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"It Takes a Village"-- McKnight Bill Establishing K-3, School-based Mentoring Program Introduced in Assembly

3-Year Pilot to be Modeled after Rochester Resilience Project, Geared Towards
At-risk Students and Schools in Crisis Zones


Recognizing the importance of community and collaboration inspired by the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight has introduced legislation to establish a three-year pilot mentoring program. Modeled after the successful Rochester Resilience Project, the program would provide school-based mentoring to K-3 students at risk for mental health disorders and substance abuse.

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Speaker Coughlin Introduces Anti-Hunger Bill Package

Speaker Craig Coughlin today announced the introduction of an anti-hunger bill package which addresses food insecurity and tackles the issue of hunger in New Jersey. The bills specifically address the reduction of food waste and food deserts, helping farmers, the provision of resources and information to the general public and food insecurity among students enrolled in public institutions.

“Too many residents in the state of New Jersey go to bed without a meal every night – 1 out of every eight residents to be exact,” said Speaker Coughlin. “No family should have to choose between paying their bills and eating a nutritious meal. The bills introduced will help steer us in the direction of reducing food waste, donating food to markets in need and combating food insecurity.”

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NJ Legislative Select Oversight Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

TRENTON - Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the co-chairs of the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee, released the following statements today at the conclusion of the committee's organizational meeting:

"It is the mission of our committee to examine all aspects of the screening of prospective employees in state government and continued employment in the public sector of persons with questionable backgrounds, or pending allegations, including allegations or claims of sexual offenses," said Assemblywoman Pintor Marin. "After public hearings where we will take testimony, our joint committee will make recommendations to create improvements in screening and hiring practices. We intend to conduct our hearings professionally, fairly and as promptly as possible and deliver a report in an expeditious fashion."

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Speaker Coughlin on the Passing of Veronica McGreevey

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Thursday on the passing of Veronica McGreevey, mother of former Governor Jim McGreevey:

“My wife Tish and I send our most heartfelt condolences to former Governor Jim McGreevey and the McGreevey family on the passing of his mother Veronica “Ronnie” McGreevey.

"Ronnie was a loving caregiver for her family and for the many lives she touched throughout the years.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”
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Speaker Coughlin Thanks Voters for Supporting the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Wednesday on the approval of the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act:

“I thank the voters for approving the proposed bond measure which will help protect our school children from unforeseen threats and will ensure safety and quality drinking water.

“The Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act invests in our children’s safety and future by funding county vocational technical school expansions and community colleges, enhancing k-12 school security and improving water infrastructure. New Jersey is a national education leader and improvements in New Jersey schools will help equip future generations with the skills necessary to develop the state’s future workforce.”


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Freiman Introduces Bill to Streamline Construction Permit Applications and Approvals

New System Would Simplify Process for Contractors and Homeowners

To simplify and streamline a process that is often time consuming, complicated and tedious, Assemblyman Roy Freiman has introduced legislation that would create an online application for the building permit process and centralize the process under the Department of Community Affairs.

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Mukherji, Benson Bill to Create "Humane State" License Plates Signed Into Law

(TRENTON) - Through a continuing commitment to strengthen animal welfare laws, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji and Daniel Benson to create special "Humane State" license plates was recently signed into law by Governor Murphy.

"Animal cruelty is unconscionable and has no place in New Jersey," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "By creating Humane State license plates, we are able to provide sorely needed funding for the shelter and care of animals. This measure acknowledges the importance of creating awareness and funding this cause."

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New Jersey & New York Elected Officials, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Interfaith Ministers Stand Together Against Hatred Following Pittsburgh Shooting

Elected officials introduce new legislation to protect houses of worship

(Trenton) - New Jersey Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, New York Assemblyman Walter Mosley, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and interfaith ministers, joined by elected officials, stood together to denounce the hateful acts of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh that targeted the Jewish community over the weekend.
Assemblyman Mosley and Assemblyman Johnson also announced the introduction of legislation in their respective states to strengthen penalties against those who attack houses of worship.

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Lopez, Benson and Egan Jones Bill Establishing NJT Office of Real Estate Economic Development Now Law

(TRENTON) - Discovering ways to improve and expand New Jersey Transit, legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Yvonne Lopez, Daniel Benson and Patricia Egan Jones requiring the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT) to establish an office of real estate economic development and transit-oriented development was signed into law Thursday.

"NJ Transit is the second largest landholder in the state, and there has never been a listing of all their properties," said Lopez (D-Middlesex). "This will help us moving forward in determining how to allocate funding to ensure that there are no wasted dollars."
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In Tour of Bancroft in Mount Laurel, Assembly Democrats Learn How to Better Assist Special Needs Population and Caretakers

This past Friday, the Assembly Democrats, including Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey and several other members of the Committee had the incredible opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art Bancroft Campus in Mount Laurel to get a first-hand look at how the organization serves children and adults with disabilities in their residential and school programs.

