Assembly Panel to Convene Hearing on Questionable GW Bridge Lane Closures in Fort Lee

Bills Targeting Distracted Driving, Student Drop-Outs & Meadowlands Region Flooding Also Highlight Monday Assembly Committee Meetings
Dangers of Casual Breast Milk Sharing, Improved Housing for
Veterans, Using Veterans for School Security, Targeting Student Steroid Use & Protecting Beaches Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – The Assembly transportation panel on Monday will take testimony on the decision by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close – without prior public notice – access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13.
Bills targeting distracted driving, student drop-outs, Meadowlands region flooding and establishing a public awareness campaign advising pregnant women, new parents and women who are breast feeding the dangers of casual milk sharing also top Monday’s Assembly committee agendas.
Increasing rental housing for veterans, trying veterans in school security jobs, targeting student steroid use, improving boil water advisories and protecting New Jersey beaches are also on tap.
The hearings are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
· The Assembly transportation panel at 10 a.m. will take testimony from invited guests and the public concerning the decision by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close, without prior public notice, access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13. The committee will also take testimony concerning the safety hazards and economic losses resulting from that closure.

· A-3702 (Lampitt)- Establish public awareness campaign advising pregnant women, new parents, and women who are breast feeding the dangers of casual milk sharing and A-3703 (Lampitt) – Provides for licensure of human milk banks. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-2092 (Wimberly/Prieto/Coughlin) – Grants credit against business taxes to developer of rental housing reserved for occupancy by veterans. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A-4072 (Sumter/Tucker) – Establishes pilot program in DOE to recruit, select, and train veterans for school security positions in school districts. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A-4461 (Wisniewski) – Prohibits operator of motor vehicle from engaging in distracted driving. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-4339 (Riley/Mosquera) – Establishes Mom2Mom Peer Support Program telephone hotline. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-2694 (Gusciora) – Clarifies failure to provide minimum care to an animal constitutes animal cruelty. 2 p.m. Agriculture.
· A-2574 (Vainieri Huttle/Coutinho/Caride) – Establishes measures to deter steroid use among students. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-2527 (Caputo/Giblin/Tucker) – Establishes the Office of Dropout Prevention and Reengagement of Out-of-School Youth in DOE, and the Student Dropout Prevention Task Force. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-4415 (Eustace/Jasey) – “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act”; provides student-athletes, parents, and coaches with information on sudden cardiac arrest and establishes protocol concerning removal-from-play for athletes exhibiting symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-1205 (Stender/McKeon) – Requires boil water notices to be provided by certain public water systems via telephone, email or text message. 2 p.m. Environment.
· A-3500 (Spencer) – Requires DEP to update Shore Protection Master Plan; A3891 (Spencer) – Permits fifth and sixth class counties to assume control and responsibility for operation and maintenance of beaches bordering Atlantic Ocean; and A3893 (Spencer) – Repeals law providing CAFRA permit exemption for certain grading or excavation of a dune. 2 p.m. Environment.
· A-4288 (Caride) – Expands NJ Meadowlands Commission responsibilities to include flood control activities, and A-4316 (Caride) – Establishes Meadowlands Flood Advisory Task Force. 2 p.m. Environment.