Legislative Update Masthead
TO:
FROM:
DATE:
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NJASA Members
Melanie Schulz, NJASA Director of Government Relations
September 14, 2016
NJASA Legislative Update


On September 8, 2016 the following Assembly and Senate bills were introduced:

A-4047 Rible
Exempts from reenrollment certain PERS retirees employed by boards of education.
 
S-2062 Bateman/Greenstein
Appropriates up to $20 million from societal benefits charge to DEP for remediation of lead contamination in drinking water in public buildings.

S-2468 Lesniak
Directs DEP to adopt standards for certain drinking water contaminants as recommended by Drink Water Quality Institute.

S-2485 Diegnan
Requires completion of a computer science class as part of the high school graduation requirements.

S-2491 Cruz-Perez/Madden, Jr.
Permits eligible students who are members of United States Armed Forces to wear military uniform at high school graduation.

S-2503 Bateman

S-2506 Allen/Gill
Concerns speech rights of student journalists at public schools and public institutions of higher education.

SR66 Whelan
Urges President to establish Presidential Youth Council.


On Monday, September 12, 2016 the following legislative activity occurred:

A-191 Caputo/Diegnan, Jr./Spencer/Tucker/Quijano/Vainieri Huttle/Sumter/ McKnight 
Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

A-209 DeAngelo 
Excludes certain increases in school security expenditures from the tax levy cap applicable to school districts.
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee


A-1878 Wimberly/Diegnan, Jr.
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.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

A-3348 Diegnan, Jr./Wolfe/Holley/Jasey/McKnight  
Requires certain school security measures to be incorporated in architectural design of new school construction and certain school security measures for existing buildings.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

A-3349 / S-2438 Diegnan, Jr./Wolfe/Holley/Jasey/McKnight/Quijano
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.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

S-1010 Holzapfel  
Directs Commissioner of Education to encourage implementation of Natural High Drug Prevention Program in school districts.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

S-1474 Ruiz 
Requires teacher preparation program for instructional certificate to include certain amount of instruction or clinical experience in special education and for students with disabilities endorsement to include credit hours in autism spectrum disorder.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

S-2313 Rice/Ruiz
Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
 
S-2323 Turner
Requires teachers of health and physical education in grades kindergarten through six in public schools to possess appropriate endorsement to instructional certificate.
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

S-2396 Ruiz
Requires State to pay educational costs of students who reside in homeless shelter outside district of residence for more than one year.
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations 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.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

SCR-119 Sweeney/Ruiz
Establishes State School Aid Funding Fairness Commission.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

SJR-40 Ruiz
Designates the second Friday of December of each year as "Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRPs) in Our Schools Day" in New Jersey to recognize the contributions of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

SR-66 Whelan/Tuner 
Urges President to establish Presidential Youth Council.
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading