Prieto & McKeon: N.J. Assembly to Hold Hearing on Questionable Christie Administration Settlement with Exxon MobilAssembly to Give Issue Public Discussion amid Disturbing & Unexplained Reports of Scant Settlement Amount
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman John McKeon on Wednesday announced the committee will convene a hearing on the Christie administration's reported decision to settle an $8.9 billion lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for just $250 million.
"If what's been reported is accurate, then this is an egregiously irresponsible decision that raises many, many questions and concerns," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "The public health of our residents and our environment are priorities, especially in areas long subject to pollution and misuse. That's why this settlement would be difficult to comprehend. Taxpayers deserve a public discussion as to how such a decision could be made. The Assembly intends to give it to them..."
Testing Opt-Out, Studying PARCC Effectiveness, Displaced Casino Worker Training, N.J. Stolen Valor Act & Banning Upskirting Top Thursday Assembly CommitteesTransportation Trust Fund Status Discussion Also on Tap
Allowing parents to exclude their child from standardized testing and studying the effectiveness of the PARCC exam, creating workforce training for former casino workers, the New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, studying start times for middle and high schools and establishing the crime of upskirting are among the bills that highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.
A discussion on the state of New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund is also on tap...
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Singleton, Lagana & Jasey on Bill to Encourage NJ Colleges & Universities to Offer $10,000 Degree Programs
Bill is Latest in Assembly Democratic Effort to Control Higher Education CostsAssembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Joseph A. Lagana and Mila M. Jasey issued a multimedia package Tuesday on legislation they sponsored to encourage New Jersey's colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 in tuition and fees.
The bill (ACR-220) comes after a number of institutions of higher education in other states, including Texas and Florida, have taken measures to make attending college more affordable by developing $10,000 baccalaureate degree programs.
Prieto, Eustace & Lagana Propose New Plan to Help More New Jersey Workers Save for Retirement
New Individual Retirement Account Program Would Offer Security & Peace of Mind for Employees without a Current Retirement PlanAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen Tim Eustace and Joseph Lagana have introduced legislation to create a unique, new program to help more New Jersey workers plan for retirement.
The bill (A-4275), which is modeled after the first-in-the-nation plan recently signed into law in Illinois,would create individual retirement accounts for employees of firms with at least 25 workers who do not presently have access to an employer-provided retirement plan.
Singleton, Lagana & Jasey on Bill Encouraging NJ Colleges & Universities to Offer Bachelor's Degrees for $10,000 (ACR-220)
Eustace, Lagana & Mazzeo on Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ Schools (A-4190)
The Assembly Democratic Response to the Governor's FY 2016 Budget Address
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