Senate passes bills on negotiating power, prescription eye drops and human trafficking

TRENTON – The Senate passed the following bills at its Monday session:

S1253 passed 30-6. The bill, sponsered by Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19) of Woodbridge, would provide health care coverage for mental health services.

S1415 passed 39-0. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) of Atlantic City, would establish a Helmets to Hardhats pilot program.
    
S1927 passed 40-0. The bill, sponsored by Sen.  Linda Greenstein (D-14) of Plainsboro, allows certain military spouses with out-of-state teaching license to receive temporary instructional certificate in New Jersey.
    
S2163 passed 24-15 along party lines. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) of Union, would give non-teaching employees the right to negotiate.

S2166 passed 38-2. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Madden (D-4) of Turnersville, requires health benefits coverage for refills of prescription eye drops under certain conditions.

S2227 passed 39-0. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Codey (D-27) of West Orange, requires medical examiner training about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy and requesting decedent’s medical information and brain donation for research.
    
S2239 passed 39-0. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Nellie Pou (D-35) of Haledon, establishes The “Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act.”

Pou hailed the bipartisan effort to make a difference in society and increasing protection to victims of trafficking.

“It is modern day slavery,’’ she said, that victimizes women and children and requires an enhanced response.

S2257 passed 39-0. The bill establishes a process for renewal of DOE issued authorization of certified educational facilities manager.

Senate passes bills on negotiating power, prescription eye drops and human trafficking