Health Benefit Exchange, Resolving Unemployment Claim Appeal Backlog & Jessica Lunsford Act Top Thursday Assembly Agenda

Online Voter Registration, Protecting the Disabled, No Credit Card Solicitations on Campus, Combating Trend of Pointing Laser Pointers at Airliners, Airport Security, Electric Vehicles & Helping Vets Find Housing Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Legislation to implement essential aspects of national health care reform, resolving a six-month backlog within the Christie administration for out-of-work New Jerseyans appealing the denial of unemployment benefits and the Jessica Lunsford Act top Thursday’s Assembly agenda.
Online voter registration, protecting the disabled, banning credit card solicitations on campus, combating the dangerous trend of pointing laser pointers at airliners, improved airport security, encouraging electric vehicles & helping vets find housing are also on tap.
The session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. It will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
The full agenda is attached, but highlights include:
· A bill (A-3186) to implement essential aspects of national health care reform by implementing the New Jersey Health Benefit Exchange Act. It’s sponsored by Herb Conaway M.D., Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington), Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex), Ruben Ramos (D-Hudson) and John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).
· A measure (A-3309) sponsored by Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) to combat a six-month backlog within the Christie administration for out-of-work New Jerseyans appealing the denial of unemployment benefits.
· Legislation (A-2027) sponsored by Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green (D- Middlesex/Somerset/Union) to impose a mandatory prison time of 25 years to life for those convicted of sexually abusing children under the age of 13. The bill is modeled after Florida’s “Jessica Lunsford Act,” named after a nine-year-old Florida resident who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2005.
· Legislation (A-2870) sponsored by Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden), Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), Matthew M. Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), Daniel Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo (both D-Mercer/Middlesex) and John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) that would allow New Jersey residents to register online to vote.
· Legislation (A-2573) sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Craig J. Coughlin (both D-Middlesex) to create more stringent oversight of community care facilities servicing the developmentally disabled and provide a clear methodology for investigating potential instances of abuse.
· Legislation (A-1688) sponsored by Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem./Cumberland) to prevent credit card companies from preying on college students.
· Legislation (A-3169) designed to combat the dangerous trend of pointing laser pointers at airplanes near airports by prohibiting the sale of laser pointers that exceed certain power output. It’s sponsored by Nelson Albano (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland).
· A measure (A-3038) sponsored by Herb Conaway M.D. and Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington) to require water companies to notify customers of requests to increase rates.
· A bill (A-2948) to require out-of-state law enforcement entities to provide notice before conducting a surveillance operation in the state to the Attorney General, the superintendent of State Police and the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction in which a surveillance operation is to take place. The bill is sponsored by Charles Mainor (D-Hudson).
· A measure (A-606) sponsored by Grace Spencer, Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) to establish a crime of entering a restricted airport area. It will be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Homeland Security and Preparedness Committee.
· Legislation (A-1744) sponsored by Upendra J. Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset) and Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) that would make affordable housing more accessible to veterans.
· A measure (A-2416) sponsored by Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) to promote the use of environment friendly and energy efficient vehicles in New Jersey by encouraging the creation of electric vehicle charging stations in transportation projects.
· 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.