The New Jersey Assembly made history when it held the first remote legislative session Wednesday, March 25. Perhaps you can offer them some tips! The Senate has not yet scheduled a similar voting session, but they plan to soon.
The Assembly session, done by phone, was about Covid-19 bills, including a similar bill to the one they already passed about remote instruction, but also including hourly employees not covered by a CBA.
The legislature also took up a bill, A-3902, that would give the state the power to allow municipalities to extend deadlines for payment of property taxes and disbursing the county and school district share of the property tax levy. NJEA is joining with the Association of Counties and the School Boards Association in opposing this bill, as it could delay needed payments to school districts. Our position statement is here: https://actioncenter.njea.org/a-3902-permits-extension-of-certain-deadlines-applicable-to-local-government-units-under-emergency-circumstances/
As I mentioned earlier, the Senate has not yet scheduled a voting session, so we do not know when yesterday’s bills will be considered in the Senate. Rest assured, we are closely monitoring what is happening in the legislature, but due to the unique circumstances of Covid-19, the legislature is often introducing and voting on bills simultaneously.
You probably all know by now, but there will be no statewide assessment this year. https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/03/draft-j-mooney-stop-testing/
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The pension fund is, of course, being impacted by the current pandemic, but the state still plans to make its payments.
That’s about it for now. Stay safe everyone, and wash your hands.
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All bills included, even the ones NJEA is not following: