Restricting Standardized Testing, Help for Wounded Warriors, Encouraging Gleaning, Parking Garage Safety & CO2 Detector Requirements Top Thursday Assembly Committees

Clean Vehicles, Protecting Children, Improved Substance Abuse Treatment, Rural Roadway Safety, Municipal Consolidation, Combating Aggressive Driving Also on Tap
Hearing also Set on In-Home & Community-Based Housing for Disabled

(TRENTON) – Bills to restrict standardized testing, several measures to help wounded veterans, encouraging gleaning to help feed the hungry, requiring parking garages with low-clearance have on-site emergency transport vehicles and requiring carbon monoxide detectors highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee meetings.
Bills to encourage use of clean vehicles along state toll roads, protect children, improve substance abuse treatment, enhance rural roadway safety, promote municipal consolidation, educate new drivers on aggressive driving and debar permanently from government contracting any person convicted of certain crimes involving government contracts are also on tap, as is discussion on in-home and community-based housing for the disabled.
The meetings are slated to being at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
· A-3079 (Jasey/Diegnan/Mainor/Wimberly/Oliver) – Prohibits administration of standardized assessments in kindergarten through second grade; and A-4190 (Diegnan) – Prohibits use of certain assessments as high school proficiency tests for three years. 10 a.m. Education.
· A-3551 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Wilson/Mukherji/Moriarty/Benson) – Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act; Provides income tax credit to family caregivers of certain armed service members with physical disabilities; A-3552 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Wilson/Mukherji/Benson) – Creates financial planning assistance program for disabled veterans and their caregivers; A-3554 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Wilson/Mukherji/Benson) – Eliminates income eligibility cap to receive respite care for certain veterans; and AJR-76 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Wilson/Mukherji/Moriarty) – Designates fourth week of March of each year as “Military Caregivers Week.” 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs..
· A4073 (Schaer/Prieto/Caride/Lagana/Giblin/Wimberly) – Requires installation of carbon monoxide detectors in certain structures; designated as “Korman and Park’s Law.” 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A4079 (Eustace/Andrzejczak) – Directs Department of Agriculture to publish on its website “Farmers Against Hunger Day” page and “New Jersey Gleaning Week” page; AJR93 (Eustace/Andrzejczak) – Designates last week of September as “New Jersey Gleaning Week;” and AJR94 (Eustace/Andrzejczak) – Designates Wednesday of last full week of September as “Farmers Against Hunger Day.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A3372 (Vainieri Huttle) – Requires certain parking garages to have on-site emergency vehicle capable of accessing low-clearance areas. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A1728 (Eustace) – Requires New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority to provide natural gas refueling, propane refueling, and electric vehicle recharging stations at certain rest areas on New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· A1046 (Schaer/Johnson/Wimberly) – Authorizes wiretap orders for investigation of luring or enticing a child, identity theft, stalking and harassment under certain circumstances. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A226 (Gusciora/Watson Coleman/Vainieri Huttle/Quijano) – Requires posting of information about availability of services from substance abuse treatment facilities on county and DHS websites. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A3927 (Andrzejczak/Mazzeo) – Requires drivers to slow down before passing slow moving vehicles; establishes Statewide educational campaign on rural roadway safety; updates agriculture-related motor vehicle laws to reflect current industry practices. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A3090 (Benson/Gusciora) – Debars permanently from government contracting any person convicted of certain crimes involving government contracts. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A1739 (Gordon/Eustace/Lagana) – Increases flexibility, clarity, and available tools of optional municipal consolidation process. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A1392 (Wimberly/Garcia) – Requires public and nonpublic schools, local recreation departments, youth serving organizations and camps to have defibrillators for youth athletic events, and public schools to train pupils in defibrillator use and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A1013 (Benson/DeAngelo/Sumter/Wisniewski) – Requires high school driver education course, certain new driver brochures, and driver’s license written exam to include aggressive driving information. 10 a.m. Transportation.
· The Assembly Human Services Committee at 1 p.m. will testimony concerning the proposed Statewide Transition Plan issued by the Department of Human Services to comply with federal rules regarding services provided in home and community-based settings.