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Tuition Equality, Asking Voters to OK $200m for Open Space, Medical Marijuana Program Reforms & Commission to Explore Expanding Gaming to Bergen County Top Thursday Assembly Hearings

College Loan Redemption Programs for Doctors, Honoring Cold War Veterans, Cameras on Police Cars, Infrastructure Investment & Service Dog Protections Also on Tap
Hearings Set on Cyberinfrastructure & How Sandy Impacted Tourism

(TRENTON) – Bills to implement tuition equality, ask voters to approve $200 million to preserve open space, reforming the medical marijuana program and create a commission to explore whether to expand gaming to Bergen County top Thursday’s Assembly committee hearings.
Modernizing Megan’s Law, honoring Cold War veterans, requiring cameras on all new police cars, infrastructure investment and service dog protections are also on tap, along with hearings on cyberinfrastructure and how Superstorm Sandy impacted New Jersey’s tourism season.
The hearings are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
Highlights include:
· A-3509 (Johnson/VainieriHuttle/Quijano/Green/Cryan/Greenwald/Caride/Wimberly/Prieto) – Allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for in-State tuition at public institutions of higher education and state financial aid. 10 a.m. Assembly Budget.
· A4541 (Spencer) – The “Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2014,” authorizes bonds for $200 million. 10 a.m. Assembly Budget.
· AJR11 (Caputo) – Establishes Casino Gaming Study Commission to evaluate impact of enacted casino gaming regulatory reforms and explore future prospects for casino gaming in Bergen County. 10 a.m. Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming.
· A4537 (Stender) – Permits qualifying patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction; extends State medical marijuana laws to qualifying out-of-State patients; expands ability of parents to serve as primary caregiver to minor children. 10 a.m. Assembly Health and Senior Services.
· A1269 (Coughlin/Lampitt) / A-4507 (Greenwald/Coughlin/Prieto/Riley) – Provides loan redemption for certain physicians who work in State 10 years. 10:30 a.m. Assembly Higher Education.
· A3177 (Wisniewski/Singleton/Stender/Caride) – Establishes State Transportation Infrastructure Bank within New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. 2 p.m. Assembly Appropriations.
· A3828 (Burzichelli/DeAngelo/Diegnan) – Creates New Jersey Cold War medal. 2 p.m. Assembly Appropriations.
· A4193 (Moriarty/Mainor/Fuentes/Mosquera/Lampitt) – Requires certain police vehicles to be equipped with cameras. 2 p.m. Assembly Appropriations.
· A4457 (Burzichelli/Singleton/Lampitt) – Reinstates moratorium on imposition of statewide non-residential development fees until January 2015. 2 p.m. Assembly Appropriations.
· A4028 (Singleton/Wimberly/Watson Coleman): Establishes State pension fund preference for certain in-State infrastructure investment. 2 p.m. Commerce and Economic Development.
· A1260 (Coughlin/Sumter) – Regulates teen nights by requiring security provided by police officers, prohibiting persons under age 15 from attending, and disqualifying registered sex offenders from employment. 2 p.m. Assembly Law and Public Safety.
· A4276 (Albano) – Requires service animals be included in the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, and A4105 (Mainor/Benson) – Establishes criminal penalties for killing, injuring or interfering with a guide dog; designated as Dusty’ s Law. 2 p.m. Assembly Law and Public Safety.
· A3886 (DeAngelo/Benson) – Revises certain provisions of Megan’s Law and imposes monthly penalty on sex offenders to fund their monitoring and supervision by the parole board. 2 p.m. Appropriations.
· The Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee at 2 p.m. will take testimony from invited guests and members of the public regarding the impact of Superstorm Sandy on tourism and the prospects for recovery.
· The Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee will hear testimony from invited guests and stakeholders at 10 a.m. on issues concerning the development of an advanced cyberinfrastructure plan for New Jersey. “Cyberinfrastructure” refers to computational facilities, large data sets, data networks, computing resources, specialized software applications, and information technology improvements.