Yesterday was the big day!  Nine years and a day after Chapter 78 became law, the Assembly met in person and passed all three of our job justice bills.  Members were spread around the chamber, with some sitting in the gallery where the public usually sits.  The members wore masks, although some removed their masks to speak, until Speaker Coughlin asked the members to keep masks on.  (He reminded them that forceful talking spreads more droplets in the air.)  The Senate, also in-person, was equally spread out.  Both houses had very limited staff present, and the public was not permitted.  It looked surreal on the video stream.

Chapter 78 relief and binding arbitration await the governor’s signature (happening tomorrow at 1:30 pm for the Chapter 78 bill), while the subcontracting bill still needs a concurring vote in the Senate as the original version passed there is slightly different than the one passed yesterday in the Assembly! You can read more about it here: https://www.njea.org/assembly-passes-ch-78-relief-plan-esp-job-justice-bill-next-stop-governors-desk/.  Stay tuned to your email and njea.org for information about final passage of the subcontracting bill and when the ESP bills will be signed.

Please thank the legislature for voting on the bills, and remind the Senate that they still have one more bill to pass: https://actioncenter.njea.org/thank-the-legislature/

The legislature also passed the budget for the “fifth quarter,” and the governor signed it earlier today.  As usual, John Reitmeyer covers the story best.  https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/06/nj-state-budget-2020-lawmakers-pass-7-7-billion-stopgap-spending-bill/  According to rumors and news reports, the Senate may be meeting on Thursday to take up the bond proposal already passed by the Assembly, (although the Senate version might be different from that passed by the Assembly).   Meanwhile, the Assembly has already scheduled a voting session for July 2 to resolve the governor’s conditional veto of A4132, the furlough bill, which will now resemble the CWA furlough.

GOVERNOR’S ACTIONS

  • A3/S20 – Amends and supplements FY20 appropriations act to effectuate extension of fiscal year through September 30, 2020; reduces authorized appropriations; makes FY20 supplemental appropriations of $7,745,997,000 in State funds and $4,586,243,000 in federal fund (Monitor) (Signed into law)
  • A4132/S2350 – Concerns benefits provided to workers. (Monitor) (Conditionally vetoed)

RESULTS FROM MONDAY, JUNE 29

  • A3/S20 – Amends and supplements FY20 appropriations act to effectuate extension of fiscal year through September 30, 2020; reduces authorized appropriations; makes FY20 supplemental appropriations of $7,745,997,000 in State funds and $4,586,243,000 in federal fund (Monitor) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • A20/S2273 – Requires SEHBP and eligible employers that do not participate in the SEHBP to provide certain plans for public education employees and certain public education retirees. (Support) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • A631/S993 – Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff. (Support) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • A1408/S973 – Requires Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to establish apprenticeship mentoring program for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. (Support) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • A4004 – Establishes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities. (Monitor) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A4006 – Postpones New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) review for certain school districts to accommodate disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A4140/S2303 – Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts and county colleges. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A4227/S2558 – Ensures insurance coverage for certain persons attending school graduation exercises in July and August of 2020. (Monitor)
  • A4331/S2511 – Accelerates rescinding of certain juvenile delinquency fines and making discretionary post-incarceration supervision due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Support) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • ACR171 – Petitions federal government for emergency response funding to help schools expand access to online instruction among economically disadvantaged students. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • AJR171 – Designates July 13th as “Black Lives Matter Day” in New Jersey. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • S19 – Designates June 19, known as Juneteenth Day, as State and public holiday. (Support) (Passed in Senate)
  • S485 – Requires school bus driver’s complete motor vehicle driving record be shared with board of education or school bus contractor and local police. (Monitor) (Passed in Senate)
  • S2573 – Establishes position of State School Nurse Consultant in DOE to facilitate best practices in school nursing by advancing comprehensive school health services. (Support) (Passed in Senate) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)

WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN?

*The Senate has not yet released a summer schedule, but may be meeting on July 2.

  • Thursday, July 2 – Assembly Voting Session.
  • Monday, July 6 -Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Thursday, July 9 – Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Monday, July 20 – Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Thursday, July 23 – Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Thursday, July 30 – Assembly Voting Session
  • Monday, August 10 Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Thursday, August 13 – Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Monday, August 24 – Assembly Quorum; Committees at the Call of the Speaker
  • Monday, August 31 – Assembly Voting Session

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