Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 3

TRENTON – The media feeding frenzy that is the Gov. Christie candidacy watch tends to obscure the fact that – whether he runs for president or not – there is still business going on in the state.

From the Hurricane Irene-response autopsy to Medicaid reimbursement issues to the eternally pending fate of Transitional Aid, there will no shortage of work going on.

And for good measure, the first official Assembly action since the budget vote in June is on tap.

In fact, that’s where we’ll start.

The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee will convene on Thursday to take testimony on changes proposed by the Department of Banking and Insurance to Personal Injury Protection benefits.

Among other things, the committee will take testimony on proposed revisions to the fee schedule for payment of benefits by auto insurers.

The Senate will not be idle, either.

On Monday, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee will hold a session all the way up in Rockleigh, practically a stone’s throw from the New York state line. Specifically, they will hold court at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  The topic: Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing home care.

Storm warnings

Hurricane Irene left its mark on New Jersey over a month ago, but officials are still assessing the damage, and more importantly, the preparation for and reaction to it.

On Monday, the Board of Public Utilities will hold a hearing at the Rutgers Eco-Complex in Bordentown into electric utilities’ responsiveness to the storm.  It will be the first of four hearings this month throughout the state in areas where many complaints originated.

The others hearings will be held Oct. 18 in Galloway, Oct. 20 in Scotch Plains, and Oct. 24 in Mahwah.

Pre-election blahs

One of the more expensive lingering post-budget veto issues – Transitional Aid – may not be resolved until after the levers are pulled in November.

Word has been passed that if a town is in dire need, it can access funding, but no town has stepped forward as yet.

It appears as if the legislation that restores Transitional Aid by linking it to oversight will be dealt with post-election.


  Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 3