Expanding & Improving Paid Family Leave, Banning Sale of Toy Guns that Appear Real, Wage Boost for Transportation Service Workers, Insurance Coverage for Sickle Cell & Mammograms & Historic Horse Racing Terminals Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Prescription Drug Patient Protection Act, College Student Meningitis Immunizations, School Bus Monitoring Systems, Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices, Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 & H2O Quality Accountability Act

(TRENTON) – Expanding and improving New Jersey’s paid family leave program, prohibiting the sale of toy guns that appear real, the Safe Transportation Jobs and Fair Employment Rules Act, insurance coverage for sickle cell anemia and mammograms and a discussion on the potential installation of historic racing terminals at New Jersey racetracks highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Also on tap: the Prescription Drug Patient Protection Act, higher education student immunization for meningitis, school bus monitoring systems, electronic smoking device sale and manufacture licensing, raising the minimum age for purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 and the Water Quality Accountability Act.
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-4927 (Prieto/Oliver/Gusciora) – Revises law concerning family leave, family temporary disability leave and domestic or sexual violence safety leave. 2 p.m. Regulatory Oversight.
· A-1119 (Oliver/Johnson/Jasey/Spencer/McKnight) – Prohibits sale of certain toy guns and imitation firearms. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4870 (Prieto/Oliver/Quijano/Pintor Marin/Schaer/Vainieri Huttle) – “Safe Transportation Jobs and Fair Employment Rules Act.” 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-1007 (Jasey/Tucker) – Requires insurers to provide coverage for medications and dose-intensive chemotherapy/bone marrow transplants and umbilical cord blood transplants for treatment of sickle cell anemia. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· The Assembly Tourism, Gaming and The Arts Committee at 10 am. holds a hearing historic racing. Historical racing terminals allow patrons to wager on previously recorded live horse races from across the United States. Identifying information such as the location and date of the race, and the names of the horses and jockeys, is not shown.
· A-1977 (Prieto/Mukherji/Benson/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires health benefits coverage for mammograms for women under 40 who lack access to family medical history due to their or their parent’s adoption. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A-4676 (Coughlin/Mukherji/Benson/Downey) – “Prescription Drug Patient Protection Act;” requires pharmacy benefits manager to obtain certificate of authority from DOBI to operate in State. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A-4009 (Sumter) – Requires residential students at four-year institutions of higher education to receive immunization for meningitis in accordance with recommendations of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· A-3798 (Singleton/Wimberly) – Authorizes use of school bus monitoring systems. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4874 (Conaway) – Requires licensure for manufacturers, distributors, wholesale dealers, and retail dealers of electronic smoking devices and related products. 10 a.m. Health and Senior Services.
· A-2320 (Vainieri Huttle/Conaway/Jimenez/Lampitt/Jasey/ Sumter) – Raises minimum age for purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-2176 (Taliaferro/Eustace/Benson/Mazzeo) – Criminalizes possession and sale of alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP) commonly known as “flakka,” or “flocka.” 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-3265 (Singleton/Johnson/Chiaravalloti/Coughlin) – Creates the New Jersey Advanced Manufacturing Council. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4168 (Downey/Holley/McKnight) – Expands Lifeline Credit and Tenants’ Lifeline Assistance Programs to include assistance for water utility bill. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4410 (Zwicker/Johnson) – Concerns payment of freelance workers. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4468 (Schaer/Vainieri Huttle/Sumter) – Concerns Early Intervention Support Services program in DHS and expansion of program to all counties; and A4469 (Schaer/Vainieri Huttle/Lampitt/Sumter) – Concerns expansion of services provided by DHS mental health screening services. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4569 (Eustace/Karabinchak/McKeon/Vainieri Huttle/Benson) – The “Water Quality Accountability Act”; imposes certain testing, reporting, management, and infrastructure investment requirements on water purveyors. 1 p.m. Appropriations.