Senate Schedule for Thursday, February 4

The Senate will have a 12 Noon quorum call on Thursday, and seven committees are scheduled to meet.  The Assembly has cancelled their quorum call and committee meetings scheduled for that day.

Senate Budget and Appropriations will meet at 11AM to hear n update on the status of the current FY2010 budget from Dr. David Rosen, the Legislative Budget and Finance Officer at the Office of Legislative Services.  Rosen has also been asked to review the impact of the economy on the state’s projected tax revenues and budget.

The Senate Commerce Committee will meet at 1 PM to consider three bills: S-515, which permits physicians and veterinarians to earn continuing education credits by providing certain free medical or veterinary services; S-895, which eliminates 10 day advance notification of proposed effective date of certain shareholder action; and S-936, which requires consumer complaints to licensing boards of regulated professions to be resolved within 120 days.  The panel will also hold a discussion on S-937, which permits persons covered by certain managed care plans to receive covered services from network provider without obtaining written referral from primary care provider.

The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee will consider four bills at their 10 AM meeting: S-82, which modifies development application process under the “Municipal Land Use Law;” S-122, which requires reservation of portion of tenant vouchers under State rental assistance program for veterans; S-227, which allows planning and zoning board members to satisfy training requirements on Internet; and S-593, which allows surviving spouses between 55 and 64 years of age to carry forward homestead property tax reimbursement of qualified deceased program participant.

The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee will meet at 1 PM to consider: S-125, which establishes an Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission; S-369, which requires each hospital board of trustees to adopt a written policy governing conflicts of interest; S-665, which directs Medicaid to establish medical home demonstration project; and S-785, which allows deduction against gross income for unreimbursed expenses incurred by organ donor.

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will meet at 1 PM to consider six pieces of legislation: S-189, which establishes penalties for use of bump key to commit certain crimes; S-410, which establishes penalties for manufacture, purchase or possession of certain keys; S-501, which expands the authority of emergency management departments in requesting assistance outside normal territorial jurisdictions; S-572, which permits undersheriff to perform administrative duties on behalf of county sheriff; S-766, which permits direct shipping of wine to New Jersey consumers; and S-911, which upgrades penalties for assaulting certain health care professionals and workers.

The Senate Transportation Committee will meet at 11 AM to discuss S-637, which would require certain New Jersey Transit Corporation employees to undergo criminal history background checks and wear photo identification.  The panel will also consider three bills: S-225, which designates portion of State Highway Route No. 35 as “Chosin Few Memorial Highway;” S-733, to expand permitted expenditures from Airport Safety Fund; and S-795, which designates portion of Route 47 in Glassboro as “South Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Highway,” and appropriates $2,500. Senate Schedule for Thursday, February 4