Assembly Committees To Consider Bills To Help Economy Today

TRENTON – Today, Assembly committees will consider legislation intended to help create jobs and economic development, help families pay for college, improve coastal evacuations, help residents combat mold that can occur after flooding, improve fire safety in new homes and protect against abuse of common cold and cough medicines.

Hearings begin at 10 a.m., and audio will be streamed live at:

Among the bills being considered are:

  • Measures that would provide tax incentives to job creating businesses (A-4306), create a loan program for small business expansion (A-4336) and create the New Jersey Business Action Center to help keep state businesses competitive (A-4337). The bills are to be heard at 2 p.m. by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
  • The Assembly Higher Education Committee will consider legislation (A-4259) to provide a gross income tax credit for interest on student loans and a bill to modify the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship programs. That hearing is at 10 a.m.
  • The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee at 10 a.m. will consider legislation to permit limited pharmacy sales of syringes and needles without a prescription (A-1088) to help curb the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other bloodborne diseases.
  • The Assembly Appropriations Committee at 2 p.m. will consider a bill (A-3224) to implement recommendations to improve coastal evacuations.
  • The panel will also consider legislation (A-3773) to require the state to devise standards for mold hazards in residential buildings.
  • It will also consider a bill (A-4104) to enhance New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise Zones, which have suffered funding cuts under the Christie administration.
  • The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee at 2 p.m. will consider legislation (A-3278) to require fire suppression systems in new single- and two-family homes.
  • The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee at 2 p.m. will consider a bill (A-650) to regulate the sale of a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough and cold medicine that has been increasingly abused by adolescents.

The complete agendas can be found at:

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