TRENTON – The Senate passed bills today – many unanimously – dealing with alternative tuition payment methods, possible full-day kindergarten, and more.
The Senate concurred with several vetoed bills, including ones dealing with homeless shelters.
S1219: This CV’d bill would have increased compensation for wrongful imprisonment from $20,000 for each year of incarceration or twice the person’s income (whichever is greater) to $50,000 or twice the income.
But Gov. Chris Christie red-lined two aspects: Annual cost of living increases to the compensation; and compensation for those who plead guilty falsely.
This bill received one concurrence vote in September.
S1888: This bill would require homeless shelters to admit people with mental illness unless they pose a danger to themselves.
But Christie in his CV said the bill lacked standards for making that determination.
S1889: This bill would require shelters to admit someone for at least 72 hours unless they are at capacity.
As with the previous bill, Christie said in his CV message that it lacks guidance regarding when a shelter can appropriately refuse admittance.
In each case, the governor offered rewordings so that shelters would be on firmer ground when making decisions.
These two bills came out of the experience of Sen. Dick Codey who posed as a homeless person to gain understanding of the issues affecting shelters and those who rely on them.
S1991: This directs the Board of Nursing to encourage nursing schools to give academic credit to students for training received in the military as corpsmen and medics.
S2086: The purpose of this bill is to change the deadline for filing petitions of nomination for school board candidates so that it matches the deadline for filing petitions of nomination for other candidates seeking elective public office.
This bill changes the deadline for filing petitions of nomination for school board candidates. Specifically, the bill changes the filing deadline for candidates in school board elections in November from no later than 4 p.m. of the day of the holding of the primary election for the general election to no later than 4 p.m. of the last Monday of July.
S2093/A1825: Requires the Department of Education to develop an educational fact sheet for distribution to parents concerning sports-related eye injuries.
S2271: Permits a state college to enter into joint purchasing agreement with other units of State and local government.
S2344: This bill affords immunity from civil liability for damages to police officers appointed by private, nonprofit institutions of higher education for any damages arising out of and directly relating to the lawful exercise of their authorized police powers.
S2458/A248: This bill provides that whenever the Education commissioner changes the date of the annual April school election, the commissioner must also change the May 19 deadline by which a town determines appropriations in voter-rejected budgets.
S2763/A3972: This bill establishes a task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten.
S2778: This bill establishes a New Jersey Advisory Council on Youth and Collegiate Affairs to act as an advisory body on youth and collegiate affairs to the Legislature and state departments.
S2945: Increases from six to eight the number of governors of the Board of Governors of Rutgers that is necessary to constitute a quorum.
S2965: Establishes a “Higher Education Tuition Study Commission” to consider creation of a Pay Forward, Pay Back pilot program.
S755: Passed 23-11. This bill requires every commercial pesticide applicator to use uniform silver flags to mark areas on which pesticides have been applied. The flags must stay in place for a minimum of 72 hours after the pesticide application.
S162: This bill establishes a Physician Loan Redemption Program for doctors who work in the state for 10 years. The bill is an attempt to address the physician shortage in the state.
S2116/A1545: The bill creates a streamlined reciprocity process by allowing for quick licensure upon proof of out-of-state licensure from jurisdictions with “substantially equivalent” standards.
The reciprocity provisions of the bill do not apply to any holder of a license issued or renewed by the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, the State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers, or the State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors.
S2389: This bill amends the “New Jersey Public Employees’ Occupational Safety and Health Act” to include any interstate authority that utilizes its own police officers or firefighters.
S2544/A3427: This bill provides for temporary professional or occupational licensure for qualified nonresident military spouses in New Jersey.
S2995: Prohibits workplace discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
S2996: This bill helps to maintain eligibility for workers who may otherwise lose eligibility for certain leave and benefits due to loss of employment during a disaster or emergency for which a state of emergency is declared.
S2998: This provides for the certification by the State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers of persons installing gas piping within licensed health care facilities. 28-10
Law and safety
S1602: This bill allows victims and relatives to witness parole hearings.
S2108/A3059: This bill requires the Financial Policy Review Board to report to the Legislature on a quarterly basis, detailed information concerning the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority’s capital spending and the capital spending of related programs.
S2660: This bill expands the membership of the Credit Union Advisory Council from five members to seven members and provides that of the expanded membership at least four members of the council must bemembers of state chartered credit unions.
S2701/A3529: Designates Paterson Plank Road bridge in the Town of Secaucus as “Joseph F. Tagliareni, Jr. Memorial Bridge.” He was a firefighter who while responding to a fire in 1999 suffered a massive heart attack, then lingered in a coma for 13 days before passing away.
S2756/A3586: This bill removes the authority of the Department of Health and the State Board of Medical Examiners over medical standards governing declarations of death upon the basis of neurological criteria.
S3028/A354: This bill requires that all lamps or other illuminating devices equipped on a motor vehicle be kept in good working order.