Bills to Combat Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse, Allow Nursing Home Residents to Record In-Room Treatment, Create Criminal Firearms Database & Boost Third-Party Energy Supplier Transparency Top Thursday Assembly Committees

Discussion with Mayor Guardian Also Set on Atlantic City’s Future
Bills to Enhance Deadly Accident Evidence Tampering Penalty, Regulate Mailed Manufacturer Rebates & the Trust in Caller Identification Act Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Legislation to help combat prescription drug and opioid abuse, allow nursing home residents to monitor and record in-room treatment using electronic monitoring devices, establish a criminal firearms clearing house, increase third-party energy supplier transparency for consumers and enhance the penalty for tampering with evidence after fleeing the scene of an deadly accident highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee meetings.
A discussion on Atlantic City’s future with Mayor Don Guardian is also on tap, as are bills regulating mailed manufacturer rebates and prohibiting manipulation of telephone caller identification information.
The meetings are slated to being at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
· A622 (Moriarty/Gusciora/Wimberly/Vainieri Huttle) – Prohibits sale of products containing dextromethorphan to minors under 18 years of age; and A1469 (Diegnan/Vainieri Huttle/Sumter) – Imposes certain restrictions on sale of products containing dextromethorphan. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· A709 (Benson/Sumter/Lagana) – Requires pharmacies and prescribers to notify patients about how to ensure proper and safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· A3723 (Conaway/Mukherji/Sumter) – Requires certain drug treatment programs operating in State correctional facilities or county jails to offer medication-assisted treatment; permits successful completion of special probation drug court program notwithstanding use of medication-assisted treatment. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· A3955 (Conaway) – Requires development and maintenance of database to advise public about open bed availability in residential substance use disorders treatment facilities. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· ACR212 (Conaway) – Establishes Joint Legislative Task Force on Addiction Prevention and Treatment.
· A3883 (Prieto) – Entitles nursing home residents to monitor and record in-room treatment, care, and living conditions using electronic monitoring devices, upon notice to nursing home. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· The Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee at 10 a.m. will hear testimony from the Honorable Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City, discussing the challenges that the gaming industry and Atlantic City are facing and the impact on the local economy.
· A-3330 (Schaer/Mukherji/Mazzeo) – Directs Attorney General to establish a criminal firearms recovery clearing house. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A3849 (DeAngelo/Eustace) – Requires BPU to provide consumer information on third-party electric power and gas supplier pricing and services; A3850 (DeAngelo/Eustace) – Requires BPU to establish procedures allowing electric power and gas supplier customers to switch energy suppliers; and A3851 (DeAngelo/Eustace) – Imposes contract standards between customers and third-party electric power and gas suppliers. 10 a.m. Telecommunications and Utilities.
· A-984 (Andrzejczak/Wimberly) – Enhances penalty for tampering with evidence after fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-2208 (Vainieri Huttle/Lampitt/Wimberly) – Clarifies juvenile’s right to attorney representation; requires 12 month judicial review hearing when juvenile is placed out-of-home. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-3836 (Coughlin) – Upgrades simple assault to aggravated assault if committed against certain law enforcement officers and employees because of job status. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A3669 (Mazzeo/Burzichelli) – Prohibits eligibility for certain sign programs from being conditioned on availability of free drinking water or public telephone. 10 a.m. Tourism and the Arts.
· A-1876 (Burzichelli/DeAngelo/Moriarty/Benson) – Regulates mailed manufacturer’s rebates. 10 a.m. Consumer Affairs.
· A-3002 (Garcia/Caputo/Eustace) – Enacts “Truth in Caller Identification Act”; prohibits manipulation of certain telephone caller identification information. 10 a.m. Consumer Affairs.
· A3142 (Singleton/Lagana) – Regulates certain servicing activities provided by mortgage servicing organizations for residential mortgage loans. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A3905 (Coughlin) – Authorizes operators of motor vehicles to display electronic proof of insurance. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· AR188 (Coughlin/Lampitt) – Urges President and Congress of the United States to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee at 2 p.m. will hold will take testimony on the approaches currently available to local officials to combat blight and suggestions on ways to augment those approaches.