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Bills Combating NJ’s Opioid Epidemic Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Atlantic City Hotel Tax to Preserve Public Safety, Expanded Behavioral Health Care Coverage, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports, Gold Star Families, Boutique Casinos, Atlantic City Neighborhood Revitalization, New Jersey Film and Television Project and Employment Incentive Program, Economic Development, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Death Laws, Earn Your Way Out Act, Zackhary’s Law & Used Car Buyer Protections

(TRENTON) – Several bills designed combat New Jersey’s opioid abuse epidemic highlight Monday’s Assembly committee hearings:
· A-3 (Prieto/Conaway) – Requires health insurance carriers, SHBP, and SEHBP to cover treatment for substance use disorders and places certain restrictions on opioid and certain other prescription drugs. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A-1875 (Wimberly/Lagana/Danielsen/Oliver/Vainieri Huttle/Mazzeo/Downey) – “HOPE Initiative Act;” requires establishment of public awareness campaign to educate citizens about dangers and causes of, and appropriate responses to, heroin and opioid addiction. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· ACR-225 (Conaway/Vainieri Huttle) – Establishes Joint Legislative Task Force on Addiction Prevention and Treatment. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
Also on tap are bills to impose an Atlantic City hotel tax to preserve public safety, expand behavioral health care coverage, regulating daily fantasy sports, help Gold Star families, allow boutique casinos, promote Atlantic City neighborhood revitalization, the New Jersey Film and Television Project and Employment Incentive Program, encourage economic development, strengthen motor vehicle death laws, the Earn Your Way Out Act, Zackhary’s Law & used car buyer protections
The meetings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
· A-4498 (Coughlin) – Expands health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhances enforcement and oversight of mental health parity laws. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A-4566 (Prieto) – Imposes temporary surcharge on hotel occupancies in certain cities to fund (Atlantic City) public safety services. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-3532 (Mazzeo/Caputo/Burzichelli) – Provides for regulation of daily fantasy sports games in New Jersey by DLPS. 10 a.m. Tourism, Gaming and the Arts.
· A-4399 (Greenwald/Johnson/Andrzejczak/Jones/Mazzeo/Houghtaling) – Establishes Gold Star Family Counseling Program in DMVA; creates tax credit for certain health care professionals; A-4401 (Greenwald/Land/Andrzejczak/Mazzeo/Houghtaling/Benson) – Authorizes certain benefits for certain family members of military personnel who died while on active duty; A-4402 (Greenwald/Andrzejczak/Johnson/Jones/Land/Houghtaling/Benson) – Requires DMVA to notify county veterans’ affairs office of death of certain military service members; requires office to have Gold Star liaison; and A-4403 (Greenwald/Land/Johnson/Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Houghtaling/Benson) – Requires Adjutant General to create informational webpage for Gold Star families. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-3371 (Burzichelli) – Eliminates requirement that at least one of two licenses issued under small-scale and staged casino facility pilot program must be staged casino facility license; permits these facilities to be located in renovated buildings. 10 a.m. Tourism, Gaming and the Arts.
· A-2762 (Mazzeo) – Extends eligibility to participate in Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program to areas located in municipality in which casino gaming is authorized. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-2256 (Greenwald/Johnson/Moriarty/Mukherji/Pintor Marin) – Establishes the New Jersey Film and Television Project and Employment Incentive Program. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4033 (Zwicker) – Establishes program in EDA providing tax credits and exemptions to certain qualified data centers. 1 p.m. Commerce and Economic Development.
· A-4170 (Downey/Houghtaling) – Creates “Economic Gardening Program” in Department of State to provide customized services to certain businesses. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-3995 (Jimenez) – Increases statute of limitations for prosecution of vehicular homicide. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-1866 (Wimberly/McKeon/Giblin/Johnson/Sumter/Danielsen) – Requires blood sample to be obtained from driver involved in motor vehicle accident resulting in death; designated as “Michelle Sous’ Law.” 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-2182 (Sumter/Holley/Oliver/Jones) – “Earn Your Way Out Act”; requires DOC to develop inmate reentry plan; establishes administrative parole release for certain inmates; requires study and report by DOC on fiscal impact. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4184 (Chaparro/Vainieri Huttle/Benson/Jimenez/Mukherji/Downey) – Establishes Zack alert system to facilitate apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accident scene; designated as “Zackhary’s Law.” 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4362 (Andrzejczak/Mazzeo/Land/Tucker/Benson) – Creates Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible servicemembers away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-1871 (Wimberly/Sumter/Holley/Oliver) – Requires safeguards for anonymity and confidentiality with respect to communications presented through phone lines, electronic communication systems, or websites dedicated to accepting anonymous tips for use by law enforcement in criminal investigations. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-755 (Moriarty/Diegnan/Jimenez/Pintor Marin) – Requires dealership to notify buyers of recalls on used motor vehicles for sale. 10 a.m. Consumer Affairs.