Chairwoman Downey is committed to ensuring that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, especially those who struggle with severe and challenging behavior, receive the highest quality of services in this state. The tour ended with a roundtable for the legislators and Bancroft’s leading team to discuss the challenges faced by not just Bancroft, but other providers in the state such as challenges with supporting the Direct Support Professional workforce, safety and transparency in adult group homes, difficulty finding placements for young adults as they transition out of the Children’s System of Care, and the fee-for-service transition in the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

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Jasey & McKnight Bill to Ensure Schools Have Temperature-Controlled Classrooms to Maximize Student Learning Approved by Assembly

With winter quickly approaching, Assemblywomen Mila Jasey and Angela McKnight are sponsoring legislation to ensure schools have temperature-controlled classrooms that are conducive to learning. The bill was voted out of the Assembly Monday, 75-2.

Studies performed throughout the United States have yielded findings that maintaining a properly temperature controlled environment enhances attitude along with memory and cognitive abilities. This may be maintained not only through functional air conditioning and heating systems but other methods such as rearranging classrooms, planting trees near windows, scheduling, etc.

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Vainieri Huttle Measure Marking October of Each Year as "Disability Employment Awareness Month" in New Jersey Signed By Governor

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle issued the following statement Wednesday on the signing of her resolution annually acknowledging employees with disabilities throughout the state:

"By acknowledging the many contributions of our workers with disabilities, we encourage awareness of their abilities and work to end discrimination against their disability.

"We want every New Jersey workplace to be more inclusive of people with disabilities and provide a broad range of opportunities for residents to grow and earn a living enabling them to take care of themselves and their families."

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Assembly Passes Benson, Lopez Bill to Require Reimbursement to Residents for Water Testing & Water Filters

Helping customers who have to pay out-of-pocket for additional water testing and filters, legislation sponsored by Assembly members Daniel Benson and Yvonne Lopez requiring reimbursement of these costs to customers recently cleared the full Assembly, 76-0.

The bill (A-2420) requires the owner or operator of a public water system to reimburse a residential customer at the request of the municipality in which the customer resides, for the cost of testing at the residence by a laboratory certified by the Department of Environmental Protection. The customer also would be reimbursed for the cost of a filter certified for lead removal, including installation costs, for the home should the replacement of a lead service line result in the exceedance at the residence of a maximum contaminant level, or action level, as appropriate, of a federal or State drinking water standard.

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Quijano, Vainieri Huttle Bill Expanding Law to Help Non-profits Protect Against Terror & Cyber Attacks Passes Assembly

Amends "New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program"

The alarming increase in the numbers of reported incidents of hate, bigotry and faith-based violence prompted a bill -- sponsored by Assembly members Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle-- aiming to help non-profit organizations protect themselves against acts of terror, threats and attacks.
The measure (A-3906) was recently approved, 78-0, by the full Assembly.

"The Mosque attack in New York last year led to threats for many Islamic worship centers across the country and here in New Jersey. The same has happened for synagogues and Jewish community centers after the tragic shooting last weekend in Pittsburgh," said Quijano (D-Union), who is chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. "Non-profit organizations that support residents within our communities are at risk of becoming targets of hate and discrimination more and more these days.

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Benson, DeAngelo Bill to Name Mercer County Portion of I-195 after Senator Francis McManimon Clears Full Assembly

In honor of the work and public service of former state Senator Francis J. McManimon, the Assembly Monday approved a bill sponsored by Assembly members Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo to designate a portion of Interstate Highway 195 in Mercer County in his name.

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Moriarty, Schaer & Quijano Bill Banning Ghost Guns, 3-D Plastic Firearms Heads to Governor's Desk

If Enacted, New Jersey Would Have the Strongest Law in the Nation

No Ghost Guns. No 3-D Firearms. And no purchasing any component used in making either of these weapons. Legislation banning the manufacturing of any untraceable or covert firearm was approved 68-5-3 by the full Assembly and the Senate 31-0 Monday.

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Five School Bus Safety Bills Sponsored by Swain, Tully, Benson, Jones, Downey Gain Final Legislative Approval in the Assembly

Bill to Require Suspension of School Bus Driver Endorsements
for Six Points on License or Three or More Moving Violations in Three Yrs Approved By Assembly


(TRENTON) - Prompted by the deadly school bus accident on Interstate 80 in May, the full Assembly gave final legislative approval to five school bus safety bills sponsored by Assembly members Lisa Swain, Chris Tully, Daniel Benson, Patricia Egan Jones and Joann Downey. Each bill now heads to the Governor's office for further consideration.

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Schaer Statement on Assembly Approval of A-3443

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement Monday after the Assembly approved, 77-0, legislation allowing those with a barber's license in another state or country to provide barbering services in New Jersey while awaiting a license, under certain circumstances: For More             

Lopez & Quijano Proudly Celebrate Rich Hispanic Culture in New Jersey

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano sponsored a ceremonial resolution on Monday honoring Hispanic owned businesses for their contributions to the State’s economy and the communities in which they operate.

“Although Hispanic Heritage Month ended on October 15th, I found it important to recognize Hispanic business leaders whose success has made an indelible mark on the State of New Jersey,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “The common narrative shared amongst all of the honorees is one of struggle, hard work and perseverance -- all of which embody the Hispanic spirit and commitment to succeed despite any obstacle. It was my privilege to recognize today’s honorees for their outstanding achievements.”

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Assembly Panel Approved Kennedy & Benson Bill Protecting State, Local Agencies from Unwarranted Disruption of Utility Service

Bill Sponsored in Response to Incident at Union County Office
Whose Internet Service Was Mistakenly Disconnected


(TRENTON) - Requiring a 5-day utility shut-off notice to state and local agencies, a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Jim Kennedy and Daniel Benson recently advanced out of the Assembly Telecommunications Committee.

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Swain, Karabinchak and Timberlake Bill Banning Sale and Distribution of Products Containing Asbestos Clears Assembly

Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year. Assembly Members Lisa Swain, Robert Karabinchak and Britnee Timberlake, however, are taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through her bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which cleared the full Assembly Monday by a 77-0 vote.

“There is absolutely no reason why any New Jerseyans should be at risk of asbestos exposure,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “While the current Administration in Washington may be okay with rolling back environmental health standards that protect so many Americans, here in New Jersey we are not, and this bill ensures we will stay proactive in protecting our residents.”

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DeAngelo & Quijano Bill to Establish Licensure Procedures For Pool and Spa Service Contractors Clears Assembly

Creates 7-Member Advisory Committee to Ensure Health & Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one through four. Injuries for misuse of chemicals in pools lead to almost 5,000 annual emergency room visits.

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano to put in place safety procedures and guidelines for pool and spa contractors in New Jersey was approved by the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 61-13-2.

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Senate & Assembly Vote To Create Joint Committee on Oversight

Both houses of the Legislature voted on Monday to approve concurrent resolutions authorizing the creation of the "New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee" to examine public sector hiring practices and to review the procedures by government in response to allegations of sexual assault, abuse and harassment..

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Swain, Tully & Wimberly Bill Authorizing County-Municipality Shared Services Gains Assembly Approval

Promoting shared-service resources to maximize efficiency for municipalities’ construction projects, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lisa Swain, Chris Tully and Benjie Wimberly that creates a pilot program allowing counties to enter an agreement with municipalities for broader code enforcement responsibilities was approved by the full Assembly on Monday and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“The goal of this bill is to provide an additional opportunity for counties and municipalities to work together,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Allowing towns to enter into a cost-saving shared services program is beneficial to both counties and their municipalities by increasing access to resources which will enable projects to get done in a timely, efficient manner.”

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Jasey, Schaer, & Calabrese Bill to Establish Dual Enrollment Study Commission Approved by Assembly

In an effort to help high school students properly prepare for college, the Assembly passed legislation on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Gary Schaer and Clinton Calabrese that establishes the Dual Enrollment Study Commission. The measure now heads to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.

“By allowing students to enroll in college level classes during high school, they will be able to get an idea of what full-time higher education coursework is like,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “Adjusting to the college environment can be difficult, and a dual enrollment program will help to make the process much smoother.”

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Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill Establishing College Affordability “Three plus One” Program Heads to Governor’s Desk

Dedicated to making college more affordable in New Jersey, the Assembly approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angelica Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson establishing a “three plus one” degree program for a baccalaureate degree.

“The goal of this program is to ultimately lower tuition costs for college students,” said Jimenez (D-Bergen/Hudson). “By participating in this program, students would only be responsible for paying one year’s tuition at a senior institution, which is always more expensive than county college tuition rates, which would result in paying less than what they would if they were to spend all four years at a senior school.”

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Sumter, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Houghtaling & Wimberly Bill Requiring Companies that Offshore Jobs Out of State to Return State Aid Approved by Assembly

Encouraging the return of jobs to the state, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Dan Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Eric Houghtaling and Benjie Wimberly to require employers that offshore call center jobs overseas to forfeit any state aid or business incentives they may have received was approved by the full Assembly on Monday.

“Outsourcing jobs contributes to unemployment which hurts the economy,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “These incentives are meant to support businesses that are committed to the state. Moving jobs overseas threatens our economy. This bill helps protect our investment and economic vitality.”

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Assembly Approves “Nosey’s Law,” Mukherji, Zwicker & Holley Bill Provides Protections to Elephants and other Exotic Animals in NJ

New Jersey Would Be the First State to Ban Traveling Circuses

Concerned about the abuse of elephants and other exotic animals in circus acts, legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker and Jamel Holley prohibiting the use of these animals in traveling acts such as fairs, carnivals, circuses and flea markets in New Jersey advanced by the Assembly Monday by a 71-3 vote. New Jersey would be the first state to ban traveling circuses.

The bill (A-1923) is designated as “Nosey’s Law,” in honor of Nosey the elephant, who is forced to travel the country and give rides at events despite being virtually crippled by arthritis. The arthritis has likely caused unnecessary suffering and permanent disability for Nosey, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to take action to protect Nosey, and Nosey’s owners continue to use her in shows.

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Speaker Coughlin on 6th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on Monday regarding the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy:

“Six years ago today, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. I am thankful to those who lent a helping hand to rebuild our communities and support their neighbors. We stand with every family and victim as the process continues to strengthen and rebuild the neighborhoods and businesses affected by this tragic disaster. Climate change poses a fundamental threat to people’s livelihoods and we will fight for the protection of future generations to come.”

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Mazzeo & Armato Introduce Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Package

Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo and John Armato (D-Atlantic) released the following statement Monday on legislation to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy:

“Today, we remember the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting landfall in New Jersey.

“In the Assembly, we are focused on the work that we, as a state, still have left to do in order to get to a place of full recovery. That is why we have introduced a number of bills to continue to fight for our residents and business owners who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and communities.”


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Tucker Releases Statement Regarding Baby's Death Linked to Bacterial Infection at University Hospital

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) released the following statement Friday in response to a premature baby's death linked to a bacterial infection at University Hospital:

"I was extremely saddened to learn of this child's death due to a bacterial infection and offer my condolences to the family. I can't begin to imagine the pain and disappointment that they feel.

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Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Benson Bill Requiring Kennels and Veterinary Facilities to Provide Proper Supervision, Training and Record-Keeping Advanced by Assembly

Bill will be Designated as “Daisy’s Law”

To better protect the pets of New Jersey residents, Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Dan Benson have sponsored legislation requiring kennels and veterinary facilities to provide for the supervision of dogs, training of employees and maintenance of certain records. The bill was advanced by the full Assembly during the chamber’s Monday voting session 77-0.

“There is an element of trust that goes into leaving a pet, which many of us consider to be a part of the family, with strangers,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “While many kennels and veterinary clinics do try their best, and successfully care for the animals in their facilities, there is no harm in taking certain precautions to ensure that our pets can return home to us safely.”

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Pinkin, Giblin, Jasey Bill Allowing Pharmacy Interns, Externs to Administer Vaccines Clears Assembly

Would Require Supervision of Licensed Pharmacist

A bill designed to help ease healthcare delivery by allowing pharmacy interns and externs to administer vaccines and injectable medications while gaining, under supervision, critical hands-on training, was approved 77-1-0 by the full Assembly Monday.

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Murphy Resolution to Create Commission to Review Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders Clears Assembly

Recent US & NJ Supreme Court Rulings Have Raised Questions About Constitutionality of Life Sentences for Juveniles

Continuing in her efforts to reform New Jersey’s criminal justice system to make it fairer for all residents, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy has sponsored a resolution to create a commission to review life sentences for juvenile offenders given recent court rulings that have questioned the appropriateness of these sentences. The resolution was advanced by the Assembly Monday by a 75-0 vote.

“In certain circumstances, long-term sentences can be an appropriate response to serious, violent crimes committed by an adult. But there is legitimate concern about the fairness of life sentences for juvenile offenders,” said Murphy (D-Burlington). “Both the United States and New Jersey Supreme Courts have made recent rulings that bring into question the constitutionality of life sentences for juvenile offenders, and the appropriateness of lengthy sentences that don’t take into account factors like age and family life. We cannot ignore that.”

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Houghtaling, Andrzejczak and Taliaferro Bill to Publicize Information of Farm-to-Table Restaurants Advanced Through Senate, Now Heads to Governor

Seeking to bring awareness of the benefits of fresh, clean food, Assemblymen Eric Houghtaling, Bob Andrzejczak and Adam Taliaferro have sponsored legislation to publically promote farm-to-table restaurants on the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism website. The bill advanced through the Senate during the chamber’s voting session on Monday by a 40-0 vote.

“In the age of mass production and processed food, it is important to promote establishments that are providing New Jerseyans with the freshest, cleanest food,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “This will also encourage our citizens to shop and eat locally grown and produced food, which is good for our economy.”

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Vainieri Huttle, Jimenez, Moriarty "Bijou's Law" Bill Approved by Assembly

Also Known As "Pet Grooming Licensing Act," Would License Pet Groomers; Dog's Death Prompted Legislation

To prevent tragic loss such as Bijou's, a healthy Shih Tzu who died unexpectedly under the care of a pet groomer, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angelica Jimenez and Paul D. Moriarty sponsored a bill that would establish the "Pet Groomers Licensing Act," or "Bijou's Law" in honor of the puppy. The legislation was approved 68-5-2 Monday by the full Assembly.

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Speaker Coughlin on the Adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Statement from Speaker Coughlin on the Adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation:

“I am saddened by the deaths of the children who have passed away from the Adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and I send my deepest condolences to the family members of the children who have been lost. I am calling on the Wanaque Center to take immediate appropriate measures to address this tragic situation and to ensure that infection-control practices are strictly followed. I await the Department of Health’s report following its investigation and will consider the need to take any necessary action.”

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Monday Assembly Agenda: Final Legislative Passage of School Bus Safety Measures & Ghost Gun Ban Bill

Assembly to Vote on Resolution Forming the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee

Assembly Also to Vote on Daisy's Law, Nosey's Law & Bijou's Law;
NJ Call Center Jobs Act; Silver Alert System;
Job Security for Organ and Bone Marrow Donors Bill

(TRENTON)- Banning undetectable or "covert" firearms and acting on six bills bolstering regulations for school bus drivers, and the safety of New Jersey's student riders top Monday's voting session agenda.

The Assembly will also take a vote on the measure needed to form the Select Oversight Committee that will investigate the handling of the recent sexual assault allegations against a former high-ranking Administration official.

