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(On behalf of President Marie Blistan, the Government Relations Division periodically sends the Legislative Update to the NJEA Executive Committee, County Presidents, Full-Time Release Presidents, Delegate Assembly members, committee chairs, Higher Education presidents, Government Relations Committee members, Congressional Contact Committee members, all NJEA staff and all NJEA consultants. Please share this information with the members you represent.)
Legislative update, January 7, 2020
Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to the first update of 2020. Although it might be a new year, it is not yet a new legislative session. That begins January 14.
The remainder of this lame duck session will be jam-packed with last-minute items and gubernatorial signings. While some lame duck issues have been pronounced dead (marijuana decriminalization, for example), others, such as electric vehicles, resurfaced yesterday from a long hiatus. The Governor also has to weigh in on bills, but there are special rules at the end of the session.
* Any bills passed between the 45th and the 10th day before the expiration of the session become law unless the Governor vetoes them before noon on January 13th.
* Any bills passed between the 10th and last day of the session become law only if the Governor signs them. He has seven days after the end of the session, otherwise they are “pocket vetoed.”
On Thursday, the Senate Budget and the Assembly Appropriations Committees are meeting. Any bills that haven’t yet had a committee hearing can move through those committees to be brought to a floor vote. In addition, there is a Senate voting session. On Monday, both houses will be hold voting sessions that promise to be long with many recesses. Bills will be added and subtracted even as the voting session is underway, so understand that the list of bills to be considered you read here is guaranteed to be incomplete.
IN THIS UPDATE:
* In the news
* Take Action – PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR MEMBERS!!!
* Bills signed into law
* Results from Monday, January 6
* Bills to be considered Thursday, January 9
* When is the legislature meeting again?
IN THE NEWS
* What’s ahead for education in 2020? Veteran reporter John Mooney gives his take:
* State budget issues will remain familiar in 2020, says reporter John Reitmeyer:
* A look back and ahead on health issues:
* Lobby days
Register for January 9: https://apps.njea.org/EMS/RegistrationOnline.mvc?eventCode=0667e8dc-993b-4eab-b029-11a9791060e4
Register for January 13: https://apps.njea.org/EMS/RegistrationOnline.mvc?eventCode=f21a9cf4-fd38-40bd-9da1-cb846fc0f1a5
(Just in case those links don’t work, go here: https://www.njea.org/lobby-days-to-fix-the-unfairness/)
* Chapter 78 relief
As of 10:30 am, the legislature’s website is not yet fully updated from yesterday’s actions, so our list of co-sponsors remains the same.
The list of legislators not yet on the bills is below, with a script. The legislators highlighted in yellow were on our previous Chapter 78 bill, but not this one, so make sure you call them.
Hello. My name is [_______] and I am a [position in school/retired]. I am calling to ask that the Senator sign on as a co-sponsor of S4114. This bill would lower health care costs for school employees while saving the state money. [Explain why lowering health care costs is important to you.] I hope my family and I can count on your support.
Patricia Egan Jones
Michael Patrick Carroll
Eliana Pintor Marin
Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Hello. My name is [_______] and I am a [position in school/retired]. I am calling to ask that the [Assemblyman/Assemblywoman] sign on as a co-sponsor of A5814. This bill would lower health care costs for school employees while saving the state money. [Explain why lowering health care costs is important to you.] I hope my family and I can count on your support.
* Job justice for ESP bills
The Senators below aren’t signed onto S296 (prevents subcontracting) and S3089 (gives due process rights). Call and tell them we need job justice for ESPs!!
Hello. My name is [_______] and I am a [position in school/retired]. I am calling to ask that the Senator sign on to S296 and S3089. These bills would prevent subcontracting during the life of a contract and give support members due process rights. Support professionals in our schools should have job security. It’s only fair. I hope the thousands of support professionals who work in our schools can count on your support. Thank you.
Tom Kean, Jr.
BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW
* A5564/S3945 – “Create a Respectful and Open Workspace for Natural Hair Act”- CROWN Act; addresses discrimination under “Law Against Discrimination.” based on traits historically associated with race, particularly focused on hair texture and style. (Support)
RESULTS FROM MONDAY, JANUARY 6
* A3783/S1833 – Requires owner or operator of certain trains to have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by rail; requires NJ DOT to request bridge inspection reports from US DOT. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly)
* A3926 – Requires public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in certain grades. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly)
* A4657/S3065 – Establishes youth apprenticeship pilot program in Department of Education.
