MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUILDINGS, PRIVATIZATION & VETERAN SUPPORT TOP THURSDAY ASSEMBLY AGENDAS

(TRENTON) – Testimony on the future of mental health facilities in New Jersey and stricter oversight of privatization contracts and legislation to promote environmentally friendly building construction and create a veteran-to-veteran support program top Thursday’s Assembly committee agendas.
The hearings are slated to begin at 10 a.m.
They will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
Highlights include:
· The Assembly Human Services Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to hear testimony on the Mental Health Facilities Evaluation Task Force’s recommendations. It will also consider legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to permit the Legislature to void closings of state psychiatric hospitals or developmental centers.
· The Assembly State Government Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to hear testimony on legislation (ACR-150) that would amend the state Constitution to set minimum standards and procedures on contracts to privatize public services.
· The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider a 5-bill package pushed by Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) to promote construction of environmentally friendly buildings.
· The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider legislation (A-2616) sponsored by Jack Conners (D-Burlington/Camden), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) to create a veteran-to-veteran peer support program.
· The Assembly Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to hear testimony on possible reforms to state laws governing equitable distribution of marital assets, alimony, palimony, child support payments and custody.
· The Assembly Agriculture and Natural ReDests Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to hear testimony on issue confronting dairy farmers in New Jersey.
Complete agendas can be found at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp.