Assembly passes several bills

The Assembly passed the following bills:

A735: Permits a child who moves out of a school district due to a family crisis to remain enrolled in that district until the end of the school year. The district would remain responsible for transportation services.

The bill passed 73-2, with one abstention. 
 
A1241: Increases penalties for violations committed by precious metals buyers and requires weights and measures officers to seize scales under certain circumstances.
 The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriority (D-4) of Washington, passed 74-0. 
 
A1273: Requires the state health benefits program to provide certain information to participating public employers.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-19), of Carteret, passed 58-16, with three abstentions. 
 
A1521: Modifies process for contested case hearings by the Office of Administrative Law, including allowing testimony by telephone or video conference calls, and allowing oral decisions.

The law says that an OAL judge’s ruling will be final unless an agency modifies it within 45 days, and an amendment to this bill would eliminate the provision authorizing the unlimited extension of this 45-day time period.

The bill, whose sponsors include Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, passed 74-0. 
 
A1551: This shortens time periods for cases of so-called adverse possession to 20 years in most cases, and in cases of woodlands, 30 years.

The bill passed 57-16, with 1 abstention.

A354: Requires all lamps and lighting devices on motor vehicles be kept in working order.

Amendments clarified that the high-mounted brake lights installed on passenger motor vehicles since Sept. 1, 1985 are to be considered required equipment and must be operational.

The bill passed 75-0.
 
A507: Establishes licensing program in the Department of Agriculture for farmed deer.

In 2002, the Department of Environmental Protection banned the importation of deer and elk into the state as a precaution against the spread of chronic wasting disease.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1) of Cape May Courthouse, passed 52-15, with seven abstentions.

A792: Originally, this directed hospitals to establish protocols for patient transport by specialty care transportation units used for inter-facility transfers.

This was passed in the Assembly, then amended by and passed in the Senate. The amendments soften the bill so that hospitals are to “request” rather than “ensure’’ transport.

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21) of Summit, said the bill was inspired by her late husband, Assemblyman Eric Munoz, who wasn’t transported in a timely manner.
“Going forward, it will save lives,” she said.

The bill passed 75-0.
 
A945: Allows person with diabetes to voluntarily make a notation on the driver’s license so that law enforcement and medical personnel can provide assistance.
Amendments include removing the requirement that the phrase “insulin dependent diabetic’’ be printed on the license.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-3) of Bridgeton, passed by 65-5 vote, with four abstentions. 
 
A953: Authorizes colleges and universities to grant college credit to high school students who complete the Jersey Boys State or Jersey Girls State program.

The bill passed 76-0.
 
A1750: Requires alarm business license holders to maintain at least one business office in the state.

The bill passed 68-7.
 
A2151: Passed 61-12, with one abstention

A2204: Includes reverse rate evasion as form of insurance fraud and provides for civil and criminal penalties.

Among the amendments is a provision that someone will not be guilty of reverse rate evasion if they insure a car in another state and have a second residence or attend school in that state.

The bill passed 76-0.
 
A2248: Establishes certain requirements for trapping of snapping turtles.
Among other things, the bill sets out a framework for capturing snapping turtles, including the type of net or other tool used, specific records-keeping, requirement of a trapper’s permit, and penalties for violations.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) of Paulsboro, passed 47-28, with two abstentions. 
 

Assembly passes several bills