Combating Surprise Medical Bills, School Security, Banning Offshore Drilling, Wind Energy, Automatic Voter Registration & Workplace Democracy Act Top Thursday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Tuition Equality, Medical Examiner Reforms, Opposing Census Citizenship Question, Combating Infant Mortality, Nuclear & Clean Energy, Boosting Heat-and-Eat and School Breakfast/Lunch Programs, Gestational Carrier Agreements, Affordable Care Act in NJ, Urban Enterprise Zones and Improving Upon Chronic Student Absenteeism
Pedro Mejia Will Also Be Sworn to 32nd District Seat Representing Hudson County

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Thursday votes on legislation to combat surprise out-of-network medical bills, improve school security, ban offshore oil drilling, bring wind energy to New Jersey and ensure unions can access and communicate with the employees they represent.
Also up: tuition equality, automatic voter registration and the New Voter Empowerment Act, medical examiner reforms, opposing a Census citizenship question, combating infant mortality, nuclear and clean energy, boosting the heat-and-eat program and improving school breakfast and lunch programs, gestational carrier agreements, protecting the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey, Urban Enterprise Zones, chronic student absenteeism, film and digital media tax credits and protecting consumers from costly security freezes.
Pedro Mejia will also be sworn into the vacant 32nd District seat representing Hudson County.
The session is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp
Bill No. Sponsor Description
A-360 Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
/Danielsen, Joe Prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging certain fees related to security freezes on consumer reports.
A-592 Danielsen, Joe
/Holley, Jamel C.
/Gusciora, Reed
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie Establishes offense of criminal mischief committed on historical sites.
A-764 Aca Caputo, Ralph R.
/Tucker, Cleopatra G.
/Quijano, Annette
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Sumter, Shavonda E.
/McKnight, Angela V. “Alyssa’s Law”, requires public school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.
A-839 AcaSca Land, R. Bruce
/Andrzejczak, Bob
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
/Van Drew, Jeff
/Singleton, Troy Prohibits offshore oil and gas exploration, development, and production in State waters, and issuance of DEP permits and approvals for activities associated with offshore oil and gas activities.
A-1026 Johnson, Gordon M.
/Wimberly, Benjie E.
/McKnight, Angela V.
/Tucker, Cleopatra G. Prohibits disqualification of certain minority-owned and women-owned businesses for certification.
A-1100 AcaAa Downey, Joann Adds Monmouth County and Atlantic County as pilot counties for purposes of “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act.”
A-1220 McKeon, John F.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Jasey, Mila M.
/Mukherji, Raj “Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act.”
A-1521 Zwicker, Andrew
/Holley, Jamel C.
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Eustace, Tim
/Barclay, Arthur
/McKnight, Angela V.
/Mukherji, Raj “New Voter Empowerment Act”; permits 17 year olds to vote in primary election if they turn 18 years old before next succeeding general election.
A-1627 Schepisi, Holly T.
/Bucco, Anthony M.
/Auth, Robert
/Danielsen, Joe
/DiMaio, John Provides that PERS or PFRS member who continues to be volunteer firefighter or emergency services worker after retirement with employer from whom member retires has bona fide severance for compliance with State and federal law.
A-2014 Coughlin, Craig J.
/Schaer, Gary S.
/Eustace, Tim
/Downey, Joann
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Wimberly, Benjie E.
/McKeon, John F.
/Jasey, Mila M.
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas Automatically registers or updates voter registration as part of driver’s license application or renewal.
A-2039 Coughlin, Craig J.
/Schaer, Gary S.
/Lampitt, Pamela R. “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act.”
A-2046 Howarth, Joe
/Schaer, Gary S. Requires BPU to issue written decision concerning utility rate increase approvals to public via its website.
A-2183 Andrzejczak, Bob
/Land, R. Bruce
/Johnson, Gordon M. “Music Therapist Licensing Act.”
A-2192 Aa Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Caputo, Ralph R.
/Jasey, Mila M. Requires Commissioner of Education to include data on chronic absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions on School Report Card and requires public schools to make certain efforts to combat chronic absenteeism.
A-2196 Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Burzichelli, John J. Revises certain licensee filing requirements for alcoholic beverage price lists; removes requirement that limited brewery and distillery licensees provide tour when selling certain alcoholic beverages to consumers.
A-2485 Aca Mazzeo, Vincent
/Armato, John
/DeAngelo, Wayne P. Requires BPU consideration and approval of amended application for qualified wind energy project offshore in certain NJ territorial waters.
A-2747/
880 Acs Houghtaling, Eric
/Downey, Joann
/Munoz, Nancy F.
/Danielsen, Joe Limits time continuing care retirement communities may retain refundable entrance fee after resident vacates facility; provides for disposition of certain personal property.
A-3010 Mosquera, Gabriela M.
/Sumter, Shavonda E.
/Coughlin, Craig J. Provides $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families; qualifies families to receive additional nutritional assistance.
A-3122 AcaAa Burzichelli, John J.
/Murphy, Carol A.
/Mazzeo, Vincent Allows certain joint insurance funds to make certain investments and to form certain investment programs; authorizes school districts and local units of government to deposit public funds into multiple federally-insured accounts.
A-3131 AcaAa Eustace, Tim
/Quijano, Annette
/Mukherji, Raj Requires landlords to provide receipts for cash payments from tenants.
A-3379 McKeon, John F.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Murphy, Carol A. “New Jersey Health Insurance Premium Security Act;” establishes health insurance reinsurance plan.
