School board member conduct bill conditionally vetoed

TRENTON  –  Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed three bills Thursday. A444: Would require school board members to be held to

TRENTON  –  Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed three bills Thursday.

A444: Would require school board members to be held to the same standards of conduct as school employees. 

A1471/S1823: Makes changes to taxicab laws.

A-2173/S-1361: Would require the Department of State to establish and maintain a website to provide a clearinghouse of information for nonprofits.

In conditionally vetoing A444, Christie recommended changes to ensure that the bill’s purpose is appropriately achieved by eliminating discrepancies between the bill’s provisions for school board members and the existing statute governing school employee conduct.  These changes include an additional grounds for disqualification of school board members in accordance with the recently enacted amendments to the anti-bullying law as well as providing for disqualification of school employees convicted of fourth-degree crimes involving a minor victim.

The Governor signed the following:

A910/S1918 (Chivukula/Gordon) – Directs Chief Technology Officer to conduct study of costs and benefits of replacing the State’s high-volume, basic computing systems with more cost-effective alternatives

A974/S2637 (Johnson/Girgenti, Bateman) – Expands membership of Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force to include DOBI commissioner

A2849/S2441 (Burzichelli, Quijano, DeAngelo, Riley, Barnes, Vainieri Huttle/Weinberg, Sarlo) – Requires BPU orders to be issued in writing and posted on Internet.

A2920/S2114 (Wolfe, Voss, Holzapfel, A.M. Bucco, Angelini/Ciesla, A.R. Bucco) – Directs the Department of Education to develop a school district dating violence policy and requires school districts to provide dating violence education in the health curriculum

A3272/S2433 (McKeon, Lampitt, Gusciora Barnes, Mainor/Van Drew, Addiego) – Allows municipalities to reexamine municipal master plan every 10 years

A3722/SCS for S2704/2693 (Coutinho, Spencer, Watson Coleman, DeCroce, Bramnick/Lesniak, Kyrillos, A.R. Bucco) – Revises provisions of “Franchise Practices Act” relating to motor vehicle franchises.

  School board member conduct bill conditionally vetoed