TO:                        Members of the New Jersey Senate

FROM:                  Hilary Beckett, Manager, Government Affairs, CCSNJ

RE:                       COVID-19 Legislation to Assist Business Operations in New Jersey

DATE:                   March 18, 2020

The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) is extremely pleased to see the legislature proactively thinking of ways to help businesses mitigate the inevitable economic uncertainty they are facing. The financial consequences facing the state will be significant if COVID-19’s impact continues to grow as expected. The CCSNJ is supportive of the following legislation that will give businesses additional flexibility as they continue to navigate the impact COVID-19 will have on their operations.

  • A3841 / S2300 (Pintor Marin / Bramnick / Chiaravalloti / Diegnan / Sarlo) - Automatically extends time to file gross income tax or corporation business tax return if federal government extends filing or payment due date for federal returns.

  • A3845 / S2284 (Freiman / Greenwald / Dancer / Stack) - Authorizes EDA to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows EDA to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions.

  • A3846 / S2293 (Sumter / Chaparro / Quijano / Madden / Lagana) - Creates "Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program;" allows persons to claim for lost wages due to coronavirus disease 2019, and employers to pay wages to workers ordered under quarantine by licensed healthcare practitioner; appropriates $20,000,000.

  • A3848 / S2301 (Lopez / Munoz / Downey / Weinberg) - Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease.

  • A3857 / S2275 (Coughlin / Quijano / Speight / Cryan) - Makes FY 2020 supplemental appropriations of $15 million for grants to food banks.

  • A3860 / S2289 (Pinkin / DeCroce / Benson / Vitale) - Establishes certain requirements to use telemedicine and telehealth to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • A3861 / S2290 (Karabinchak / Johnson / Greenwald / Diegnan) - Permits corporations to hold shareholders' meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.
  • A3845 / S2284 (Freiman / Greenwald / Dancer / Stack) - Authorizes EDA to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows EDA to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions.
  • A3846 / S2293 (Sumter / Chaparro / Quijano / Madden / Lagana) - Creates "Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program;" allows persons to claim for lost wages due to coronavirus disease 2019, and employers to pay wages to workers ordered under quarantine by licensed healthcare practitioner; appropriates $20,000,000.
  • A3848 / S2301 (Lopez / Munoz / Downey / Weinberg) - Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease.
  • A3857 / S2275 (Coughlin / Quijano / Speight / Cryan) - Makes FY 2020 supplemental appropriations of $15 million for grants to food banks.
  • A3860 / S2289 (Pinkin / DeCroce / Benson / Vitale) - Establishes certain requirements to use telemedicine and telehealth to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • A3861 / S2290 (Karabinchak / Johnson / Greenwald / Diegnan) - Permits corporations to hold shareholders' meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.
  • A3865 / S2291 (Chaparro / Reynolds-Jackson / Verrelli / Addiego) - Limits return of items purchased from retail food stores under certain circumstances.
  • AJR158 / SJR77 (DeAngelo / DePhillips) - Urges FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19.

The CCSNJ respectfully requests that you vote yes on these important bills, which will help businesses navigate the impact of COVID-19 on their operations and profitability.