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219th Second Quarter

Legislative Overview

Introduction

The successful launch and distribution of vaccines in New Jersey has allowed the residents and businesses to start their return to normalcy. In April, the CCSNJ was proud to release the Preparing for the Next Normal Report, which made recommendations to policymakers on how state government can help businesses recover and succeed post-pandemic. The report received high bipartisan praise from lawmakers, and as New Jersey reopened the CCSNJ is proud that several suggestions were enacted by state officials.

The successful launch and distribution of vaccines in New Jersey has allowed the residents and businesses to start their return to normalcy. In April, the CCSNJ was proud to release the Preparing for the Next Normal Report, which made recommendations to policymakers on how state government can help businesses recover and succeed post-pandemic. The report received high bipartisan praise from lawmakers, and as the state reopened, the CCSNJ is proud that several suggestions were enacted by state officials.

On June 4, Governor Phil Murphy signed A-5820(Coughlin/Chiaravalloti/Sweeney), which enabled the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that had been in place since March 9, 2020. Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 244 (2021), which officially ended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Under A-5820, the majority of Executive Orders issued that relied on the existence of the Public Health Emergency expired on July 4 with certain exceptions. Masking, social distancing, and other health and safety protocols originally set forth Executive Order No. 192 (2020) are no longer mandatory across businesses and facilities, regardless if they are open to the public or not.

The legislature is now on break for the summer as members campaign for reelection. All 120 seats in the legislature and the Governor are up for reelection on November 2, 2021.

While pleased the end of the Public Health Emergency allows the legislature to tackle issues outside of the pandemic, the CCSNJ remains committed to opposing burdensome labor mandates and working towards a better business climate in the state. The CCSNJ continues to be in constant contact with the Murphy Administration and Legislature to help ascertain the information and facilitate the connections that our valued members desperately need as New Jersey continues its economic recovery from the pandemic.

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions on how we can better serve you and your thoughts on the issues the CCSNJ has weighed in on during the second quarter of 2021.

Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget

On June 29, Governor Murphy signed the FY2022 State Budget, which passed both Houses of the Legislature swiftly by a vote of 49-26 in the Assembly and 25-15 in the Senate. The $46.4 billion budget is the largest budget in state history and includes property tax relief measures, COVID-19 relief for businesses and a full pension payment. The Governor signed the state budget in the same form it was sent to him, not using his line item veto power to remove certain provisions.

On June 29, Governor Murphy signed the FY2022 State Budget, which passed both Houses of the Legislature swiftly by a vote of 49-26 in the Assembly and 25-15 in the Senate. The $46.4 billion budget is the largest budget in state history and includes property tax relief measures, COVID-19 relief for businesses and a full pension payment. The Governor signed the state budget in the same form it was sent to him, not using his line item veto power to remove certain provisions. In its final form, the Legislature included an additional $1.5 billion in appropriations for various legislative priorities, including some that impact South Jersey.

In the CCSNJ's written testimony, the Chamber supported certain measures of the budget, including the $100 million to expand childcare so residents can return to work, but took issue with the exclusion of A-5870/S-2022 (Pintor Marin/Burzichelli/Sarlo/Cunningham) which appropriates $46,380,012,000 in State funds and $21,026,030,082 in federal funds for the State budget for fiscal year 2021-2022.

To read the CCSNJ position on the FY22 State Budget, click here.


S-3049/A-5176 (Sweeney/Beach/Taliaferro): Establishes the regional municipal court pilot program.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

S-3488/A-5537 (Sweeney/Gopal/O'Scanlon/Burzichelli/Dancer/Spearman): 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.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-13/S-4000 (Freiman/Armato/Pintor Marin/Mazzeo/Houghtaling/Coughlin/Sarlo/Sweeney/Addiego): Establishes the "New Jersey Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund" and appropriates $3.7 billion to the fund.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and was signed by the Governor on June 29.
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Atlantic City

On May 5, the Murphy Administration released a report from the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group, which Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver convened last summer to examine the unique pandemic-related challenges in Atlantic City and the surrounding area.

