Assembly To Vote On Pension Reform Bills

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TRENTON – The Assembly is set to vote on two new public worker pension and health benefit bills today while considering final legislative approval for three others.

Legislation to ease business regulation, combat unscrupulous debt collection and maintain free saltwater fishing also top Monday’s Assembly voting session.

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The 1 p.m. session will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on three bills (A-2459, A-2460 and A-2461) that would make numerous changes to public worker pensions, health benefits and other employee benefits. If approved, these proposals would go to the governor for his signature.

The Assembly will also vote on bills to:
• Prohibit lobbyists from enrolling in the state pension and benefits system (A-2499)
• Limit the salaries and benefits for officer and workers at state and local authorities (A-2505) The

The Assembly will also consider legislation to ease business regulations.
One bill (A-2464) would:
• Require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register; and
• Ban state agencies from using regulatory guidance documents, unless authorized to do so by state law.

The other bill (A-2486) would prohibit state agencies from promulgating new regulations exceeding federal standards or requirements unless specifically authorized by state law.

Also on tap is legislation to combat unscrupulous debt collection practices. The New Jersey Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (A-1700) would eliminate abusive debt collection practices and provide consumers a way to dispute and validate debt information to ensure its accuracy.

Also on the agenda is a bill to ensure free recreational saltwater fishing continues in New Jersey. The legislation (A-823) answers a federal law that authorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to collect a fee beginning in 2011 to cover costs associated with a new saltwater angler registry.


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