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Criminal Justice Reform, Military Dependent Scholarships, Protections for the Unemployed & Combating Drug & Heroin Epidemic in N.J. Top Thursday Assembly Hearings

Hotel 911 Safety, Overseas Military Voting by Internet, Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights, Drunk Driving Penalty Reform, CPR Instruction for Students & Exempting Nursing Moms from Jury Duty Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Criminal justice reform, the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act, prohibiting employment discrimination based on applicant employment status, combating prescription drug and heroin abuse in New Jersey and establishing a pilot project to permit overseas and military voters to vote using the Internet top Thursday’s Assembly committee action.
The hearings are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
Highlights include:
· A1910 (Burzichelli/Watson Coleman/Wimberly/Spencer/McKeon) – Implements constitutional amendment providing for pretrial detention of certain criminal defendants; establishes non-monetary bail alternatives for release; authorizes Judiciary to revise fees for certain legal programs and services. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A2849 (Mazzeo/Eustace/Johnson/Wilson) – “Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act”; provides college scholarships to the spouses and children of those killed, missing in action or disabled in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans Affairs.
· A-2910 (Riley/DeAngelo) – Prohibits employment discrimination based on applicant employment status. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-2726 (Gusciora) – Requires hotels to upgrade phone systems to allow guests to dial 9-1-1 without first dialing any other digit. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A1368 (Stender/Caputo/Lagana) – Revises penalties for certain drunk driving offenses, including mandating installation of ignition interlock device, and creates restricted use driver’s license. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A2744 (McKeon/Lagana/Singleton) – Permits juveniles to be admitted to drug court program under certain circumstances. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A3062 (Lagana/Caride/McKeon/Mazzeo) – Implements certain recommendations of the SCI report entitled “Scenes from an Epidemic” concerning prescription drug and heroin abuse. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A633 (Moriarty/DeAngelo/Wilson/Lagana) – Establishes pilot project to permit overseas and military voters to vote in certain elections using Internet; makes an appropriation. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans Affairs.
· A2072 (Fuentes) – Requires public school student to receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of automated external defibrillator as requirement for high school graduation. 10 a.m. Education.
· A3081 (Jasey/Diegnan/Mainor/Watson Coleman/Wimberly/Oliver) – Creates Education Reform Review Task Force; delays implementation of certain assessments and certain changes to teacher evaluation system. 10 a.m. Education.
· A835 (Mainor/Benson/DeAngelo) – Codifies AG recommendations for issuing Amber Alert when family member abducts child. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A1089 (Vainieri Huttle/Wimberly) – Establishes the “Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A-2873 (Vainieri Huttle/Moriarty/Mosquera/Benson) – Establishes procedures and standards regarding public services privatization contracts. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A384 (Tucker/Andrzejczak) – Grants certain leaves of absence for Vietnam Veterans of America conventions. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans Affairs.
· A2640 (Vainieri Huttle) – Authorizes issuance of restraining orders for situations in which domestic violence statutes do not apply. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A2795 (Johnson/Greenwald/Watson Coleman/Spencer/Pintor Marin/Vainieri Huttle) – Provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A2162 (Vainieri Huttle/Eustace) – Exempts nursing mothers from jury duty. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A2380 (Lampitt) – Establishes Council of Women in Higher Education in Department of State to study and promote women’s issues within institutions of higher education. 10 a.m. Women and Children.

· A-1315 (Quijano) – Allows person with penicillin allergy to voluntarily make notation on driver’s license. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A-2989 (Pinkin/Mazzeo/Mukherji) – “Disaster Information Access Act”; requires utility service providers to report severe weather and emergency related service interruptions; directs utility service providers and State Office of Emergency Management to present reported information online and by telephone. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A-2709 (Lampitt/Vainieri Huttle) – Establishes “Gold Alert System” for missing persons with developmental disabilities. 1 p.m. Human Services.