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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
|A304||Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A965||Pub. util. construction work-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|A1784||Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A1796||Sch. dist.-deny student lunch||2RS||12/1/2014|
|A3271||Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A3391||Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|A3423||Hosp. transactions, cert.-concerns||2RAG||12/11/2014|
|A3628||Water Infrastructure Prot. Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|ACR192||Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S685||Voter serve as messenger-reduces number||SBA||12/11/2014|
|S734||Autonomous veh.-driv. lic. endorsement||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S770||Pub. svc priv contracts-estab procedures||R/S||8/11/2014|
|S801||Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1079||Prop. tax bills-auth. pymt. via e-mail||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1168||Tongue tie-newborn infant screening req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1770||TDI-estab. partial return to work prog.||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S1811||Pub. contracts-req. use of US made goods||2RA||12/11/2014|
|S1856||Emerg. shelters-post inspection reports||2RSC||12/15/2014|
|S1870||Cats or dogs purch.-estab. addl. req.||2RA||12/15/2014|
|S1940||Bd of ed, loc govt-exempt pub util pymts||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1945||Pub. util. construction work-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S1998||Prescrip. Monitoring Prog.-revise prov.||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2000||Sch. dist.-deny student lunch||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S2078||Petition circulators-concerns resid. req||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2234||Landscape Irrigation Contractors-abolish||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2238||Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2243||Drew’s Law-15 mph in or near pub. parks||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2265||Pension contrib.-St req to pay quarterly||R/S||7/10/2014|
|S2277||Waterfront Comm, NY Harbor-Gov. w/draw||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2284||Medicaid managed care org.-concerns||2RA||12/4/2014|
|S2364||Fed prop surplus-loc law enforcement use||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2365||Mil equip surplus-trans, law enforcement||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2367||Substance abuse instr. sch students-req.||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2373||Substance use treatment prov.-report req||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2377||Substance abuse recovery housing prog.||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2378||Overdose Prev. Act-extend immunity||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2380||Prison-based mental health prog-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2412||Water Infrastructure Prot. Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2420||Electric power net metering-concerns||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2438||St. songs; desig. five||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2442||Innovation, Research Fellowship Prog.||SBA||12/8/2014|
|S2469||Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2484||Sch. start times-DOE conduct study||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S2485||Religious entities-proh. cert. practices||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2489||Bldg./hwy. infrastructure proj.-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2508||Driv. lic. vet. desig.-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2551||Permit Extension Act of 2008-extend||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2572||Casino Prop. Taxation Stabilization Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2573||Casino-prov. emp.w/health care benf.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2574||St. sch. aid, cert. dist.-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2575||Casino investment alter. tax-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2576||AC Alliance-remove provisions of law||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2578||Optometrists-continue prescribing meds||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2579||Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2609||Tax lien holder-in rem tax forclosure||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2627||R.17, Ramsey-Staff Sergeant T.McGill Hwy||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2630||Tobacco sales, cert.-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2642||UEZ sales tax-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2647||Hackensack Meadowlands Consolidation Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2648||Rutgers bd. of trustees-reduces memb.||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2649||Police Body Camera Task Force-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|SCR132||Limited const. convention-apply to Cong.||2RS||10/16/2014|
|SCR147||Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid||2RS||10/16/2014|
|SJR65||Common Sense Housing Invest. Act-pass||2RS||12/11/2014|
|SR104||Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Act-extend||2RS||12/8/2014|
New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be given a State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Providing a State flag to New Jersey residents who have dedicated themselves to serving our nation is a small but meaningful gesture of appreciation,” said Bucco. “The flag will serve as a reminder of home and a symbol of our state’s recognition of the achievement, integrity and willingness to sacrifice that these individuals have demonstrated.”
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Offered Opposing Environmentally-Dangerous Pipeline That Would Cross Five NJ Counties, 30 Towns
Acting to stop the construction of an environmentally-dangerous oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. have introduced a Senate resolution opposing the project.
The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would travel 178 miles and go through five counties and 30 municipalities in New Jersey, carrying highly-volatile shale oil extracted through fracking in North Dakota. The two parallel pipelines are expected to run along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County, through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic County, Riverdale and Pequannock in Morris County, then through Watchung, Scotch Plains and into Linden.
“I am very concerned as to the safety risks that the construction and operation of these pipelines might pose to the neighborhoods in my district and to the integrity of the natural resources throughout the region,” said Senator Kean.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss a pair of programs to help New Jersey’s veterans.
Allen noted that veterans returning from service face special challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that may result in difficulties that aren’t well suited for the regular court system. She has proposed legislation allowing for the creation of special veterans courts that would be better prepared to address the unique problems facing veterans as a result of their military service.
District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space announced the introduction of legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
Under the identical bills (S-2656/A-4042), the Sussex County portion of Route 15 would be designated the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” in honor of the late District 24 legislator and Sussex County native who served in the state Assembly and Senate for 40 years.
“Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and dedication to bettering the lives of all New Jerseyans,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Remarkably, through his years in Trenton he maintained a humble nature and never strayed from his priority of personally responding to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. ‘Bob,’ as he preferred to be called, was a loving husband and father and a personal friend and mentor to me and many others. Renaming this highway in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has left such an important and lasting legacy in New Jersey, especially Sussex County.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation to create the “Clinical Trials Working Group” to promptly identify ways for the pharmaceutical industry to find appropriate clinical trials in New Jersey.
“Historically, New Jersey’s robust pharmaceutical industry has been forced to spend valuable time and resources looking outside of this state to find appropriate clinical trials for drugs and medications that they develop and test,” Beck said. “Clinical trials should be a regular part of business in New Jersey. This legislation creates a diverse and collaborative professional working group to recommend how New Jersey and its universities and colleges can partner with the private-sector to facilitate trials, add jobs and grow that sector of the economy right here.”
Nearly 7,100 People Signed Online Petition to Ban the Cams
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation (S-626) to ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey, commented on the imminent conclusion of the state’s red light camera pilot program and warned that citizens must remain vigilant to prevent the program’s return.
“Over the five years of the red light camera pilot program, we have shattered the myth that cameras protect drivers or make inherently dangerous intersections safer,” said Doherty. “We have proven that the only thing cameras are consistently good at is robbing drivers through expensive and questionable tickets to support the wasteful spending of local officials.”
Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:
“I am encouraged by President Obama’s recognition of these service members, their families, all of their sacrifices and their importance to this country. This one-of-a-kind military base is truly the lifeblood of our region, as it keeps us safe and protects our freedom by air, land and sea. I hope the President’s visit is a sign that he will join me in doing whatever is needed to preserve the Joint Base and enhance its operations as our military continues to evolve.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) creating an easy avenue for taxpayers to make donations to the ALS Association is now law after being signed by Governor Christie on Thursday. Under the legislation, S2396, residents will be able to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association.
“I joined many across New Jersey and the nation this past summer in taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raising funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation creates a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to continue to demonstrate their generosity and to continue the fight against ALS.”
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.
“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”