State Budget Bills, Women’s Health Care Veto Override, Banning Unsafe Children’s Mattresses, Combating Homelessness, Helping Sandy Victims, Expungement Reform, Transgender Student Protections & A.C. Public Safety Early Retirements Highlight Voting Session

Also on Tap: Newborn Health Insurance, Protecting Developmentally Disabled Children, High School to College Readiness Commission, Gold Star Family Counseling Program, Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights & Extending Vets Property Tax Relief to Those who Served at World Trade Center

(TRENTON) – The Assembly on Thursday will vote on bills to adopt the state budget, override the governor’s veto of women’s health care funding, prohibit the sale of unsafe children’s mattresses, combat homelessness, help Superstorm Sandy victims facing aid overpayments, reform expungements, require transgender student guidelines for schools and require early retirement offers before layoffs for police and firefighters in Atlantic City.
Also on tap: health insurance information for newborn children, improving protections for developmentally disabled children, the High School to College Readiness Commission, the Gold Star Family Counseling Program, Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights and extending veterans’ property tax relief to those who served at the World Trade Center.
The session is scheduled to start at noon and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp
Bill No. Sponsor Description
S-3240 Sca
(A-4996) Greenstein, Linda R.
/Codey, Richard J.
(Mukherji, Raj
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Schaer, Gary S.
/Holley, Jamel C.
/Land, R. Bruce) Authorizes NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust to expend certain sums to make loans for environmental infrastructure projects for FY2018.
S-3241 Sca
(A-4998) Smith, Bob
/Codey, Richard J.
(Eustace, Tim
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Moriarty, Paul D.
/Conaway, Herb
/Andrzejczak, Bob) Appropriates funds to DEP for environmental infrastructure projects for FY2018.
S-3242
(A-4997) Gordon, Robert M.
/Oroho, Steven V.
(McKeon, John F.
/Prieto, Vincent) Clarifies procedures for approval of environmental and transportation infrastructure projects.
S-3352
(A-5045) Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Bateman, Christopher
(Oliver, Sheila Y.
/Chaparro, Annette
/Singleton, Troy
/Lagana, Joseph A.
/Bramnick, Jon M.)
Appropriates $71,700,224 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds to DEP for local government open space acquisition and park development projects.
S-3353
(A-5046) Greenstein, Linda R.
/Thompson, Samuel D.
(Eustace, Tim
/Land, R. Bruce
/Mukherji, Raj
/Schaer, Gary S.
/Bramnick, Jon M.) Appropriates $12.3 million from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to DEP for State capital and park development projects.
S-3354
(A-5044) Gordon, Robert M.
/Allen, Diane B.
(McKeon, John F.
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Moriarty, Paul D.
/Bramnick, Jon M.) Appropriates $8,992,898 to DEP from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.
SCR-153
(ACR-246) Kyrillos, Joseph M.
(Eustace, Tim
/McKeon, John F.
/Chaparro, Annette
/Gusciora, Reed) Approves FY 2018 Financial Plan of NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust.
Bill No. Sponsor Description
A-772 AcaAaAa Andrzejczak, Bob
/Diegnan, Patrick J.
/Land, R. Bruce
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Holley, Jamel C.
/Mukherji, Raj Establishes process for recovering cost of caring for domestic companion animals involved in animal cruelty violations.
A-1139 ScaSaSa Holley, Jamel C.
/McKnight, Angela V.
/Munoz, Nancy F.
/Kennedy, James J.
/Mukherji, Raj
/Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Wimberly, Benjie E.
/Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Vitale, Joseph F. Prohibits sale of unsafe supplemental mattresses designed for children’s products.
A-2419 Aa Eustace, Tim
/Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Burzichelli, John J.
/Spencer, L. Grace
/Mukherji, Raj Establishes hours during which alcoholic beverages may be sold on international airport property.
A-2439 Aa Wisniewski, John S.
/Pinkin, Nancy J.
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
/Downey, Joann
/Houghtaling, Eric Requires DOT Commissioner to develop public awareness programs and use variable message signs to inform motorists about State’s “move over” law.
A-3056 AcaSca Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Dancer, Ronald S.
/Houghtaling, Eric
/Space, Parker
/Andrzejczak, Bob
/Webber, Jay
/Allen, Diane B.
/Greenstein, Linda R.
/Bateman, Christopher
/Smith, Bob Requires DEP to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste; extends “Food Bank Good Samaritan Act” immunity protections to public and nonpublic schools.
A-3386 ScaSa Schaer, Gary S.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
/Caride, Marlene
/Mukherji, Raj
/Vitale, Joseph F.
/Rice, Ronald L. Provides protections for children under the age of 18 with developmental disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities ages 18-21 receiving services from Division of Children’s System of Care.
A-3403 Dancer, Ronald S.
/Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Space, Parker
/Andrzejczak, Bob
/Houghtaling, Eric Designates Common Eastern Bumble Bee as New Jersey State Native Pollinator.
A-3492 Aca
override Mazzeo, Vincent
/Mosquera, Gabriela M.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Jones, Patricia Egan
/Jimenez, Angelica M.
/Downey, Joann
/Weinberg, Loretta
/Sweeney, Stephen M. Makes FY 2017 supplemental appropriation of $7,453,000 to DOH for family planning services.
A-3887 Schaer, Gary S.
/Jasey, Mila M.
/McKeon, John F.
/Mukherji, Raj Requires certification of diligent inquiry in residential mortgage foreclosure actions to be filed by attorneys.
A-4088 AcaSa Schaer, Gary S.
/Jasey, Mila M.
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Cruz-Perez, Nilsa
/Singer, Robert W. Establishes “High School to College Readiness Commission” to examine issues and develop recommendations to enhance student preparation for postsecondary education.
A-4399 AcaAcaSa Greenwald, Louis D.
/Johnson, Gordon M.
/Andrzejczak, Bob
/Jones, Patricia Egan
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Rible, David P.
/Houghtaling, Eric
/Mukherji, Raj
/Beach, James
/Madden, Fred H. Establishes Gold Star Family Counseling Program in DMVA; creates tax credit for certain health care professionals.
A-4406 Aca Benson, Daniel R.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Mukherji, Raj
/DeCroce, BettyLou
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas Provides for emergency assistance to individuals or families that are homeless or in temporary living arrangement due to domestic violence.
A-4432 AcaAcs Schaer, Gary S.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Singleton, Troy Allows certain businesses having collaborative research relationships with institutions of higher education to receive tax credits under Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.
A-4470 AcaAa Schaer, Gary S.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Sumter, Shavonda E. Establishes Behavioral Health Services Task Force.
A-4482 AcaAa Kennedy, James J.
/DeAngelo, Wayne P.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Quijano, Annette Allows for cancellation of certain service contracts without paying early termination fee if customer becomes deceased prior to end of service contract.
A-4765 Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Mukherji, Raj
/Singleton, Troy Requires DCA to continuously maintain open enrollment period for federal Housing Choice Voucher Program pre-applications.
A-4766 Aca Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Jones, Patricia Egan
/Mukherji, Raj Permits temporary rental assistance for emergency assistance recipients.
A-4767 Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Mukherji, Raj Prohibits emergency homeless shelters from conditioning provision of shelter on enrollment in certain programs.
A-4768 Vainieri Huttle, Valerie Requires emergency shelters for the homeless to admit certain persons unless they pose danger.
A-4784 Aca Gusciora, Reed
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Eustace, Tim Establishes process for recovery of Superstorm Sandy aid overpayments.
A-4786 Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Mazzeo, Vincent
/Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Lampitt, Pamela R. Streamlines authorization for farmers market programs to participate in WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A-4790 Wisniewski, John S.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie Establishes special “Equality” license plates.
A-4840 Aca Mazzeo, Vincent Requires early retirement incentive offer before public safety department layoffs in municipalities in need of stabilization and recovery.
A-4846 Houghtaling, Eric
/Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Andrzejczak, Bob Requires restitution and increases penalties for vandalism and trespass on agricultural or horticultural lands.
A-4847 Andrzejczak, Bob
/Houghtaling, Eric
/Taliaferro, Adam J.
/DiMaio, John Authorizes award of reasonable costs and attorney fees to farmers prevailing in certain farm management disputes.
A-4849 Andrzejczak, Bob Clarifies law concerning circumstances in which members of Pinelands Commission may vote.
A-4990 Aca Aa Lagana, Joseph A.
/Downey, Joann Strengthens location confidentiality for certain crime victims.
A-5000 Schaer, Gary S. Appropriates $34,670,313,000 in State funds and $15,713,117,768 in federal funds for the State budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.
A-5001 Schaer, Gary S. Amends and supplements various language provisions in Fiscal Year 2017 annual State appropriations act.
A-5002 Schaer, Gary S. Increases motor vehicle surcharge to fund “New Jersey Forensic DNA Laboratory Fund.”
A-5003 Schaer, Gary S.
/O’Scanlon, Declan J. Transfers State Lottery Enterprise to TPAF, PERS, and PFRS.
A-5005 Burzichelli, John J. Transfers $8,000,000 from New Jersey Surplus Lines Insurance Guaranty Fund to General Fund.
A-5006 Schaer, Gary S. Increases fee for processing fingerprint criminal history record background checks.
A-5036 Green, Jerry
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Holley, Jamel C. Prohibits certain employment discrimination based upon expunged criminal record.
A-5037 Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Mukherji, Raj
/Green, Jerry
/Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
/Holley, Jamel C. Decreases waiting period to expunge entire juvenile record from five to three years.
