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1-21-14 Today - Governor signs lame duck school-related bills into law, vetoes others
See attached list (as organized by GSCS)


January 21, 2014: Governor Chris Christie today took action on the following legislation from the 215th Legislative Session:


BILLS SIGNED /related to schools (may not be complete):

            S-1127/A-3791 (Greenstein, Whelan/Diegnan, Eustace, Wimberly) - Permits a board of education to adopt a salary policy of up to five years

            S-2367/A-4415 (Codey, Beach/Eustace, Jasey, Caride, Wimberly) - "Sudden Cardiac  Arrest Prevention Act"; provides student-athletes, parents, and coaches with information on sudden cardiac arrest and establishes protocol concerning removal-from-play for athletes exhibiting symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest

            S-2442/A-3605 (Van Drew, Ruiz, Allen/Albano, Dancer, Diegnan, Jasey, Andrzejczak) - Requires certain public school students to be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities

            A-735/S-1438 (Eustace/Ruiz, Allen) - Permits a child who moves out of a school district due to a family crisis to remain enrolled in that district until the end of the school year

            A-3019/S-2561 (Wilson, Lampitt, Caride/Ruiz, Cunningham) - Authorizes public schools to serve to students certain produce grown in community garden

            A-3270wGR/S-2413 (Riley, Mainor, Giblin/Beach, Ruiz) - Requires Commissioners of Education and Labor and Workforce Development to study and report on departments' efforts in providing students with information on employment in high-demand industries

            A-3292/S-2886 (Fuentes, Diegnan, Vainieri Huttle, Conaway, Moriarty/Beach, Ruiz) - Requires school districts to provide instruction on responsible use of social media for middle school students as part of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Technology

            A-3398/S-3089 (Vainieri Huttle, Handlin, Schaer, Wimberly, Webber/Gordon) - Allows nonpublic schools to participate in joint purchasing agreements entered into by two or more school districts

            A-4072/S-3078 (Sumter, Tucker, Andrzejczak, Jimenez/Beach) - Establishes pilot program in DOE to recruit, select, and train veterans for school security positions in schools districts

            A-4300/S-2877 (Diegnan, Singleton, Sumter/Ruiz, Van Drew) - Extends the timeline for performing certain budget-related tasks in school districts that have moved the annual school election to November

            AJR-95/SJR-69 (Albano, Andrzejczak, Vainieri Huttle, Giblin, Munoz/Van Drew, Stack) -Designates January 21 of each year as "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Day"



            S-64/A-2574 (Codey, Oroho/Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Jasey, Wimberly, Eustace) - Establishes measures to deter steroid use among students

            S-134/A-2527 (Rice, Turner/Caputo, Giblin, Tucker, Watson Coleman, Wimberly) -Establishes the Office of Dropout Prevention and Reengagement of Out-of-School Youth in DOE, and the Student Dropout Prevention Task Force

            A-1588/S-2081 (Benson, Riley, Ramos/Singer, Greenstein) - Requires DCA to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities, certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers

            A-3559/S-2418 (Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Wimberly/Greenstein) - Requires training program for school bus drivers and aides on interacting with students with special needs

            A-3686/S-2527 (Stender, Benson, Coughlin, Chivukula, Jimenez/Scutari, Lesniak) - Permits two or more candidates for school board member to circulate petitions jointly and be bracketed together on ballot for same term

            A-3691/S-3098 (Caputo, Diegnan, Ramos, Spencer, Tucker, Quijano, Vainieri Huttle/Rice, Ruiz) - Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement

            A-3783/S-3086 (Stender, Diegnan, Eustace/Sarlo, Oroho) - Concerns disclosure and reimbursement procedures of board of education and municipal employee health care benefit contract


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