Out-of-Network Health Care Costs, College Affordability Bill, Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Guns & 4-Year Sandy Recovery Update Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Atlantic City Housing Incentives, Residential Fire Safety,
Child Safety, Tamper-Resistant Opioid Drugs & Zackhary’s Law
Among Bills Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – The Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, along with a four-bill Assembly college affordability package, protecting domestic violence victims by restricting access to firearms for abusers and – to mark the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – testimony on the recovery work that remains to be done and the challenges that its victims are still facing as they try to rebuild highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Also on tap are the Atlantic City Growth Tax Credit Program and residential fire safety, child safety, tamper-resistant opioid drug and Zackhary’s Law, which would establish and alert system to facilitate apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accident scenes.
The meetings are slated to begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
· A1952 (Coughlin/Schaer/Singleton/Lampitt) – “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act.” 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-4084 (Schaer/Jasey/Benson) – Requires Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to establish income-driven repayment option and loan rehabilitation program for borrowers under New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) Loan Program; A-4085 (Schaer/Jasey/Vainieri Huttle/Benson) – Establishes “Succeed in New Jersey” student loan reimbursement program for certain New Jersey residents employed in designated fields; A-4087 (Schaer/Jasey/Muoio/Benson) – Establishes “New Jersey College Ready Students Program Act”; provides tuition-free dual enrollment opportunity at county college for certain high school students; and A-4088 (Schaer/Jasey/Benson) – Establishes “High School to College Readiness Commission” to examine issues and develop recommendations to enhance student preparation for postsecondary education. 10 a.m. Higher Education.
· A4126 (Mosquera/Greenwald/Downey/Houghtaling/N. Munoz/ Sumter/Benson/Lampitt) – Enhances protections for domestic violence victims by restricting access to firearms by certain persons; provides for minimum terms of incarceration for offenders who commit physically violent acts. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· To mark the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee will hear testimony at 1 p.m. on the recovery work that remains to be done and the challenges that its victims are still facing as they try to rebuild.
· A462 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak) – Establishes “Atlantic City Growth Tax Credit Program” to grant tax credits to promote the development of non-rental housing in Atlantic City. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-3592 (Johnson/Vainieri Huttle/Sumter) – Removes age restriction on testifying via closed circuit television in certain sex crimes cases. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-4184 (Chaparro/Vainieri Huttle/Benson/Jimenez) – Establishes Zack alert system to facilitate apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accident scene; designated as “Zackhary’s Law.” 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.
· A-1139 (Holley/McKnight) – Prohibits sale of unsafe supplemental mattresses designed for children’s products. 10 a.m. Consumer Affairs.
· A-2997 (Conaway/Benson) – Requires Division of Consumer Affairs to publish list of certain tamper-resistant opioid drugs; establishes that certain conditions be met for pharmacist to substitute for tamper-resistant opioid drug. 10 a.m. Consumer Affairs.
· A4230 (Conaway) – Requires health insurance carriers; SHBP, and SEHBP to inform covered persons about organ and tissue donation. 10 a.m. Financial Institutions and Insurance.
· A1257 (Caride/Jimenez/Mukherji/Holley/Benson/McKnight) – Requires school bus transporting students using wheelchairs to be equipped with four-point securement system; requires school bus operator to secure students using wheelchairs. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A1833 (Conaway/Benson/Pinkin/Wimberly/Downey/Mazzeo) – Mandates health benefits coverage for opioid analgesics with abuse-deterrent properties. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A4075 (Vainieri Huttle/Tucker/Lampitt) – Concerns procedures for transition of individuals with developmental disabilities from developmental centers to community placements. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A2503 (Vainieri Huttle/Mosquera/Tucker/McKnight) – Provides protections for individuals with developmental disabilities through accountability and transparency; designated as “Stephen Komninos’ Law.” 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A1658 (Schaer/Mosquera/Green/Tucker/Lampitt/Vainieri Huttle/Quijano/Wimberly/ Pintor Marin/Jasey) – Requires DCA to make information on homeless prevention programs and services available on its Internet website. 1 p.m. Appropriations.
· A-2256 (Greenwald/Johnson/Moriarty) – Establishes the New Jersey Film and Television Project and Employment Incentive Program. 1 p.m. Commerce and Economic Development.
· A-3523 (Muoio/Gusciora/Mukherji) – Requires Division of Parole to offer parole services to certain defendants who have served their maximum sentence. 2 p.m. Law and Public Safety.