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Capitol Report

September 1, 2014

 

This is a status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association on recently passed and pending legislation, regulations, gubernatorial nominations and/or appointments of interest to lawyers, as well as the involvement of the NJSBA as amicus in appellate court matters. To learn more, visit njsba.com

 

RECENT AMICUS ACTIVITY

The New Jersey State Bar Association sometimes acts as amicus curiae in pending cases before New Jersey and federal courts where issues are believed to affect the legal profession or the system of justice.

 

State of New Jersey v. Timothy Adkins

Supreme Court Docket No. A–5748–12T4A–5749–12T4:

 

This case questions whether a defendant's blood test results should be suppressed in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Missouri v. McNeely, 133 S. Ct. 1552, 185 L.Ed.2d 696 (2013), which held that there is no per se rule of exigency in drunk driving cases. On Aug. 4, the New Jersey State Bar Association filed a notice of motion to participate as amicus curiae, and on Aug. 25, the proposed brief was submitted to the Supreme Court. The brief was drafted by Jeffrey Evan Gold, of Gold & Associates, PA, and Thomas M. Cannavo, of The Hernandez Law Firm. 

 

To obtain a copy of filed amicus curiae briefs and opinions in this and other association matters, visit njsba.com.

 

HOW TO REQUEST AMICUS PARTICIPATION:

The New Jersey State Bar Association typically considers amicus curiae participation in matters that are pending in the highest applicable appellate court. Amicus requests are usually initiated by a New Jersey State Bar Association section but are sometimes submitted by individual members. Each is reviewed by the Amicus Committee, and a final decision about whether the association will seek to participate in a matter is made by the NJSBA Board of Trustees or, when time demands require, by the NJSBA’s Executive Committee.  

 

Members who wish to bring a potential amicus issue to the association’s attention are encouraged to do so by submitting a completed amicus request form, which can be found on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s website. The association relies on the expertise of its volunteer members to prepare the necessary filings and provide oral argument, as appropriate.  To find out more information, visit njsba.com.

 

BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW

Below is a list of bills recently signed into law by the governor. For more information, visit the Legislature’s website at njleg.state.nj.us.

 

P.L.2014, c.41 Directs the Department of Agriculture to establish a clearinghouse website for farmers to offer produce and dairy products for use by school breakfast programs, school lunch programs and food banks. On Aug. 25, the bill was signed into law. (A-2644 Dancer)

 

P.L.2014, c.40 Establishes the Best in New Jersey Farm to School Awards Program to annually recognize the best farm-to-school programs implemented by a school or school district. On Aug. 25, the bill was signed into law. (A-2643 Space)

 

P.L.2014, c.39 Allows contributions to the New Jersey Farm to School Programs. On Aug. 25, the bill was signed into law. (A-2642 Andrzejczak)

 

P.L.2014, c.38 Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns to support farm-to-school and school garden programs. On Aug. 25, the bill was signed into law. (A-2641 Space) 

 

P.L.2014, c.37 Requires the Department of Agriculture to post on its website certain information regarding the state’s farm-to-school program. On Aug. 25, the bill was signed into law. (A-156 Space)

 

P.L.2014, c.36 Requires public school students in grades nine through 12 to receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator prior to graduation. On Aug. 20, the bill was signed into law. (A-2072 Fuentes)

 

216th LEGISLATURE: FIRST ANNUAL SESSION

Below is the legislative calendar for the Senate and the Assembly. Please note that the calendar is subject to change. For updated and additional information, visit the Legislature’s website at njleg.state.nj.us.

 

ASSEMBLY CALENDAR DATES

Monday, Sept. 8 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Thursday, Sept. 11 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Monday, Sept. 15 – Assembly Voting Session

Thursday, Sept. 18 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Monday, Sept. 22 – Assembly Voting Session

Thursday, Sept. 25 – Assembly Voting Session

 

Thursday, Oct. 2 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Assembly Voting Session

Thursday, Oct. 23 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Monday, Oct. 27 – Assembly Committee Meetings

 

Thursday, Nov. 13 – Assembly Voting Session

 

Thursday, Dec. 4 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Monday, Dec. 8 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Thursday, Dec. 11 – Assembly Voting Session

Monday, Dec. 15 – Assembly Committee Meetings

Thursday, Dec. 18 – Assembly Voting Session

 

SENATE CALENDAR DATES

Monday, Sept. 15 – Senate Committee Meetings

Thursday, Sept. 18 – Senate Committee Meetings

Monday, Sept. 22 – Senate Voting Session

 

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Senate Committee Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Senate Committee Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 23 – Senate Voting Session

Monday, Oct. 27 – Senate Committee Meetings

 

Thursday, Nov. 13 – Senate Committee Meetings

 

Thursday, Dec. 4 – Senate Voting Session

Monday, Dec. 8 – Senate Committee Meetings

Thursday, Dec. 11 – Senate Committee Meetings

Monday, Dec. 15 – Senate Voting Session

Thursday, Dec. 18 – Senate Voting Session

 

COMMITTEES AND THEIR LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE LEGISLATURE

Below is a list of Senate, Assembly and joint committees, along with their leadership, within the Legislature. Those who are attorneys are designated by an asterisk (*). The full membership of each committee can be found on the Legislature’s website at njleg.state.nj.us.

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

  • Senator Paul A. Sarlo, Chair
  • Senator Brian P. Stack, Vice Chair

 

Senate Commerce Committee

  • Senator Nia H. Gill, Chair*
  • Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Vice Chair*

 

Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee

  • Senator Jeff Van Drew, Chair
  • Senator Ronald L. Rice, Vice Chair

 

Senate Economic Growth Committee

  • Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Chair*
  • Senator Peter J. Barnes III, Vice Chair*

 

Senate Education Committee

  • Senator Teresa M. Ruiz, Chair
  • Senator Shirley K. Turner, Vice Chair

 

Senate Environment and Energy Committee

  • Senator Bob Smith, Chair*
  • Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Vice Chair

 

Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee

  • Senator Joseph F. Vitale, Chair
  • Senator Fred H. Madden, Vice Chair

 

Senate Higher Education Committee

  • Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Chair
  • Senator Nellie Pou, Vice Chair

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

  • Senator Nicholas P. Scutari, Chair*
  • Senator Nia H. Gill, Vice Chair*

 

Senate Labor Committee

  • Senator Fred H. Madden, Chair
  • Senator Joseph F. Vitale, Vice Chair

 

Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

  • Senator Donald Norcross, Chair
  • Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Vice Chair

 

Senate Legislative Oversight Committee

  • Senator Robert M. Gordon, Chair
  • Senator Loretta Weinberg, Vice Chair

 

Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee

  • Senator James Beach, Chair
  • Senator Jeff Van Drew, Vice Chair

 

Senate Rules and Order Committee

Members to be announced at a later time

 

Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

  • Senator Jim Whelan, Chair
  • Senator Shirley K. Turner, Vice Chair

 

Senate Transportation Committee

  • Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, Chair
  • Senator Robert M. Gordon, Vice Chair

 

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES

Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

  • Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Gilbert L. Wilson, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Appropriations Committee

  • Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Grace L. Spencer, Vice Chair*

 

Assembly Bipartisan Leadership Committee

Members to be announced at a later time

 

Assembly Budget Committee

  • Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, Chair   
  • Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Budget Committee (Budget Hearings Only)

  • Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer, Chair   
  • Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee

  • Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Vice Chair*

 

Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee

  • Assembly Paul D. Moriarty, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Vice Chair*

 

Assembly Education Committee

  • Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Chair*  
  • Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Vice Chair 

 

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

  • Assemblywoman Grace L. Spencer, Chair*
  • Assemblyman John F. McKeon, Vice Chair*

 

Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee

  • Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, Chair* 
  • Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee

  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Higher Education Committee

  • Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee

  • Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Upendra J. Chivulkula, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee

  • Assemblyman Jerry Green, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Human Services Committee

  • Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Judiciary Committee

  • Assemblyman John F. McKeon, Chair*  
  • Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Labor Committee

  • Assemblyman Joseph V. Egan, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee

  • Assemblyman Charles Mainor, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Gilbert L. Wilson, Vice Chair 

 

Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee

  • Assemblywoman Cleopatra G Tucker, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Regulated Professions Committee

  • Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Angelica M. Jimenez, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee

  • Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, Chair*   
  • Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace, Vice Chair

 

Assembly State and Local Government Committee

  • Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee

  • Assemblywoman Upendra J. Chivulkula, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee

  • Assemblyman Ralph P. Caputo, Chair   
  • Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee

  • Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chair*   
  • Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Vice Chair

 

Assembly Women and Children Committee

  • Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, Chair   
  • Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera, Vice Chair

 

JOINT COMMITTEES

Joint Committee on Budget Oversight

 

Joint Committee on Housing Affordability

 

Joint Committee on the Public Schools

 

Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards

 

Joint State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee

 

New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation

 

 

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