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Senate & Assembly To Act on Resolutions Authorizing Joint Committee on Oversight

Both houses of the Legislature on Monday will vote on concurrent resolutions authorizing the creation of the "New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Commitee" to examine public sector hiring practices and to review the procedures by government in response to allegations of sexual assault, abuse and harassment, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said today.

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Conaway on Children's Deaths from Adenovirus Outbreak at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., (D-Burlington), chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the deaths of children at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation due to an adenovirus outbreak.

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Mosquera on Children's Deaths from Adenovirus Outbreak at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the deaths of children at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation due to an adenovirus outbreak.

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Tucker, Speight and Timberlake Host 1st Annual Essex County Prenatal-3 Summit to Promote Awareness, Prevention

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver Gives Keynote Address

With the goal of promoting awareness and prevention, expanding knowledge, providing resources, and fostering lasting relationships that will benefit the health, education and overall well-being of the prenatal to age three population, Assemblywomen Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex), Shanique Speight (D-Essex) and Britnee N. Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic) hosted a free summit on Saturday, 10/20, at NJIT.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Establishing Fund to Assist Locked-Out Workers With Regard to Health Insurance Benefits Clears Assembly Panel

In an effort to assist people who are stripped of their health insurance because of a labor dispute, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are sponsoring legislation creating the Working Family Health Security Fund. The bill was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee Thursday.

“Health insurance is one of the most critical things an individual can possess,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “It is only fair to assist individuals who, to no fault of their own, are suddenly stripped of their ability to utilize their health insurance because of a labor dispute.”

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Schaer and Benson Bill to Expand Critical Mental Health Screening Services Advanced by Assembly Panel

Seeking to combat New Jersey’s mental health crisis, Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer and Dan Benson are sponsoring legislation to significantly improve New Jersey’s approach to mental health care by expanding services throughout the state. The bill was moved through the Assembly Human Services Committee Thursday.

“Early intervention programs are designed to do just that – intervene before a patient reaches a crisis point,” said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Therefore, these services are critical in preventing the recurrence of a crisis and reducing the overuse of hospital emergency departments. Expanding early intervention programs and increasing screening services prioritizes this important issue and will have a dramatic impact on behavioral health care in New Jersey.”

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Chairwoman Downey Statement on Deadly Viral Outbreak at NJ Healthcare Facility

Assembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) issued the following statement on the adenovirus outbreak which has taken the lives of seven children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell:

“I am at a loss for words for the tragedy still taking place in Passaic County…"

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Speaker Coughlin Announces Assembly Committee Members and Co-Counsel to the New Jersey Legislative Select Oversight Committee

Speaker Craig Coughlin today announced the members of the Assembly who will join the joint Select Oversight Committee in conjunction with the State Senate. Speaker Coughlin also announced Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. to serve as co-counsel to the committee.

“I thank the members of the Assembly on the oversight committee and Mr. Hayden for their service,” said Speaker Coughlin. “I am certain a fair and just process will transpire as we examine the issues related to hiring practices and systemic issues within current policies related to sexual assault and misconduct allegations.”

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Assembly Committee Approves Benson Bill to Name Portion of I-195 after Senator Francis McManimon

The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee recently approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson to designate a portion of Interstate Highway 195 in Mercer County as the "Francis J. McManimon Highway."

The bill (A-4299) would designate the portion of Interstate Highway Route 195, extending from milepost 0 to milepost 8.33 on the eastbound side and milepost 8.54 to milepost 0 on the westbound side as "Francis J. McManimon Highway" and erect appropriate signs bearing this designation and dedication.

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Armato, Mazzeo Bill Providing Necessary Support to Sober Living Home Environments for Residents in Recovery Approved by Assembly Panel

Protecting the homes providing sober living environments for those with substance use disorders operating in New Jersey, an Assembly panel recently legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato and Vince Mazzeo.

“In our district, we have a growing number of sober living homes that have been looking for the state to offer a certification program,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Sober living homes are vital to a large number of people in recovery and they must be regulated as such; not as boarding houses, which many of these types of homes are currently experiencing.”

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Mazzeo, Freiman Legislation Improving Voter Security Clears Committee

In an effort to secure elections and voting in New Jersey, three bills sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Assemblyman Roy Freiman were advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

“New Jersey is only one of a handful of states that uses voting machines and does not provide a paper record, which makes it difficult to detect hacking,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). Since it is evident in the current climate we live in that no federal action will be taken to protect our voters, we must take it upon ourselves to preserve democracy by ensuring safety for voters and allowing them to fairly have a say in their representatives.”

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Freiman to Showcase Art from Local Students, Announce New Art Scholarship

To recognize and celebrate the artwork of local students, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) will present a free art show featuring their work and introduce the new Roy Freiman Art Scholarship.

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Assembly Panel Approves Burzichelli, Mukherji Bill to Make First Major Changes to State's Liquor License Laws since Prohibition Era, Bill Expands Access & Spurs Economic Growth

Measure Creates Two New, Less Costly Licenses; Allows Municipalities to Create Ordinances

(TRENTON) - Municipalities would be able to expand access to liquor licenses and help local business meet today's marketplace needs with a bill proposed by Assembly members John Burzichelli and Raj Mukherji creating two new liquor licenses for small businesses. It was approved Monday by the Assembly Appropriations panel, 7-3-1.

