Week in Advance: March 18-22

TRENTON – It promises to be a busy week.

The Assembly and Senate will bookend the week with full sessions. The Senate will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday and the Assembly on Thursday, with a time not immediately available at presstime.

Sandwiched between the full sessions are several committee hearings.

The Senate Budget Committee will take up a bill on revising the statutes concerning the No Early Release Act, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Kevin O’Toole.  Later in the week, the committee will hold a hearing on the budget up in Wayne at William Paterson University, located at 1600 Valley Road. That hearing will begin at 9 a.m.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will take testimony on bills focusing on minors’ sexual orientation and substance abuse treatment.

Keeping up with getting judges appointed, the Senate Judiciary Committee will interview two candidates – Russell P. Cherkos and Salvatore Martino – to serve as workers’ compensation judges.

The Assembly Budget Committee will continue its public hearings concerning the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. This time, the committee will be south of the Golden Dome, holding a hearing at Camden County College, 601 Cooper St., Camden. It will start at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The main focus of this hearing will be public safety, economic development, transportation, and environment, among other subjects.

Also scheduled to take place this coming week, after a one-week hiatus, is the Joint Committee on Public Schools. This time, it will have a discussion with various experts on the growing trend of virtual learning.

So, it looks like there will be something for everyone next week.

Week in Advance: March 18-22