Several education-related bills were passed by both houses of the state Legislature before the lawmakers recessed for the summer.
The following NJSBA-supported bills now await the governor’s signature:
The governor typically has 45 days to sign bills passed by the Legislature. However, the deadline may be extended until a date after the Senate and Assembly reconvene, which is not expected until after Labor Day.
- School construction: A-4336 would reform the state’s school construction program and create the New Jersey Schools Development Authority to oversee school building projects.
- Eye exams: A-3817 would establish a pilot program to conduct comprehensive eye examinations for second graders.
- Autism: Bills call for the Commissioner of Education to recommend teacher training instruction on autism awareness and other disabilities (A-4055), the Department of Health and Senior Services to create guidelines for evaluating and referring autism cases (A-4056), and the creation of the New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force (A-4057).
- Gangs: A-1973 would require the Attorney General to provide gang-education seminars for school administrators.
- Bullying: S-993 would add “electronic communications” to the definition of public school harassment, intimidation and bullying.
- HPV infection: S-2286 would require the distribution of information about human papillomavirus to parents of children in seventh to 12th grade.
- Infant protection: A-277 would require distribution of pamphlets and other materials to inform certain students of New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.
- Job skills: A-2986 would create a pilot program to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth to acquire job skills with public and nonprofit employers.