As soon as election ends, legislative work resumes

TRENTON – No sooner will the election end on Tuesday then the work of the legislators will resume.

Five committees will drop the gavel on Thursday, wasting no time in rolling up sleeves in lame-duck and getting back to work.

Here is a rundown on some of the bills scheduled to be heard.

 

In Senate Community and Urban Affairs:

A bill sponsored by Sen. Donald Norcross, (D-5), Camden, S2984, at the request of Gloucester City, would amend the charter so that of the six council members, three  would be elected at-large and one would be elected from each of the city’s three wards. 

 

S1985 would  establish a telemarketing fraud investigation unit within the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The unit would investigate consumer complaints of unsolicited sales calls from unregistered telemarketers, calls that violate the no-call list, and other complaints. Sponsors include Sens. Jeff Van Drew, Teresa Ruiz and Sandra Cunningham.

 

Senate Labor Committee

S2995, sponsored by Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, prohibits workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

It protects the woman from penalties for taking time away from work when required, as certified by a doctor.

 

Senate Transportation Committee

A1195, which already cleared the Assembly, requires NJ Transit to conduct a study of platform safety at stations.

Particular attention is to be paid to the gap between a train and the platform, and must be submitted to the governor and legislators within six months.

 

Senate Commerce Committee

S2867, sponsored by Weinberg and Sen. Nia Gill, requires expanded insurance coverage of infertility for women being denied such benefits.

This would include medically necessary expenses in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

 

Senate Environment and Energy Committee

S2632, sponsored by Sens. Bob Smith and Linda Greenstein, would expand the kind of projects eligible for a special assessment.

This is related to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Currently, a town may finance purchases of renewable energy systems made by a property owner, and provide a special assessment on those properties in exchange for the owner receiving assistance with that initial financing.

This bill would add more types of projects that could fall under such an umbrella, including hurricane-resistant construction projects and flood-resistant construction projects.

 

As soon as election ends, legislative work resumes