Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 16

TRENTON – The Legislature will wrap up business in lame-duck December with full voting sessions on Thursday.

This can be a chaotic period, with some bills that might not have had a chance otherwise being sneaked through at the last moment.

For example, proposed constitutional amendments regarding environmental issues could be on the board list.

One, which was in committee last week, would require the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Gov. Chris Christie pulled the state from RGGI in 2011.  The Northeast compact pursues alternative energy, but Christie supports a more market-based approach.

Another, also in committee last week, would authorize spending $200 million or 2.4 percent of sales tax revenue, whichever is lower, on open space preservation. There also is a bill that would finance the $200 million through a bond issue.

 

Tuition equality is another contentious issue that could be voted on next week.  The bill that the Democratic-controlled Legislature came up with includes financial aid eligibility for undocumented students, which is one of several aspects of the bill that Gov. Chris Christie has made it clear he opposes.

“Send me a clean bill and I’ll sign it,’’ Christie said on Friday. “I want this to work out, but I won’t be taken to the cleaners.’’

 

On Monday, the Opportunity to Compete Act will be in committee. This would bar an employer from questioning an applicant about a possible criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Supporters say it protects someone who made a relatively minor mistake in their past from being unfairly judged or barred from a prospective job. Opponents say employers have a right to know up front about an applicant’s history.

 

A resolution will be up Monday that opposes the so-called job-banding proposal for the Civil Service Commission.

Opponents warn that if this change goes through, it will open the door to nepotism, one of the things Civil Service ostensibly is in place to prevent.

 

And on the Port Authority front, Thursday is the day that subpoenaed documents are due in the hands of the Assembly Transportation Committee.

The panel demanded documents, emails, and correspondences from seven current or since-resigned Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials relating to the Fort Lee lane closure debacle in September.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno 

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Education Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Economic Growth Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Law and Public Safety Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

11 a.m., Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 12, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Labor Committee, Rm. 15, 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

1 p.m., Human Services Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

2 p.m., Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, Rm. 12, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., State Government Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., State House Commission, Rm. 103, Statehouse, Trenton

7 p.m., Atlantic Coast Shellfisheries Council, Nacote Creek Law Enforcement Office, 360 New York Road, Port Republic

Daily Events

6 p.m., Economic Empowerment 2013, N.J. African American Chamber of Commerce, Conference Center, Montclair State University, 30 Normal Ave., Montclair

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

1 p.m., Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10:30 a.m., N.J. Historical Commission, main conference room, State Records Center, 200 Stuyvesant Ave., Trenton

6 p.m., Delaware Bay Shellfisheries Council, Haskin Shellfish Research Lab, 6959 Miller Ave., Port Norris

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission, Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad Banquet Hall, 70 Alexander Ave., Lambertville

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, 502 Brewer Ave., Oceanport

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

9:30 a.m., Environment and Energy Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Voting session, Statehouse, Trenton

Assembly

TBA, Voting session, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., N.J. Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, Building 4, fourth floor, Station Plaza, South Clinton Ave., Trenton

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 16