GAS PRICES, TOUGHER PENALTY FOR KILLING A POLICE DOG, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIONS AND REQUIRING PUBLIC WORKERS TO LIVE IN NJ TOP ASSEMBLY AGENDA

(TRENTON) ? Legislation to help consumers with gas prices, toughen penalties for killing a police dog, target health care professionals who illegally dispose medical waste, give lease protections to domestic violence victims and require all New Jersey public workers to live in the state top Monday?s Assembly voting agenda.

Other highlights include legislation to help veterans, protect consumers and prohibit the Christie administration from burying a historic archeological dig near the State House in Trenton.

The session will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

Highlights include:

· Legislation to require gas retailers to post signs indicating different prices for credit card and cash purchases. The bill (A-3862) is sponsored by Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson), Jack Conners (D-Burlington/Camden) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden).

· Legislation (A-3602) to enhance penalties for killing a police dog. The bill stems from a recent Gloucester County incident in which a police dog named Schultz was killed. The bill is sponsored by Moriarty, Ramos, Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Gilbert L. ?Whip? Wilson (D-Camden).

· A bill that would require license suspensions for health care professionals who illegally dispose of medical waster. This bill (A-861) stems from a 2008 incident that closed several South Jersey beaches around Labor Day. A dentist was charged with illegally dumping needles into the ocean. The bill is sponsored by Matthew W. Milam and Nelson Albano (both D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) and Lou Greenwald (D-Camden).

· A bill (A-2478) to require all new public workers to live in New Jersey. It?s sponsored by Moriarty, Celeste Riley and John Burzichelli (both D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Wilson and Angel Fuentes (D-Camden).

· A bill (A-2891) to provide rental and lease protections for domestic violence victims. It?s sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Ralph Caputo (D-Essex).

· Three bills (A-3433-3434-3435) to provide consumer contract protections. They?re sponsored by Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex), Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex), Moriarty and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer).

· A bill (A-3699) sponsored by Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) to prohibit the burial of the Petty?s Run archeological excavation site near the State House in Trenton.

· A bill (A-2616) to establish a veteran-to-veteran peer support telephone hotline. It?s sponsored by Conners, Tucker and Moriarty.

· A bill (2308) sponsored by Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) to provide the parole board with discretion to reconsider parole eligibility for certain crimes after a certain period of time.

The complete agenda can be found at:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp.