Health panel advances bills, including protections for seniors in retirement communities

The Senate Health Committee released several bills, including a bill of rights for retirement community residents and roll-your-own tobacco machines.

S2052: This would establish a “bill of rights” for residents of retirement communities. It passed unanimously.

Among other things, the bill would require a facility to maintain a record of resident complaints, limit the circumstances under which a resident could be forced to leave, and guarantee a reasonable amount of privacy in their own unit.

S1906/A2889: This bill would allow a non-resident nurse, the spouse of a military member, to receive a temporary license to practice nursing in New Jersey. It passed unanimously.

Amendments would extend the license from six months to one year.

S1188: This proposal would exempt from the sales and use tax some medically appropriate tattooing, such as reconstructive applications. The bill was released unanimously.

The Sales and Use Tax Review Commission recommended earlier this year to enact the bill.

S2149: This bill deals with “roll-your-own” tobacco machines at retail stores. It would require that such retailers be treated as manufacturers for purposes of state cigarette tax laws.

The bill was approved unanimously. 

The trade association that represents N.J. gasoline/convenience stores supported the bill, saying such retailers are taking advantage of a loophole to undercut their trade members, who include about 1,500 small businesses for whom tobacco sales are a cornerstone.

Health panel advances bills, including protections for seniors in retirement communities