A-5038 Aca Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Mukherji, Raj
/Green, Jerry Revises procedures for expunging criminal and other records and information, including shortening of certain waiting periods for expungement eligibility and increasing number of convictions which may be expunged.
A-5072 Quijano, Annette
/Muoio, Elizabeth Maher
/Lampitt, Pamela R. Concerns enforcement, penalties, and procedures for law regarding failure to pay wages.
AJR-124 Dancer, Ronald S. Designates September 7 through 13 of each year as “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week” in New Jersey.
AJR-149 AcaAa Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Benson, Daniel R.
/Singleton, Troy Expresses State’s support for addressing homelessness through rapid rehousing strategies and urges use of rapid rehousing core components by community-based programs.
AR-249 Johnson, Gordon M.
/Eustace, Tim
/Wisniewski, John S. Memorializes 28th anniversary of New Jersey-Taiwan sister state relationship and importance of strong and enduring relations between New Jersey and Taiwan.
S-1219 ScaAca
(A-936 Aca Aca) Holzapfel, James W.
/Allen, Diane B.
(Wolfe, David W.
/McGuckin, Gregory P.
/Oliver, Sheila Y.
/Giblin, Thomas P.) Requires reporting of suspected abuse of institutionalized elderly to police and that facility employees receive notice of reporting requirement annually; designated as “Peggy’s Law.”
S-1295 ScaSa
(A-3701 Aca) Vitale, Joseph F.
(Eustace, Tim
/Munoz, Nancy F.) Amends and repeals sections of “Respiratory Care Practitioner Licensing Act.”
S-1640/
1642/
1013 Scs ScaSaAaAa
(A-3152/ 3154/2426 AcsAaAs AaAsAa Aa) Van Drew, Jeff
/Holzapfel, James W.
/Singer, Robert W.
/Turner, Shirley K.
(Andrzejczak, Bob
/McGuckin, Gregory P.
/Land, R. Bruce
/Wolfe, David W.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Benson, Daniel R.) Establishes requirements concerning necessary care of dogs, domestic companion animals, and service animals, and for tethering of dogs.
S-2452
(A-4007) Diegnan, Patrick J.
/Stack, Brian P.
(Houghtaling, Eric
/Downey, Joann
/Mosquera, Gabriela M.) Requires Director of Division of Taxation to promulgate Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
S-2883
(A-4537) Gordon, Robert M.
/Beach, James
(Quijano, Annette
/DeCroce, BettyLou
/Eustace, Tim) Extends eligibility for veterans’ property tax deduction and disabled verterans’ property tax exemption to members of the United States Armed Forces assigned to the rescue and recovery mission at the World Trade Center between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.
S-2892 Sa Sa
(A-5042) Sweeney, Stephen M.
(Giblin, Thomas P.) Exempts certain real estate brokers, broker-salespersons and salespersons from continuing education requirement.
S-3067
(A-4652) Ruiz, M. Teresa
/Vitale, Joseph F.
(Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Caride, Marlene) Requires Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts regarding transgender students.
S-3181 Sca
(A-4756 AaAa) Smith, Bob
/Diegnan, Patrick J.
(DeAngelo, Wayne P.
/Eustace, Tim
/Gusciora, Reed) Permits solar electric power generation facility projects not having commenced commercial operation to retain designation through May 31, 2018 as connected to distribution system.
S-3239 Sca
(A-4889 Aca) Sweeney, Stephen M.
/Whelan, Jim
(Burzichelli, John J.
/Taliaferro, Adam J.
/Mazzeo, Vincent) Designates portion of US Highway Route 40 in Upper Pittsgrove Township as “John R. Elliott HERO Campaign Way.”
S-3244
(A-4854) Sweeney, Stephen M.
/Allen, Diane B.
(Singleton, Troy
/Burzichelli, John J.
/Taliaferro, Adam J.) Designates portion of Interstate Highway Route 295 in West Deptford Township as “State Trooper Sean E. Cullen Memorial Highway.”
S-3248
(A-32) Weinberg, Loretta
/Sweeney, Stephen M.
(Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Lagana, Joseph A.
/Jasey, Mila M.
/Mukherji, Raj
/Downey, Joann) Provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
S-3302
(A-4718) Weinberg, Loretta
/Sweeney, Stephen M.
(Mazzeo, Vincent
/Downey, Joann
/Mosquera, Gabriela M.
/Lampitt, Pamela R.
/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
/Jimenez, Angelica M.
/Pintor Marin, Eliana
/Sumter, Shavonda E.
/Oliver, Sheila Y.) Makes FY 2018 supplemental appropriation of $7,453,000 to DOH for family planning services.
SJR-113
(AJR-165) Gordon, Robert M.
(Vainieri Huttle, Valerie) Clarifies intent of law subjecting PANYNJ to open public records and freedom of information laws in New Jersey and New York.