On May 5, the Murphy Administration released a report from the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group, which Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver convened last summer to examine the unique pandemic-related challenges in Atlantic City and the surrounding area. CCSNJ President & CEO Christina Renna was proud to serve as Vice Chair of Working Group, alongside Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Executive Director and CCSNJ member Matthew Doherty, who served as Chair.

Each section of the report details the recommendations put forth by the Working Group’s five subcommittees. The report also includes guidance for six industries the Atlantic City region should target and information on the “Blue Economy”, which involves the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic and job growth.

To read the report, which was designed by CCSNJ Digital Communications Manager Josephine Tanopo, please click here.

COVID-19 Legislation

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A-5135 (Greenwald/Karabinchak/Johnson): Allows continued use of heaters and tents by food or beverage establishments under certain circumstances during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

      • This bill passed the full Assembly on March 25 and was favorably released from the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on May 6. It awaits consideration by the full Senate.

S-3374/A-5133 (Cruz-Perez/Bucco/Greenwald/Chiaravalloti/Benson): Expands indoor capacity for food or beverage establishments and banquet and wedding venues under certain circumstances during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on March 25 and was favorably released from the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on May 6. It awaits action by the full Senate.

S-3714/A-5691 (Madden/Gopal/Greenwald/Murphy/Verrelli): Concerns liability of certain non-profit and governmental employers for unemployment benefits paid during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic state of emergency.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 24 and was signed by Governor Murphy on July 1.   
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.

A-4918/S-3266 (Greenwald/Johnson/Mukherji/Diegnan/Gopal): Allows corporations to hold remote shareholder meetings.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

A-5218 (Freiman/Armato/Tully): Allows certain restaurant owners to accelerate depreciation of certain expenditures under corporation business and gross income taxes.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on May 20 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

S-3740/A-4958 (Lagana/Tully/Armato/Zwicker): Provides temporary exemption under sales and use tax for winterizing certain small business operations.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on March 25 and was favorably released from the Senate Economic Growth Committee on June 15. It awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 

A-4330 (Schaer/Pintor Marin/Zwicker): The "Economic Emergency Investment Stabilization Act"; allows Economic Development Authority (EDA) to invest in businesses impacted by major economic emergencies.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 21 and awaits consideration by the Senate Economic Growth Committee. 
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-5689 (Greenwald/Mukherji/Mazzeo): Appropriates $25 million from General Fund to Department of State for travel and tourism advertising and promotion for recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 24 and awaits consideration by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. 

S-3691/A-5685 (Stack/Rice/Ruiz/Timberlake/Wimberly/McKnight): Provides financial relief to certain landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic, adjusts certain court fees, and makes appropriations. 

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

A-5904/S-3982 (Johnson/Mazzeo/Zwicker/Addiego/Greenstein): Makes $135 million in federal funds available to EDA to support eligible entities impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

 A-5906/S-3965 (Chaparro/Addiego/Oroho): Rescinds the prohibition on return of certain items purchased from retail food stores during COVID-19 state of emergency; provides that future limitations on returns occur during a declared public health emergency.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and was signed by the Governor on July 1.  

A-5863/S-3990 (Swain/Zwicker/Mazzeo/Turner): Establishes child care revitalization fund in Department of Community Affairs and appropriates $100 million to the fund.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and was signed by Governor Murphy on July 1.  

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Fund Bills

CCSNJ was proud to support a package of bills to provide funds to New Jersey Economic Development Authority(EDA) to assist businesses affected by COVID-19. The package passed on June 3 and was signed into law by the Governor on June 22.

CCSNJ was proud to support a package of bills to provide funds to New Jersey Economic Development Authority(EDA) to assist businesses affected by COVID-19. The package passed on June 3 and was signed into law by the Governor on June 22. 

To read the CCSNJ position on the bill package, click here.  


