Legislative Roundup: July 31 Assembly Session

The State Assembly also approved Back Pay Bill Awaits Action by Governor Christie

The State Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill requiring back pay for state workers locked out during the state shutdown. The bill was approved 67-0. 13 Assembly members were absent. The Assembly votes followed a vote by the State Assembly who overwhelmingly approved the back pay bill 42-0 on July 13. The bill now heads to Governor Christie’s desk to sign into law.

“We applaud Speaker Vincent Prieto and all those legislators who voted to pass a clean budget. We thank them for doing their job by standing up for the integrity of the New Jersey State budget, as well as the process. We also thank the legislative leaders – from both houses – for making sure our members, who were locked out during the shutdown, are paid.” – Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ State Director.

Assembly Pass Resolutions Opposing Christie’s OIT Reorganization, Mental Health Services Move

The State Assembly passed a resolution (AR381) 42-24 in opposition of Christie’s executive order ordering the dismemberment of application development at the Office of Information Technology.

Christie’s order impacts roughly 180 application developers at OIT, members of CWA Local 1032, to other state agencies effective July 22. CWA has challenged Christie in a lawsuit. On July 20, an appeals judge granted an accelerated appeal hearing on the issue of rescinding the order scheduled for September 11.

 Assemblymembers also voted 42-24 to block Christie’s proposed transfer the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health.