Economic Development Tops Assembly Agenda

TRENTON– Legislation to stimulate creation of technology industry clusters around New Jersey colleges and research hospitals, streamline corporate laws, stabilize the education of foster children, promote green building and allow the state to get a better handle on the number of uninsured children and parents top Thursday’s Assembly agendas.

All hearings will be streamed live at

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will consider legislation to establish innovation zones to stimulate technology industry clusters around research universities and hospitals in the Newark, Camden and Central Jersey regions.

This bill (A-904) requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish three innovation zones, with each zone surrounding a New Jersey research university, college or research hospital and located in the Camden area, Newark and Greater New Brunswick.

Under the bill, the Camden area includes Camden, Glassboro, Mantua in Camden County.

The Greater New Brunswick Area includes New Brunswick, South Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway in Middlesex County, Franklin in Somerset County and Princeton Township, Princeton Borough, Plainsboro, East Windsor and West Windsor in Mercer County.

The panel will also consider legislation to permit developers to qualify for low-interest loans from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority when building a high-performance green building and a bill to streamline New Jersey’s corporate laws to make the state more attractive to businesses.

The Assembly Human Services Committee will consider legislation (A-2068) to require hospitals to detail the uninsured children and parents they handle. The bill requires a hospital, as a condition of receiving charity care funding, to file a report with the Department of Health and Senior Services on the number of:
• Children who present themselves for treatment at the hospital and are deemed presumptively eligible for NJ FamilyCare; and

• Parents or caretakers of children deemed presumptively eligible by the hospital for NJ FamilyCare or Medicaid coverage, who complete an application for the NJ FamilyCare or Medicaid programs at the hospital.

The panel will also consider legislation to ensure New Jersey foster children receive a stable education. The bill (A-2137) would revise state policy that automatically places a foster child in the school district of their foster family. Instead, the bill would allow a child to remain in their current school if they are moved to a different foster family.

If it becomes law, the bill would put New Jersey in compliance with federal law and ensure the state doesn’t risk losing about $125 million in federal aid.

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