A Preview of Thursday’s Senate Session and Who Stands to Win or Lose

The Trenton State House

Tomorrow is a Senate session day, and will see a docket dominated by criminal justice bills. These are the five most notable bills that will be going up for a vote at 2:00PM on Thursday.

S2311 – Prohibition of campaign contributions from businesses receiving development subsidies

Would prohibit businesses and their employees from  making campaign contributions if they receive $25,000 or more from the state of New Jersey in subsidies. Sponsors are Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20). Would penalize violators with fines matching the subsidy.

A206 – Automatic expungement of criminal records

Would establish automatic clearing of a parolee’s record. Sponsors include Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) and Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-29). A controversial bill with widespread Democratic support that could see significant opposition along party lines.

S2360 – Requirement for mentally ill gun buyers 

Would require that those who have their records expunged in order to remove a legal determination of mental illness notify local law enforcement before purchasing or licensing a firearm. Sponsors include Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) and Assemblyman Joe Lagana (D-38). Conditionally vetoed by Christie, who called the bill part of a “patchwork” approach to the problem.

S1621 – Priority job training for long-term unemployed

Would give priority to those who have exhausted unemployment benefits when choosing candidates for job training programs at community colleges. Sponsors include Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). Vetoed by Governor Christie with a recommendation that the programs draw from state funds only.

S2710 – Requirement for surveys of businesses that leave New Jersey

Would require the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to survey any employer who leaves New Jersey for another state. Sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36). Also requests an employer survey conducted with the EDA.

A1662 – Criminal record expungement for identity theft victims

Would allow those who have criminal offenses on their records as the result of identity theft to apply for expungement. Sponsors include Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37). Unlikely to meet with opposition.

A Preview of Thursday’s Senate Session and Who Stands to Win or Lose