Bills focusing on the state Energy Master Plan, protecting employees’ computer passwords, pass the Assembly

A1098: This bill requires 911 dispatchers to call for mutual aid assistance within 10 minutes if the basic life support ambulance service provider initially called does not respond.

The ambulance service provider initially called must notify the dispatcher that it is actively responding within 10 minutes.

The dispatcher must issue at least one additional call approximately five minutes following the initial call.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, passed 77-0.


A1545: The bill streamlines the process for reinstatement of suspended or inactive professional licenses regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The bill allows for quick licensure upon proof of out-of-state licensure from jurisdictions with “substantially equivalent” standards.

Reciprocity may only be granted if equal reciprocity is provided to a New Jersey applicant for licensure under the law of that other state.

A floor amendment last month stated that this bill will not be applicable to any holder of a license issued or renewed by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, passed 75-0.


A2061: This directs the Board of Nursing to encourage nursing schools to give academic credit to students for training received in the U.S. military as corpsmen and medics.

The bill, sponsored by Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) of Hamilton, passed 76-0.


A2555: Permits transfer of a military commercial driver’s license to commercial driver’s license in certain circumstances.

As amended, this bill authorizes the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to waive the skills test for New Jersey commercial driver license applicants who have experience operating commercial motor vehicles while serving in the military.

Applicants would still be required to meet all other conditions of federal and state law to obtain a CDL. Among other conditions, the waiver would not be made available to applicants seeking a CDL to operate vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers.

The bill passed 75-0.

A2878: Prohibits the requirement to disclose a user name or password of a personal computer account by employers.

The Assembly overwhelmingly passed an earlier version last year.

An amended Senate version exempts the Department of Corrections, State Parole Board, county corrections departments, and all state or local law enforcement agencies from the provisions of the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, passed the Assembly by a vote of 75-2. Only Assemblywoman Alison McHose and Parker Space voted no.


A2882: This requires professional boards to provide waivers or exemptions from requirements for licensure for veterans with substantially equivalent training.

The Assembly passed an earlier version unanimously, but the Senate made some technical changes before also passing it earlier this year.

Among the amendments, boards must consider courses that were part of the military training, as well as experience gained in the military that is equivalent to civilian sector experience.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1) passed 76-0.


A2887: Requires the Energy Master Plan to include long-term capacity planning and infrastructure planning.

Floor amendments removed a requirement that the EMP must include an integrated resource plan. Instead the EMP shall include an analysis of the efficiency of generation capacity and the state’s energy infrastructure related to the goal of meeting the state’s long-term energy needs.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula passed, 71-0, with six abstentions

Bills focusing on the state Energy Master Plan, protecting employees’ computer passwords, pass the Assembly