ASSEMBLY SET TO ADVANCE TWO NEW PENSION & BENEFIT REFORM BILLS & CONSIDER FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVE TO THREE OTHERS

Reforming Business Regulation, Combating Unscrupulous Debt Collection and Maintaining Free Saltwater Fishing also top Monday Agenda

(TRENTON) — The Assembly on Monday is set to vote on two new public worker pension and health benefit bills while considering final legislative approval for three others.

Legislation to ease burdensome business regulation, combat unscrupulous debt collection and maintain free saltwater fishing also top Monday’s Assembly voting session.

The 1 p.m. session will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

The Assembly will consider legislation that would:

  • Make numerous changes to public worker pensions (A-2461), sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris);
  • Make numerous changes to public worker health benefits (A-2460), sponsored by Oliver and DeCroce;
  • Make numerous changes to other public employee benefits (A-2459), sponsored by DeCroce and Oliver;
  • Prohibit lobbyists from enrolling in the state pension and benefits system (A-2499), sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden); and
  • Limit the salaries and benefits for officer and workers at state and local authorities (A-2505), sponsored by Assemblywoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen).

The Assembly bills sponsored by Moriarty and Pou would go to the Senate for further consideration.

The Oliver-DeCroce bills are up for final legislative approval and would go to the governor.

The Assembly will also consider legislation to ease burdensome business regulations.

One bill (A-2464) sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) would:

  • Require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register; and
  • Ban state agencies from using regulatory guidance documents, unless authorized to do so by state law.

The other bill (A-2486) sponsored by Burzichelli would prohibit state agencies from promulgating new regulations exceeding federal standards or requirements unless specifically authorized by state law.

Also on tap is legislation sponsored by Burzichelli, Matthew Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) to combat unscrupulous debt collection practices.

The New Jersey Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (A-1700) would eliminate abusive debt collection practices and provide consumers a way to dispute and validate debt information to ensure its accuracy.

Also on the agenda is a bill sponsored by Milam and Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) to ensure free recreational saltwater fishing continues in New Jersey. The bill (A-823) answers a federal law that authorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to collect a fee beginning in 2011 to cover costs associated with a new saltwater angler registry.

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