BILLS TARGETING SECRETIVE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, ALLOWING ADOPTEES TO ACCESS BIRTH RECORDS, CUTTING COSTS TO PUBLIC FOR GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS & PROTECTING STUDENTS AGAINST BRAIN & HEART AILMENTS TOP MONDAY’S ASSEMBLY AGENDAS

(TRENTON) – Legislation requiring secretive special interest groups to disclose contribution and expenditure information, permit adopted people to access original birth certificates and family medical histories, lower costs to the public for government documents and protect students against brain injuries and heart ailments top Monday’s Assembly agendas.

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

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider Assembly Democratic legislation (A-2595) to require to force secretive special interest groups to publicly disclose contribution and expenditure information. The bill comes amid several incidents of these groups involving themselves in New Jersey campaigns and policy while refusing to publicly detail funding Dests, including a new effort by Republicans.

The bill is sponsored by Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer), Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), Annette Quijano (D-Union), Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden).

The Assembly Human Services Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider legislation (A-1046) sponsored by Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Joan Voss (D-Bergen) and L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) to give adopted people access to their original birth certificate and family medical history.

It will also consider legislation (A-2812) sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Thomas Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic) and Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) to eliminate offensive references to disabled people in state law.

The Assembly Education Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to take testimony on heart ailments in student athletes. It will also discuss the state’s application for the federal Race to the Top grant.

The committee will also consider a bill (A-2743) sponsored by Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Craig Coughlin (both D-Middlesex), Giblin and Mila Jasey (D-Essex) to require development of a student-athlete awareness program on sports-related brain injuries. Also, it will consider legislation (A-2744) sponsored by Diegnan to require the state to develop and distribute information regarding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and expand the role of the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force.

The panel will also consider legislation (A-1019) sponsored by Coutinho and Caputo to require criminal history record checks of school district volunteers.

The Assembly State Government Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider legislation (A-559) to set lower and more uniform fees for copies of official state government documents. The bill is sponsored by Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union), Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex) and Greenstein.

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hear testimony on the newly created Gulf Spill Team and whether the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast will have an effect on the New Jersey shore and fishing industry.

The Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to take testimony from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the authority’s operations. It will also consider legislation (A-1448) sponsored by John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and John McKeon (D-Essex) to prohibit the manufacture or sale of reflective glass beads used for roadway markings with high arsenic content.

Also on tap is a bill (A-2554) sponsored by Spencer and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen) to require the state to notify Medicaid if a driver’s license of a medical transportation services provider is suspended or revoked.

The Judiciary panel will also consider legislation (A-798) sponsored by Bonnie Watson Coleman, Reed Gusciora (both D-Mercer) and Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex) to establish a conditional intervention program in Municipal Court for some first-time offenders. It will also consider legislation (A-2597) sponsored by Quijano, Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) and Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) to ensure that sexual assault victims aren’t responsible for paying for forensic sexual assault exams.

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

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