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Friday, January 17, 2020

Senate and Assembly Committee Chairs
for the 219th Legislative Session
The Committee framework for the 219th legislative session is starting to take shape. Yesterday, the Senate announced its Committee appointments for the Session, and the Assembly has finalized its Committee Chair roles, although full Committee appointments are still pending.

Additionally, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin created two new committees, splitting the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, and creating the Assembly Senior Services Committee and the Assembly Community Development Committee.

Representatives from the South Jersey legislative delegation hold the following Senate Chair seats:
  • Senator Troy Singleton (LD7) will chair the Community and Urban Affairs Committee;
  • Senator Fred Madden (LD4) will chair the Labor Committee;
  • Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez (LD5) will chair the Economic Growth Committee; and,
  • Senator Beach (LD6) will Chair the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Representatives from the South Jersey legislative delegation hold the following Assembly
Chair seats:
  • Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (LD2) will chair the State & Local Government Committee;
  • Assemblyman John Burzichelli (LD3) will chair the Appropriation Committee;
  • Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (LD3) will chair the Law & Public Safety Committee;
  • Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (LD4) will chair the Consumer Affairs Committee;
  • Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (LD4) will chair the Women & Children Committee;
  • Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (LD5) will chair the Education Committee;
  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway (LD7) will chair the Health Committee;

To view the full list of Senate committee assignments, click here.

To view the full list of Assembly committees, click here. Note that Assembly assignments beyond Chairs have not yet been finalized.
Earned Sick Leave Rules Adopted
Today, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development adopted the final rules for the new Earned Sick Leave law.

The lawsigned in May 2018, requires employers to provide up to 40 hours of earned sick leave per yearThe CCSNJ provided comments to the department on the draft regulations in December of 2018. 

The CCSNJ is in the process of reviewing the final regulations to see if our concerns were addressed.

If you have questions about the earned sick leave regulations, feel free to contact Hilary Beckett, Manager, Government Affairs, by clicking here.
New Jersey Tax Force on EDA Incentives
Submits Second Report
Yesterday, Governor Murphy’s Task Force on EDA Incentives submitted their second report pursuant to its mandate issued in Executive Order No. 52.

The report continued to evaluate the effectiveness of the previous Grow NJ and Economic Redevelopment and Growth (“ERG”) programs and made several recommendations as to how new tax incentive programs can be better implemented.

The task force, which is led by former New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald Chen, released their first report in June.

To read the latest report, click here.
Administration Unfreezes Final
$121 Million in Funding
Yesterday, the Murphy Administration released the remainder of $121 million in spending from the FY2020 state budget, which is the final portion of $235 million the Governor froze this past June. The first $114 million was released in October after strong revenue collections were reported.

Among the released funds were $104 million in transitional aid for certain distressed municipalities, as well as $1 million in state funding for the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, and $27.4 million appropriated for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, including $15.4 million for its cancer program and $12 million for its medical school.

Additional released spending included $1 million for Volunteers of America to use to expand its prisoner re-entry program into Burlington and Cape May counties and millions in aid and grants for various state colleges and universities, including $4.6 million in aid for Stockton University in Galloway, $170,000 for a mental health program at Rutgers-Camden, $3 million for the joint board of the Rutgers-Rowan University Business School in Camden, and $1 million for general operations at Thomas Edison University.

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