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Public Hearing Transcripts 2015


The 2015 New Jersey Legislature Transcribed Public Hearings and Meetings are available in
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Please note: You are advised to use the latest version of the Acrobat Reader
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Senate and Assembly Committees:
Senate Commerce Committee Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Senate Education Committee Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Senate Environment and Energy Committee Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Assembly Judiciary Committee
Senate Labor Committee Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee
Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Senate Legislative Oversight Committee  
 

JOINT COMMITTEES, TASK FORCES and Councils:

Joint Committee on the Public Schools
Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Employment Opportunities
1st Legislative District Economic Development Task Force
 
LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONS:
The College Affordability Study Commission
New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning
State House Commission
Joint State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee


SENATE COMMERCE



SENATE EDUCATION


  • Committee Meeting of SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will receive testimony from invited guests on the benefits of preschool and other high-quality early education programs”
    September 21, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix


SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony from invited guests and the public on electronic waste recycling. Also, a draft bill allocating funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation will be distributed and committee members will have a policy discussion on that issue” The following bill will be considered: Senate Bill 2424
    February 9, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE
    Senate Concurrent Resolution 163 “Amends Constitution to dedicate all State moneys received from settlements and awards in cases of environmental contamination for certain environmental purposes
    June 22, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony from the public on potential revisions to the Electronic Waste Management Act”
    Senate Bill No. 2973 Revises electronic waste recycling laws
    July 20, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE and ASSEMBLY ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE “The committees will meet to hear testimony on the cleanup of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge after Superstorm Sandy.  The committees will also hear testimony on the need for soil restoration standards”
    August 10 , 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE
    The following bill will be considered: SCR180Determines the Department’s proposal to revise Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, Coastal Zone Management Rules,and Stormwater Management Rules is inconsistent with legislative intent. The Committee will also hear testimony on possible revenue-generating activities at Liberty State Park”

    October 19, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony on the proposed faculty housing development project by the Institute for Advanced Study on land adjacent to Princeton Battlefield State Park" The following bill will be considered:
    Assembly Bill 2687 (ACS)

    December 21, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

SENATE HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS


SENATE LABOR


  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE
    The following Concurrent Resolution will be considered:Senate Concurrent Resolution 185 (SCS)
    “Proposes constitutional amendment to authorize Legislature to permit, by law, establishment and operation of casinos in certain counties”
    December 21 , 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY


  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
    Senate Bill No. 2588
    "Restricts use of isolated confinement in correctional facilities"
    February 12, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
    Senate Bill No. 2003
    "Makes certain reforms to juvenile justice system"
    Senate Bill No. 2718 "Requires Attorney General to appoint special prosecutor when criminal complaint is filed against law enforcement officer"
    March 12, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony from invited guests on the need for the Department of Environmental Protection to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan"
    April 22, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    The Committee will hear testimony from invited guests on the State pension system’s increasing reliance on alternative investments and the level of management fees paid out to hedge funds"
    June 4, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony from invited guests on the Department of Human Services’ Home and Community Based Statewide Services Transition Plan and the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ (DDD) shift to a fee-for-services provider-reimbursement system. The Committee will reconvene at 1:00 PM to hear testimony from invited guests regarding DDD’s Return Home New Jersey policy”
    June 10, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    The Committee will hear testimony from transportation officials and experts on New Jersey Transit and Amtrak budgetary and operating issues, the Gateway Tunnel project, and New Jersey’s long-term transportation capital funding needs”
    August 10, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony on proposed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
     reform legislation and on priorities for inclusion in the Port Authority’s revision of its 10-year capital plan”

    September 10, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony on the merits of proposed Port Authority reform legislation and on priorities for inclusion in the Port Authority’s revision of its 10-year capital plan”
    September 24, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will hear testimony on proposed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reform legislation, and on priorities for inclusion in the Port Authority’s revision of its 10-year capital plan”
    October 20, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will meet to continue its hearings on proposed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reform legislation and the Port Authority’s revision of its 10-year capital plan”
    “The Committee will hear testimony from John Degnan, Chairman of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, and Elizabeth McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer of the Port Authority”

    October 28, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of SENATE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will take testimony on the State contract awarded to Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group, LLC, to manage the sales and marketing operations for growth of the State Lottery, on the shortfall in projected Lottery revenues and net income targets, and on the contractor’s performance in New Jersey and other states.The hearing also will focus on the broader issues of how the State oversees and monitors major private vendor contracts”
  • November 24 , 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

ASSEMBLY ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE


  • Committee Meeting of SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE and ASSEMBLY ENVIRONMENT AND SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE “The committees will meet to hear testimony on the cleanup of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge after Superstorm Sandy.  The committees will also hear testimony on the need for soil restoration standards”
    August 10 , 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

ASSEMBLY HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES


  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY HEATH AND SENIOR SERVICES and ASSEMBLY REGULATORY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES
    “The Committees will meet jointly to receive testimony concerning the impact of tiered health insurance networks”
    December 2, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

ASSEMBLY HOMELAND SECURITY AND STATE PREPAREDNESS


  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY HOMELAND SECURITY AND STATE PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE
    The following bill will be considered: ASSEMBLY BILL No. 4425 “Establishes driver’s license for residents who cannot prove lawful presence in US”
    November 16 , 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY


