*** MONDAY ADVISORY *** CHARTER SCHOOL REFORM PACKAGE, VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE & PROTECTIONS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION ON STATE COMPUTERS TOP ASSEMBLY AGENDAS

(TRENTON) – Assembly committees on Monday will consider a charter school reform package, bills to provide tax relief to veterans, protect personal information on state computers and boost historic and farmland preservation.
They will also hear testimony on the administration’s transportation plans, the closing of the Elizabeth Motor Vehicle Commission facility and funding for Legal Services of New Jersey.
The hearings will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
Highlights include:
· The Assembly Education Committee at 2 p.m. will consider a four-bill charter school reform package (A-2806-3083-3356-3852). The bills require voter approval for charter schools, enables Rutgers University to authorize charter schools, installs strict oversight for charter schools and allows private schools to convert nonpublic schools into charter schools. They’re sponsored by Mila Jasey, Albert Coutinho and Ralph Caputo (all D-Essex), Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester), Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) and Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex), John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).
· The Assembly State Government Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to hear testimony on the impact of the closing of the Elizabeth Motor Vehicle Commission facility.
· It will also consider legislation (A-3097) sponsored by Herb Conaway and Jack Conners (both D-Burlington/Camden) to impose pay-to-play prohibitions upon county bridge commission contractors.
· It will also consider a bill (A-3980) sponsored by Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to require proper disposition of state computers loaded with personal information.
· The Assembly Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to hear testimony on funding for Legal Services of New Jersey.
· The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs will consider legislation (A-3533) sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Jack Conners (D-Burlington/Camden) to exclude Armed Services combat pay from income taxes.
· The panel will also consider a bill (ACR-168) to ask voters to amend the state constitution to increase the veterans’ property tax deduction from $250 to $500 per year. It’s sponsored by John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).
· The Assembly transportation panel will hear 10 a.m. testimony on the administration’s proposed statewide transportation capital plan and funding for the Transportation Trust Fund.
· The Assembly Agriculture and Natural ReDests Committee at 2 p.m. will consider several bills regarding historic and farmland preservation.
The complete agendas can be found at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp.