The Assembly Budget Committee reviews the Governorís proposed budget plan and crafts the Legislatureís appropriations bill, the stateís annual fiscal spending law.
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Monday - Assembly Budget Committee to Get State Budget Overviews from State Treasurer and Office of Legislative Services

The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday to begin departmental hearings on the governor's proposed budget for next fiscal year.

· 10 a.m. - Hearing on the FY 2016 State Budget: Budget Overview and Revenue Forecast from Office of Legislative Services.
· 1 p.m. - Hearing on the FY 2016 State Budget: Budget Overview from state treasurer...

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Singleton, Schaer & Lagana Bill Requiring Governor to Detail New Revenue Proposals Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer and Joseph Lagana requiring a clear and concise analysis of new revenue sources proposed by the governor was approved Thursday by the full Assembly.

Under the bill (A-3311), if the governor recommends, in his annual budget message, new or additional sources of revenue that each raise $1,000,000 or more in state funds, the revenue sources must be separately identified and the budget message must include a full and detailed fiscal analysis of these revenue sources.

"Essentially, this change is designed to avoid any delay in disclosure or a less than full and detailed analysis of new or additional revenue sources proposed by the governor," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "In order to produce a budget that's both responsible and compassionate we need to ensure that revenue proposals are not just smoke and mirrors and that the money is being allocated wisely."

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Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Bill to Reform Annual Budget Process Gains Assembly Approval

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Legislation Would Promote Increased Transparency, Collaboration in Fiscal Planning

Legislation Assemblymen Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace sponsored to update and make more transparent New Jersey's annual budget process gained Assembly approval on Thursday.

"Year after year, this state's dismal budgetary planning has driven us to crisis. The people of New Jersey deserve a budget process that is comprehensive in its revenue forecasting and contingency planning," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. "By implementing the consensus forecasting process employed by most other states in the country, this legislation will better engage the residents the annual budget most directly affects and reform fiscal planning in New Jersey altogether."

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THURSDAY - Testing Opt-Out, Pollution Settlements, Prescription Drug Monitoring, Atlantic City UEZ, Improving Medical Marijuana Program & Displaced Casino Worker Job Training Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Lottery Couriers Budget Transparency, Economic Incentive Study, Stolen Valor Act, Student Steroid Abuse, Elderly Care, School Breakfast & Motor Vehicle Data Privacy Bills Also on Tap

Legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing, require more money from pollution settlements be used for clean-up and extend the public comment period for pollution settlements, improve prescription drug monitoring to curb abuse, bring an Urban Enterprise Zone and property tax relief to Atlantic City, improving the medical marijuana program and provide training to displaced casino workers highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session...

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Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Bill to Reform Annual Budget Process Clears Assembly Panel

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Legislation Would Promote Increased Transparency, Collaboration in Fiscal Planning

Legislation Assemblymen Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace sponsored to update and make more transparent New Jersey's annual budget process was advanced on Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Year after year, this state's dismal budgetary planning has driven us to crisis. The people of New Jersey deserve a budget process that is comprehensive in its revenue forecasting and contingency planning," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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Lagana, Caride, McKeon, Mazzeo & Mukherji Bill to Combat Rising Tide of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Throughout N.J. Released by Assembly Panel

Asm. Joe Lagana Updated legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Marlene Caride, John McKeon, Vince Mazzeo and Raj Mukherji sponsored to combat the rising tide of heroin and prescription drug abuse throughout New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"This problem is wide-ranging and our laws are not stringent enough to combat it," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to do more to ensure we're equipped to deal with this epidemic, before too many lives are lost. This is both the moral and responsible thing to do..."

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McKeon, Schaer & Speaker Prieto Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Clears Assembly Panel

Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motive
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John McKeon, Gary Schaer and Speaker Vincent Prieto to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."

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