Senate passes bills dealing with child porn penalties, more

TRENTON – The Senate passed numerous bills after clearing the budget bill off its slate this afternoon, including measures affording toll-free bus passage when headed toward the casinos in Atlantic City, tougher child porn penalties, and limited exceptions from local land use laws in order to comply with new flood heights from FEMA.

S436: Passed 36-3. Expands DNA database to include samples from disorderly persons and certain violent arrestees. 

S454: Passed 26-12.  Permits a student to participate in a voluntary survey if the district sends prior written notification to the student’s parents.

S854: Passed 37-0. This bill regulates the sale and implementation of certain service contracts for the repair, replacement, maintenance, or service of property used for personal, family or household purposes.

S1441: Passed 39-0. This bill requires cemetery companies to file with the New Jersey Cemetery Board an annual financial report prepared by a certified public accountant.

S1905/A2891:  Passed  39-0. This bill would require the New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to certify emergency medical technicians and paramedics who have the equivalent military training.

S2050: Passed 26-12. Permits toll-free passage on state toll roads for buses traveling to casinos.

Democratic Sen. Jim Whelan, who represents Atlantic City, said this bill helps to keep the state from reneging on a promise that only Atlantic City would have casinos in the state and will help that city’s casinos stay viable. Republican Sen. Gerald Cardinale protested that it throws more money after a bad business model and ignores the reality of competition in other states.

S2132:  Passed 29-5.This bill establishes the “Bleeding Disorders Treatment Fund” to support hemophilia treatment centers.

 

S2194: Passed 34-6. Requires New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide compressed natural gas refueling and electric vehicle recharging stations at rest areas on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

S2242/A3818: Passed 40-0. Clarifies that the “Uniform Electronic Transactions Act” applies to real estate transactions.

 

S2311/A2948:  Passed 39-0. Sets forth reporting requirements when out-of-state law enforcement entities conduct counter-terrorism investigations within New Jersey.

S2318: Passed 39-1. This bill requires that all infants born in this state be screened for tongue tie, also known as “ankyloglossia” or “anchored tongue.”

S2367: Passed 40-0. “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act”; provides student-athletes, parents, and coaches with information on sudden cardiac arrest and establishes protocolS concerning removal-from-play for athletes exhibiting symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

S2393: Passed 30-0. Under this bill, the 15 percent transfer fee charged by cemetery companies would only apply to conveyances in which title to a grave, crypt or niche is transferred.

S2405/A945: Passed 38-0. 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. It passed the Assembly already.

S2477/A1677: Passed 38-0. This bill sets forth penalties for unauthorized access to information transmitted by an automatic vehicle location system which identifies the location of a law enforcement vehicle. 

S2484/A3405: Passed 40-0. This bill requires the Department of Health to temporarily authorize a vendor that applies to participate in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children at a particular site if the applicant is approved to operate at another site.

S2547: Passed 40-0. This bill creates a “Task Force on Driver Distractions” to study and make recommendations concerning the impact of driver distractions on highway safety.

S2493: Passed 40-0.   Revises statutes and enhances penalties for offenses involving child pornography; makes crime of causing a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act subject to “No Early Release Act.”

 

S2598/A3890: Passed 40-0. Provides limited exemption from local land use restrictions to allow structures to be raised to the new FEMA base flood elevations.

 

S2737: Passed 38-1. Permits contractor in construction contracts with a state college to choose between a retainage deduction from monthly progress payments or depositing a bond; allows 2 percent retainage deduction of amount due on each partial payment.

S2759/A4033: Passed 40-0. This bill expands the Sire Stakes Program to include a new Standardbred Development Program.  The Standardbred Development Program will include all horses eligible to race under the Sire Stakes Program, as well as foals who are the product of a stallion and a mare that are registered with the United States Trotting Association. The Assembly passed its version last week.

S2788: Passed 38-0. Appropriates $1.39 million from 2009 Historic Preservation Fund to provide historic site management grants for certain historic preservation projects. It passed the Assembly last week.

S2824/A4171: Passed 32-4. This provides Medicaid coverage for family planning services.

S2843: Passed 39-0. “Autumn Joy Stillbirth Research and Dignity Act”; requires the Health Department to establish protocols for stillbirths, establishes stillbirth research database.

Senate passes bills dealing with child porn penalties, more