Weekly Advance: Week of Jan. 13

TRENTON – It’s understandable – what with all the talk of Bridgegate – to forget that a lot of stuff is happening next week under the Dome.

There are legislative-session finale voting sessions on Monday by the Senate and Assembly.  Gov. Chris Christie will take time out from mea culpas to deliver the State of the State Address on Tuesday.

But the Monday voting sessions also hold the promise of lame-duck last-minute surprises.

Here is a look at some of the key bills up for a vote.

 

S2155/A2201: This would permit so-called “civil celebrants” to solemnize marriages. Applicants would have to complete a course offered by a nondenominational organization registered with the state. This is an outgrowth of a nonsectarian movement that began in the 1970s. The Assembly passed its bill in March 2012. Then the Senate amended it and passed it so it returns to the lower chamber one more time.

 

S2602/A3893: One of many post-Superstorm Sandy bills, this takes away from the Department of Environmental Protection the authority to waive permit requirements for work involving grading or excavating of a dune. It does allow exceptions for emergencies. The Senate version was passed last week.

 

S2732/A3103: This orders various departments such as Community Affairs, Environmental Protection and Transportation to give priority consideration to permit applications of green building projects. The Assembly passed its version in June 2012. The Senate passed it last week with amendments, so it returns to the lower chamber.

 

S2733/A2888: This bill would establish an Office of Clean Energy, elevating it from a division of the Board of Public Utilities, and charge it with taking on a stronger role in coordinating efforts to promote non-polluting energy. The Assembly version passed along party lines back in April. The Senate passed an amended version last week, so it returns to the Assembly.

 

A3489/S2540: This conditionally vetoed bill allows monies statutorily dedicated to standardbred horse racing purses to be used for the benefit of the standardbred horse racing and breeding industry; it allows permitholder and Standardbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association to agree on use of monies. Gov. Chris Christie objected to wording that he said would allow parties to disguise their own interests in contracts that are supposed to benefit the industry.

 

A4589/S3127: This bill changes the higher-education restructuring act of 2012 to allow more power to Rowan University-Rutgers Camden by giving its governors board eminent domain power, allowing Rowan to enter into public/private partnerships, and making other changes to further the effort of Rowan and South Jersey to become more of a health-care higher-education hub.

 

A4546/S3082: Known as “Angelie’s Law,’’ in memory of 8-month-old Angelie Jiang Paredes who was killed in West New York after an autobus hit a light pole, which crushed her stroller, this bill set up a standards or a bill of rights for autobus passengers. At hearings last year, the autobus industry come under criticism as something of an industry run in a “Wild West’’ mentality as drivers fight for passengers.

The amended bill excludes quite a few vehicle types from being considered autobuses, including limousines, hotel buses, NJ Transit motor buses and others.

 

A4394/S2976: Designed to address a post-Sandy New Jersey, this bill would establish standards for those involved in raising homes to protect against floods. The Senate passed it last year, but it has been amended in Assembly committee.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

12 p.m., Budget and Appropriations Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

Assembly

1 p.m., Voting session, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

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

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

3 p.m., Joint session, Assembly chambers, Trenton

Senate

12 p.m., Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Assembly

12 p.m., War Memorial, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Economic Development Authority, 36 W. State St., Trenton

1 p.m., Fish and Game Council, Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Commission on Radiation Protection, Bureau of X-Ray Compliance, 25 Arctic Parkway, Ewing

10 a.m., Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission, Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton

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

Daily Events

8:15 a.m., Networking Breakfast, N.J. Chamber of Commerce, National Conference Center at Holiday Inn of East Windsor, 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor

12 p.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, Webinar: “Lame Duck, State of the State Recap, and 2014 Legislative Preview.’’

6 p.m., Public hearing: Certificate of need application, Prime Healthcare Services to acquire St. Mary’s Hospital, Passaic High School, 170 Paulison Ave., Passaic

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., N.J. Law Revision Commission, seventh floor, 153 Halsey St., Newark

4 p.m., Highlands Council, 100 North Road, Chester

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Jan. 13