A-5704/S-3796 (Mazzeo/Zwicker/Taliaferro/Addiego/Gopal/Lagana): Appropriates $120 million from General Fund to EDA to support microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

A-5705/S-3797 (Swain/Downey/Chiaravalloti/Addiego/Gopal/Lagana): Appropriates $10 million from General Fund to EDA to support child care providers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 

A-5706/S-3792 (Freiman/Downey/Mejia/Addiego/Gopal/Lagana): Appropriates $20 million from General Fund to EDA to support food and beverage establishments impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

A-5707/S-3793 (Tully/Houghtaling/McKnight/Addiego/Gopal/ Lagana): Appropriates $50 million from General Fund to EDA to support businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 

A-5708/S-3795 (Zwicker/Carter/Addiego/Gopal/Lagana): Establishes the Startup Business and Nonprofit Assistance Program in EDA to support new businesses and nonprofit organizations following COVID-19 pandemic and appropriates $25 million to the program.

A-5709/S-3794 (Armato/Houghtaling/Lopez/Addiego/Gopal/Lagana): Appropriates $10 million from General Fund to EDA to support the Sustain and Serve NJ Program.

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Non-COVID-19 Issues

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A-5377 (Freiman/Stanley/Karabinchak): Establishes the "Food Innovation District Program."

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 21 and awaits consideration by the Senate Economic Growth Committee. 

A- 5055/S-3412 (Houghtaling/Dancer/Gopal): Prohibits imposition of certain charges on voice communications service bill that were not authorized by customer. 

      • A-5055 was favorably released from the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee on June 2 and awaits consideration by the full Assembly. S-3412 was favorably released from the Senate Economic Growth Committee and awaits consideration by the full Assembly.  

SCR-91/ACR-159 (Weinberg/Kean/Lopez/Murphy/Johnson): Proposes a constitutional amendment to allow certain organizations to use proceeds from games of chance to benefit organization.

      • This resolution passed both Houses on June 21 and Filed with Secretary of State 

S-233 (Singleton/Pou): Requires certain disclosures by providers of small business financing.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Commerce Committee on June 16 and awaits consideration by the full Senate.  

A-5884/S-3945 (Coughlin/Mazzeo/Conaway/Vitale/Madden): Establishes the Office of Food Insecurity Advocate.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

SCR-133/ACR-200 (Sarlo/Gopal/Houghtaling/Downey/Dancer): Amends the State Constitution to permit sports wagering through casinos and current or former horse racetracks on any collegiate athletic competitions.

      • The bill was passed by both House on June 24 and filed with Secretary of State. 

A-5933/S- 3984 (Coughlin/Mukherji/Sweeney/Turner): Designates the Department of Health State office building in Trenton as "Judith M. Persichilli Building."

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  
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Labor Mandates

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S-3501/A-5531 (Testa/Madden/Madden): Exempts certain commercial fishermen from coverage under "unemployment compensation law." 

      • S-3501 passed the Senate on June 24 and A-5531 passed the Assembly Labor committee on May 17. The bills now await consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee 

S-3352 (Weinberg): Concerns unlawful discrimination and harassment.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Labor Committee on June 10 and awaits consideration by the full Senate.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here. 

S-3827 (Weinberg): Provides temporary paid earned sick leave to workers during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Labor Committee on June 10 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

S- 3660 (Greenstein):  Requires an induction loop listening system installation in certain buildings open to public upon new construction or substantial renovation.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on June 10 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee 

S-1352/A-802 (Turner/Pou/Verrelli/Reynolds-Jackson/Murphy):  Requires a certain retailers to train employees on gift card fraud.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on March 1 and was favorably released from the Senate Commerce Committee on June 16. It awaits consideration by the full Senate.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

S-3787 (Pou): Requires person with an alcoholic beverage license to carry alcoholic beverage liability insurance under certain circumstances.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Commerce Committee on June 16 and awaits consideration by the full Senate.

S-3498 (Pou): Requires gift card issuer provide certain protections to consumer. 