  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will receive testimony from invited guests on the proposed $225 million settlement agreement between the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Exxon Mobil Corporation for the environmental damage caused by Exxon’s refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden”
    Assembly Bill 4307 "Increases required public notice from 30 days to 60 days for settlements entered into by DEP pursuant to Spill Compensation and Control Act"
    Assembly Bill 4281 "Amends Fiscal Year 2015 budget to provide one-half of certain environmental damage amounts recovered are appropriated for costs of remediation, restoration, and clean up"
    March 19, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will receive testimony from invited experts to discuss the Assembly’s pending public comment on the State’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil”
    May 07, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
    “The Committee will receive testimony from members of the public on the proposed $225 million settlement agreement between the Attorney General and ExxonMobil for the environmental damage caused by Exxon’s refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden” The following resolution will be discussed:
    Assembly Resolution No. 242
    June 03, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

ASSEMBLY REGULATORY OVERSIGHT


  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY REGULATORY OVERSIGHT and ASSEMBLY HEATH AND SENIOR SERVICES COMMITTEES
    “The Committees will meet jointly to receive testimony concerning the impact of tiered health insurance networks”
    December 2, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION AND INDEPENDENT AUTHORITIES


  • Committee Meeting of ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION AND INDEPENDENT AUTHORITIES COMMITTEE
    “The Committee has invited the Acting Commissioner of Transportation and other guests to testify concerning the repair and rehabilitation of the Pulaski Skyway, including the impacts of ongoing construction and any delays in construction.  The committee will also take testimony from members of the public wishing to testify on the issue” The following bill will be considered:
    Assembly Bill No. 4719
    December 14, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

 

JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS


  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    "Cami Anderson, State District Superintendent of Newark Public Schools has been invited to speak on the topic of her One Newark Plan and also the sale of the 18th Avenue School"
    January 6, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    "Invited guests will have the opportunity to speak on the topic of the One Newark Plan and other issues involving the Newark Public Schools"
    March 10, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS INNOVATIVE PRACTICES SUBCOMMITTEE
    "Invited guests have been asked to speak on the topic of charter schools and the methods in which they currently report their data.  The Subcommittee will begin a discussion of the potential inclusion of charter schools complying to QSAC regulations for methods of reporting data"
    July 20, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    "The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) has been invited to present their NJ Vision 2020"
    September 16, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    "Invited guests will speak on the topic of mental health in public schools and early intervention"
    September 30, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    “The Committee will be receiving a presentation of the 2015-2016 school budgets of the four State Takeover Districts (Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Camden), with specific focus on deficits and shortfalls, and how those deficits and shortfalls will be addressed. The Committee will hear from the districts on how they are progressing toward regaining local control, and how meeting the QSAC requirements to facilitate return to local control will be impacted by these budget deficits and shortfalls”
    December 15, 2015

    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY


  • Committee Meeting of JOINT COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
    “The Committee will continue to hear testimony regarding the implementation of P.L. 2009, c.313 (C.52:38-7) and other laws and policies designed to foster opportunities for women and minority group members to advance in the construction industry”
    May 14, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

1ST LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE


  • Meeting of 1ST LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
    January 30, 2015
    “The Task Force will take testimony from executives of institutions of higher education about the role and impact their institutions and higher education in general have on the economy of the First Legislative District”
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing
  • Meeting of 1ST LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
    August 27, 2015
    The Task Force will take testimony from invited guests concerning the state of the aquaculture industry in the region”
     Full text of transcribed hearing: hearing
    appendix

 

THE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY STUDY COMMISSION


  • Public Hearing before THE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY STUDY COMMISSION
    “The Commission will hold three public hearings at which students, parents, and other members of the public are invited to provide their thoughts and recommendations on increasing the affordability of higher education in New Jersey”
    September 16, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Public Hearing before THE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY STUDY COMMISSION
    “The Commission will hold three public hearings at which students, parents, and other members of the public are invited to provide their thoughts and recommendations on increasing the affordability of higher education in New Jersey”
    November 18, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix

 

NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PLANNING


  • Commission Meeting of NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PLANNING
    February 13, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing appendix
  • Commission Meeting of NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PLANNING
    October 30, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing
  • Commission Meeting of NEW JERSEY COMMISSION ON CAPITAL BUDGETING AND PLANNING
    November 20, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing
STATE HOUSE COMMISSION
  • Committee Meeting of STATE HOUSE COMMISSION
    March 16, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing: agenda hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of STATE HOUSE COMMISSION
    June 25, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing: agenda hearing appendix
  • Committee Meeting of STATE HOUSE COMMISSION
    October 26, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing: agenda hearing appendix

JOINT STATE LEASING AND SPACE UTILIZATION COMMITTEE
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT STATE LEASING AND SPACE UTILIZATION COMMITTEE
    June 25, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing
  • Committee Meeting of JOINT STATE LEASING AND SPACE UTILIZATION COMMITTEE
    December 10, 2015
    Full text of transcribed hearing:  hearing





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