Testing Opt-Out, Studying PARCC Effectiveness, Displaced Casino Worker Training, N.J. Stolen Valor Act & Banning Upskirting Top Thursday Assembly Committees

(TRENTON) – Allowing parents to exclude their child from standardized testing and studying the effectiveness of the PARCC exam, creating workforce training for former casino workers, the New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, studying start times for middle and high schools and establishing the crime of upskirting are among the bills that highlight Thursday’s Assembly committee meetings.
A discussion on the state of New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund is also on tap.
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-4165 (Diegnan/Jasey/Caputo) – Allows parent or guardian to exclude student from administration of standardized assessments; and A-4268 (Diegnan) – Task Force to study the effectiveness and implementation of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College. 10 a.m. Education.
· The Assembly Transportation committee at 10 a.m. will take testimony concerning the current status and health of the Transportation Trust Fund.
· A-4103 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak) – Creates workforce training program for former casino workers. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A4104 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak/Lagana/Mukherji) – New Jersey Stolen Valor Act; makes unauthorized use of military uniforms, medals or insignias, and certain false statements regarding receipt of military awards with intent to obtain benefit crimes of third degree. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A3845 (Jasey/Benson/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires DOE to conduct study on options and benefits of instituting later school start time in middle school and high school. 10 a.m. Education.
· A3864 (Tucker) – Protects right to privacy underneath clothing; establishes crime of upskirting; and A3938 (Vainieri Huttle/Quijano) – Upgrades crime of photographing, filming, or disseminating photos or films showing a person’s intimate parts or sexual conduct when person has not consented to the photography, filming, or disseminating. 10 a.m. Judiciary.
· A-4062 (Singleton/Wisniewski/Conaway/Caride/Quijano) – Requires local units and agencies to extend family health coverage for six months to surviving spouse and dependents of public safety officers who had family medical coverage but did not die in the line of duty. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A2780 (Andrzejczak) – Prohibits DEP from reducing fishing quotas established by federal or regional entities, unless authorized by law. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A-3954 (Conaway/Singleton/Spencer) – Requires maximum contaminant level to be established for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A2628 (Andrzejczak) – Allows certain National Guard and United States Reserve members on federal active duty to receive temporary suspension of payment of interest on mortgage loan. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A2943 (Andrzejczak/DeAngelo) – Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for active duty members of United States Armed Forces, Reserve components thereof, and National Guard from New Jersey. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A3909 (Singleton/Tucker/Quijano) – Provides for increase and annual adjustment in allowance paid to veterans with certain wartime service-connected disabilities. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A4148 (Andrzejczak/Benson) – Provides an excused absence on Veterans Day for pupil who participates in certain activities for veterans or active duty members of United States Armed Forces or New Jersey National Guard. 10 a.m. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
· A-1738 (Eustace/Wimberly/Gusciora) – Establishes Capture, Control, and Conserve Reward Rebate Program in DEP to encourage property owners to implement certain techniques to conserve water or control storm water runoff. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A3713 (Vainieri Huttle/Sumter/Mukherji) – Requires the review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure that substance abuse instruction provided to public school students incorporates the most recent evidence-based standards and practices. 10 a.m. Education.
· A4025 (Mazzeo/Andrzejczak) – Creates “Fishing Buddy License.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A1437 (Caride) – Increases age for helmet requirement for roller skating and skateboarding to 17 and younger; extends helmet requirement to ice skaters. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A4207 (Lampitt) – Requires public school student with concussion to be evaluated by physician before return to school and school district to provide accommodations to student as needed. 10 a.m. Women and Children.
· A-4090 (Lampitt/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires DHS establish a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program enrollment program. 1 p.m. Human Services.
· A-4167 (Lagana/Mazzeo/Eustace/Andrzejczak/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires DHS to notify enrollees in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly of Medicare eligibility; A-4168 (Lagana/Mazzeo/Eustace/Andrzejczak/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires providers to submit to DHS expenditure details of enrollees in Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly; and A-4169 (Lagana/Mazzeo/Eustace/Andrzejczak/Vainieri Huttle) – Requires DHS to monitor utilization and billing of services for Medicaid home and community-based long-term care. 1 p.m. Human Services.