      • This bill passed the Senate on June 30 and awaits consideration in the Assembly.  
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Misclassification Bill Package

The CCSNJ opposed a package of bills concerning worker misclassification, which target employers who use independent contractors. They would grant broad authority to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) on the issue of worker misclassification. The CCSNJ is concerned that businesses that are attempting to comply with the complex misclassification law (ABC test), along with its various interpretations, could be inadvertently penalized. The bills passed both Houses on June 30 and await action by the Governor.

The CCSNJ opposed a package of bills concerning worker misclassification, which targets employers who use independent contractors. The bills would grant broad authority to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) on the issue of worker misclassification. The CCSNJ is concerned that businesses that are attempting to comply with the complex misclassification law (ABC test), along with its various interpretations, could be inadvertently penalized. The bills passed both Houses on June 30 and await action by the Governor.  


A-5890/S-3920 (Verrelli/Madden/Greenstein): Concerns enforcement of employee misclassification and stop-work order laws.


A-5891/S-3921 (Egan/Karabinchak/Space/Madden/Oroho): Creates the "Office of Strategic Enforcement and Compliance" in DOLWD; appropriates $1 million from General Fund.


A-5892/S-3922 (Sumter/Madden/Lagana): Streamlines identification of employee misclassification.

Workforce Development Issues

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A-5939/S-3993 (Pintor Marin/Burzichelli/Ruiz/Cruz-Perez):  Revises various provisions of the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020" and other economic development programs; establishes New Jersey Innovation Fellows Program; appropriates $10 million to the program.

      • This bill passed both houses June 30 and was signed by the Governor on July 1.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here. 

S-3688 (Sweeney/Singleton): Provides for a regional economic impact report and review by affected municipalities for certain proposed retail warehouse developments.

      • The bill was favorably released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on May 20 and awaits consideration by the full Senate.  

A-1679/S-1958 (Burzichelli/Benson/Mosquera/Cruz-Perez/Sweeney): The "New Jobs for New Jersey Act."

      • The bill was passed by the Senate on March 25 and favorably released from Assembly Commerce and Economic Development on May 5. It awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-4894 (Mazzeo): Incorporates boardwalks into transportation local aid program and provides for Local Aid Infrastructure Fund grants to boardwalk projects.

      • The bill was favorably released by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on May 12 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

S-2681/A-4319 (Gopal /Oroho/Burzichelli/Chiaravalloti/Murphy): Establishes certain temporary and permanent privileges for certain alcoholic beverage licensees; authorizes certain activities, events, and festivals in which certain alcoholic beverage licensees may participate.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 29, 2020 and was heard for discussion only in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on May 20. The bill awaits a vote in that committee. 

S-3020 (Gopal/Greenstein): Allows craft distilleries to sell mixed drinks and mixed drink ingredients for consumption off the licensed premises; authorizes direct shipping by craft distilleries. 

      • This bill was heard for discussion only in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committeeon May 20 and awaits a vote in that committee.  

S-1534/A-998/A-2349 (Beach/Moen/Downey/Houghtaling/Moen): Establishes a social innovation loan guarantee pilot program and study commission within New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority concerning opioid and other substance use disorders. 

      • This bill passed the Assembly on May 20 and the Senate Economic Growth Committee on June 16 and awaits action by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 

A-2703 (Mazzeo/Armato): Provides credits against corporation business and gross income taxes for qualified farmers that develop housing for their agricultural workforce.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Agriculture Committee on May 17 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

S-1778 (Singleton/Oroho): Creates an office to encourage creation of federal jobs and infrastructure investment in the State.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Economic Growth Committee on June 15 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

S-3216 (Oroho/Greenstein): The "Manufacturing in Higher Education Act"; requires various State entities to promote manufacturing career pathways for students and provides assistance to manufacturing industry.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Higher Education Committee on June 15 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

S-2683 (Gopal): Establishes a license to allow wineries that produce more than 250,000 gallons per year to directly ship wine to consumers.

      • This bill was heard for discussion only by the Senate Commerce Committee on June 15 and awaits action by that committee. 

