Assembly Homeland Security Committee to Meet on Monday— Voting on Bipartisan- Sponsored Bills Protecting Schools, Workers & Businesses Stemming from Concerns Raised by Coronavirus Pandemic

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Assembly Homeland Security Committee to Meet on Monday— Voting on Bipartisan- Sponsored Bills Protecting Schools, Workers & Businesses Stemming from Concerns Raised by Coronavirus Pandemic

The General Assembly to Convene in Afternoon Session to Pass These Specific Bills & Send to Senate

**Residents, Stakeholders & Other Interested Parties Planning to Attend the Voting Session are Urged to Follow CDC Guidelines; Can Also Listen Or View Proceedings At Https://Www.Njleg.State.Nj.Us/.**


(TRENTON) – In a special session to address concerns that have been raised by the increased cases of COVID-19, the Assembly Homeland Security Committee will review a bipartisan-supported legislative bill package aimed at addressing residents’ school, work and business concerns surrounding coronavirus testing and potential quarantines.

The committee is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room 11 located on the 4th floor of the State House Annex in Trenton. The full agenda can be found here.
Voting Session will begin at 2 p.m. Video and audio live stream is available: .

Residents have another option to view and listen to the hearing and voting session remotely at

Residents planning to attend the voting session are urged to follow CDC guidelines. Those with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions or otherwise are considered to be in a vulnerable population are urged to listen and view the proceedings remotely.

The committee and the full Assembly will consider the following bills:




(pending referral)

Provides county clerks with additional week to mail ballots for 2020 primary election.



(pending intro and referral)

Permits use of virtual or remote instruction to meet minimum 180-day school year requirement under certain circumstances.


(pending intro and referral)

Makes supplemental appropriation of $20 million from General Fund to DOE to support school facility cleaning and sanitization.


(pending intro and referral)

Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers to students eligible for free and reduced price school meals during school closures due to COVID-19 epidemic.

Pintor Marin/Bramnick

(pending intro and referral)

Extends time to file gross income tax or corporation business tax return by one month.


(pending intro and referral)

Establishes Bridging the Digital Divide in Schools Grant Program in DOE to provide and expand access to technology and equipment for students in certain school districts.


(pending intro and referral)

Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019, and for telemedicine during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.


(pending intro and referral)

Concerns business interruption insurance during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency.



(pending intro and referral)

Expands EDA small business loan program to include small businesses negatively affected by certain epidemics; makes $25 million appropriation to EDA.


(pending intro and referral)

Creates “Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program” to allow persons to claim for lost wages due to coronavirus disease 2019.


(pending intro and referral)

Provides paid leave without utilizing accumulated leave for local government employees under certain circumstances.


(pending intro and referral)

Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease.


(pending intro and referral)

Permits public agency to respond to request for government record within 21 calendar days during period of emergency or other exigency.


(pending intro and referral)

Allows local government agencies to meet electronically during declared Public Health Emergency or State of Emergency.


(pending intro and referral)

Extends deadlines for adoption of county and municipal budgets under certain circumstances.


(pending intro and referral)

Establishes “COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution Fund”; appropriates $10,000,000.


(pending intro and referral)

Authorizes licensed health care facilities and laboratories to develop and administer coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests; allows waiver of staffing ratio requirements.




(pending intro and referral)

Requires food access information be displayed on websites of 2-1-1 system and executive branch departments during public health emergencies.


(pending intro and referral)

Makes FY2020 supplemental appropriation of $10 million for residential facility sanitation due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.


(pending intro and referral)

Makes FY2020 supplemental appropriation of $5 million to Community Food Bank of New Jersey to provide meals for children who are out of school and received subsidized lunches.


(pending intro and referral)

Requires Commissioner of Human Services to issue supplemental cash assistance payments to recipients of certain public assistance programs under certain circumstances; makes appropriation.


(pending intro and referral)

Concerns prohibition of residential tenant eviction and eviction due to residential foreclosure during certain emergency circumstances.


(pending intro and referral)

Facilitates use of telemedicine and telehealth to respond to public health emergencies.


(pending intro and referral)


Urges DHS to apply for federal waivers to facilitate and increase access to SNAP benefits during coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.


(pending intro and referral)

Urges FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19.



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