* A5586 – Concerns juvenile incarceration and parole. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly)
* A5827/S371 – Establishes two-generational school readiness and workforce development pilot program for certain low-income households. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly)
* A5248/S562 – Preserves certain requirements that health insurance plans cover essential health benefits. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5500/S3809 – Expands rate review process in DOBI for certain individual and small employer health benefits plans. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5501/S3802 – Requires continuation of health benefits dependent coverage until child turns 26 years of age. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5504/S3812 – Applies 85 percent loss ratio requirement to certain large group health benefits carriers. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5506/S3808 – Repeals statute authorizing offering of “Basic and Essential” health benefits plans under individual health benefits plans and other statutes concerning basic health plans; makes conforming amendments. (Support) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5507/S3803 – Requires health benefits coverage for certain preventive services. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)
* A5586 – Concerns juvenile incarceration and parole. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee substitute, 2nd reading in Assembly)
* S626 – Clarifies prohibition on preexisting condition exclusions in health insurance policies. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)
* S3628 – Requires institutions of higher education and public and nonpublic high schools and middle schools to adopt anti-hazing policies; expands activities encompassing criminal hazing and upgrades penalties for engaging in these activities. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee substitute, 2nd reading in Senate)
BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
* S2835 – Requires public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in certain grades. (Support)
* A6115/S3756 – Requires limited purpose regional school districts to coordinate with constituent districts regarding school calendar and curriculum. (Under review)
* S3764 – Requires counties to appoint shared services coordinators; appropriates $2 million to fund these appointments. (Monitor)
* A6118/S3770 – Establishes “New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Review Commission” to provide ongoing review of State and local tax structure, economic conditions, and related fiscal issues. (Under review)
* A4693/S1796 – Permits school district of residence to provide aid in-lieu-of transportation to pupil attending Marine Academy of Science and Technology provided certain conditions are met. (Monitor)
* A6116/S3763 – Renames joint meetings as regional service agencies; grandfathers existing joint meetings. (Monitor)
* A6117 Requires shared service agreements to include certain provisions. (Monitor)
* A4978/S3498 – Prohibits online education services from using and disclosing certain information, engaging in targeted advertising, and requires deletion of certain information in certain circumstances. (Support)
* A5503/S3806 – Establishes open enrollment period under Individual Health Coverage Program. (Support)
* A5508/S3804 – Revises law requiring health benefits coverage for certain contraceptives. (Support)
* AJR180/SJR112 – Designates February in each year as “Career and Technical Education Month” in New Jersey. (Support)
* S700 – “Higher Education Citizenship Equality Act;” defines domicile for dependent students for purpose of eligibility for State student grants and scholarships, and resident tuition rate. (Support)
* S974 – Requires newborn infants be screened for spinal muscular atrophy. (Support)
* S2564 – Establishes “Restorative Justice in Education Pilot Program” in Department of Education. (Support)
* S2897 – Requires DCA to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities, and certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers. (Support)
* S3685 – Establishes program to increase participation of underrepresented students in New Jersey’s science and engineering workforce. (Monitor)
* S3813 – Expands “Law Against Discrimination” to apply to health programs and activities and to prohibit discrimination based on association with individuals in protected classes. (Support)
WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN?
* Thursday, January 9, Assembly and Senate Committees and Senate Voting Session
* Monday, January 13, Assembly and Senate Voting Session
* Tuesday, January 14, Reorganization and State of the State Address
* Monday, January 27, Assembly and Senate Committees
* Thursday, January 30, Senate Committees
* Monday, February 3, Assembly and Senate Committees
* Monday, February 10, Senate Voting Session
* Thursday, February 13, Assembly and Senate Committees
* Monday, February 24, Assembly and Senate Voting Session
* Tuesday, March 5, Assembly Committees and Senate Voting Session
* Monday, March 16, Assembly and Senate Committees
* Thursday, March 19, Assembly and Senate Committees
* Thursday, March 26, Assembly and Senate Voting Session
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