Friday, November 19th
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New Jersey Update
This afternoon, 1,923 positive COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the statewide total to 1,066,594. An additional 13 deaths were announced, bringing the statewide total to 25,424. 13,257,040 total vaccine doses have been administered, with 6,144,429 individuals who live, work, or study in the state now fully vaccinated. 

Today, the Governor announced $75 million in school construction funding to support the infrastructure needs of K-12 schools in the state. All school districts will receive a portion of the $75 million, which will be administered by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA). Of the $75 million, $50 million will be distributed to New Jersey’s 31 SDA districts and $25 million will be distributed to regular operating districts. To read the full press release, click here.
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Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, 9:00a, remotely.
            A1977 Requires DOE and DCF to establish online reporting systems for schools and child care centers to report lead testing results. Passed

            A4676 Establishes postconsumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic containers, glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging. Passed with Committee Substitute 

            A5720 Codifies certain energy goals related to 2019 Energy Master Plan. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            A5974 Modifies lists of projects eligible to receive loans for environmental infrastructure projects from NJ Infrastructure Bank for FY2022. Passed

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

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

            S2515  Establishes postconsumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic containers, glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging. Passed with Committee Amendments

            S3667  Codifies certain energy goals related to 2019 Energy Master Plan. Passed with Committee Amendments 

Assembly Judiciary Committee, 9:30a, remotely.
            A1763 Establishes mandatory domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            A1964 Expands training for judges, law enforcement officers and assistant county prosecutors concerning handling of domestic violence cases. Passed with Committee Substitute 

            A2682 Concerns hospitality franchise agreements. Passed 

            A5458 Permits expungement of possession or distribution of hypodermic syringe or needle offense in cases of previous expungement; repeals criminal offense of possession of syringe. Passed 

            S384    Expands training for judges, law enforcement officers and assistant county prosecutors concerning handling of domestic violence cases. Passed with Committee Amendments 


            S386    Establishes mandatory domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors. Passed

            S3493  Permits expungement of possession or distribution of hypodermic syringe or needle offense in cases of previous expungement; repeals criminal offense of possession of syringe. Passed 

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4, Annex. (Revised 11/12/2021)
            A862   Permits municipalities to refund excess property taxes paid by taxpayer who wins assessment appeal as property tax credit. Passed

            A3165 Clarifies that application to collocate wireless communications equipment be reviewed by administrative officer. Passed

            S926    Permits municipalities to refund excess property taxes paid by taxpayer who wins assessment appeal as property tax credit. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S1641  Authorizes proportional property tax exemption for honorably discharged veterans having a service-connected disability. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S2051  Establishes fire safety standards and protocols for certain light frame residential construction; requires project labor agreements for this construction; requires placards identifying primary structural systems of buildings. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S2084  Makes supplemental appropriation of $100,000 to DCA for disbursement to Jersey City to examine mass transit and green space needs at Bergen Arches. Passed 

            S2546  Requires cost-benefit analyses for long term tax exemption; requires DCA to create database of these exemptions; requires five-year tax exemption and abatement agreements be filed with certain county officials. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S4007  Concerns matters related to operations and obligations of casino gaming properties and finances of Atlantic City. Passed

            S4082  Clarifies that application to collocate wireless communications equipment be reviewed by administrative officer. Passed

Senate Environment and Energy Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 6, Annex. (Revised 11/12/2021)

A5018 [bill added] Requires DEP to prioritize funding for environmental infrastructure projects for applicants with established program to employ, at project or related facilities, local residents or residents of nearby urban aid qualifying municipalities. Passed with Committee Amendments 
            S3314  [bill added] Requires DEP to prioritize funding for environmental infrastructure projects for applicants with established program to employ, at project or related facilities, local residents of nearby urban aid qualifying municipalities. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S3893  [bill added] Increases penalties for unauthorized transportation or disposal of solid waste. Passed 

            S4070  Increases thresholds for environmental assessment requirements for certain transportation projects under Executive Order No. 215 of 1989. Passed with Committee Amendments

            S4077  Requires EDA to develop and implement electric school bus pilot program; provides $15 million per year to EDA to provide grants for this purpose. Passed with Committee Amendments

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

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

            S4085  [bill added] Exempts commercial shellfish producers from prohibition on taking shellfish on Sunday. Passed

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

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

            SR17   Urges Governor to impose moratorium on fossil fuel projects. Passed

Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, 10:00a, 1st Floor, Committee Room 1, Annex. (Revised 11/15/2021)
            A1293 Establishes advisory council for the brewery, cidery, meadery, and distillery industries in NJ and provides for funding through certain alcoholic beverage tax receipts. Passed