A-3380 McKeon, John F.
/Murphy, Carol A.
/Lampitt, Pamela R. “New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act.”
A-3382 w/GR Freiman, Roy
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Downey, Joann Permits taxpayers to make dedicated prepayment toward anticipated property taxes.
A-3409 Armato, John
/Murphy, Carol A. Permits municipality to establish restricted parking spaces for certain volunteer firefighters.
A-3551 Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Mukherji, Raj
/Gusciora, Reed Requires NJ UEZ authority to assess and issue report on urban enterprise zone program.
A-3619 Wimberly, Benjie E. Extends document submission deadline for certain residential and mixed use parking projects under Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant program; increases maximum credit amounts awarded for certain residential and mixed use parking projects.
A-3632 Jasey, Mila M.
/McKeon, John F. Special legislation changing name of the “Township of South Orange Village” to “South Orange Village”; replaces treasurer with chief financial officer; replaces village president with mayor; replaces village counsel with village attorney.
A-3685 Coughlin, Craig J.
/Lagana, Joseph A.
/Burzichelli, John J. Increases annual salary of Governor’s cabinet officers, judges, county prosecutors, and certain other public employees.
A-3686 Aca Coughlin, Craig J. “Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act.”
A-3723 McKeon, John F.
/Pinkin, Nancy J.
/DeAngelo, Wayne P. Establishes and modifies clean energy and energy efficiency programs; modifies State’s solar renewable energy portfolio standards.
A-3724 McKeon, John F.
/Burzichelli, John J.
/DeAngelo, Wayne P. Establishes zero emission certificate program for nuclear power plants.
AJR-34 McKnight, Angela V.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Holley, Jamel C. Designates May of each year as “Emotional and Behavioral Disorder Awareness Month.”
AJR-82 Mosquera, Gabriela M.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Murphy, Carol A. Permanently designates May as “Preeclampsia Awareness Month” in New Jersey.
AR-110 Armato, John
/Mazzeo, Vincent Urges county prosecutors to require law enforcement officers in county to be equipped with naloxone.
S-122 Sca
(A-1038) Weinberg, Loretta
/Sarlo, Paul A.
(Johnson, Gordon M.
/Moriarty, Paul D.
/Greenwald, Louis D.) Provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credit for certain expenses incurred for production of certain films and digital media content; designated as Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act.
S-482 SaSca
(A-1704 AcaAaAa) Vitale, Joseph F.
(Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Quijano, Annette
/Jasey, Mila M.) Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements.
S-699 Sca
(A3467) Ruiz, Teresa M./Cunningham, Sandra B./Pou, Nellie
(Schaer, Gary S./Quijano, Annette/Jasey, Mila M.) Allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs.
S-846 ScaScsAa
(A-3549 Aa) Turner, Shirley K.
/Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
(Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Mukherji, Raj
/Gusciora, Reed) Reinstates and extends duration of certain UEZs; requires DCA to study UEZ program and report recommendations to the Legislature.*
S-868
(A-2030) Sweeney, Stephen M.
/Vitale, Joseph F.
(Coughlin, Craig J.) Permits candidates for school board to circulate petitions jointly and be bracketed together on ballot; permits short nonpolitical designation of principles on petitions and ballots.
S-879
(A-3116) Sweeney, Stephen M.
(Burzichelli, John J.) Amends definition of “existing major hazardous waste facility” in “Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Act.”
S-976 ScaSca
(A-1709) Vitale, Joseph F.
/Bateman, Christopher
(Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Lagana, Joseph A.
/Mukherji, Raj) “Revised State Medical Examiner Act”; establishes Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner in DOH.
S-1870 Sa
(A-3653) Vitale, Joseph F.
/Ruiz, M. Teresa
(Speight, Shanique
/Quijano, Annette
/McKnight, Angela V.) Requires Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board to study racial and ethnic disparities that contribute to infant mortality.
S-1893
(A-3499) Sarlo, Paul A.
/Sweeney, Stephen M.
(McKeon, John F.
/Jasey, Mila M.
/Freiman, Roy) Authorizes municipality, county or school district to establish charitable funds for specific purposes; permits property tax credit for certain donations.
S-1894 Sca
(A-3506 Aca) Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Turner, Shirley K.
(Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Sumter, Shavonda E.
/Barclay, Arthur) Requires “breakfast after the bell” program in all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.
S-1895
(A-3503) Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Turner, Shirley K.
(Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Jones, Patricia Egan
/Wimberly, Benjie E.) Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in “Community Eligibility Provision” of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
S-1896
(A-3502)
Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Turner, Shirley K.
(Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Wimberly, Benjie E.
/Jones, Patricia Egan) Requires school district to report quarterly to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch.
S-1897 Sca
(A-3504 Aca) Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Turner, Shirley K.
(Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Barclay, Arthur) Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.
S-2247
(A-3615) Sweeney, Stephen M.
(Burzichelli, John J.) Allows charitable assets set aside from the sale of nonprofit hospital to for-profit entity to be allocated to successor nonprofit charitable entity that is establishing and operating equivalent nonprofit hospital.
SCR-55
(ACR-121) Beach, James
/Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
(Greenwald, Louis D.) Opposes inclusion of citizenship question in 2020 census; urges New Jersey Congressional Delegation to reject any measure directing Census Bureau to include question.
SJR-56
(AJR-63) Beach, James
/Kean, Thomas H.
/Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
(Pinkin, Nancy J.
/Schaer, Gary S.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie) Recognizes 70th anniversary of establishment of State of Israel.