TODAY is primary day in New Jersey!

After an Assembly voting session on May 20, the legislature took the week of Memorial Day off.  But they were back this week with committee meetings and a very full voting session agenda in the Senate on Thursday and are meeting again this week.

IN THIS UPDATE

  • TAKE ACTION
  • IT’S PRIMARY DAY!
  • NEWS UPDATE
  • SESSION DAY RESULTS
  • BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED
  • WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN? 

TAKE ACTION!

The bill to give an accidental death benefit to educators who worked in-person and died from COVID-19 passed out of the Senate State Government Committee on Thursday.  Ask your legislators to co-sponsor this legislation: https://actioncenter.njea.org/ask-your-legislators-to-co-sponsor-accidental-death-benefits-for-covid-19/

IT’S PRIMARY DAY!

If you didn’t already vote by mail, remember to vote today.  Find your polling place for this year’s primary here (it may be different this year): https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-polling-location.shtml.  Polls are open until 8 pm.

Here’s a list of NJEA PAC Primary endorsements:

  • Governor: Philip Murphy (D)
  • LD 16:  Senate – Andrew Zwicker (D); Assembly – Roy Freiman (D)
  • LD 20:  Senate – Joe Cryan (D); Assembly – Annette Quijano (D) & Reginald Atkins (D)
  • LD 26: Assembly – BettyLou DeCroce (R)

New Jersey Globe has a rundown on “hot” races: https://newjerseyglobe.com/campaigns/the-polls-are-open-for-the-2021-new-jersey-primary-election/

Due to potential problems staffing polling places, an emergency bill was passed and signed by the governor to change some rules about poll workers, and to allow National Guard members to serve as poll workers: https://www.njspotlight.com/2021/06/nj-primary-election-poll-worker-shortage-could-mean-long-lines-longer-wait-double-pay-other-changes-national-guard-june-8/

 NEWS UPDATE

RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 3

  • A1625/S2854 – Directs DOE to develop outreach program to encourage young women and minorities to pursue post-secondary degrees and careers in STEM. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Support)
  • A2455/S2204 – Establishes pilot program in DOE to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Support)
  • A4004 – Establishes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Monitor)
  • A4836 – Establishes task force to evaluate quality, efficacy, costs, and educational outcomes of online courses offered by public and independent institutions of higher education and degree-granting proprietary institutions during COVID-19 pandemic. (Passed in Assembly) (Support)
  • A5365 – Permits parent or guardian to request grade retention for student during 2021-2022 school year. (Passed in Assembly) (Monitor)
  • A5725/S1246 – Changes dates on which members of municipal and county committees of political party take office and hold annual meetings; transfers certain election responsibilities to county clerks. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Monitor)
  • A5820/S3866 – Provides for termination of public health emergency declared by Governor to address COVID-19 pandemic, except certain executive orders, directives, and powers will remain in effect temporarily. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Monitor)
  • AJR208/SJR109 – Condemns hate and violent extremism and commits to defense of safe and just democracy. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Support)
  • S1- Encourages sharing of services; makes appropriations. (Passed in Senate) (Monitor)
  • S550 – Requires certain student identification cards to contain telephone number for suicide prevention hotline. )Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Monitor)
  • S829 – Requires property condition disclosure statement to indicate presence of lead plumbing in residential property. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S830 – Requires public water systems to offer drinking water tests to customers in certain circumstances. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S2160 – Creates special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law; requires annual report. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S2507 – Permits school district to use funds from capital reserve account and current expense emergency reserve account for certain expenses during state of emergency. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S2793 – Requires public institutions of higher education to take various actions to improve campus diversity and directs Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance regarding diversity in faculty search and selection process. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S2826 – Directs DOE to establish five-year pilot program for issuance of limited certificate of eligibility with advanced standing and limited certificate of eligibility for certain teacher candidates. (Passed in Senate) (Monitor)
  • S2827 – Requires teachers to biennially complete two hours of professional development related to cultural competence. (Passed in Senate) (Seek amendments)
  • S2829 – Establishes “Male Teachers of Color Mentorship Pilot Program;” appropriates $50,000. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S2830 – Requires educator preparation program to report passing rates of students who complete certain tests and to disseminate information on test fee waiver programs, and permits collection of student fee for certain testing costs. (Passed in Senate) (Monitor)
  • S2833 – Establishes Teacher Residency Program. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S3253 – Establishes alternate route to expedite certification of teachers at early college high school programs. (Passed in Senate) (Oppose)
  • S3284 – Provides for accidental death benefit if death of TPAF member is caused by COVID-19. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate. Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.) (Support)
  • S3434 – Requires boards of education to provide special education and related services to certain students exceeding age of eligibility for special education and related services. (Passed in both houses and sent to Governor) (Support)
  • S3469 – Mandates training on remote teaching for all candidates for teaching certification. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S3487 – Changes effective date of Garden State Health Plan and provides open enrollment period; exempts certain charter schools from certain healthcare plan requirements. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • S3654 – Establishes Amistad Commission Exemplary Award Program; appropriates $10,000. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • SR91-Urges Congress to address in future federal higher education stimulus legislation inequities in incorporation of part-time and online learning students in formula calculation. (Filed with Secretary of State) (Support)

RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

  • A1068 – Establishes two generational school readiness and workforce development pilot program for certain low income households. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A1385/S970 – Requires members of governing boards of public institutions of higher education to complete training program developed by institution in consultation with Secretary of Higher Education. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Monitor)
  • A2134 – Requires public water systems to offer drinking water tests to customers in certain circumstances. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A4820/S2853 – Prohibits carrier from precluding dentist from billing covered person under certain circumstances. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.) (Oppose)

RESULTS FROM THURSDAY, MAY 20

  • A246 – Authorizes county colleges to establish and operate student dormitories. (Monitor) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A1055 – Establishes five-year community schools pilot program. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A1616/S550 – Requires certain student identification cards to contain telephone number for suicide prevention hotline. (Monitor) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A3394/S237/S854 – “Laura Wooten’s Law”; Requires civics instruction in middle school; authorizes New Jersey Center for Civic Education to provide curricula, professional development and technical assistance for middle and high school civics. (Support with Qualification) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • A4544/S3150 – Permits school nurse who is retired from TPAF to return to employment during public health emergency and state of emergency for COVID-19 pandemic, for up to two years without reenrollment in TPAF. (Monitor) (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • A4789 Establishes Safe and Equitable Remote Learning Pilot Program in DOE to support provision of remote learning safe havens by certain school districts. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A4819/S3033 – Establishes School and Small Business Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program in BPU. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A4856 – Requires Internet websites and web services of school districts, charter schools, and renaissance schools to be accessible to persons with disabilities. (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A5597 – Permits school districts to administer student health surveys after prior written notification to parents and legal guardians. (Monitor) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A850 – Establishes “Broadband Access Study Commission.” (Support) (Passed in Assembly)
  • A970 – Establishes Mental Health Screening in Schools Grant Program in DOE; appropriates $1 million. (Support) (Passed in both houses and sent to governor)
  • S2160 – Creates special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law; requires annual report. (Support) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)
  • S2833 – Establishes Teacher Apprenticeship Program. (Support with Qualification) (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate)

BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 (Subject to change)

  • A2619/S3253 – Establishes alternate route to expedite certification of teachers at early college high school programs. (Oppose)
  • A2687/S969 – Establishes loan redemption program for teachers in certain fields to redeem loan amounts received under New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students Loan Program through employment in certain low performing schools. (Support)
  • A4594/S2826 – Directs DOE to establish five-year pilot program for issuance of limited certificate of eligibility with advanced standing and limited certificate of eligibility for certain teacher candidates. (Monitor)
  • A4838/S2811 – Requires school report card to include information concerning number of mental health professionals and security personnel employed by each school district. (Support)
  • A5312/S2834 – Mandates training on culturally responsive teaching for all candidates for teaching certification. (Support)
  • A5500 – Expands duties of Commission on Human Trafficking to prevent human trafficking in women and children of color. (Support)
  • A5501 – Requires AG to establish Human Trafficking and Underserved Communities Unit. (Support)
  • A5537/S3488 – Modifies certain procedures pertaining to school district regionalization; establishes grant program for cost reimbursement of conducting regionalization feasibility studies; and provides financial incentives for regionalization. (Support)
  • A5825 – Changes effective date of Garden State Health Plan and provides open enrollment period; exempts certain charter schools from certain healthcare plan requirements. (Support)
  • A5834 – Extends deadline for completion and filing of annual audit report of school district for 2020-2021 school year; establishes deadline for submission of Audit Summary for 2020-2021 school year. (Oppose)

BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED THURSDAY, JUNE 10 (Subject to change)

  • A5597/S3801 – Permits school districts to administer student health surveys after prior written notification to parents and legal guardians. (Monitor)
  • S837 – Requires health insurance companies to cover lead screenings for children 16 years of age or younger. (Support)
  • S1715 – Requires new flooring for schools and child care centers to be certified mercury free. (Support)
  • S3257 – Establishes Task Force for the Development of Universal Child Care. (Support)
  • S3352 – Concerns unlawful discrimination and harassment. (Under review)
  • S3580 – Provides certain resources to county prosecutors for enforcement of law regarding failure to pay wages; makes appropriation. (Support)
  • S3798 – Eliminates premiums and waiting periods for certain NJ FamilyCare enrollees; directs DHS to implement additional targeted outreach initiatives to increase enrollment; revises reporting requirements; appropriates $20 million. (Under review)
  • S3810 – “Responsible Collective Negotiations Act.” (Seek Amendments)
  • S3827 – Provides temporary paid earned sick leave to workers during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. (Support)
  • S3849  Provides for debarment of school bus contractors for certain violations; requires certain information in pupil transportation contract bid. (Support)
  • S3851  Creates School Bus Safety Ombudsman position in, but not of, Department of Education. (Monitor)
  • S3852  Revises violation and fines for approving or assigning unauthorized individuals as school bus drivers. (Monitor)

WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN? (subject to change, especially if the budget vote is early)

  • Wednesday, June 9                 Assembly Committees
  • Thursday, June 10                   Senate Committees
  • Monday, June 14                    Assembly Committees at the call of the Speaker
  • Tuesday, June 15                    Senate Committees at the call of the President
  • Wednesday, June 16               Assembly Committees at the call of the Speaker
  • Monday, June 21                    Assembly/Senate Voting
  • Thursday, June 24                   Assembly/Senate Voting
  • Monday, June 28                    Assembly/Senate Voting
  • Tuesday, June 29                    Assembly/Senate Voting
  • Wednesday, June 30               Assembly/Senate Voting

 

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