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Just a short sampling of what’s on the Legislature’s plate these days: State Senator Martha Bark and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer have sponsored legislation that “prohibits the slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for human consumption.” Assemblymen Peter Biondi and Christopher Bateman want to make it a crime for someone to marry or have sexual relations with their brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew. Assemblymen Francis Bodine and Larry Chatzidakis want to make the “theft of human remains for unauthorized use crime of first degree.” Assemblymen Guy Gregg and Herb Conaway have a bi-partisan measure that “establishes sexual penetration or sexual contact with an animal as a crime.” Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula introduced a resolution in January 2006 designating “September 2004 as Handwashing Awareness Month in New Jersey and memorializes the Governor to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the State to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” The very patriotic Assemblymen from the 26th district, Alex DeCroce and Joseph Pennachio, want a law that “requires flags of US and NJ to be displayed at or near major highway entrances to the State” — perhaps so people from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York don’t doubt New Jersey’s national pride. Assemblyman Mims Hackett is the sponsor of the potentially landmark “Tattooing and Body Piercing Practice Act.” Four Assemblymen — David Mayer, Robert Gordon, Douglas Fisher and Paul Moriarty — want the “Motor Vehicle Commission to create a yellow and blue version of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) license plate.” What about FOP members who have “a previously issued non colored FOP plate”? No worries. They “may choose to exchange the plates for the newer version.” Senator Sharpe James wants to “require school districts receiving at least 51% of net budget through State aid to adopt dress code.” State Senators Robert Martin and Joseph Doria propose amending the Senate rules to allow Senators to specifically abstain on a vote, rather than cast no vote at all. “Passage of the resolution would require hardware and software changes to the Senate’s electronic voting system. An “abstain” button would need to be added to each Senator’s desk and a third “abstain” column would need to be added to the voting boards together with appropriate wiring and software changes.” One popular idea is legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by twenty legislators that requires “general hospitals that employ residents” to impose a limit of “an average of 80 hours per week over a four-week period” — a policy instituted earlier this season on the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy.” And finally, Assemblywoman Alison McHose has sponsored legislation that “establishes an annual solar photovoltaic manufacturing incentive grant program.” This website isn’t quite sure what that is, although watching McHose explain it to some of her colleagues has to be worth watching.

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