**PREVIEW** – Senate Labor Committee To Hold Thursday Hearing On Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

TRENTON – The Senate Labor Committee will meet tomorrow to hear testimony from the public on the fiscal condition of the State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund.

“The goal of this hearing is to talk to residents who are relying on Unemployment Insurance, and get a first-hand account of whether or not the benefits they receive are really meeting their needs,” said Senator Fred H. Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester, who chairs the Labor panel. “The reality is that everyone is having to cut back, but we want to make sure that the benefits the State provides for its unemployed are doing an effective job of helping people to care for their families.”

The hearing will also focus on the effectiveness of the UI program in mitigating reducing the hardships from layoffs, outlining the current and future federal programs designed to help New Jersey’s unemployed, possible UI benefit extensions, supplements and health insurance premium assistance.

Other Senate committees will also meet to discuss a number of bills including:

• SR-47 (Sacco/Cunningham): Urges Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to formulate engineering and funding solution to impasse at Bayonne Bridge, which is too low to accommodate certain ships.

• S-1745 (Whelan/Kean): Prohibits misleading use of senior-specific certifications or professional designations in connection with sales of securities.

• S-947 (Vitale/Oroho): Concerns eligibility for Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief fund assistance when more than one child in family has catastrophic illness.

• S-251 (Van Drew/Connors): Allows counties to establish emergency management registry for individuals with special needs.

• S-499 (Girgenti/Sacco): Requires adult corrections officers in in-State facilities to complete in-service training program.