The Assembly passed numerous bills at its Monday session, focusing on such things as medical marijuana, precious metals, among others.
He is a list of passed bills:
A747: Requires annual notice of assessment on property to contain bolded notice of filing deadline for appeal. The bill passed 77-0.
A759: Requires independent State authority members to disclose employment and contractual relationships between authority and authority member’s relatives. The bill passed 78-0.
A765: Requires a patient’s authorized use of medical marijuana to be considered equivalent to use of any other prescribed medication. The bill passed 67-9, with two abstentions.
A1110: Affords emergency services peer counselors confidentiality privileges. Bill passed 78-0.
A1241: Increases penalties for violations committed by precious metals buyers and requires weights and measures officers to seize scales under certain circumstances.
An amendment allows some discretion to the weights and measures officials to determine whether there is cause to allow the business to keep its scales. The bill passed 78-0.
A1271: This bill, conditionally vetoed, allows a corporation business tax credit and gross income tax credit for wages paid to qualified interns.
The bill allows credits in amounts equal to 40 percent of compensation paid or $600, whichever is less. Taxpayers that employ three or more qualified interns in a tax year receive a $75 bonus per qualified intern.
The bill annually limits the combined credits under both the CBT and GIT to 5,250 qualified interns or 700 taxpayers, whichever limitation is triggered first.
Gov. Chris Christie said in his veto message that he was concerned that there is no reason to believe this will lead to more long-term employment, so he recommended the Department of Labor and Workforce Development conduct a study of the possible benefits of such a tax credit program.
The bill passed 66-12.
A2172: Requires health care facilities to offer influenza vaccination to their health care workers. The bill passed 55-17, with five abstentions.
A2270: Permits small businesses to qualify for loans from the Economic Development Authority for costs of energy audit and making energy efficiency or conservation improvements. The bill passed, 74-4.
A2379: Establishes crimes of dog fighting and leader of a dog fighting network; amends RICO to add leader of a dog fighting network. The bill passed 78-0.
A2715: This bill allows a corporation to establish, in its bylaws, procedures or conditions under which materials with respect to shareholder-nominated individuals will be included in a corporation’s proxy solicitation materials. The bill passed, 78-0.
A2871: Provides for confiscation and forfeiture of mislabeled Jersey Fresh and similarly branded goods. The bill passed 73-3.
A2878: Prohibits requirement to disclose user name, password, or other means for accessing account or service through electronic communications device by employers. Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed this bill, calling it overbroad, and recommending a balance be struck between workers’ privacy rights and an employer’s ability to conduct a proper job interview. The bill passed 74-0.
A2978: Requires Department of Agriculture to publish on its website information concerning wineries and community supported agriculture entities in New Jersey. The bill passed 77-0, with one abstention.
A2982: Gives State Lottery winners option of remaining anonymous for one year.
The governor vetoed this conditionally, fearing it could undermine public confidence that the Lottery is run with integrity, and it might actually depress sales. He recommended that Treasury conduct a thorough review of the proposal. The bill passed 76-2.
A3023: Requires continuing education for licensed practicing psychologists. The bill passed 74-3, with one abstention.
A3035: This bill revises the “Self-Service Storage Facility Act,” to allow, among other things, for electronic mail notification, notification to be delivered by a private delivery service, the towing of property that is a motor vehicle or boat, and the limitation on the value of property permitted in the occupant’s space.
The bill passed 78-0.
A3062: Requires dental plans to make out-of-network payments based on assignment of benefits.
A3067: This bill eliminates numerous authorities, boards, commissions and committees that are outdated.
They include entities such as the New Jersey State Commission on Aging, Council on Undocumented Aliens, State Limousine Advisory Committee, and Light Pollution Study Commission.
A3082: This bill would clarify that it is a lawful practice under the “Consumer Protection Leasing Act” for a motor vehicle rental company to collect from customers renting a vehicle a fee for costs paid or incurred by the company for the licensing, titling, registration, inspection, and plating of its motor vehicles. The bill passed 66-12.