Assembly To Consider Budget, Tax Bills

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TRENTON – Legislation to protect senior citizens from Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to increase their prescription drug fees and slash their property tax relief, provide a New Jersey homebuyer tax credit for 2010 and analyze the newly implemented teen driver safety law top Thursday’s Assembly committee agendas.

Also on tap is legislation to stave off a major unemployment fund tax  increase on businesses, improve the state’s Amber Alert law and enact the Jessica Lunsford Act to increase sentences for sex offenders and people who harbor them.

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Meanwhile, the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee will meet with New Jersey’s homeland security director to discuss state readiness following the recent Times Square bombing attempt.

The committee will also hear legislation to toughen penalties for airport security breaches.

The bill was introduced after the Jan. 3 incident at Newark Liberty International Airport involving Haisong Jiang, 28, a Rutgers University graduate student who lives in Piscataway.

All hearings will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.


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