Defibrillators at schools, crime victims’ bill of rights pass Assembly

TRENTON – Bills dealing with defibrillators at schools, crime victims’ bill of rights, cable TV companies, passed the Assembly today.

A1608: This bill, which is designated “Janet’s Law,” is in memory of Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest following a cheerleading squad practice.  The bill requires public and nonpublic schools to ensure that, beginning on Sept. 1, 2014, an automated external defibrillator is placed and made available in an unlocked location on school property.

It passed unanimously.

A2712: This bill would upgrade a homicide committed in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation to aggravated manslaughter, a crime of the first degree. 

It passed unanimously.

A2584: This bill would require the Department of Environmental Protection  to authorize the correction of minor technical and administrative violations of DEP permitting rules.  The bill would also establish a new class of minor DEP permitting violations.

It passed 77 to 1.

A2380: The “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights” enumerates rights to which crime victims are entitled, including but not limited to the right to be treated with dignity and compassion by the criminal justice system, the right to be advised of case progress and final disposition, and the right to make an in-person statement directly to the sentencing court.

It passed unanimously.

A1543: This bill replaces the “New Jersey Limited Liability Company Act,” with a more modern regulatory scheme for the creation and operation of limited liability companies in New Jersey. The limited liability company (LLC) is a relatively new form of unincorporated business organization that provides corporate-style limited liability to its owners, while affording the owners the partnership-like capacity to structure the entity by agreement rather than as prescribed by statute. If the LLC elects to be taxed as a partnership, the LLC does not pay federal income tax on its profits.  Rather, its members are taxed on their share of the LLC’s income. 

It passed 77 to 1.

A2125: This bill eliminates the requirement for cable television companies to provide advance notification of price decreases to the Office of Cable Television, their subscribers, and to affected municipalities, prior to implementing it.

It passed 77 to 0 with 1 abstention.

A2289: This bill would limit actions against court-appointed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or other licensed mental health professionals by parties in family court.

It passed unanimously.

 

A2316: This bill would authorize three or more municipalities that operate retail electric distribution systems to establish a municipal shared services energy authority.  Once established, the bill would authorize rural electric cooperatives to become a member of the authority. 

It passed 74 to 1 with 3 abstentions.

A2504: This bill establishes the “NJ Meadowlands Conservation Fund” and provides for a designation on the state gross income tax return that will permit taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund to help support the work of the Meadowlands Conservation Trust.

It passed 76 to 1.

A2652: This bill prohibits the charging of workers’ compensation claimants for medical expenses that have been authorized by the employer or its carrier or its third party administrator.

It passed unanimously.

A2676: This bill designates the State Highway Route 7 bridge between the township of Belleville and the borough of North Arlington the “Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes de Oca Memorial Bridge.”  Lance Corporal Montes de Oca grew up in North Arlington and lost his life on Feb. 10, 2012 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

It passed unanimously.

A2741: This bill provides that when a local unit requests bids for the erection or construction of a building or project, the bid documents need only set forth the names of all subcontractors, but subcontractors who furnish non-specialty trade work shall not be named in the bid documents.  The bill does not apply to state government contracts.

It passed unanimously.

Defibrillators at schools, crime victims’ bill of rights pass Assembly