Happy Election Day!  Just in time to ease your election concerns, worries, and fears, a long-awaited legislative update, so you can think about something else.  If that doesn’t do it for you, feel free to worry along with the rest of the country.  Before we move onto legislation, let’s start with today’s election.
 
First, some de-stressers:
Now for election results:
Before you look for results, let’s remember they probably won’t be available immediately!
Election results and news:
In legislative news, the statehouse has been relatively quiet since the budget passed at the end of September.  The Senate is still meeting in person for both committee meetings and voting sessions, while the Assembly is doing its committee meetings via zoom.  (Voting sessions are still in person.)  The legislature has been working on bills to promote community broadband as a way to expand Internet access, issues around diversity and equity, and legislation to make the Community College Opportunity Grant program permanent.
At the Governor’s office, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order (EO) 192 on October 28.  This EO sets safety standards for public and private employees who are physically present at work to ensure their safety.  You can read about it here: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20201028a.shtml and read the text of that EO here:https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-192.pdf.  (Please note that K-12 mask rules are covered under a different EO.). If you have any questions about what this means, contact your field rep.
 
GOVERNOR’S ACTIONS
  • A2394 – Requires law enforcement agencies in this State to establish minority recruitment and selection programs; establishes reporting requirement. (Signed into law – P.L.2020, c.107 (Support)
  • S2021 – Appropriates $32,711,205,000 in State funds and $13,856,161,239 in federal funds for the State budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. (Signed into law – P.L.2020, c.97) (Support)
  • A4721 – Imposes CBT surtax at rate of 2.5 percent until December 31, 2023. (Signed into law – P.L.2020, c.95) (Support)
  • A10 – Increases gross income tax rate from 8.97 percent to 10.75 percent on income between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, and provides up to $500 tax rebate to eligible taxpayers. (Signed into law – P.L.2020, c.94) (Support)
  • A4006 – Postpones New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) review for certain school districts to accommodate disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. (Vetoed) (Support)
RESULTS FROM OCTOBER 8, 2020
  • A4004 – Establishes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Monitor)
  • A4408 – Grants immunity from liability to institutions of higher education and certain employees for damages resulting from novel coronavirus disease. (For discussion only) (Oppose)
  • A4409/S1271 – Establishes requirements for closures of private career schools and institutions of higher education, modifies review process of new academic programs, and requires approval of branch campuses. (Reported out of committee with committee substitute, referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.) (Monitor)
  • A4410 – Establishes Community College Opportunity Grant Program in Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to provide last-dollar financial aid grants to county college students and Student Success Incentive funding to county colleges. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.) (Support)
  • A4411 – Requires State to enter into contract for COVID-19 testing kits for purchase by institutions of higher education. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.) (Monitor)
  • S321 – Requires certain residential developers to replace lead service lines. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • S2209 – Allows minors to serve as election workers between 5:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on elections days. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Monitor)
  • S2410 – Establishes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Task Force on Racial and Health Disparities. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Monitor)
 
RESULTS FROM OCTOBER 19, 2020
  • A1070 – Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • A4544 – 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. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A4830 – Requires in person early voting period for certain elections; makes appropriation. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.) (Monitor)
  • AR92 – Urges Congress to pass “Community Broadband Act.” (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • AR139 – Condemns hate and bias crime. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • S1070 – “College Mental Health Services Act”; establishes grant program for public institutions of higher education and requires public institutions of higher education to report certain information concerning mental health treatment and suicides. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.) (Support)
  • S2706 – Limits responsibility of institutions of higher education to refund tuition for in-person instruction cancelled due to COVID-19 under certain conditions; limits additional fees institutions may charge for virtual instruction to actual additional costs. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Monitor)
  • S2743 – Establishes Community College Opportunity Grant Program in Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to provide last-dollar financial aid grants to county college students and Student Success Incentive funding to county colleges. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.) (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. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • S2892 – Requires Secretary of Higher Education to develop guidance for institutions of higher education to identify cultural barriers in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • SCR96 – Amends State Constitution to prohibit slavery or involuntary servitude. (Copies placed on desks in Senate and Assembly; Public hearing held.) (Support)
 
