The Assembly abets Christie to allow important bills to languish

The Assembly has held no session since June 29, and no session is scheduled in September or October while Assembly members are in full campaign mode. Most likely there will be no Assembly session until after the November 3 election.

In the meantime, Governor Christie, working on his impossible dream, is allowed to ignore many bills sent to him. “A bill becomes law upon the Governor’s signature or after 45 days if no action is taken. If the House of origin is in recess on the 45th day, the time is extended until it reconvenes. What this means is that bills originated in the Assembly and sent the to governor as long ago as May may languish some six months until early November.

The Senate has held sessions in July and August which forced the governor to sign or veto bills originated there. Nonetheless, according to the Office of Legislative services, there remain 72 bills awaiting action. Two of them are Senate bills (S1380 and S165).

The remaining 70 Assembly bills have a deadline on whenever the Assembly reconvenes. Waiting until after the election is too long. The AC rescue packages and other key bills beg for immediate attention. The governor feels no rush, and no law compels his immediate decision.

The Assembly should schedule a session in September. By doing so important bills can become law. For those which receive a veto, a plan can be developed to either attempt an over-ride or in some cases create an alternative solution.

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