*** THURSDAY ADVISORY *** DISCOUNTED GAS PRICES, REGULATING BOTOX USE BY YOUNGSTERS & TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING ON ASSEMBLY AGENDAS

(TRENTON) – Consumer friendly legislation to help New Jerseyans save money when buying gas, a bill to regulate Botox use by youngsters, a measure to toughen penalties for causing death or serious injury when violating the hands-free cell phone driving law and an effort to save money through countywide property assessment top Thursday’s Assembly agendas.
Assembly committees will also consider legislation to expand the state DNA database to include those arrested for crimes such as murder, manslaughter, kidnapping and sex offenses and hear testimony on capital needs for state colleges and universities and a proposal by the Christie administration to eliminate Urban Enterprise Zones.
The hearings will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
Highlights include:
· The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee will consider legislation (A-3133) to change outdated New Jersey law to allow retailers to offer promotional items, coupons or discounts to consumers purchasing gasoline. It will meet at 2 p.m. The bill is sponsored by John Burzichelli and Celeste Riley (both D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) and Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex)
· The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider legislation (A-3838) to require the Board of Medical Examiners to promulgate regulations on Botox injections for minors. The bill sponsored by Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Herb Conaway, M.D. (D-Burlington/Camden) comes amid discussion sparked by reports about a California mother who gives her 8-year-old daughter Botox.
· The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider legislation (A-2816) to establish violations of the state’s hands-free cell phone law as reckless under vehicular homicide and assault by auto statutes. It’s sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Albert Coutinho (D-Essex).
· The committee will also consider legislation (A-2594) to expand the state’s DNA database to include samples from those arrested for crimes such as murder, manslaughter, kidnapping and sex offenses. It’s sponsored by Joan Quigley (D-Hudson/Bergen), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and Albert Coutinho (D-Essex).
· The panel will also consider legislation (A-3484) sponsored by Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) to make it easier for local governments to fill vacant positions with EMT’s laid off for reasons of economy.
· The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee will consider legislation (A-3939) to create a countywide property assessment programs to try to control costs. It’s sponsored by Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), Kevin Ryan (D-Essex/Bergen/Passaic), Celeste Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) and Mila Jasey (D-Essex).
· The Assembly Higher Education committee will hear testimony from representatives of the higher education, labor and business communities concerning the New Jersey Higher Education Task Force’s recommendations that general obligation bonds be issued to address the critical capital needs of colleges and universities. The meeting will be at 10 a.m.
· The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will meet at noon to hear testimony concerning the administration’s proposal to eliminate the Urban Enterprise Zone program and the impact on affected communities and businesses.
The complete agendas can be found at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp.