Future of Nuclear Power in New Jersey, Chronic Student Absenteeism, Background Checks for Disability Providers, Drone Safety, Volkswagen Settlement, Climate Change & Highlands Water Bills Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also up: Hotel 911 Call Safety, School Fire Safety, Child Water Safety, Lactation Rooms at PANYNJ Facilities, Protecting Bees from Pesticide & Discussions on New Jersey SPCA Concerns & Peacetime Veterans Civil Service Preferences

(TRENTON) – The future of nuclear power in New Jersey, chronic student absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions, background checks for entities that provide services to individuals with disabilities, drone safety, Volkswagen settlement money, requiring New Jersey to join the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold Paris Climate Accord and protecting Highlands water highlight Monday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Also up: hotel 911 call safety, school fire safety, child water safety instruction, lactation rooms at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey facilities, emergency power at assisted living facilities, New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerns and testimony on civil service preferences for 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:
· The Telecommunications and Utilities Committee at 10 a.m. meets with Senate Environment and Energy Committee to hear testimony on strategies to prevent the premature retirement of existing, licensed and operating nuclear power plants.
· A-2352 (Vainieri Huttle/Muoio/Singleton/Caputo) – Requires Commissioner of Education to include data on chronic absenteeism and disciplinary suspensions on School Report Card and requires public schools to make certain efforts to combat chronic absenteeism. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-5210 (Vainieri Huttle) – Expands background check requirements for entities that provide services to individuals with certain disabilities and requires inspections of certain entities. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A-5205 (Quijano) – Regulates and prohibits certain operation of drones. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A-4749 (Johnson/Zwicker/Benson/Kennedy/Vainieri Huttle/Mukherji) – Establishes “Volkswagen Settlement Utilization Fund for Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction and Air Pollution Control”; directs DEP to use moneys in fund to establish and implement certain air pollution control programs. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A-5040 / A-5043 (Mukherji/Zwicker/Vainieri Huttle/Eustace/Downey) / (Kennedy/McKeon/Downey/Zwicker/Pinkin) – Requires NJ to join U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold Paris Climate Accord. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· ACR-225 (McKeon) – Invalidates certain DEP rules and regulations concerning septic system density standards in Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Rules. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A-5104 (Eustace/Zwicker/McKeon) – Prohibits DEP from amending certain regulations to be less stringent than certain federal regulations. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A-2603 (Gusciora/Pinkin) – 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.
· A-5074 (Quijano) – Directs Department of Education to survey fire suppression systems in public and nonpublic school buildings. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-5155 (Quijano) – Requires provision of water safety instruction as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, and A-5159 (Vainieri Huttle) – Requires school districts to provide instruction on water safety as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-5150 (Wisniewski/Oliver/Vainieri Huttle/McKnight/Jasey/Pintor Marin) – Requires lactation rooms be made available at certain PANYNJ airports. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-3398 (Caride/Taliaferro) – Requires pesticide applicator to notify beekeeper when applying pesticide within three miles of registered honey or native beehive or beeyard; and A-3400 (Caride/Taliaferro/McKeon) – Requires training for pesticide applicators and operators concerning pollinating bees. 1 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
· The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at 1 p.m. will hold a hearing on the report released in October 2017 by the State Commission on Investigation regarding the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
· The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. will hold a hearing on whether to expand veterans preference in public employment to peacetime veterans.
· A-458 (Mazzeo/Benson/Moriarty/Danielsen) – Permits county clerk or register of deeds and mortgages to create Gold Star Parent identification card. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A-1910 (Wisniewski) – Requires use of headlights on motor vehicles when motor vehicle is operated in an area of highway construction or repair. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-2598 (Gusciora/Pinkin/Chiaravalloti) – Establishes penalty for unlawfully using parking placard issued to person with qualifying disability. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-1889 (Wisniewski/DeAngelo/Jimenez/Singleton) – Requires written security plan when school is polling place and open to students; provides that schools may be used as polling places only under certain circumstances; makes an appropriation. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A-2343 (Benson/Webber) – Provides that Good Samaritans are not required to pay for ambulance service if injured while rendering emergency care. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.