S-3815 (Madden): Requires a feasibility study to examine the establishment of a regional medical examiner office facility in Southern New Jersey and the collaborative development of new medical examiner education initiatives; appropriates $40,000 to the study.

      • This bill was favorably released by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on June 10 and awaits consideration by the full Senate.  

A-5580/S-3600 (Schaer/McKnight/Spearman/Sacco/Singleton/Ruiz): Restores and revises the Urban Enterprise Zone program; appropriates $42,500,000.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-3027/S-793 (Lampitt/Jasey/Houghtaling/Cunningham/Singleton): Commits $3 million from the Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skill to NJ Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. 

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and awaits action by the Governor.  

S-3926/A-5894 (Sweeney/Smith/Burzichelli / Kennedy / Karabinchak): Authorizes certain offshore wind projects to construct power lines and obtain real property interests; grants the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) authority to supersede certain local governmental powers upon petition from offshore wind project.

      • This bill passed both Houses on Jun 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-5840/S-3923 (Burzichelli/Taliaferro/Karabinchak/Sweeney): Authorizes the State Treasurer to enter lease for real property and improvements with NJEDA for construction of New Jersey Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 30 and was signed by the Governor on July 2. 

A-5848/S-3915 (Burzichelli/Zwicker/Gopal): Makes permanent temporary enactment allowing certain alcoholic beverage retailers to sell and deliver alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks; establishes certain sale and delivery privileges for alcoholic beverage manufacturers.

      • This bill was favorably released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on June 16 and by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on June 21. It awaits consideration by the full Senate and Assembly.  

A-5888/S-3961 (DeAngelo/Armato/Quijano/Cunningham/Ruiz): Provides project grants under the "Securing Our Children's Future Fund" for career and technical education at county colleges; appropriates $26,456,996 to the fund.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and was signed by the Governor on July 1. 

A-5889/S-3962 (Mazzeo/Zwicker/Johnson/Sweeney/Turner/Ruiz): Provides project grants under the "Securing Our Children's Fund" for career and technical education expansion in county vocational school districts; appropriates $222,904,769 to the fund.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 24 and was signed by the Governor on July 1.   

A-5898/S-3963 (Mazzeo/Armato/Mukherji/ Sarlo / Oroho): Temporarily expands summer working hours for certain minors.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and was signed by the Governor on July 1.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here 

A-5752 (Mosquera/McKnight/Jimenez): Requires the Commissioner of Corrections to appoint workforce skills training development officer to administer, enhance and supplement inmate workforce skills training programming.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 21 and awaits consideration by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee 

A-5310/S-3597 (Lopez/Vitale): Increases the limit on number of social affairs permits that can be issued for one premises from 25 to 52 for designated premises owned by a municipality or for event sponsored by a municipality.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 21 and awaits action by the Governor.  

S-3452 (Sweeney/Beach):  Reduces the alcoholic beverage tax rate on cider and low-percentage alcohol by volume liquors.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on June 17 and awaits consideration by the full Senate. 

S-2996/A-5019 (Testa/Sweeney/Taliaferro/Johnson): Allows Board of Cosmetology Hairstyling licensees to operate mobile facilities when providing services.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and awaits action by the Governor.  
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Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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S-961/A-3805 (Singleton/Cruz-Perez/Armato/Zwicker/Verrelli): Establishes an annual grant program to recognize institutions of higher education that offer comprehensive array of veteran programs and services.

      • This bill passed both houses on May 29 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-3369 (Johnson/Karabinchak): Establishes the Commission on Asian Heritage in the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE).

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Education Committee on May 12 and awaits consideration by the full Assembly.   

A-995 (Downey/Houghtaling/Lampitt): Establishes the Veterans Assistance Grant Program for nonprofit organizations to provide certain services to veterans. 

      • The bill was favorably released from the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on May 12 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee 

A-4042 (Downey/Houghtaling/Johnson): Establishes the price preference program on State contracts for service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

      • The bill was favorably released from the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on May 12 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

A-5262 (Murphy/Houghtaling/Timberlake): Revises eligibility requirements for the NJ Workability Program and Personal Assistance Services Program.

