May 7th
Weekly Newsletter
New Jersey Update
This afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy announced an additional 1,317 positive COVID-19 cases, increasing the statewide total to 879,812. An additional 29 deaths were announced, increasing the statewide total to 23,129. The total number of vaccine doses that have been administered in NJ is 7,440,122 and 3,486,709 NJ residents are fully vaccinated.

The Administration is working alongside school districts to move toward in-person instruction. Just two months ago, 1 in 5 districts were on an all-remote schedule. At this time, only 16 schools are all-remote instruction. Some of these districts have target dates within the next month to return to in-person instruction. 

The State is collaborating with agencies, associations, and hospitals to conduct vaccinations for homebound New Jerseyans. Individuals who need vaccinations should visit covid.nj.gov/homeboundvax, call 855-568-0545, or text "ReadyNJ" to 898-211. 

As a part of the "Jersey Summer" initiative, three more craft breweries have joined the "Shot and a Beer Program" for residents who receive their first shot in the month of May. The State expects to add more components and partnerships in the coming weeks.

NJ is ramping up COVID-19 recovery and reopening efforts with Operation: Jersey Summer with the following:
  • Mega-sites, in addition to many other locations, are offering walk-up vaccinations;
  • Vaccination numbers will be made more localized and more widely available;
  • In order to educate and inform residents in making their decision to get vaccinated, the State will be going door to door in underserved communities, reaching out to residents with information and resources;
  • The New Jersey Department of Health call center is proactively reaching out to residents who preregistered for vaccinations but who have yet to make their appointment. They’re connecting them directly with live operators to help them make an appointment;
  • The Office of Innovation is working with the Department of Health to begin a targeted email program to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who have signed up for email updates, ensuring they have the information they need to protect themselves and their families;
  • Partnering with our faith leaders for “Grateful for the Shot,” an effort that will make it possible for congregants to go directly from religious services to vaccination sites.

The Governor signed an Executive Order, Monday, to increase outdoor gathering limits, to lift the prohibition on indoor bar-side seating, and to lift the prohibition on buffets and other self-service food at restaurants.

So long as there is no backslide in our metrics, on May 19th NJ will further its expansion by:
  • lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings;
  • removing the 50% capacity limit on indoor dining;
  • lifting the 50% capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings or businesses;
  • currently governed by a percentage-based cap;
  • increasing the general indoor social gathering limit to 50 people;
  • increasing indoor catering events, funerals or memorial services, political activities, and commercial gatherings to 250 people;
  • increasing the indoor capacity for large venues (1,000 or more fixed seats) to 30% capacity.
  • The ban on indoor youth sports competitions will be lifted

NJ Department of Health Commissioner Persichilli announced the Department's rapid mobile response team van was parked at the University Hospital's Health & Wellness Festival over the weekend providing walk-in vaccinations to those who needed it. She highlighted that the mobile command centers will significantly help those in communities with limited access to obtain the vaccination.

Governor Murphy announced Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as the Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard and Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at the War Memorial in Trenton.
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Weekly Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 5th: Assembly Committees

Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, 9:00a, remotely.

A5439. Changes deadline for New Jersey Racing Commission's annual report from end of calendar year to end of State fiscal year. Passed

A5484  Requires New Jersey Racing Commission to adopt procedures to enforce internal controls; requires annual audit. Passed with committee amendments

ACR159 Proposes constitutional amendment to allow certain organizations to use proceeds from games of chance to benefit organization. Passed

ACR200 Amends State Constitution to permit sports wagering through casinos and certain horse racetracks on any collegiate athletic competitions; permits sports wagering through certain off-track wagering facilities on any professional, collegiate, or amateur ath Passed with committee amendments


Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee, 9:15a, remotely.

A1752 Requires signs to be posted and pamphlets to be distributed in emergency rooms regarding VCCO. Passed
         
A3149 Increases penalty for hazing; clarifies that prohibited conduct includes causing, coercing, or forcing consumption of alcohol or drugs. Passed with committee amendments

A4663 Creates two-year "Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities Pilot Program" in Juvenile Justice Commission; appropriates $4.2 million in FY 2022 and FY 2023. Passed with committee amendments

S84 "Timothy J. Piazza's Law"; expands scope of hazing activities and increases penalties for hazing resulting in injury; requires institutions of higher education, and public and nonpublic high schools and middle schools to adopt anti-hazing policies. Combined with S2093 and passed

S2093 Expands scope of activities constituting hazing; increases penalties for hazing resulting in injury; requires institutions of higher education and public and nonpublic high schools and middle schools to adopt anti-hazing policies. Combined with S2093 and passed


Assembly Health Committee, 10:45a, remotely.

 A746 Requires certain ambulances to carry epinephrine. Passed with committee amendments
 
A986  Requires physician to offer to test patient for dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency prior to chemotherapy. Passed with committee amendments

A5179 Revises certain restrictions on ownership of medical cannabis alternative treatment centers; expands scope of review of alternative treatment center permit applications and related materials. Passed with committee amendments

A5360  Requires certain providers to restore level of care to pre-COVID-19 levels following end of declared public health emergency. Held

AJR191  Designates September of each year as "Self-Care Awareness Month" in New Jersey. Passed
         
S2875  Revises certain restrictions on ownership of medical cannabis alternative treatment centers; expands scope of review of alternative treatment center permit applications and related materials. Passed with committee amendments


Assembly Higher Education Committee, 1:00p, remotely.
 
A246  Authorizes county colleges to establish and operate student dormitories. Passed

A1675 Prohibits academic degree-granting institutions from entering into revenue sharing arrangements with financial institutions for consumer financial products or services and regulates consumer financial products or services marketed to students. Held

A3805 Establishes annual grant program to recognize institutions of higher education that offer comprehensive array of veteran programs and services. Passed
 
A5232 Requires public institutions of higher education to take various actions to improve campus diversity and directs Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance regarding diversity in faculty search and selection process. Passed
         
S804  Prohibits academic degree-granting institutions from entering into revenue sharing arrangements with financial institutions for consumer financial products or services and regulates consumer financial products or services marketed to students. Held
         
S961  Establishes annual grant program to recognize institutions of higher education that offer comprehensive array of veteran programs and services. Passed

Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee, 1:45p, remotely.

The committee heard from invited guests regarding the unique challenges that older adults who are homebound have been facing over the course of the pandemic. The intention of this meeting was to gain insights as to optimal strategies to improve the delivery and engagement of social services, food access-as well as how COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to this community.
 
AJR54 Designates May of each year as "Stroke Awareness Month." Passed

Assembly Housing Committee, 3:00p, remotely.
 
A1742 Clarifies and expands landlord registration procedures; creates certain rights for tenants; makes certain changes concerning tenant notifications, inspections, and maintenance in multiple dwellings; permits percentage of affordable housing obligation to b Passed with committee amendments
         
A1919 "Fair Chance in Housing Act"; establishes certain housing rights of persons with criminal records. Passed with committee amendments
         
A2445 Prohibits condominium associations from assessing insurance deductibles to individual unit owners or groups of unit owners. Passed
         
A2808 Requires certification of diligent inquiry in residential mortgage foreclosure actions to be filed by attorneys. Passed with committee amendments
         
A5533 Establishes standards for expiration of rental housing affordability controls. Held
         
S422 Establishes standards for expiration of rental housing affordability controls.Held
         
S1604 Requires certification of diligent inquiry in residential mortgage foreclosure actions to be filed by attorneys. Passed


Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, 3:15p, remotely.
         
A1679 The "New Jobs for New Jersey Act." Passed
         
A5377 Establishes "Food Innovation District Program." Passed with committee amendments 
         
A5420 Requires EDA and New Jersey Redevelopment Authority to issue reports for grant and loan programs not specifically authorized by statute and for statutorily authorized grant and loan programs where report is not required. Passed
         
S1958 The "New Jobs for New Jersey Act." Passed

Thursday, May 7th: Senate Committees

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4, Annex.
 
A5135 Allows continued use of heaters and tents by food or beverage establishments under certain circumstances during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed
 
S242  "New Jersey American Dream Act"; appropriates $25 million to provide down payment and home repair assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers. Passed with committee amendments
 
S1416 Permits governing body of municipalities having population of 30,000 or less to serve as local board of health; validates certain actions. Passed
 
S1762 Establishes New Jersey First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Program; provides gross income tax benefits for certain contributions to and earnings on assets maintained in accounts established under program. Passed
 
S3316 Establishes Statewide standards for the use of heaters and tents by restaurants during COVID-19 public health emergency. Passed with Committee Substitute
 
S3584 Establishes immunity relating to COVID-19 spread in planned real estate developments. Passed
 
S3590 Allows formation of limited liability companies by real estate salespersons and broker-salespersons to receive commission income and requires certain disclosures on promotions. Passed
 
S3656 Concerns mass transit parking tax. Passed
 
S3669 Provides mortgage payment relief for residential property owners during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3688 Provides for regional economic impact report and review by affected municipalities for certain proposed retail warehouse developments. Transferred
 
Senate Labor Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 6, Annex. 
 
A681  Expands scope of law prohibiting age discrimination. Passed
 
S397  Expands scope of law prohibiting age discrimination. Passed
 
S3501 Exempts certain commercial fishermen from coverage under "unemployment compensation law." Passed 
 
S3562 Establishes "Registered Apprenticeship Program for State Agencies"; makes an appropriation. Passed
 
S3714 Concerns liability of certain non-profit and governmental employers for unemployment benefits paid during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic state of emergency; appropriates $50 million. Passed
 
Senate Transportation Committee, 12:00p, 1st Floor, Committee Room 6, Annex. 
 
