A3242 May Not Be Dead Yet

By Art Gallagher

Assembly bill A3242, the one that would allow school districts to ask, without your informed consent, your sons and daughters if they have ever had oral sex and how much money you earn, may not be dead yet.

The bill was pulled from the Assembly Education Committee’s calendar yesterday due to the overwhelming response in opposition to the bill from MMM and RightDirection readers.  That should have killed the bill until at least the fall when the legislature returns from its summer recess.

However, our spies deep within the Democratic Assembly Caucus tell us that the bill’s remaining sponsors are prevailing upon Speaker Shelia Oliver to post the bill for a vote before the full Assembly next Thursday, bypassing committee hearings.

Sneaky sneaky sneaky.  Good thing we have spies.

The Assembly does have a voting session next Thursday, the 23rd, but none of the bills to be voted on have been posted yet.

MMM will be monitoring the board.  Be ready to make phone calls and send emails.  Even if A3242 is not posted, it is likely that there will be at least one bill (A3839 — end of life counseling AKA death panels) that will need opposition.

Posted: June 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “A3242 May Not Be Dead Yet”

  1. Corey Vaughan said at 12:15 pm on June 17th, 2011:

    The vigilance necessary when dealing with the likes of these people is unbelievable. I am astounded at their arrogance which is only dwarfed by their beholding to special interests. Never have I witnessed a party who will bypass every normal legislative process and do what they feel is necessary to pay back their large donors. If they weren’t politicians they would have RICO charges brought against them.

  2. Pat said at 12:40 pm on June 17th, 2011:

    Jennifer Beck and Amy Handlin both voted in favor of these death panels. Mary Pat Angelini took the cowardly way out. She declined to vote on the bill.


  3. Carolee said at 3:51 pm on June 17th, 2011:

    Note that A3242 may become more commonly known by its Senate Bill Number: S1696. Don’t let that confuse you. If you lose track of the numbers, refer to it simply as the Student Survey Bill. Please thank Asw. Angelini ([email protected]) for withdrawing her sponsorship and encourage her to vote NO when/if it comes before the Assembly. Keep calling Gov. Christie (609.292.6000) to ask him to veto this Student Survey Bill if it passes the Assembly. Reasons why: dishonors parental rights; it’s an invasion of student privacy; it will cost taxpayers – and possibly in added lawsuits; how will this help academics when the state educational system is already experiencing such unrest; the old bill was a good bill. Why fix what ain’t broke?!

    Further, consider this Bill is being pushed by a powerful, influential lobby that wants more taxpayer funded “health” programs in schools. Think recent legislation about bullying for a clue…

    These Surveys are a sneaky means for schools to get at the pot of gold in the taxpayer funded CDC to create more “health” programs. (Try and track the spending, though!) However, the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Act should still be honored. I don’t believe this new NJ bill meets that.

  4. Carolee said at 3:58 pm on June 17th, 2011:

    Re: Establishes NJ Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care in DHSS – A.3839 and S.2199

    All of us should thank Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) for voting NO on this bill and, also, the one about Student Surveys. He may be the only State Senator to vote NO on both Senate Bills! He has also promised to speak to Gov. Christie about the Student Survey Bill since he was actively involved in our original Bill in 1999-2001. His e-mail: [email protected]

  5. Carolee said at 7:00 pm on June 17th, 2011:

    I’ve been told none are on the Assembly Board List yet for a vote. However, I’ve also been guided that that could change the calendar day before the Assembly votes. Further, Bill numbers have been known to change, and/or Speaker Oliver could force it during quorum on Monday – even without another Education Committee meeting. Such despicable maneuvers would add weight for Governor Christie to veto.

  6. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Student Survey Bill Watch said at 9:32 am on June 20th, 2011:

    […] Education Committee pulled the bill from its scheduled hearing calendar last Thursday.   MMM received a tip that proponents of the bill are working to circumvent the normal legislative process by persuading […]