What’s happened since last week’s update?
What else is going on?
- Remember a month or so ago I wrote about how the state budget vote for FY 21 would be delayed until September 30, with a supplemental three-month spending plan for July, August, and September that would be voted on by June 30? While the Assembly has a budget committee scheduled for June 25, the Senate has not yet scheduled its budget committee. John Reitmeyer writes about the supplemental budget here: https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/06/lawmakers-are-likely-to-pass-supplemental-spending-bill-by-end-of-june/
- It’s official. Rumor swirled that Commissioner Repollet would stay at the NJ Department of Education for a month, and that has been confirmed. John Mooney writes about what happens next. https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/06/murphy-readies-plan-for-reopening-schools-minus-critical-team-member/
- On Thursday, the Assembly had a voting session, which included several bills to address bias in the criminal justice system. You didn’t read about them here earlier because they were last-minute additions to the committee agenda, but you can see them below.
RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 18
- A1076 – Requires AG to collect, record, analyze, and report certain prosecutorial and criminal justice data. (Support)
- A1906/A4320 – Includes false incrimination and filing false police report as form of bias intimidation; establishes crime of false 9-1-1 call with purpose to intimidate or harass based on race or other protected class. (Support)
- A2394 – Requires law enforcement agencies in this State to establish minority recruitment and selection programs; establishes reporting requirement. (Support)
- A3641 – Requires DLPS to incorporate implicit bias in cultural diversity training training materials for law enforcement officers; makes mandatory cultural diversity and implicit bias training for law officers. (Support)
- A4142/S2383 – Requires Commissioner of Education to establish three-year “Bridge Year Pilot Program” for certain students who were impacted by public health state of emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019. (Monitor)
- A4227 – Ensures insurance coverage for certain persons attending school graduation exercises in July and August of 2020. (Monitor; Not applicable – insurance for students)
- A4259 – Allows office of municipal clerk to receive voted mail-in ballots and applications for those ballots by hand delivery; extends deadline for mail-in ballots to be received and canvassed. (Monitor)
- A4275 – Expands category of lists from which single juror source list is compiled to include persons who are utility customers, have non-driver identification card, or have applied for or received various types of assistance. (Support)
- S2496 – Allows municipal clerks to receive hand delivered voted mail-in ballots and applications; extends ballot receipt and election certification deadlines; increases certain messenger and bearer ballot limits. (Monitor)
BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED TUESDAY, JUNE 23
- A970 – Requires public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in certain grades. (Support with concerns)
- S693 – Requires Secretary of Higher Education to create and maintain database of Educational Opportunity Fund student admissions. (Support)
BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
- S2511 Accelerates rescinding of certain juvenile delinquency fines and making discretionary post-incarceration supervision due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support)
WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN? **
- Monday, June 22 –Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources
- Tuesday June 23 – Assembly Health Committee; Senate Higher Education Committee
- Wednesday June 24 – Assembly Women and Children and Senate Commerce Committees
- Thursday, June 25 – Assembly Budget; Human Services; and Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committees
- Friday, June 26 – Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
- Monday, June 29 – Assembly and Senate Voting Session
- Tuesday June 30 – Assembly Voting Session
** Please note that yes, the legislature is meeting on days other than Monday and Thursday. Due to the health emergency and remote meetings via zoom, only one committee from either house can meet in the morning and one in the afternoon.