A5033 Authorizes motor vehicle dealers to sell motor vehicles online and obtain electronic signatures for motor vehicle transactions. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S138  Exempts certain motor vehicles that are owned by certain nutrition programs and certain nonprofit organizations that offer social services from motor vehicle registration fees. Passed
 
S741  Permits person diagnosed with autism or communication disability to voluntarily make notation on driver's license, identification card, and in MVC registry; establishes program to train law enforcement officers in interactions with persons with autism or developmental disabilities. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
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 
 
S1963 Establishes certain additional examination and special learner's permit requirements. Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4, Annex. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
A5135 Allows continued use of heaters and tents by food or beverage establishments under certain circumstances during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed
 
S242   "New Jersey American Dream Act"; appropriates $25 million to provide down payment and home repair assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S1416 Permits governing body of municipalities having population of 30,000 or less to serve as local board of health; validates certain actions. Passed
 
S1762 Establishes New Jersey First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Program; provides gross income tax benefits for certain contributions to and earnings on assets maintained in accounts established under program. Passed
 
S3279 Authorizes motor vehicle dealers to sell motor vehicles online and obtain electronic signatures for motor vehicle transactions. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3316 Establishes Statewide standards for the use of heaters and tents by restaurants during COVID-19 public health emergency. Passed with Committee Substitute 
 
S3378 Requires MVC to conduct unscheduled surprise inspections of certain school buses. Passed
 
S3584 Establishes immunity relating to COVID-19 spread in planned real estate developments. Passed
 
S3534 Requires NJT to pay support staff and subcontractors one-and-a-half times regular rate for work done during state of emergency. Passed
 
S3590 Allows formation of limited liability companies by real estate salespersons and broker-salespersons to receive commission income and requires certain disclosures on promotions. Passed
 
S3656 Concerns mass transit parking tax. Passed
 
S3669 Provides mortgage payment relief for residential property owners during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3688 Provides for regional economic impact report and review by affected municipalities for certain proposed retail warehouse developments. Transferred
 
Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, 1:00p, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4, Annex.
 
A4139 Requires copies of medical and billing records be provided without charge to Social Security Disability benefits applicants and recipients; requires records be delivered in manner specified by requestor. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
A5133 Expands indoor capacity for food or beverage establishments and banquet and wedding venues under certain circumstances during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
A5353 Provides for certification of temporary nurse aides. Passed
 
S404   Permits pharmacists to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives pursuant to a standing order, in accordance with protocols established by Board of Pharmacy and Board of Medical Examiners; clarifies certain health insurance coverage for contracept Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S1599 Establishes Statewide database of beds in shelters for the homeless. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S1771 Expressly prohibits invasive examination of unconscious patient by health care practitioner without patient's prior informed written consent. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S1934 Authorizes use of disability benefits for transportation provided by transportation network companies. Passed
 
S1935 Requires DHS to employ Transportation Planning Coordinator to manage and oversee transportation services provided to DHS clients. Passed
 
S2078 Establishes "Stillbirth Resource Center" and programs for the prevention and reduction of incidences of stillbirth; expands list of professionals authorized to provide stillbirth-related care; appropriates $2.5 million. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S2893 Requires copies of medical and billing records be provided without charge to Social Security Disability benefits applicants and recipients; requires records be delivered in manner specified by requestor. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S2955 Authorizes SNAP benefits to be used to pay grocery delivery charges. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3156 Requires COVID-19 test results to be provided within 72 hours after test is performed; regulates cost of certain COVID-19 tests. Passed with Committee Substitute
 
S3157 Establishes "COVID-19 Testing Transparency Act." Combined with S3156
 
S3344 Requires financial institutions to release records to adult protective services when suspecting fraud of vulnerable adult or senior customer; Allows adult protective service to release same records to law enforcement agency if necessary. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3374 Establishes requirements for restaurants to operate during public health emergency declared in response to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3421 Provides for certification of temporary nurse aides. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3579 Requires certain permanency hearing to be held at least every six months. Passed
 
S3699 Establishes "COVID-19 Vaccinating, Reaching, and Contacting Everyone Act." Passed
 
S3707 Makes it disorderly persons offense to purposely transmit infectious or communicable disease by engaging in act of sexual penetration under certain circumstances. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3724 Appropriates $5 million to New Jersey Pediatric Cancer Fund. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3279 Authorizes motor vehicle dealers to sell motor vehicles online and obtain electronic signatures for motor vehicle transactions. Passed with Committee Amendments
 
S3378 Requires MVC to conduct unscheduled surprise inspections of certain school buses. Passed
 
S3534 Requires NJT to pay support staff and subcontractors one-and-a-half times regular rate for work done during state of emergency. Passed

The Governor signed the following legislation into law this week:

A-1070/S-2892 – Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs

A-4461/S-2698 – Requires State to enter into contract and coordinate with certain cooperative purchasing systems for procurement of COVID-19 related goods and services by school districts
A-4788/S-3044 (Pintor Marin/Ruiz) – Requires transfer of certain escheated civil forfeiture funds from Unclaimed Personal Property Trust Fund to General Fund for appropriation to county prosecutors’ offices
 
Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed the following bills:
ACS for A-4803 and 4811/SCS for S-2991 and 3117 – CONDITIONAL - Concerns approval process for personal protective equipment and State stockpiles of personal protective equipment

A-1229/S-2161 – CONDITIONAL - Requires DCA to make information on homeless prevention programs and services available on its Internet website

Governor Murphy absolute vetoed the following bill:
A-4810/S-441 – ABSOLUTE - Establishes Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission
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