            A4543 Requires civil service commission to notify a certified eligible by certified mail and via electronic mail. Passed

            A4706 Requires Division of Travel and Tourism establish Black Heritage Trail; establishes NJ Black Cultural Heritage Commission. Passed

            A4814 Allows mail-in voter to cure mail-in ballot due to missing certificate. Passed

            A5306 Allows certain voters residing overseas to vote in certain elections in this State depending on overseas residency or intent to return. Passed with Committee Amendments 

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

            A5689 Makes $25 million in federal funds available to Department of State for travel and tourism advertising and promotion for recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. Passed

            AJR60 Designates October 27th of each year as "Tree of Life Remembrance Day" in New Jersey. Passed

            S420    [bill added] Establishes permanent daylight saving time in NJ. Passed

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

            S2723  "21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act." Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S2733  Requires civil service commission to notify a certified eligible by certified mail and via electronic mail. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S3039  Allows mail-in voter to cure mail-in ballot due to missing certificate. Passed

            S3265  [bill added] Permit members of SPRS to purchase service credit for prior public employment with federal government or another state. Passed

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

            S3529  [bill added] Clarifies that member of SPRS may receive accidental disability benefit under certain circumstances. Passed

            S3727  Requires Division of Travel and Tourism establish Black Heritage Trail; establishes NJ Black Cultural Heritage Commission. Passed

            S3760  Changes deadline for New Jersey Racing Commission's annual report from end of calendar year to end of State fiscal year. Passed 

            S3761  Allows certain voters residing overseas to vote in certain elections in this State depending on overseas residency or intent to return. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S3830  Makes $25 million in federal funds available to Department of State for travel and tourism advertising and promotion recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S3888  [bill added] Makes supplemental appropriation of $90,000 to Department of State to support statue of "Jersey" Joe Walcott. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S3968  Increases from $25,000 to $250,000 purchasing threshold permitting Director of Division of Purchase and Property to delegate authority to agencies increases from $25,000 to $250,000 bid advertising threshold on certain contracts. Passed 

            S3977  Establishes advisory council for the brewery, cidery, meadery, and distillery industries in NJ and provides for funding through certain alcoholic beverage tax receipts. Passed 

            S4080  [bill added] Requires certain snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and dirt bikes to be forfeited and destroyed. Passed 

            S4084  Removes requirement for Legislature, DOE, free public libraries, and historical societies to purchase "Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey." Passed 

            S4147  [bill added] 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

            S4161  [bill added] Removes requirement for promulgation by Governor of national census. Passed 

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

            SJR122            Designates October 27th of each year as "Tree of Life Remembrance Day" in New Jersey. Passed

            SJR128            Expresses support for commissioning of SSN-796, U.S.S. New Jersey, in New Jersey. Passed

Assembly Health Committee, 10:30a, remotely.
            A1112 Enters New Jersey into Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Passed

            A4847 Authorizes expanded provision of harm reduction services to distribute sterile syringes and provide certain support services to persons who use drugs intravenously; appropriates $15 million. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A5645 Expands exemption from restrictions on health care practitioner referrals; requires certain referrals to be made in accordance with certain professional standards. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            A5761 Requires feasibility study to examine establishment of regional medical examiner office facility in Southern New Jersey and collaborative development of new medical examiner education initiatives; appropriates $40,000. Passed with Committee Amendments

            S523    Enters New Jersey into Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Passed

            S3632  Expands exemption from restrictions on health care practitioner referrals; requires certain referrals to be made in accordance with certain professional standards. Passed

Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee, 11:00a, remotely.
            A283   Establishes "Atlantic City Growth Tax Credit Program" to grant tax credits to promote the development of non-rental housing in Atlantic City. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A1834 Creates "Community Wealth Preservation Program"; expands access for certain buyers to purchase property from sheriff's sales. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A2477 Requires municipalities that have public swimming pools to provide information regarding "dry drowning." Passed

            A5035 Establishes the "Urban Wealth Fund Pilot Program." Passed with Committee Amendments

Assembly State and Local Government Committee, 11:30a, remotely.
            A1527 Raises pay for election workers to $300 per day; appropriates $7,000,000 to Department of State. Passed 

            A5148 Authorizes local governments to impose convenience fees for accepting electronic payments. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A5442 Clarifies that member of SPRS may receive accidental disability benefit under certain circumstances. Passed 

            A5997 Removes requirement for Legislature, DOE, free public libraries, and historical societies to purchase "Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey." Passed 

