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Consumer Rebate & Personal Info Protections & Combating Toxic Jewelry Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Assembly committees on Monday will meet to consider legislation to outlaw body armor-piercing bullets, toughen penalties for injuring police officer with a defaced or stolen gun following the fatal shooting of a Jersey City detective, require public water to be fluoridated and help economic development by extending permits for stalled development projects.
Bills to protect consumers dealing with manufacturer rebates, protect personal information stored on digital copiers and combat jewelry made with toxic materials are also on tap.
Hearings are slated to start at 10 a.m.
Audio of the hearings will be streamed live at:
Complete agendas are attached, but highlights include:
· A bill (A-1811) to require the fluoridation of all public community water systems in New Jersey to combat tooth decay. It’s sponsored by Herb Conaway M.D. (D-Burlington) and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.
· A bill (A-1013) to criminalize the use of a defaced or stolen firearm to injure a police officer. The bill is named in honor of slain Jersey City police officer Marc Anthony DiNardo and is sponsored by Charles Mainor (D-Hudson). It’s set for a 2 p.m. hearing by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
· Legislation to prohibit the possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor (A-588). It’s sponsored by L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Albert Coutinho (D-Essex), Patrick J. Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) and will be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
· A bill (A-1338) to help create jobs and economic development by extending development permits until Dec. 31, 2014. It’s sponsored by Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden), Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), Matthew Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). It’s set for a 2 p.m. Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee hearing.
· Legislation sponsored by Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and Herb Conaway, M.D. (D-Burlington) to protect personal information by requiring the destruction of records stored on digital copy machines (A-1238). It’s to be heard by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee at 10 a.m.
· A bill (A-1511) to make it illegal to advertise merchandise indicating the availability of a manufacturer’s rebate by displaying the net price of the item of merchandise, unless the rebate is provided at the time of purchase or the actual selling price of the merchandise is disclosed in the same font and size as the net price and clear and conspicuous notice is provided in the advertisement that a mail-in rebate is required to get a lower price. It’s sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Consumer Affairs panel.
· Legislation (A-1858) to prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale in New Jersey of jewelry made with toxic materials. The bill is sponsored by Patrick J. Diegnan (D-Middlesex) and Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and is set for a 10 a.m. hearing by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.
· The Assembly Higher Education Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. to hear from college presidents on the state’s higher education priorities.
· The Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider legislation (A-1072) sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) to bar telecommunications, utility or cable companies from charging customers prior to the actual billing date.