Social Media Privacy Protections, Internet Gaming, Banning Unsolicited Text Messaging Ads & Green Jobs Top Thursday Assembly Agendas

(TRENTON) – Barring employers and colleges from requiring people to turn over their social media user names and passwords, authorizing Internet gaming in New Jersey, banning unsolicited text messaging ads and promoting green jobs top Thursday’s Assembly committee agendas.
Hearings are slated to start at 10a.m. The hearings will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
The complete agendas can be found at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/calendar/050812.htm.
Highlights include:
· A 2-bill package (A-2878-2879) sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) to prohibit employers and higher education institutions from asking people to disclose their social media user names and passwords. It’s to be heard by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee at 10 a.m.
· A bill (A-2578) sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) to authorize Internet gaming via Atlantic City casinos. It’s to be heard by the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee at 10 a.m.
· Legislation (A-1218) sponsored by Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) to prohibit the sending of unsolicited advertising by text messaging. It’s to be heard by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee at 10 a.m.
· A measure (A-2507) sponsored by Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) to establish a solar thermal expansion loan and grant program to help promote green jobs and clean energy. It’s to be considered at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.
· A bill (A-2610) sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen) to authorize placing horse racing wagers using mobile gaming devices at in-state racetracks. It’s to be heard by the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee at 10 a.m.
· A measure (A-1452) sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) to establish a police, firefighter and teacher home buying assistance program to encourage them to live in the communities they serve. It’s to be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee.