Weekly Advance: Week of April 22

TRENTON – Budget hearings continue as planned this week with little in the way of controversy looming over the horizon.

Last week’s hearings lacked much in the way of finding any overarching theme the Democratic majority in the Legislature could use against the Gov. Chris Christie administration in an election year. The hearings were largely in the weeds, featuring district-specific questions.

And with no high-profile commissioner set to address lawmakers this week, we can expect much of the same.

Sandy

Despite the relative lull in budget hearing happenings, state lawmakers will meet in committee this week to discuss several pieces of pending legislation.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meet Thursday to take-up several Superstorm Sandy-related bills, including S2599, which would require the consideration of increased property values due to dune construction when determining compensation for condemned beachfront property.

The bill comes as the discussion continues about whether the state should construct dunes to protect homes from future flooding.

Christie has been adamant, saying publically the state will take actions to protect residents in the future and wouldn’t be slowed by homeowners who object to having their views of the ocean blocked.

The bill doesn’t jump into the debate, however, it simply aims to provide for the appropriate compensation when the state goes to acquire an easement for dune construction.

The committee will also discuss S2598, which touches on another post-Sandy topic – flood elevations.

The proposal would provide limited exemption from local land use restrictions to allow certain structures to be raised to new Federal Emergency Management Agency base flood elevations.

“This bill would provide a partial exemption from local land use restrictions, so as to allow a property owner to raise an existing structure to a new FEMA base flood elevation without violating local land use restrictions,” according to the bill. “The exemption would apply only to the extent or degree necessary to meet the new FEMA base flood elevation applicable to the location in question.”

The bills, while not controversial themselves, touch on issues that have spurred debate following the devastation of the storm.

Debate could be limited to the bills during the committee hearing, but underlying disputes could always come to surface.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Budget Committee, Department of Children and Families, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

11:30 a.m., Budget Committee, Department of Corrections, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Budget Committee, Department of Law and Public Safety, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Assembly

10 a.m., Budget Committee, Economic Development Authority, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Budget Committee, Department of Labor, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2:30 p.m., Budget Committee, Department of Agriculture, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Daily Events

8 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, Meet the Decision Makers: The Governor’s Key Advisers, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily events

8:30 a.m., N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Breakfast Roundtable with Marc-Philip Furzan, executive director, Governor’s Office of Recovery and Building, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

8:30 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, Leaves of Absence in N.J., a Look at the Family Medical Leave Act, the N.J. Medical Leave Act, and ADA Compliance, Robert Meyner Reception Center, Holmdel

6 p.m., N.J. Conference of Mayors, Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City (Day one of three)

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Environment and Energy Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

10 a.m., Budget Committee, Department of Treasury, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Budget Committee, Judiciary, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., N.J. Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, Building 4, Station Plaza, South Clinton Avenue, Trenton

Daily events

9 a.m., N.J. Conference of Mayors, Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City (Day two of three)

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily events

7:30 a.m., N.J. Conference of Mayors, Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City (Day three of three)

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of April 22