Assembly Committees To Take Up Caylee’s Law & Sports Betting Measure Today

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TRENTON – Assembly committees will consider toughening penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child, allowing New Jersey to implement sports gaming should federal law be changed, promoting shared services and several economic development bills today.

Measures to require insurance coverage for sickle cell anemia, provide for screening newborns for lysosomal storage disorders, protect sexually exploited children and improve the NJ STARS scholarship programs will also be considered.

Hearings will begin at 10 a.m. Audio of the hearings will be streamed live at:

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hear a bill called Caylee’s Law – after Caylee Anthony – that upgrades the penalty for failing to report a death or disappearance of child (A-4297/A4322) at 2 p.m.

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee will hear a bill to allow the state to implement sports gaming, if a federal law banning it in the state is overturned (A-4385) at 2 p.m.

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hear a bill to provide tax credits for small and mid-size businesses that expand their exporting operations (A-4172) at 2 p.m. The committee will also hear a bill to extend business tax credit programs to businesses who file via the gross income tax (A-4342) and a bill to create a program to provide low-interest loans to small-businesses and those owned by women and minorities (A-4343).

The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee will hear a bill intended to help control property taxes by limiting the annual fee increases in shared service agreements to 2 percent at 2 p.m.

At 10 a.m., the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will hear a bill to require insurers to cover treatment for sickle cell anemia (A-1120). The committee will also hear legislation dubbed Emma’s Law that would provide for screening newborns for lysosomal storage disorders (A-2708).

At 2 p.m., the Assembly Appropriations Committee will hear bills to require care to be provided for sexually exploited juveniles and create an affirmative defense for them against prostitution (A-3700/3934) and a measure to change the NJ STARS and NJSTARS II scholarship

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