Combating Wage Theft, Barring Convicts from Running for School Boards, November Fire District Elections, Temp Worker Protections & Improved Domestic Violence Responses Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Testimony on Economy & State Revenues, Long Waits at MVC, Chronic Homelessness, Charter School History & Military Personnel/Veteran Suicides

(TRENTON) – Legislation to expand the remedies for wage theft by employers, prevent convicts from running for school board seats, allow fire district elections to move to November, better protect temporary workers, improve domestic violence responses highlight Monday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Also on tap is testimony on the state’s lagging economy and its impact on mid-fiscal year state revenues, long waits at Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, chronic homelessness, charter school history and suicides by military personnel and veterans.
The meetings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
· A-862 (Quijano/Muoio/Lampitt) – Expands remedies for violations of wage and hour laws. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-4206 (Karabinchak/Prieto) – Requires candidates for election to school board to file with their nominating petitions specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A-1690 (Singleton/Andrzejczak/Land) – Allows fire district elections to be moved to November; eliminates certain fire district budget referenda; and eliminates certain fire district capital purchase referenda. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A-4315 (Oliver) – Regulates temporary help service firms as employment agencies; expands civil rights protections of certain job seekers. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-4034 (Singleton/Mosquera/Vainieri Huttle) – Establishes “Monica’s Law” concerning domestic violence risk assessment pilot program; and A-4036 (Singleton/Mosquera/Greenwald) – Requires uniform response procedures for all domestic crisis teams established or participated in by law enforcement agencies, and strengthens Statewide supervision over teams. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. hold a hearing regarding the number of suicides among active duty military personal and veterans.
· The Assembly Transportation panel at 10 a.m. will hear testimony from the Motor Vehicle Commission on long waits at MVC agencies and regional service centers.
· The Assembly Budget Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to review the condition of the New Jersey economy and specifically how it is impacting state revenues.
· The Assembly Human Services Committee at 1 p.m. will hear testimony on statewide chronic homelessness.
· The Assembly Education Committee at 10 a.m. will hear testimony regarding the history and implementation of the Charter School Program Act of 1995.
· A-4165 (Chaparro/Mukherji/Chiaravalloti/McKnight) – Requires high school driver education course, certain new driver brochures, and driver’s license written exam to include bicycle and pedestrian safety information. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-4172 (Downey) – Requires determination of eligibility and payment of family temporary disability leave benefits within three weeks of filing notices of claims for benefits. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-4214 (Coughlin) – Provides certain overtime requirements for air carrier employees. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-4278 (Muoio) – Establishes service for reporting employer and employment service violations and requires posting of certain notifications. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-3785 (Downey/Houghtaling/Jasey/Singleton) – Requires State to pay educational costs of students who reside in homeless shelter outside district of residence for more than one year. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-3944 (Mazzeo/Lagana/Vainieri Huttle/Benson) – Requires DOE to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-4284 (Quijano/Benson) – Provides that school districts may receive reimbursement for costs incurred on or after January 1, 2016 for testing school drinking water for lead. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-772 (Andrzejczak/Land/Benson) – Establishes process for recovering cost of caring for animals involved in animal cruelty violations. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A-218 (DeAngelo/Giblin/Quijano/Wisniewski/Chiaravalloti) – Requires motor vehicle inspection stickers to notify drivers of penalty for texting while driving. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-725 (Moriarty) – Requires independent State authority member to disclose contractual relationship between authority and authority member’s relatives. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-3745 (Lampitt/Benson) – Permits testing and use of autonomous vehicles on State roadways under certain circumstances; and A-851 (Quijano/Benson) – Directs MVC to establish driver’s license endorsement for autonomous vehicles. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-3149 (Land/Andrzejczak/DeAngelo/Chiaravalloti) – Provides for special Bronze Star license plates. 10 a.m. Transportation.