BILLS REFORMING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, EXTENDING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE HELP FOR DOCTORS & CUTTING RED TAPE TO HELP N.J. BUSINESSES TOP ASSEMBLY AGENDAS

Atlantic City Sports Betting Bill Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Legislation to reform New Jersey’s affordable housing laws, extend medical malpractice liability insurance premium assistance, cut burdensome red tape that has impaired New Jersey’s business climate and ask voters whether to approve sports betting in Atlantic City top Thursday’s Assembly agendas.

The hearings will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider legislation (A-2930) to abolish the state Council on Affordable Housing and reform affordable housing laws. The legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) and Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) is meant to increase access to affordable housing throughout New Jersey.

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider legislation (A-2807) sponsored by Assemblymen Herb Conaway M.D. and Jack Conners (both D-Burlington/Camden) to extend the state’s Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance Premium Assistance Fund and the collection of annual surcharges for 5 years to help keep doctors in New Jersey.

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider four bills (A-2720-2721-2722-2922) to cut rules and regulations that have burdened businesses and hurt New Jersey’s economic growth. The bills are sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem), Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union).

The panel will also consider a measure (ACR-98) asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment authorizing wagering on sports events at Atlantic City casinos and racetracks. The resolution is sponsored by Assemblymen Matt Milam and Nelson Albano (both D-Cumberland/Cape May/Atlantic), Burzichelli, Lou Greenwald (D-Camden), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and Caputo.

It will also consider a bill (A-2926) sponsored by Connie Wagner (D-Bergen), Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and Burzichelli to authorize exchange wagering on horse races.

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider a bill (A-940) sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Moriarty and Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) to prohibit black or blue henna tattoos that can cause serious side effects.

Also on tap is legislation sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) to create a credit card do-not-solicit list (A-2653). The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at 2 p.m. will consider legislation sponsored by Milam (A-2306) to create a state beach task force to study beach erosion and other issues regarding New Jersey beaches.

For full agendas, visit: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp.

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