"Liquor licenses in our state are among the most expensive and restrictive in the nation," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem). "New Jersey's lack of differentiation in how and to whom we provide a liquor license is hurting us. The current system is holding back small businesses or "mom and pop" restaurants who can't afford to pay up to $1 million for a liquor license. The ability to serve their customers a glass of wine with dinner would make a noticeable difference in their profits."

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McKeon, Pinkin Bill to Help Towns Deal with Stormwater Flooding & Pollution Advances in Assembly

With over 10 percent of New Jersey’s land area covered by water-resistant surfaces, the state is particularly prone to flooding problems and pollution. Aiming to help address excess rainwater, an Assembly panel Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly members John McKeon and Nancy Pinkin that would allow municipalities and counties to create stormwater utilities and management policies. “The lack of regulation and management of storm water has caused extensive problems for New Jersey,” said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). “Rainwater run-off carries with it debris, bacteria, and chemicals which can lead to pollution of our waters and drinking water sources. Without regulation, we will continue to see a rise in pollution, flooding and property damage. This bill enables towns and counties to take the next step in stemming the problems caused by stormwater.” For More             

Assembly Panel Considers Holley, Wimberly, Benson & Mukherji Bill to Help End Lead Paint Threat by Requiring Inspections During Home Sales & Rental Turnovers

Opening a dialogue with a goal of helping to end the lead paint threat in New Jersey homes, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee discussed legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Benjie Wimberly, Dan Benson and Raj Mukherji that would require lead paint inspections prior to home purchases and tenant turnover on Monday.

“This is one of the most crucial steps we can take to decisively put an end to the pervasive threat of lead in our home environments,” said Holley (D-Union). “By mandating inspections on all home sales or rental turnovers, we can systematically remove this threat once and for all.”

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Benson & Wimberly Bill to Establish Mold Exposure Limits in Schools & Residential Buildings Gains Committee Approval

Taking a significant step forward in tackling the issue of mold in New Jersey, an Assembly panel approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson and Benjie Wimberly that would require the state to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential and school buildings as well as certification of mold inspectors and abatement workers.

“Given the increased number of severe weather events in our state, now more than ever, we must ensure protection of public health and safety against mold in our homes and schools,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This legislation creates much-needed rules and regulations that currently don’t exist. We must ensure protection of overall public health and safety against mold.”

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Jasey, Holley & Mazzeo Bill to Ensure Continuation of Foreclosure Mediation Program to Combat NJ’s Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Gains Committee Approval

Working to reduce the staggering number of foreclosures in New Jersey and help homeowners keep their homes, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo that would codify the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program into law.

“Foreclosures not only affect homeowners, but neighborhoods and the state as a whole,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “For far too long, we have led the country in foreclosures. The mediation services provided by this program can help homeowners avoid foreclosure and reinvigorate our housing market by reducing our dismal foreclosure rates. It is essential that we keep these services going.”

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Lopez Statement on Autonomous Vehicle Technology Discussion

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement after Monday’s joint Assembly Transportation and Science, Innovation & Technology Committee’s discussion on autonomous vehicle technology:

Today, we have taken the initial steps into exploring the use of autonomous vehicle technology in New Jersey. This technology has the ability to enhance safety and improve our environment.

“As New Jersey’s air quality continues to be among the most polluted in the nation, due in part to vehicle emissions, it is incumbent upon us to explore any new technology that can offer better health outcomes and improved quality of life for residents throughout our state.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Package to Combat Ticks, Invasive Species Clears Assembly Panel

New Jersey is especially conducive to dangerous, disease-carrying ticks because of the state’s climate, woodlands and large agricultural sector. Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, however, have taken action to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases and invasive species as two of their bills to combat these threats cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Monday.

“New Jersey has the third most tick-borne disease cases in the entire United States, yet we have never taken any action to curb the spread of these diseases through controlling the tick population,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Diseases stemming from tick bites can be incredibly dangerous—and in rare cases, fatal—and we must put forth every effort to prevent the spread of these diseases in order to protect our residents.”

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Benson, Zwicker Statement on Joint Hearing Discussion on Self-Driving Vehicles

Studying Safety a Key Factor before Moving Forward

The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities and the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee met jointly Monday morning to receive testimony from invited guests concerning the development of autonomous vehicles and the regulation of autonomous vehicles operating in New Jersey. Chairmen Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) issued the following statements after the hearing:

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Speaker Coughlin Names Assembly Co-Chair of the Select Committee

Budget Chair Pintor Marin to Lead Assembly Faction of Panel

(TRENTON) - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced today that he has selected Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin as co-chair of the Select Committee. The panel is tasked with investigating the handling of the sexual assault allegations against a former high-level state official as well as conducting a review of the criminal justice system's procedures for responding to allegations of sexual assault, abuse and harassment. Speaker Coughlin released the following statement today:

"Assemblywoman Pintor Marin is a thoughtful and experienced member of our caucus and I have every confidence that she will help lead the upcoming hearings in a way that is both dignified and respectful of the sensitive nature of the issues that will be addressed. Early next week, I also plan to name the remaining assembly members to be appointed to the Select Committee and who will serve as counsel to the panel representing the General Assembly."

