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Opportunity to Compete Act, Drunken Driving Penalty Reforms, Job Protections, Invalidating Christie’s Anti-Civil Service Rules & Women’s Rights Bills Top Monday Assembly Hearings

Hearing into Wasteful Spending at Private Schools that Care for Disabled Children Also on Tap
Standards for Drone Use, Requiring Health Care Facilities be Generator Ready, Improving Group Home Fire Safety & Allowing Mail-In Ballots for All Elections Also Up

(TRENTON) – The Opportunity to Compete Act, reforming the state’s drunken driving penalties, banning credit checks as a job condition, invalidating Gov. Christie’s anti-Civil Service rules and several bills to protect women’s rights top Monday’s Assembly committee hearings.
A hearing into wasteful spending at private schools that care for disabled students is also on tap, as are bills to extend farming protections to honeybee keepers, create standards for law enforcement use of drones, require health care facilities be generator ready, improving group home fire safety and allowing voters to receive mail-in ballots for all elections.
The hearings are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
Highlights include:
· A-3837 (Watson Coleman/Green/Spencer) – “The Opportunity to Compete Act”; establishes certain employment rights for persons with criminal histories. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-3835 (Stender/Caputo) – Revises penalties for certain drunk driving offenses, including mandating installation of ignition interlock device, and creates restricted use driver’s license. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A-2840 (Spencer/Caride/Sumter) and A-704 (Ramos/Tucker/Watson Coleman) — Prohibits practice of requiring credit check as condition of employment. 10 a.m. Labor.
· ACR-215 (Stender) – Invalidates or prohibits adoption of rule proposed by Civil Service Commission to establish job banding program. 10 a.m. Labor.
· At 1 p.m. the Assembly Education Committee will hear testimony from invited guests regarding the accountability and oversight of New Jersey’s private schools for students with disabilities.
· A-2601 (Vainieri Huttle/Stender/Quijano) – Prohibits genital mutilation of females under 18 years of age. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-4280 (Lampitt/Mosquera) – “Autumn Joy Stillbirth Research and Dignity Act”; requires DOH to establish protocols for stillbirths, establishes stillbirth research database. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-4486 (Lampitt/Johnson) – Prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-4526 (Lampitt) – Exempts cosmetic makeup services in conjunction with reconstructive breast surgery from sales tax. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-954 (Oliver) – Establishes School Asthma Protocol Task Force, and A-3641 (Giblin/Oliver) – Requires boards of education to adopt policies to make schools asthma-friendly. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-4261 (Albano/Andrzejczak/Caride) – Extends Right to Farm Act protections to commercial beekeepers, and A-4262 (Albano/Andrzejczak/Caride) – Establishes State’s exclusive authority with regard to regulation of apiary activities, and A-4263 (Caride) – Establishes penalty for destruction of man-made native bee hive. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A-2734 (Caride) – Requires schools to maintain supply of epinephrine and permit administration of epinephrine to any student having anaphylactic reaction. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-3935 (Eustace) – Requires a public school district to provide a daily recess period for students in grades kindergarten through 5. 1 p.m. Education.
· A-4073 (Benson/Prieto/Caride) – Sets forth certain standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments when utilizing drones. 2 p.m. Homeland Security.
· A-4324 (Quijano) – Requires that certain health care facilities be generator ready; allows health care facilities to qualify for NJEDA loans for cost of generators. 2 p.m. Homeland Security.
· A-1843 (Diegnan/Burzichelli/Wagner/Jasey/McKeon) – “Group Home Fire Safety Act.” 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A-4156 (Andrzejczak/Albano) – Requires public bodies under Open Public Meetings Act to display U.S. flag and recite Pledge of Allegiance at beginning of meeting. 2 p.m. State Government.
· A-1336 (Greenwald/DeAngelo) – Permits registered voters to receive mail-in ballots automatically for all elections under certain conditions; limits number of sample ballots transmitted to each residence. 2 p.m. State Government.