The Assembly just passed the following bills:
*A1588: This requires the Department of Community Affairs to establish standards concerning mold hazards in residential buildings and certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers.
Among the amendments is a provision that a residential property owner who is not certified under the bill may perform mold inspection and mold abatement work on his own property.
The bill passed 61-16. It was sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-14) of Hamilton.
The Assembly also passed A1640/S1219: This bill would increase the amount of compensation awarded to persons mistakenly convicted and imprisoned and would provide for additional services for such persons.
Damages cannot exceed twice the amount of a person’s income in the year before incarceration, or $50,000 a year, up from $20,000.
The bill would provide for adjustments every five years in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) of Trenton, passed 52-22, with two abstentions from Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce.