Electric Vehicles, Special Education Improvements, Combating Animal Cruelty, Driver’s License Expiration Change & Jitney Safety Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Mental Health & Addiction Fee-for-Service Transition,
Motor Vehicle Commission Wait Times, Atlantic City Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program, Enhancing Sexual Assault Survivor Act of 2015 & Help for Low-Income Families Unable to Afford Diapers Among Bills Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Legislation to promote expanded use of electric vehicles, improve special education, combat animal cruelty and so-called puppy mills, examine the mental health and addiction treatment fee-for-service transition, provide that driver’s licenses expire every four years on same numerical calendar day as licensee’s birthday and jitney safety highlight Monday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Also on tap are bills to bring the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program to Atlantic City, enhance the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015 and help low-income families unable to afford diapers.
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:
· A404 (Benson/DeAngelo/Eustace/Chiaravalloti) – Directs installation of electric vehicle charging stations at service areas on State’s toll roads; and A2398 (McKeon/Benson) – Establishes public-private pilot program for level 3 electric vehicle charging stations. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A931 (Benson/McKnight) – Establishes Autism Education Council; A1024 (Jasey/Benson/Pinkin/Taliaferro) – Directs Commissioner of Education to appoint coordinator and regional consultants to coordinate the education of students with traumatic brain injury; A2186 (Singleton/Caride) – Allows school districts to enter into school construction public-private partnership agreements with private entities; A3856 (Holley) – Directs DOE to make database of special education decisions available on website; and A2786 (Benson/Sumter/Caride) – Requires teacher preparation program for instructional certificate to include certain amount of instruction or clinical experience in special education and for students with disabilities endorsement to include credit hours in autism spectrum disorder. 10 a.m. Education.
· A772 (Andrzejczak/Diegnan/Land/Benson) – Establishes process for recovering cost of caring for animals involved in animal cruelty violations; A2041 (Gusciora/Benson) – Requires court to issue animal protective orders against persons found guilty of abusing animals; A2052 (Gusciora/Mukherji) – Revises definition of “necessary care” in the State’s animal cruelty law to include more specific requirements; A3636 (Vainieri Huttle) – Provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for rescue of animal from parked vehicle under inhumane conditions; A3638 (Vainieri Huttle/Houghtaling) – Establishes animal cruelty offense of animal hoarding; requires mental health counseling for all animal cruelty offenders; and A3899 (Singleton) – Prohibits surgical declawing of cats and other animals. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A2338 (Benson/Vainieri Huttle/Eustace/Gusciora/Mukherji) – Revises “Pet Purchase Protection Act” to establish new requirements for pet dealers and pet shops. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A4146 (Vainieri Huttle/Benson/Lampitt) – Provides for monitoring and evaluation of transition of mental health and substance use disorder treatment service system to fee-for-service reimbursement model. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A2762 (Mazzeo) – Extends eligibility to participate in Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program to areas located in municipality in which casino gaming is authorized. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A4115 (Johnson/Vainieri Huttle/Quijano) – Provides that driver’s license expires every four years on same numerical calendar day as licensee’s birthday; and A3911 (Wisniewski) – Provides that motor vehicle registration expires on registrant’s numerical calendar day of birth. 10 a.m. Transportation, which will also hear testimony on Motor Vehicle Commission wait times.
· A4323 (Chiaravalloti) – Requires owner of certain autobuses to register with and receive approval from municipalities in which autobus operates. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A4019 (Mazzeo/Mukherji/Andrzejczak/Land) – Permits eligible students who are members of United States Armed Forces to wear military uniform at high school graduation. 10 a.m. Education.
· A4207 (Vainieri Huttle) – Modifies scope of “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015” and enforcement of protective orders under that act. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A3507 (McKeon/Burzichelli) – Transfers authority to regulate bail agents from DOBI to DLPS; requires certain defendants to be eligible for monetary bail upon issuance of compliant-warrant; and A4098 (Oliver) – Requires certain defendants to be eligible for monetary bail upon issuance of compliant-warrant. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A393 (Benson/Greenwald/Lagana/Vainieri Huttle) – Extends gross income tax medical expense deduction to certain cord blood banking services. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A2660 (Lampitt/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires State agencies to post Internet links to programs and services for women as applicable. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A4276 (Singleton/Lampitt) – Provides a voucher to certain TANF recipients to purchase diapers. 10 a.m. Women and Children, which will also take testimony on the inaccessibility of affordable diapers for low-income families.