Enhanced Domestic Violence Protections, Responsible Fatherhood, Farmland Assessment Reform & Ensuring the Disabled Can Receive Organ Transplants Top Thursday Assembly Agendas

Delaware River Dredging Study, Improved Child Safety Seat Protections, Help for Vets Seeking to Get into College, Yellow Dot Safety Program Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Enhanced domestic violence protections, promoting responsible fatherhood, banning discrimination against potential organ transplant recipient on basis of mental or physical disability and farmland assessment reform top Thursday’s Assembly committee agendas.
A Delaware River dredging study, tougher penalties for violating child safety seat laws, help for veterans seeking to enroll in college and creating the Yellow Dot safety program are also on tap.
Hearings are scheduled 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 bill (A-938) to expand the domestic violence statutes to encompass minors aged 16 and older. It’s sponsored by Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
· Legislation (A-3219) to permit a domestic violence victim witness to testify via closed circuit television under certain circumstances. It’s sponsored by Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
· A bill (A-1822) sponsored by Herb Conaway, M.D. and Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington) to require the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct vibration analysis along routes for disposal of dredged material from Delaware River. It’s to be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
· A bill (A-2410) sponsored by Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen/Passaic) to establish the New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood and Responsible Fatherhood Fund. It will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Women and Children Committee.
· A bill (A-2390) to prohibit the discrimination against potential organ transplant recipient on basis of mental or physical disability. It will be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Human Services Committee and is sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) and Troy Singleton (D-Burlington). The bill stems from questions being raised earlier this year about whether a Philadelphia hospital was denying a kidney transplant for a disabled girl.
· A bill (A-1711) to increase penalties for failing to secure a child in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat while operating a motor vehicle. It’s sponsored by Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), Upendra Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly transportation panel.
· Legislation (A-2037) to create the New Jersey Yellow Dot Program to provide emergency responders with critical health information about citizens who are 62 years of age or older or citizens with chronic illnesses who participate in the program so that emergency responders may aid or assist those program participants involved in motor vehicle emergencies or accidents who are unable to communicate. It’s sponsored by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon).
· A bill (A-2626) sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to require public institutions of higher education to waive application fees and transcript fees for veterans and members of the military. It will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
· A bill (A-3090) sponsored by Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) to revise the state’s farmland assessment program to better ensure only actual farmers receive its benefits. It will be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.