Today’s Senate schedule includes Dow confirmation, COAH hearing, and Boxer report on Atlantic City finances

The State Senate will have a noon quorum call on Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing at 1 PM on Gov. Christopher Christie’s nomination of Paula Dow, the former Essex County Prosecutor, as the state Attorney General, and on the renomination of Gen. Glenn Rieth as Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

Rieth has also been asked to appear before the newly-formed Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee to deliver an update on departmental activities.  That meeting is also at 1 PM.

The Senate Economic Growth Committee will continue discussions on S-1, which abolishes the state Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), at their 10:30 AM meeting.

Representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection have been invited to discuss the draft water discharge permit for the Oyster Creek nuclear generating station at a meeting of the senate Environment and Energy Committee.  The panel will also consider S-80, which authorizes any municipality outside Highlands Region to establish receiving zones for Highlands transfer of development rights program.  At their 10 AM meeting, the committee will also consider S-208, which  requires issuance of general permit for beach food and drink concession stands under certain circumstances pursuant to CAFRA; S-212, which allows construction of wind dependent energy facilities within 500 feet of mean high water line of tidal waters under certain circumstances; S-691, which changes the scope of public notification regarding contaminated site remediation; and S-921, which exempts solar panels from impervious surface or impervious cover designation.  The panel also plans a discussion on S-239, which requires the design of new public schools to incorporate the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) guidelines, and S-756, which exempts from sales tax for two years certain hybrid and highly fuel efficient vehicles and energy efficient appliances.

The Senate Education Committee will meet at 10 AM to consider: S-95, which requires the New Jersey Schools Development Authority to biannually compile information on school facilities project contracts awarded to minority and female contractors; S-435, which limits the amount of time vacant teaching position can be filled by substitute teacher; S-570, which requires Executive Branch departments or agencies to notify Legislature of completion of certain draft school district audit reports and submit copy of final report to Legislature; S-613, which restricts the participation of school and county college employees in the search for and handling of explosive devices; and SCR-40, which requests and encourages institutions of higher education to become members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.

The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee will hear testimony at 1 PM from state Comptroller Matthew Boxer, who will discuss his report on Atlantic City’s financial management practices.  The panel will also consider: S-104, which appropriates $1.7 million for a defibrillator grant program in DHSS for municipalities;S-545, which exempts veterans from $15 fee for open and competitive civil service examinations and from local residency requirements; S-831, which permits wager to be placed at racetracks or casino simulcasting facilities in advance for races not simulcast at facility under certain circumstances if race is simulcast at other facilities in the State; S-838, which establishes one permanent seat on State Records Committee for Chief Technology Officer and one annually rotating seat for county clerk and municipal clerk; SCR-49, which proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing Legislature by law to allow in-person wagering and account wagering on sports events at Atlantic City casinos and at racetracks; and SJR-12, which designates March as Women’s History Month. Today’s Senate schedule includes Dow confirmation, COAH hearing, and Boxer report on Atlantic City finances