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N.J. Minimum Wage Increase, Ride-Sharing Company Regulation & Eventual Plastic Bag Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

(TRENTON) – Legislation to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage, regulate transportation network companies and eventually ban non-compostable plastic bags top Thursday’s Assembly committee hearings.
The meetings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
· A15 (Prieto/Wisniewski/Schaer) – Raises minimum wage rate to $10.10, makes further increases over a four-year period, and maintains annual cost of living increases. 10 a.m. Assembly Labor.
· (Lagana/Singleton/Wisniewski) – Regulates transportation network companies. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A-3671 (Spencer/Vainieri Huttle/Eustace) – Establishes incremental fee, and ban beginning in 2025, on use of non-compostable plastic bags by certain stores. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A-925 (Vainieri Huttle/Schaer/Pinkin/Mukherji/Lampitt/Mazzeo) – Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A3662 (Schaer/Caride/Vainieri Huttle) – “Rosa-Bonilla Family Act”; concerns development of carbon monoxide poisoning educational program for drivers. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A1639 (Schaer/Tucker/Benson) – Increases personal needs allowance to $50 for recipients of Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income who are veterans or spouses of veterans and provides for annual cost-of-living increase in allowance. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A2228 (DeAngelo/Lagana/Pinkin) – Includes all disabled veterans in NJT discount program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A1465 (Lampitt/Mosquera/Wimberly) – Ensures equal rights and opportunities for pregnant graduate students in institutions of higher education; A1466 (Lampitt/Jasey/Caride/Mosquera/Wimberly) – Prohibits institutions of higher education from requiring students who have children to purchase meal plans, live in on-campus housing, or pay gym fees; and A1467 (Lampitt/Jasey/Caride/Mosquera/Wimberly) – Prohibits institution of higher education that provides child care from charging student-parent who receives child care voucher under “New Jersey Cares for Kids Program” an amount for child care in excess of voucher amount./ 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A3267 (Singleton) – Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns to support autism programs. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A308 (Singleton/Conaway) – Prohibits persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from owning domestic companion animals and from working or volunteering at animal-related enterprises; designated as “Moose’s Law.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A3056 (Taliaferro/Houghtaling/Andrzejczak) – Requires Dept. of Agriculture to develop voluntary guidelines to encourage school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food; extends “Food Bank Good Samaritan Act” protections to school districts. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A3414 (McKnight) – Requires Dept. of Agriculture to create clearinghouse website for vendors to provide surplus food to charities in State. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A3421 (Singleton/Lampitt) – Establishes an animal abuser registry. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A1804 (Conaway/Singleton) – Requires DEP to conduct vibration analysis along routes for disposal of dredged material from Delaware River. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A3669 (Coughlin) – Provides gross income tax deduction for certain home elevation expenses; and A-3670 (Coughlin) – Allows state-owned, municipally-managed Blue Acres lands to be used for freshwater wetlands mitigation projects. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A1641 (Schaer/Jimenez/Wimberly/Caride) – Requires electric public utilities to provide priority power restoration to certain medical facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A1821 (Conaway/Benson/Pinkin) – Requires 9-1-1 service facilities be equipped with Next Generation 9-1-1 system and provides funding for that purpose; makes texting the 9-1-1 emergency system without purpose of reporting need for 9-1-1 service a fourth degree crime. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A2189 (Singleton) – Concerns standard for involuntary commitment to outpatient treatment; requires police training on behavioral health issues. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A3410 (Muoio/Vainieri Huttle) – Repeals family cap in Work First New Jersey program. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A3489 (Spencer) – Provides for notification of emergency contact in event of death of senior citizen in senior citizen housing facility. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A3622 (Andrzejczak) – Requires State to pledge to ensure availability of job training or similar activities to certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to prevent loss of benefits. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A1554 (Lagana/Mazzeo) – Provides for priority consideration, by State, of permit applications by counties and municipalities with 10 or more shared services. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A2921 (Eustace/Houghtaling) – Increases flexibility, clarity, and available tools of optional municipal consolidation process. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A3150 (Land/Andrzejczak) – Authorizes veterans property tax exemption for totally disabled veterans who did not serve in theater of war. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A313 (Singleton/Lampitt/Quijano/Pintor Marin/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires certain additional school district personnel to complete training program on suicide prevention. 10 a.m. Education.
· A2873 (Jones) – Requires completion of a computer science class as part of the high school graduation requirements. 10 a.m. Education.
· A3396 (McKnight/Chiaravalloti) – Requires financial literacy instruction to pupils enrolled in grades kindergarten through eight. 10 a.m. Education.