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

            ACR217          Approves NJ Building Authority project described in project report entitled "New Jersey State Capitol Complex Security Screening Building and Secure Courtyard Project." Passed 

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

Assembly Appropriations Committee, 1:00p, remotely.
            A856   Expands Medicaid coverage regarding assistive devices for hearing impaired under certain circumstances. Passed

            A1001 Permits DMVA to receive voluntary contributions for veteran suicide prevention public service announcements. Passed

            A1015 Establishes public awareness campaign concerning persons with disabilities and employment. Passed

            A1024 Requires issuance of one free copy of birth certificate to military veteran. Passed

            A1075 Requires DEP, DOH, DCA, owners or operators of public water systems, and owners or operators of certain buildings to take certain actions to prevent and control cases of Legionnaires' disease. Passed

            A1077 Requires DOH to develop and implement plan to improve access to perinatal mood and anxiety disorder screening. Passed

            A1184 Requires school districts and charter schools to report discipline data on their websites and to Commissioner of Education; requires DOE to establish database and complete annual report concerning student disciplinary actions. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A1527 Raises pay for election workers to $300 per day; appropriates $7,000,000 to Department of State. Passed 

            A1626 Requires EDA to establish loan program for certain costs of electric-powered school bus purchases by local school districts and school bus contractors. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            A2441 Requires DHS to employ Transportation Planning Coordinator to manage and oversee transportation services provided to DHS clients. Passed

            A2559 Increases allowance paid to war veterans with certain service-connected disabilities. Passed

            A3005 "Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act"; requires institutions of higher education to implement mental health programs and services. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A4414 Requires public schools to report all student disciplinary actions; requires DOE to establish database and compile annual report concerning disparities in student disciplinary actions. Combined with A1184

            A5502 Establishes grant program in DCA to provide funding to youth mentoring programs. Passed

            A5974 Modifies lists of projects eligible to receive loans for environmental infrastructure projects from NJ Infrastructure Bank for FY2022. Passed

            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

            A6060 Makes supplemental appropriation of $8 million to DHS to increase reimbursement for funeral, burial, and crematory services provided to certain beneficiaries of Work First New Jersey and Supplemental Security Income programs. Passed

            A6071 Revises gross income tax credit for child and dependent care expenses. Passed with Committee Amendments

            ACR217          Approves NJ Building Authority project described in project report entitled "New Jersey State Capitol Complex Security Screening Building and Secure Courtyard Project." Passed

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

            AR249 Urges Congress and President to make lynching a federal crime. Passed

            S228    Requires EDA to establish loan program for certain costs of electric-powered school bus purchases by local school districts and school bus contractors. Passed with Committee Amendments

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

            S1020  Requires school districts and charter schools to report discipline data on their websites and to Commissioner of Education; requires DOE to establish database and complete annual report concerning student disciplinary actions. Passed with Committee Amendments

Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, 1:00p, 3rd Floor, Committee Room 10, Annex. (Revised 11/08/2021)
            A745   Criminalizes fraudulently pretending to be transportation network company driver. Passed

            A1663 Establishes "New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Program." Passed

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

            A3687 Requires certain family or household members and victims be notified when firearms are returned to persons charged with domestic violence or subject to extreme risk protection order. Passed 

            A3804 Designates 9-1-1 operators or dispatchers as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. Passed with Committee Amendments

            A4366 Requires Police Training Commission to contract with crisis intervention training center to provide mental health training to police officers and establish curriculum specific to persons experiencing economic crisis or substance use disorder. Passed

            AJR152           Designates month of September of each year as "Emergency Preparedness Month" in New Jersey. Passed

            AJR153           Designates October of each year as "Cyber Security Awareness Month." Passed

            S1485  Criminalizes fraudulently pretending to be transportation network company driver. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S1590  Designates 9-1-1 operators or dispatchers as 9-1-1 first responder dispatchers. Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S1842  Establishes "New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Program." Passed with Committee Amendments

            S2801  Requires Police Training Commission to contract with crisis intervention training center to provide mental health training to police officers and establish curriculum specific to persons experiencing economic crisis or substance use disorder. Passed

            S3105  Requires certain family or household members and victims be notified when firearms are returned to persons charged with domestic violence or subject to extreme risk protection order.  Passed with Committee Amendments 

            S4086  [bill added] Requires provider of electronic communication service to preserve information reported to law enforcement related to endangerment of children for 180 days. Passed

            SJR125            Designates month of September of each year as "Emergency Preparedness Month" in New Jersey. Passed

            SJR126            Designates October of each year as "Cyber Security Awareness Month." Passed
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