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*** MONDAY ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ***

Reinforcing School Bus Driver Protocols, Creating New, Less-Costly Liquor Licenses, Joint Assembly Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles, Working to Rid Mold Hazards from NJ Schools Highlight Monday Assembly Agendas

Also: Job Security for Organ and Bone Marrow Donors, Codifying Judiciary's Foreclosure Mediation Program

**Assembly Budget Committee Also Set to Advance Measures--Bijou's Law: Pet Grooming Licensing Act, Daisy's Law Concerning Kennels and Veterinary Facilities & Nosey's Law: Prohibiting Use of Certain Wild Animals in Traveling Animal Acts**

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Lampitt, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Bill Creating NJ Caregiver Task Force Continues to Advance in the Assembly

Panel to Offer Recommendations for Legislation, Ways to Improve Caregiver Support Services in the State

(TRENTON) – Ensuring that New Jersey is doing all it can to support caregivers who provide invaluable services to loved ones and friends, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that would create the “New Jersey Caregiver Task Force” was advanced by an Assembly panel Thursday.

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Legislation Improving Concussion Management Clears Committee

Raising awareness of the effects concussions can have - especially on student athletes, two measures sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin, Angelica Jimenez, and Benjie Wimberly were approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday.

“Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves.”

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Sumter, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Houghtaling & Wimberly Bill Requiring Companies that Offshore Jobs Out of State to Return State Aid Advanced by Assembly Panel

In an effort to bring jobs to New Jersey, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Dan Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Eric Houghtaling and Benjie Wimberly to require employers that offshore call center jobs overseas to return any state aid or business incentives they may have was approved Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee.

“Outsourcing jobs contributes to unemployment which hurts the economy,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “These incentives are meant to support businesses that are committed to the state. Moving jobs overseas threatens our economy. This bill helps protect our investment and economic vitality.”

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Assembly Democratic Bill Package Requiring Suspension for Moving Violations & Safety Education Training for School Bus Drivers, Aides Advances

Bill Sponsored by Assembly Members Tully, Swain, Benson, Jones & Downey

(TRENTON) - Continuing to strengthen protections for New Jersey student bus riders, an Assembly panel approved two measures Thursday mandating suspension of school bus drivers with multiple motor vehicle moving violations in a three-year period and creating a safety education program for bus drivers and aides.

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Lopez, Mukherji & McKnight Bill Amends Law to Upgrade Crimes Against an Armed Security Officer Clears Committee

Legislation Expands the “Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago’s Law”

(TRENTON) – Amending the law named after a Jersey City detective tragically killed in 2014, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Raj Mukherji and Angela McKnight increasing the penalties for the crimes of assaulting or disarming an armed security officer advanced in the Assembly Judiciary Committee Thursday.

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Burzichelli on Assembly Panel Approval of A-4392

Bill Concerns Funding for PATH Train Extension, Airport Improvements

Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"This legislation is about access and improving New Jersey's transportation infrastructure

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Mukherji & Chiaravalloti Bill to Criminalize Sexual Contact between Teachers & Students under 20 Years Old Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Expanding law to protect older students in cases of sexual assault, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to criminalize sexual contact between teachers and students who are under 20 years old was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

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Quijano & Benson Bill to Ensure First Responders Get Health Care for Work-related Injuries Clears Committee

In order to protect employees who are injured at work, the Assembly Labor Committee approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assemblyman Dan Benson to ensure public safety workers who suffer a disability or death due to their often extreme work requirements are covered by workers’ compensation.

“These workers are our first line of defense. Their jobs are not only stressful, they are dangerous,” said Quijano (Union). “This bill ensures that public safety workers are adequately covered if they suffer a debilitating illness or worse related to their duties at work.”

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*** THURSDAY ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ***
Elections Security, Strengthening School Bus Driver Protocols, Deaf Students Bill of Rights, Requiring Evaluation of Students w/ Concussions, Expanding Sexual Assault Law to Include Students Over 18

Also: "New Jersey Call Center Jobs Act," Bill Expanding Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago's Law to Include Armed Security Officers, and Discussion on Invasive Species-- the Lanternfly

Assembly Transportation Committee to Consider Legislation Designating a portion of Interstate Highway Route 195 in Mercer County as "Francis J. McManimon Highway"

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Tucker, Speight, Timberlake to Host 1st Annual Essex County Prenatal-3 Summit to Highlight Issues, Disparities Impacting Children

Acting Governor Sheila Oliver Will Give Keynote Address

In an effort to promote awareness and prevention, expand knowledge, provide resources, and forge lasting relationships that will benefit the health, education and overall well-being of the prenatal to age three population, Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Shanique Speight and Britnee N. Timberlake will host a free summit.

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Andrzejczak and Land Bill Designed to Assist Black Sea Bass and Flounder Fishermen Clears Assembly Panel

In an effort to benefit commercial fishing operations, Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land have sponsored legislation permitting commercial fishing vessels to possess more than the daily trip limit of black sea bass and summer flounder under certain conditions. The bill was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

“It is not right to limit the amount of black sea bass and summer flounder commercial fishing boats can possess, so long as they are fished in a sustainable way,” said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “As long as fishermen respect our environment and the fish they catch, we should not limit how our residents can make a living.”

