Weekly Advance: Week of Sept. 10

TRENTON – With elected officials and other state power brokers from both sides of the aisle having returned from their respective national conventions and getting what’s left of the summer vacation, business in the Statehouse will slowly return to normal.

The second week of September is unlikely to stir up any seriously heated debate or controversy in Trenton; however, the Senate has two committee hearings slated for Thursday where members of the upper chamber will review several pieces of legislation.

The Senate Economic Growth Committee will meet Thursday to discuss several bills, including a proposal that would establish a legislative task force on the illegal trade and inhume treatment of endangered exotic animals, as well as a bill that would add stricter penalties for animal cruelty in New Jersey.

Direct deposit

Lawmakers will be taking another look at a bill that would require state employees to be paid by direct deposit.

The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee will discuss the legislation, A720/S2090, it held during committee last month. The bill would make direct deposit mandatory and could save the state nearly $62,000 in Fiscal Year 2013 and more than $248,000 in FY 2014, according to the Office of Legislative Services.

The rule would apply to all state employees and would allow counties, municipalities and local school districts to opt for mandatory direct deposit as well.

Opponents said the bill didn’t factor in workers without bank accounts, arguing state workers should have the same rights as workers employed by private companies.

But despite the opposition during the last committee hearing, opponents to the bill indicated added language that would allow certain workers to opt out would ease their concerns. Proponents of the bill questioned whether adding such an amendment would render the legislation useless, however those in favor of the additional language argued if the program was mandatory first and then had an opt out option second, more people would naturally lean toward direct deposit.

Government contracts

The same committee will also debate legislation that would permanently bar anyone convicted of certain crimes involving government contracts from bidding for any future state contracts.

The legislation, S2167, would require the state Attorney General to publish and maintain a public list of “permanently debarred persons.” Any person or company seeking to contract with a government entity would be required to file written certification affirming that neither they nor their subcontractors are permanently debarred.

The gov

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to travel to North Carolina later in the week to stump for gubernatorial hopeful Pat McCrory.

(Note: last week’s weekly advance erroneously reported the governor was slated to be stumping in North Carolina. Christie is scheduled to travel south later this week.)

And while his summer beach town halls will revert back to his indoor town hall meetings, the governor still has one or two pieces of legislation sitting on his desk from the last legislative session, namely, a hydraulic fracturing waste bill that received bipartisan support from the Legislature.

The bill, A575 that would prohibit so-called “fracking” waste from being delivered, treated or stored in the state still awaits action from the governor.

The legislation received broad support from a coalition of environmental, religious, labor and business groups who delivered a petition to Christie’s office last month that they said carried more than 20,000 signatures in opposition to allowing fracking wastewater from being treated in the state.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

4 p.m., Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

2 p.m., South Jersey Job Fair, Enterprise Center, Burlington County College, Pemberton Room, 3331 Route 38, Mount Laurel

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Noise Control Council, Rutgers University, Labor Education Building, Operation Training Center, Rm. 101, Cook College Campus, New Brunswick

11:15 a.m., Election Law Enforcement Commission, public hearing, inflationary campaign cost adjustments, 28 W. State St., Trenton

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

11 a.m., Joint Committee on the Public Schools, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Local Finance Board, Department of Community Affairs, 101 S. Broad St., Trenton

9:30 a.m., State Planning Commission, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Casino Control Commission, Arcade Building, Entrance A, Joseph Lordi Public Meeting Room, Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., How To Make Social Media Marketing Work for You, N.J. Business and Industry Association, Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway, Edison

9 a.m., Hiring Our Heroes Mega Job Fair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Sun National Bank Center, Trenton

9 a.m., Labor Negotiations Primer: Collective Negotiations and Interest Arbitration, N.J. League of Municipalities, Robert Meyner Reception Center at PNC Arts Center, Holmdel

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

12 p.m., Quorum, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Economic Growth Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Commission on Environmental Education and Interagency Work Group, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

10 a.m., Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Trust main conference room, 3131 Princeton Pike, Office Building 6, Suite 201, Lawrence

10 a.m., Economic Development Authority, 36 W. State St., Trenton

10 a.m., Sports and Exposition Authority, Conference Room, ground floor, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford

Daily Events

4 p.m., Programs and Incentives for Your Business, Lieutenant Governor’s N.J. Resource for Business Growth Event, Campus Center Theatre, Stockton College of New Jersey

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Sept. 10