Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 25

TRENTON – It’s a holiday week in the Statehouse and that means the meaningful stuff will be compressed mostly into one day: Monday.

There are seven Assembly committees holding court, but most of the attention will be on the Transportation Committee, which will be seeking answers regarding the chaos that ensued when George Washington Bridge lanes were closed for four days in September.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s committee has often had a testy relationship with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey personnel. The panel has subpoena power if Authority honchos are no-shows.

The closures, which created traffic nightmares, have never been adequately explained, as far as lawmakers are concerned.

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg recently went so far as to call the Authority response to questions a “cover-up,’’ so it will be interesting to see what answers, if any, Assembly lawmakers can obtain.

The panel has sent written invites to Port Authority officials Patrick Foye, the executive director; Bill Baroni, deputy executive director; Michael Fedorko, the police superintendent; and David Wildstein, the director of Interstate Capital Projects.

As of late Friday there still was no official word on whether anyone would attend.

 

Elsewhere, Sandy-related bills will be up before the Environment Committee.

Among the bills the committee will consider: Having the state update its Shore Protection Master Plan, allowing counties to control maintenance of beaches, repealing a law that allows some exemptions related to dune excavation, and expanding responsibilities of the Meadowlands Commission to include flood control.

 

In the Women and Children Committee, two bills dealing with human breast milk will be considered.

One would have the Health Department oversee and license so-called human breast milk banks, a practice that currently has no such oversight.

The second bill would set up a public awareness campaign regarding the sharing of breast milk. There are those who bypass the so-called milk banks and engage in informal sharing.

 

Over in the Agriculture Committee, a bill is up to replace the Wine Industry Advisory Council with a Wine Board that would have greater powers to promote revenue in the industry.

 

The Education Committee will have bills up that would seek to deter steroid use among students and to help lower dropout rates.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Assembly

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Women and Children Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Education Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Agriculture and National Resources Committee, Rm. 14, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Rm. 9, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10:30 a.m., Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Commission office building, 2492 River Road, New Hope, Pa.

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., State Capitol Joint Management Commission, Rm. L103, Statehouse, Trenton

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 25