RESULTS FROM OCTOBER 22, 2020
 
  • A970/S2259 – Requires public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in certain grades. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • A1184/A4414 – Requires school districts and charter schools to report discipline data on their websites and to Commissioner of Education. (Reported out of committee with committee substitute, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A3392 – Requires student representative be appointed to each board of education of school district that includes high school. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A3601/S1028 – Allocates Amistad Commission in but not of DOE; requires commission to elect chairperson and appoint executive director; requires public schools to include instruction on accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to American society. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A4454 – Requires school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A4461/S2698 – Requires State to enter into contract and coordinate with certain cooperative purchasing systems for procurement of COVID-19 related goods and services by school districts and county colleges. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • A4545 – Requires school districts to include instruction on certain events involving racial discrimination and social justice as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies for middle school students. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Support)
  • A4596 – Requires DOE to develop credential to introduce teachers to culturally responsive teaching practices, characteristics, and methods. (For discussion only.) (Oppose)
  • A4603 – Extends deadline for completion and filing of annual audit of school district 2019-2020 school year. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Assembly.) (Oppose)
  • S279 – Revises requirements and process for temporary courtesy licenses and certificates issued by State Board of Examiners, NJ Board of Nursing, and other professional and occupational licensing boards to nonresident military spouses. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • S2899 – Establishes Safe Remote Learning Program in DOE to support provision of remote instruction facilities by public schools. (Reported out of committee with committee amendments, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
  • S3043 – Delays by five months deadline for completion and filing of school district’s annual audit for 2019-2020 school year. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Oppose)
  • S3045 – Allows health insurers to provide certain health care benefit plans to local boards of education and eligible employers who do not participate in SEHBP; modifies employee contribution for New Jersey Educators Health Plan and its equivalent. (Reported out of committee, 2nd reading in Senate.) (Support)
RESULTS FROM OCTOBER 29, 2020
  • A876 – Directs Secretary of Higher Education to study prevalence, cost, and quality of certain on-line courses compared to traditional classroom courses offered by institutions of higher education. (Passed in Assembly) (Monitor)
  • A3392 – Requires student representative be appointed to each board of education of school district and board of trustees of charter school that includes grades nine through 12. (Passed in Assembly) (Support)
  • A4454 – Requires school districts to include instruction on diversity and inclusion as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards. (Passed in Assembly) (Support)
  • A4545 – Requires school districts to include instruction on racial discrimination and social justice as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies for middle school students. (Passed in Assembly) (Support)
  • A4808 – Establishes office in BPU to assist in provision and expansion of broadband Internet service in State to address inequities in accessing broadband service. (Passed in Assembly) (Support)
  • AJR172/ SJR94 – Establishes task force to study racial bias within criminal justice system. (Passed in Senate and sent to Governor 34-0.) (Support)
  • AR92 – Urges Congress to pass “Community Broadband Act.” (Filed with Secretary of State.) (Support)
  • S2849 – Directs NJ Department of Agriculture to request necessary waivers from US Department of Agriculture to provide food and meals during school closures due to COVID-19 public health emergency. (Passed in Senate) (Support)
  • S3043 – Delays by five months deadline for completion and filing of school district’s annual audit for 2019-2020 school year. (Passed in Senate) (Oppose)
WHEN IS THE LEGISLATURE MEETING AGAIN? (subject to change)
  • Thursday, Nov. 5        Senate and Assembly Quorum
  • Monday, Nov. 9          Senate and Assembly Committees
  • Thursday, Nov. 12      Assembly Quorum
  • Monday, Nov. 16        Senate and Assembly Voting Session
  • Monday, Dec. 7          Senate and Assembly Committees
  • Thursday, Dec. 10       Senate and Assembly Committees
  • Monday, Dec. 14         Assembly Committees
  • Thursday, Dec. 17       Senate and Assembly Voting Session

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