*** Thursday, January 17 Assembly Committees *** Requiring Colleges to Test for Lead, Fighting Opioid Abuse on Campuses, Creating Used Motor Vehicle Licensing Act/ Consumer Bill of Rights & Legislation Addressing Concerns about Growing, Popular Trend–the Leasing of High-End Dog and Cat Breeds in NJ Top Thursday Agendas

(TRENTON) – An additional school bus requirement, helping colleges fight opioid overdoses, and reducing wrongful convictions by mandating collection and reporting requirements drug evidence testing are also among the measures to be reviewed during Thursday’s Assembly committee meetings.

The following Assembly panels will hold hearings on January 17:

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee is set to discuss the rollout of the New Jersey Health Information Network (NJHIN) with invited guests. The NJ Innovation Institute (NJII), an affiliate of NJIT, was awarded federal grant funding to further develop the NJHIN. The main goal of the initiative is to improve interoperability with a focus on enabling health data exchange across health care organizations, health information exchanges (HIEs), and state health databases. It will begin at 10:00 AM in committee room 11 on the 4th floor of the State House Annex.

The following representatives will testify:
· Commissioner Elnahal, Department of Health
· Linda Schwimmer, New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute
· William O’Byrne, New Jersey’s Regional Extension Center at NJIT
· Cathy Bennet, New Jersey Hospital Association with panel of providers
· Regional HIEs (including Trenton Health Team, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Greater Newark Healthcare, Health Coalition of Passaic County)

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee has invited testimony regarding the seizure of property utilized in furtherance of unlawful activity and procedures related to asset forfeiture. The committee will begin at 2:00 PM in committee room 13.

The full Assembly committee agendas can be found here.
Committees are slated to begin at 10 a.m. can be listened to live at:

Agenda highlights include:
Greenwald/Benson Requires data collection and issuance of report on drug evidence testing by New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences.

Jasey Requires institutions of higher education to test for lead in drinking water and disclose test results.

S-1773 (1R)
Diegnan/Gopal Requires display of identifying information on rear of school bus so public may report bus driver misconduct.

Mukherji/Rooney Prohibits leasing dogs and cats.

Moriarty “Used Motor Vehicle Licensing Act.”

Moriarty/Johnson “Used Car Buyers’ Bill of Rights”; prohibits “as is” sales of used motor vehicles.

Quijano Requires institutions of higher education to test for lead in drinking water annually, report test results, and install lead filters or treatment devices.

Mosquera Urges certain New Jersey State officials to raise awareness in business community of existing “State of New Jersey – NJ Business Portal” website.