Assembly Panel To Consider Bills To Revise Arbitration & Limit Sick Leave Payouts

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TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday to consider legislation to reform arbitration rules and limit sick leave payouts for public workers. The Assembly State Government Committee, meanwhile, will discuss civil service reform.

Other committees will consider bills to protect personal information stored on digital copiers, strip licenses from doctors who illegally dump medical waste and help small businesses.

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Assembly panels will also discuss a lack of funding and supply at the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank and the impact of layoffs of public safety officers on New Jersey communities.

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

The Assembly Budget Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider property tax reform legislation to revise New Jersey’s arbitration system to protect taxpayers against exorbitant judgments.

The bill (A-3393) will be among nearly 20 property tax reform bills advanced by the Assembly this year. It would:

  • Establish “fair and final” as the terminal procedure for resolving contractual impasses between public employers and their police and fire departments.  Under this process each side in the contract dispute would present their “fair and final” offer to the arbitrator and the arbitrator would select one as the final agreement.
  • Change the process for selecting an arbitrator for interest arbitration to ensure a more varied group of arbitrators makes decisions.
  • Expressly require arbitrators to consider the new 2 percent property tax levy cap when making decisions.
  • Change the process by which judgments are appealed.

The budget committee will also consider legislation (A-3392) to limit unused sick leave payouts for all school and local government employees to no more than $15,000.

The Assembly State Government Committee, meanwhile, will meet at 10 a.m. to hear testimony about New Jersey’s civil service system with regard to job postings, the creation and duration of eligible lists and employee discipline procedures, with an eye toward developing reform legislation.

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to consider a bill (A-2975) to combat identity theft by requiring the hard drives of  all digital copy machines to be wiped clean to protect sensitive, personal information. The information is stored on each machine, in some cases in perpetuity, unbeknownst to millions of consumers.

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will meet at 10 a.m. to, among other items, hear testimony on funding and supply shortages for the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank.

The Assembly Regulated Professions Committee will consider legislation (A-861) to strip licenses from doctors who illegally dump medical waste.

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider legislation (A-916) to expand state programs to encourage investments in small technology companies. It will also consider legislation (A-3195 and A-3196) to streamline state assistance for small businesses and provide corporate tax credits for redeveloping distressed shopping centers.

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to hear testimony concerning the impact of layoffs of public safety officers on New Jersey communities.


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