Ticket Sale Reform, Health Care Cost Transparency, Mandatory Drug Court, Internet Gaming, Protecting the Disabled & Turning Foreclosed Homes into Affordable Housing Top Monday Assembly Agendas

Domestic Violence Protections, Tougher Cell Phone-While-Driving Law, Child Support Collection & Beach Access for Veterans Also on Tap

(TRENTON) – Ticket sale reform, improving health care cost transparency, a mandatory drug court pilot program, authorizing Internet gaming, protecting the disabled and reviving foreclosed upon homes as affordable housing top Monday’s Assembly agendas.
Hearings will begin at 10 a.m., with audio streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
Highlights include:
· A bill (A-2258) sponsored by Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) to protect consumers by restructuring New Jersey’s ticket sale law The bill restructures the law regarding ticket sales and resales in New Jersey, introduces transparency into the ticket issuing and selling industry, establishes consumer protections for purchasers of resold tickets and reaffirms the right of ticket purchasers to resell their tickets without technological restrictions. It will be heard at 1 p.m. by the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.
· Legislation (A-2751) sponsored by Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) to bring transparency, disclosure and quality assessments to the health care marketplace and reduces costs for consumers and businesses. It’s to be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.
· A bill (A-1074) to establish violation of the hands-free cell phone law as reckless under vehicular homicide and assault by auto statutes. It’s sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union), Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden), Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), Albert Coutinho (D-Essex) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden) and will be heard at 12:30 p.m. by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
· Legislation (A-321) to allow for the electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders. It’s sponsored by Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Thomas Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic) and will be heard at 12:30 p.m. by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
· A bill (A-2168) aimed at transforming foreclosed properties into affordable housing sponsored by Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Albert Coutinho (D-Essex), Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris), John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Annette Quijano (D-Union). It will be heard at 12:30 p.m. by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
· Legislation (A-2578) to authorize Internet gaming through Atlantic City casinos. It’s sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland), Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) and will be heard at 12:30 p.m. by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
· Legislation (A-2883) to establish a pilot program for mandatory sentencing to a drug court program for nonviolent offenders. The bill is sponsored by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) and will be heard at 12:30 p.m. by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
· A bill (A-1008) sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) to allow the state to withhold casino and racetrack winnings from those who own child support. It will be heard by the Assembly Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m.
· A bill (A-2144) to limit fees charged in connection with prepaid debit accounts. It’s sponsored by Linda Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset), Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Benjie Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen), Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). It will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.
· A bill (A-3043) sponsored by Jerry Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset) to allow corporate business tax credits for capital investments in repurposing health care facilities. It will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.
· A measure (A-2315) to require the state, when developing new rules and regulations, to study the impact on small businesses. It’s sponsored by Upendra Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex) and John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) and will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee.
· Legislation (A-2042) sponsored by Matthew Milam and Nelson Albano (both D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) to allow municipalities to provide veterans with free or reduced cost access to beaches. It will be heard at 10 a.m. by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
· Legislation (A-2573) sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) to provide protections for individuals living in community care residences and for investigations of abuse of individuals with developmental disabilities. It will be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Human Services Committee.