Awaiting Senate vote: Bills dealing with guide dogs, investment tax credits, more

TRENTON – The Senate will deal with a variety of bills on Monday during a rare mid-August voting session.

From tax credits for “angel” investors to guide dogs on N.J. Transit vehicles, there are a diverse group of bills awaiting votes.

Here are some highlights:

S581: This bill, the “New Jersey Angel Investor Tax Credit Act,” offers credits against corporation business and gross income taxes for investments made in emerging technology companies.

The credit would equal 10 percent of an investment in an eligible company that has fewer than 225 employees. At least 75 of the workers would have to be in New Jersey.

Overall, the Angel Investor program would be capped at $25 million a year, and credits for investment in a single business would be capped at $500,000.

In a fiscal estimate, the Office of Legislative Services theorized that the bill might lead to a loss of $1.1 million to $2.5 million a year from the general revenue fund.

S851/A578: This bill, the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, provides immunity to someone who provides timely medical attention to a drug overdose victim.

The bill seeks to eliminate a so-called Good Samaritan’s fear of arrest related to drug crimes or loss of parole or probation. 

Such fears can cause someone to delay seeking medical help for someone else, the bill sponsors say.

The Assembly version passed by a vote of 67-8-4 in May.

S1269: This bill protects the rights of disabled passengers who need guide dogs.

It mandates that N.J. Transit could not deny access to riders with guide dogs who seek to use buses or trains.

S1456: This proposal addresses the concerns regarding people with physical or mental disabilities who need an organ transplant.

The bill would ban discrimination against such organ recipients based solely on their disability.

The bill states that although the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits such treatment many people still experience such discrimination.

S1651: This bill would remove the statute of limitations regarding civil actions over sexual abuse.

In general, a lawsuit has to be filed within two years of the alleged incident. The bill would remove that limitation to afford victims as many avenues of remedy as possible.

The bill also would amend the law so that charitable organizations such as religious associations could be held liable for acts of abuse.

S2151: This bill would strengthen enforceability of premarital or pre-civil union agreements.

A key issue of such agreements is their possible “unconscionability.”

According to the bill, traditionally such “an agreement may be set aside if it was unconscionable at the time enforcement was sought. This can be many years after the agreement was originally executed. The bill eliminates this basis for setting aside an agreement and provides instead that an agreement will not be set aside unless it was unconscionable when it was executed (i.e., when the parties signed it).”

Awaiting Senate vote: Bills dealing with guide dogs, investment tax credits, more