Preview – Senate Committees To Consider Public Wi-Fi, Spam Message Prevention On Monday

TRENTON – Six Senate Committees will hold meetings on Monday as they consider a full slate of bills including a measure that would authorize counties to develop broadband networks to provide wireless internet access as well as legislation to require the mandatory audit of election results in randomly selected districts.

In the Senate Economic Growth Committee, legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph V. Doria, Stephen M. Sweeney and Shirley K. Turner will be discussed that would permit counties to use existing utility authorities to develop broadband wireless networks. Subscribers to these networks would be able to access the internet from multiple places within a given county without having to subscribe to multiple carriers. The Committee will meet at10 a.m. in Committee Room 1 of the State House Annex.

At 1:00 p.m., the Senate Commerce Committee will meet in Committee Room 1, where they will consider a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Joseph Coniglio aimed at curbing the amount of spam messages sent to New Jersey residents via e-mail and text messaging.

In Committee Room 4 at 1:00 p.m., the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will take a break from its hearings on the FY08 Budget to consider seven bills. Among those bills are two aimed at promoting renewable energy and green building standards.

Senators Sweeney, John H. Adler and Bob Smith are sponsoring legislation that would exempt renewable energy systems like solar panels from being included in the property values used to determine property taxes. A measure sponsored by Senators Fred Madden and Loretta Weinberg would require State buildings to be designed and managed to meet high performance green building standards.

Also scheduled on Monday is a brief voting session of the full Senate to consider several of Governor’s Corzine’s nominations, as well as meetings of the Senate Environment Committee and Senate State Government Committee at 10:00 a.m. and the Senate Transportation Committee at 1:00 p.m.