The Assembly State Government Committee focuses on policy and legislation that has a direct impact on state government, as well as legislation dealing with ethics, pensions, election related issues and public employees.
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Speaker Oliver on Passing of Nelson MandelaAssembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement upon learning of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
"In this age of many people being famous simply for bad behavior, it's remarkable to consider the life of Nelson Mandela. This man wrongfully spent 27 years in prison yet emerged from that ordeal with a quiet strength powerful enough to heal a torn nation and bring people of all races and backgrounds together..."
Senate Advances Stender, Conaway, Benson & Quijano Bill to Save Money, Improve Health of Public Employees with Chronic ConditionsLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Herb Conaway M.D., Daniel R. Benson and Annette Quijano to establish a pilot program that would encourage better health care practices by employees with chronic health conditions was approved by the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-1214) would require the State Health Benefits Commission and the State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee to create a three-year pilot program to provide benefits coverage to select employees with chronic health conditions using a value-based benefit design under the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). The following chronic health conditions would be targeted under the value-based benefit design: diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and asthma.