Friday, December 3rd
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New Jersey Update
An additional 3,966 positive COVID-19 cases were reported today, bringing the statewide total to 1,092,722. This marks the highest 1-day total of positive cases since April 2nd. An additional 14 deaths were announced, bringing the statewide total to 25,607. The rate of transmission is at 1.15. As of today 14,390,648 total vaccine doses have been administered, with 6,240,843 individuals who live, work, or study in the state now fully vaccinated. Hospitalizations are currently up 56% compared to November 1st. The Omicron variant has been identified in cases in New York and throughout four other states. For the week of November 8th to 14th, the state reported 12,138 positive COVID-19 cases, 3,116 were from fully vaccinated people. In the breakthrough cases recorded in this timeframe, 16 hospitalizations (out of 602 total) and one death (out of 85 total) occurred.

On Tuesday, 23 new in-school coronavirus outbreaks were reported which are linked to 87 positive tests among students and staff. In total, 217 in-school outbreaks have occurred among students and staff this school year so far. There have been 22,244 cases among students and 4,808 among staff since the start of the academic year.
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Senate Voting Session

S685 - Permits municipal, county, and regional police and fire forces to establish five-year residency requirement for police officers and firefighters; allows exceptions to requirement under certain circumstances. Amended on the Senate Floor

S867 - Permits physical therapists to perform dry needling under certain circumstances. Passed

S991 - Requires owner or operator of certain trains to have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by rail; requires DEP to request bridge inspection reports from US DOT. Passed

S1233 - Requires certain persons and business entities to maintain comprehensive information security program. Passed

S2600 - Increases transparency and accountability for NJT and independence of NJT board members; establishes Office of Customer Advocate; requires greater detail for capital program. Passed

S2667 - Permits municipalities having population under 2,500 to withdraw from civil service by ordinance. Passed

S2835 - Requires compilation of data and issuance of annual reports on New Jersey teacher workforce. Passed

S3013 - Renames "security aid" as "health and safety aid" to reflect that secure schools provide for students' mental health; provides that State aid for nonpublic school security services may also be used for mental health services. Passed

S3164 - Creates NJ Legislative Youth Council. Passed

S3342 - Directs NJT to erect statue in honor of A. Philip Randolph, appropriates $90,000. Passed

S3455 - Revises eligibility requirements for NJ Workability Program and Personal Assistance Services Program. Passed

S4021 - Requires school districts to provide instruction on history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies. Passed

S4074 - Allows alternative evaluation in place of basic skills testing requirements for certain teacher certification. Passed

S4078 - Modifies lists of projects eligible to receive loans for environmental infrastructure projects from NJ Infrastructure Bank for FY2022. Passed

A5975/S4079 - Amends list of environmental infrastructure projects approved for long-term funding for FY2022; makes various changes to FY2022 environmental infrastructure funding program. Passed

S4128 - Requires that only fruits and vegetables grown and packaged in NJ may be labeled by food retailers as local to State. Passed

S4147 - Appropriates $16,380,595 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues to NJ Historic Trust for grants for certain historic preservation projects and associated administrative expenses. Passed

ACR220/SCR160 - Approves updated FY2022 Financial Plan of NJ Infrastructure Bank. Passed

SCR161 - Rescinds all applications previously transmitted by the New Jersey Legislature to Congress calling for constitutional convention. Passed

A798 / S52 - Establishes local drug overdose fatality review teams. Passed

A1219 / S1054 - Requires owner notification of rabies testing protocol prior to testing of owner's animal for rabies. Passed

A2264 / S4086 - Requires provider of electronic communication service to preserve information reported to law enforcement related to endangerment of children for 180 days. Passed

A2286 / S1823 - Requires institutions of higher education to provide graduating students with information on income-contingent student loan repayment programs. Passed


AJR177 / SJR86 - Designates December 4 of each year as "Alpha Phi Alpha Day" in New Jersey. Passed

Actions on Governor's Recommendations

S108 - Concerns speech rights of student journalists at public schools and public institutions of higher education. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S969 - Establishes loan redemption program for teachers in certain fields to redeem loan amounts received under New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students Loan Program through employment in certain low performing schools. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S2559 - Revises requirements for health insurance providers and Medicaid to cover services provided using telemedicine and telehealth; appropriates $5 million. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S2834 - Mandates training on culturally responsive teaching for all candidates for teaching certification. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S2953 - Expands scope of inmate reentry assistance and benefits. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S3488 - Modifies certain procedures pertaining to school district regionalization; establishes grant program for cost reimbursement of conducting regionalization feasibility studies; and provides financial incentives for regionalization. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations

S3955 - Establishes "Rental Assistance Navigation Program" in DCA; makes appropriation. Concurred with Conditional Veto Recommendations


Assembly Voting Session
A3062 - Establishes three year Financial Empowerment Pilot Program. Passes

A5975 - Amends list of environmental infrastructure projects approved for long-term funding for FY2022; makes various changes to FY2022 environmental infrastructure funding program. Passed

A5998 - Permits deferred retirement from JRS for member appointed as Administrative Director of the Courts by Chief Justice of Supreme Court. Passed

ACR220 - Approves updated FY2022 Financial Plan of NJ Infrastructure Bank. Passed

S598 - Raises pay for election workers to $300 per day; appropriates $7,000,000 to Department of State. Passed

S4065 - Revises gross income tax credit for child and dependent care expenses. Passed

S4078 - Modifies lists of projects eligible to receive loans for environmental infrastructure projects from NJ Infrastructure Bank for FY2022. Passed
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