 Whereas, There is a vital need to support transportation energy sources other than imported and domestic fossil fuels, which adversely affect economic growth, cause air pollution, and contribute to climate change; and Whereas, The promotion of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the infrastructure needed to refuel them would reduce the billions of dollars that New Jersey citizens, businesses, and institutions pay each year to foreign oil suppliers for the gasoline and diesel fuels needed to support an estimated 77 billion on-road vehicle miles traveled annually in the State; and Whereas, Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and related refueling infrastructure can be used to attract new business and industries to the State; and Whereas, New Jersey residents continue to breathe unhealthy levels of air toxins, such as oxides of nitrogen and ozone, which can compromise their health; and Whereas, Air pollution is particularly harmful for children with asthma and seniors with breathing problems or other health issues, resulting in missed school days, asthma attacks, and even premature deaths; and Whereas, Air quality will continue to deteriorate if practical approaches to transportation energy sources and transportation infrastructure in the State are not adopted; and Whereas, Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are zero emission-- they run on compressed hydrogen fuel cells that produce electricity to propel the vehicle--so operating them does not produce air pollution; and Whereas, Global warming is a serious threat to New Jersey, putting the State's beaches, waterfront communities, and tourism industry at risk from sea-level rise, and threatening to cause dramatic and costly interruptions in vital transportation and shipping infrastructure; and Whereas, The State of New Jersey set strong standards to reduce global warming and air pollution and to increase renewable energy production through the passage of the ``Global Warming Response Act'' and the adoption of a strong renewable energy mandate on the State's utilities; and Whereas, Hydrogen can be produced using only electricity and water, so hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can be fueled and operated without generating carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases; now, therefore, and be it Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: 1. This House respectfully urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to provide financial support and other incentives to the states to promote and incentivize the local adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as a means of reducing the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, particularly imported fossil fuels, which would also serve to mitigate the detrimental effects of global warming and air pollution caused by vehicle emissions. 2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly to the President and Vice President of the United States; the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate; The Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives; and every member of Congress elected from this State. ____ POM-190. A report from the Housing Authority of the City of High Point, North Carolina entitled ``Housing Authority of the City of High Point 2019 Annual Report''; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. ____________________