      • This bill was favorably released by the Assembly Human Services Committee on May 12 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

A-1004 (Downey/Houghtaling/Benson): Increases the hourly limit of reimbursable personal care assistant services under NJ WorkAbility Program.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Human Services Committee on June 9 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

S-2525/A-4274 (Rice/Singleton/Turner/Conaway/Sumter/Stanley): Expands powers and duties of the State Chief Diversity Officer to promote diversity in State government and public contracting.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 21 and awaits action by the Governor.  

S-3559 (Pou): Directs the Department of Agriculture to establish the New Jersey Minority, Woman, and Underserved Farmer Registry.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Senate Economic Growth Committee on June 15 and awaits consideration by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. 

ACR-216 (Verrelli/Schaer/Murphy): Condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and rejects attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee on June 14 and awaits consideration by the full Assembly.  

A-3062 / S-1196 (Pintor Marin/Moen/Reynolds-Jackson/Pou/Cruz-Perez): Establishes a three year Financial Empowerment Pilot Program. 

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 21 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  

A-5294 (Speight/Vainieri Huttle/Verrelli): Provides fast track hiring and advancement employment opportunities by State for persons with significant disabilities.

      • This bill passed the Assembly on June 21 and awaits consideration by the Senate Labor Committee 

A-5296 (Speight/Vainieri Huttle/McKnight): Provides for employment by State of certain persons with disabilities. post-secondary degrees and careers in STEM.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Labor Committee on June 9 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

A-5298 (Speight/Vainieri Huttle/McKnight): Establishes a recruitment and referral program for certain individuals and extends certain provisions of law concerning affirmative action in public works contracts to workers with disabilities.

      • This bill passed the Assembly Labor Committee on June 9 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 
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Health

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A-2418 (McKeon/Moen/Vainieri Huttle): Establishes Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

      • This bill was favorably released from the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on June 2 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.

S-3733 (Pou): Requires health insurance carriers to offer clear cost share plans for individual health benefits plans.

      • This bill passed the Senate on June 30 and awaits consideration in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee 

S-3458 (Lagana/Gopal): Revises an out-of-network arbitration process.

      • This bill passed the Senate on June 30 and awaits consideration in the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.  
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Energy & Environmental Issues

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A-5121/S-3287 (Coughlin/Zwicker/Karabinchak/Singleton/Smith):  Concerns provision of energy to certain manufacturing facilities by providing exemptions to certain energy related taxes.

      • This bill passed both houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

A-5588/S-3812 (McKnight/Kennedy/Moen/Greenstein/Bateman):  Appropriates funds to DEP for environmental infrastructure projects for FY2022.

      • The bill passed both houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

A-5589/S-3813 (Caputo/Taliaferro/Chaparro/Codey/Corrado): Authorizes the NJ Infrastructure Bank to expend certain sums to make loans for environmental infrastructure projects for FY2022.

      • The bill passed both houses on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  

S-2515 (Smith/Greenstein): Establishes postconsumer recycled content requirements for rigid plastic containers, glass containers, paper and plastic carryout bags, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging.

      • This bill passed the Senate on June 24 and awaits consideration by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. 

A-5434/S-3484 (Dancer/Armato/Houghtaling/Smith/Bateman): Establishes a dual-use solar project pilot program for unpreserved farmland; allows land used for dual-use solar project to be eligible for farmland assessment under certain conditions.

      • This bill passed both Houses on June 30 and was signed by the Governor on July 9.   

S-3926/A-5894 (Sweeney/Smith/Burzichelli/Kennedy/Karabinchak): Authorizes certain offshore wind projects to construct power lines and obtain real property interests; grants the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) authority to supersede certain local governmental powers upon petition from offshore wind project.

      • The bill passed both House on June 24 and awaits action by the Governor.  
      • To read the CCSNJ position, click here.  
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