TRENTON – With Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean subbing for an AWOL state Sen. Mike Doherty, the Senate Budget Committee just passed the ancillary budget bills that caused the day-long breakdown.
The bills passed with some distributed Democratic Party assistance.
At the end, state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-ridge) called a recess, and when senators pushed back their chairs and headed for the exits, they grumbed about Sarlo’s claim that they might be called back “at a moments notice” to access the school vouchers bill.
As for the bills that passed tonight, Senate Bill 2088 did so with the help of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), who joined Republicans voting yes. This bill – sponsored by state Sen. Phil Haines (R-Mount Holly) – increases certain business filing fees by approximately 25 percent and establishes new fees for filing certain documents required for certain partnership statements.
On Senate Bill 2096, a banking and insurance bill, state Sen. Sandy Cunningham (D-Jersey City) joined the Republicans voting aye. Under the provisions of the bill, “revenue from the “FAIR Act Administration” taxes would no longer be dedicated to the department’s administrative costs and the special purpose assessment would instead be the source of funding for the administration costs of the department.”
On Senate Bill 2098, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) voted yes with the Republicans. The bill restructures the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
On Senate Bill 2143, the so-called hospital bed tax bill, state Sen. Brian Stack and Sen. Sandy Cunningham vote yes with the Republicans.
On Senate Bill 2112, Senate Budget Chairman Sarlo votes to move it to the next stage. Sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco (R-Boonton), the bill “modifies the State’s unclaimed property laws to adjust the time periods for presumptions of abandonment, limit issuer imposed dormancy fees, and provide for related administration of certain unclaimed property.”