Proposal would give Transportation Committee subpoena power

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Assembly Transportation Committee Thursday will consider legislation that would grant the panel subpoena power to investigate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The proposal (AR-61) stems from reports of wasteful spending and the handing out of patronage jobs by the bi-state agency. The Port Authority has ignore the committee’s request to respond to its questions.

Lower house committees will also consider bills to tackle gender wage inequity, put an end to hefty sick leave cash payments for public workers, reward businesses who hire employees who have been unemployed for more than 13 weeks and to help fund Legal Services of New Jersey.

Bills to upgrade assault by auto penalties for situations involving road rage, increase for the first time in decades the allowance paid to veterans with wartime service-connected disabilities, facilitate the teacher certification of veterans and establish a program to address the state’s shortage of mathematics and science teachers will also be heard.

The Women and Children’s Committee will consider a four-bill package (A-2647-2648-2649-2650) to confront gender wage inequity in New Jersey.

The State Government Committee will review legislation to put an end to large sick leave cash payments for public workers and eliminate any post-retirement sick leave benefit for non-unionized public workers in the future.

The Labor Committee will review bill (A-2402) to provide bonus awards to businesses who hire employees who have been unemployed for more than 13 weeks.

The Judiciary Committee will consider bill (A-763) to help fund Legal Services of New Jersey, which has lost funding under state budget cuts. The panel will also review bill (A-2139) named after injured Mercer County teen-ager Jessica Rogers that would upgrade assault by auto penalties for situations involving road rage.

A bill (A-2184) to increase for the first time in decades the allowance paid to veterans with wartime service-connected disabilities will also be reviewed.

The Education Committee

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