Legislative Update Masthead
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DATE:
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NJASA Members
Melanie Schulz, NJASA Director of Government Relations
July 6, 2016
NJASA Legislative Update
On June 23, 2016 the following legislative activity occurred:

S-1163 O'Toole
Establishes certain requirements for use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities in school districts and approved private schools for students with disabilities; requires DOE to collect and report data regarding restraint and seclusion.
Passed in Senate; Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee

S-1729 Whelan
Authorizes local units of government subject to "Local Public Contracts Law" and "Public School Contracts Law" to use electronic procurement technologies.

S-2398 Bateman
Requires school district to adopt policy allowing students in grades 9 through 12 who participate in certain interscholastic extracurricular activities to earn varsity letter.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-2402 Diegnan, Jr.
Requires DOE to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-2404 Rice
Increases to under $15,000 from under $10,000 amount of permitted annual compensation paid to TPAF retiree reemployed as athletic coach by former school district within 180 days of retirement.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

S-2405 Rice
Eliminates partial and full State intervention under New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

SJR68 Sweeney/Ruiz
Urges Congress to ask US DOE and US DOL to modify regulations regarding Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to protect individuals with disabilities.
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee

SR59 Gordon/Turner
Urges school districts and nonpublic schools to adopt policy to address abuse of prescription opioids by students.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

On June 27, 2016 the following legislative activity occurred:

A-12 Prieto/McKeon/Schaer/Sumter/Caputo/Vainieri Huttle/Giblin/Rible
Increases petroleum products gross receipts tax, reduces sales and use tax and increases gross income tax pension and retirement income exclusion.
Passed by the Assembly

A-313 Singleton/Lampitt/Quijano/Pintor Marin/Vainieri Huttle
Requires certain additional school district personnel to complete training program on suicide prevention.
Passed in Assembly

A-1882 Wimberly/Spencer/Sumter
Prohibits certain school districts under State intervention from leasing building if purchase price would be less than total costs of lease.
Passed in Assembly

A-2292 Vainieri Huttle/Benson/McKnight/Gusciora/Lampitt/Wimberly 
Requires review of Core Curriculum Content Standards to ensure guidence for substance abuse instruction provided to public school students incorporates most recent evidence-based standards and practices.
Passed in Assembly
 
A-2566 Diegnan, Jr./Jasey/Wimberly
Establishes Response to Intervention initiative in DOE to support and encourage school districts in implementation of Response to Intervention framework.
Substituted for S-496; Passed both Houses; sent to Governor

A-2689 / S-754 Schaer/Prieto/Lagana/Lampitt/Vainieri Huttle/Eustace/ Kean/Auth/Quijano/Wimberly
"Secure Schools for All Children Act"; establishes State aid program for security services, equipment, or technology to ensure safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school students.
Passed both Houses

A-4000 Schaer
Appropriates $34,800,995,000 in State funds and $15,706,712,000 in federal funds for the State budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.
Substituted by S-17

A-4001 Schaer
Makes fiscal year 2016 State supplemental appropriations and amends language provisions.
Substituted by S-2377

AR126 Eustace/Giblin/Wimberly/Benson/Downey
Urges President to establish Presidential Youth Council.
Filed with Secretary of State

Establishes Class Three special law enforcement officers to provide security in public and nonpublic schools and county colleges.
Passed both Houses; sent to Governor

S-1451 Ruiz/Allen
Directs DOE to make database of special education decisions available on website.
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

S-436 Allen/Ruiz
Requires Department of Education to encourage boards of education to offer instruction in media literacy.
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

S-496 Ruiz/Turner
Establishes Response to Intervention initiative in DOE to support and encourage school districts in implementation of Response to Intervention framework.
Substituted by A2566

S-1144 Turner/Diegnan, Jr.
Requires a public school district to provide a daily recess period for students in grades kindergarten through 5.
Passed in Senate

S-1381/ A-1256 Bateman
Requires State Board of Education regulations regarding school nurse certification to include certain minimum eligibility requirements.
Senate Amendment

S-1451 Ruiz/Allen
Directs DOE to make database of special education decisions available on website.
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

S-2081/A-3790 Ruiz/Turner/Vainieri Huttle/Wimberly
Limits expulsions and suspensions for students in preschool through grade 2 with certain exceptions; requires early detection and prevention programs for behavioral issues in preschool through grade 2.
Substituted for A-3790; Passed both Houses; sent to Governor

S-2099 / A-3728 Vitale/Turner
Places two-year moratorium on moving date of Type II school district's annual school election from day of general election in November back to third Tuesday in April; creates study commission.
Passed both Houses; sent to Governor

S-2081 Ruiz/Turner/Vainieri Huttle/Wimberly
Limits expulsions and suspensions for students in preschool through grade 2 with certain exceptions; requires early detection and prevention programs for behavioral issues in preschool through grade 2.
Passed both houses

S-2182 Singer/Kean, Jr.
Requires public and nonpublic school to provide student with more information about NJ STARS Program and improve notification of potential eligibility.
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Education Committee

S-2437 Codey
Makes supplemental appropriation of $122,200,000 from Property Tax Relief Fund to DOE to provide additional State school aid to school districts with equalized school tax rate greater than specified threshold.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-2438 Diegnan, Jr./Addiego
Requires annual school security training for school employees to be conducted collaboratively with emergency responders; requires law enforcement officer to annually attend at least one school security drill.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

S-2439 Diegnan, Jr./Addiego
Requires certain school security measures to be incorporated in architectural design of new school construction and certain school security measures for existing buildings.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

SR59 Gordon/Turner
Urges school districts and nonpublic schools to adopt policy to address abuse of prescription opioids by students.
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee