A joint meeting of the Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Law and Public Safety committees: The committees will receive testimony from Attorney General Anne Milgram on the impact of the federal stimulus package on the criminal justice system.
The Assembly Labor Committee meeting: The committee will receive testimony from Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development David J. Socolow on the federal stimulus package and its impact on unemployment and job training.
The Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee meeting: The committee has invited Commissioner of Transportation Stephen Dilts and NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles to discuss the federal stimulus package and transportation projects.
The Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting: The committee has invited Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Col. (ret.) Stephen G. Abel to discuss the impact of the federal stimulus package on the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.
The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee meeting: The committee has invited Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Mark Mauriello to discuss agricultural issues and the impact of the federal stimulus package on water reclamation projects.
The Assembly Education Committee meeting: The committee will receive testimony from Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy and executive county schools superintendents on the impact of the federal stimulus package on K-12 education.
The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting: The committee will receive testimony from Mauriello regarding the federal stimulus package and environmental infrastructure projects.
The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee: The committee has invited the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discuss the impact of the federal stimulus package on the state’s port and airport security.
The Assembly Human Services Committee meeting: The committee will receive testimony from Commissioner of Community Affairs Joseph V. Doria Jr. on the federal stimulus package and its impact on Community Services Block Grants. It will also hear from Commissioner of Human Services Jennifer Velez on its impact on the state Medicaid program.
The Assembly State Government Committee: The committee has invited John H. Rhodes, New Jersey’s Director of Energy Savings, to discuss initiatives to make the state more energy efficient and on any plans to access energy efficiency and conservation grants authorized under the federal stimulus package.
Along with the stimulus testimony, the committees will consider legislation. The agriculture committee will hear a bill authorizing hunting with a bow and arrow on Sundays. The Environmental committee will talk underground storage tanks and consider penalties that would double fines for illegal medical-waste dumping in New Jersey waters to $100,000-per-day. The Homeland Security Committee will have vote on legislation to Implement recommendations of the Assembly Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force.
The Labor committee will discuss a bill that would provide surviving spouses of certain fire and police personnel who die in line of duty with workers’ compensation for entire period of survivorship. Law and Public safety has legislation that would makes the chief of police a contractual municipal employee and require peer review and performance evaluation for contract renewal. Another bill, A-3160 caught my attention too. From the statement:
This bill establishes a ?safe haven? to provide that a person under age 21 would not be prosecuted for offering or serving an alcoholic beverage to another underage person under certain instances.
Current law specifies, a person who offers or serves an alcoholic beverage to an underage person or entices or encourages that person to drink an alcoholic beverage is a disorderly person. Under this bill, an underage person would not be prosecuted under that section of law if he or she summoned medical treatment for another underage person who required such treatment because of consuming alcoholic beverages.
As always, you can follow along live with audio of the committees here.