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Benson Statement on Discussion of Bill Calling for Mandatory Mold Checks in Schools

Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) issued the following statement on Thursday’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee’s discussion on his bill which would require the evaluation for, and abatement of, mold hazards in school buildings:

“We have now begun an incredibly important discussion concerning the safety and health of our children and all school employees across the state…" For More             

Mukherji and McKnight Bill Ensuring Emergency Assistance for Residents Experiencing Severe Hardship Clears Assembly Panel

In an effort to assist New Jersey residents experiencing severe hardship, Assembly Members Raj Mukherji and Angela McKnight has sponsored legislation ensuring that these individuals receive crucial state assistance to help meet basic needs. The bill cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee Thursday.

“Our state’s Emergency Assistance program serves as a critical lifeline in situations where residents may have lost their home or possessions due to a catastrophe or are unemployed and on the verge of being forced out onto the street,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “This bill would ensure that someone experiencing extreme hardship or facing homelessness a second time isn’t disqualified from receiving the helping hand they need to get back on their feet, while safeguarding the system from abuse.”

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Pinkin Statement on Offshore Wind Discussion at Thursday’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Hearing

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairperson Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on Thursday’s discussion on New Jersey’s offshore wind prospects during the committee hearing:

“I want to thank all those who came to testify today on the pressing need to utilize more offshore wind as a renewable energy source…"

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DeAngelo, Houghtaling Bill to Recognize Honorably Discharged Veterans with Special License Plates
Clears Assembly Committee

Saluting New Jersey residents who served in the military, legislation Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to recognize honorably discharged veterans with special license plates advanced in the Assembly Thursday.

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Speaker Coughlin Announces Assembly to Join Senate on Select Committee on Investigation

Panel Will Direct Probe into Handling Allegations of Sexual Assault & Actions in Response to Sexual Misconduct

The General Assembly Leadership announced today that members of the Assembly will join the Senate to investigate how sexual assault and misconduct allegations against Albert J. Alvarez were handled prior to, and after his hiring as a high-level state employee, and oversee an analysis of the criminal justice system's approach to addressing accusations of sexual harassment, assault and abuse.

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Wimberly on Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Mold, Lead and Environment Safety Hearing

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on today’s Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee hearing at Camden County Community College:

“The connection between health and housing is an important one. Our committee and those who testified had an honest and informative conversation about the health concerns on this large, diverse issue New Jersey families face.

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Timberlake "Covered with Compassion" Effort Helps Women with Health-Related Hair Loss

Wig Giveaway Featured Stylist, Massage Therapist, Nutritionist, Beauty Makeovers, and Health Education

Women suffering from health-related hair loss received a complimentary wig Monday as part of "Covered with Compassion"-- a wig giveaway sponsored by Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic), in partnership with Susan G. Komen North Jersey, East Orange General Hospital, City of East Orange Division of Senior Services, University Hospital, and the Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the East Orange Senior Center.

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Assembly Democratic Leadership: "Every Option on the Table"

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assembly members Eliana Pintor Marin, Gordon Johnson, Shavonda Sumter and John Burzichelli issued the following joint statement Monday afternoon:

"In the past 24 hours, more information has come to light regarding the horrific account given by Ms. Brennan, published by Wall Street Journal. As the situation continues to unfold and new facts are presented we will swiftly determine the appropriate next steps with every option on the table."

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*Media Advisory - TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 16* Wimberly to Host Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Hearing on Mold, Lead & Environmental Concerns

Assembly Housing and Community Development Chair Benjie E. Wimberly will convene a hearing at Camden County Community College on Tuesday to discuss mold, lead, and environmental concerns impacting affordable housing in New Jersey.

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Armato & Mazzeo Introduce Bill to Protect Hotel Employees from Unsafe Working Conditions

Assemblyman John Armato and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo introduced legislation recently requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to hotel employees for protection against unsafe working conditions while performing housekeeping duties.

“In our district, our hotel staff are a significant part of our community,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Their safety is our priority. When they are working at all hours of the night, it is simply unacceptable for them to feel unsafe at any moment. These panic buttons will give hotel employees an extra layer of protection while they work.”

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Assembly Democratic Leadership Respond To Recent Allegations

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assembly members Eliana Pintor Marin, Gordon Johnson, Shavonda Sumter and John Burzichelli issued Monday the following joint statement:

"The allegations published in the media thus far are more abhorrent than imaginable. Ms. Brennan was remarkably brave to provide such details, on the record, of such a harrowing experience. Her experience and story speak to a systemic failure within the current system. The current system is unacceptable and intolerable. It requires legislative action.

"The handling of Ms. Brennan's allegations must be thoroughly reviewed. So should the system which has ignored her voice. We are committed to both."

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Wimberly 'Reader Privacy Act' To Upgrade NJ Reader Privacy Laws Clears Committee

In an effort to expand New Jersey’s law on reader privacy when it comes to book and electronic book purchases, the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly with a vote of 4-0 on Monday. This measure would place these purchases under similar protections as library records.

"E-books and online purchases have redefined the way we read, buy and borrow books," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "These new methods raise questions regarding privacy and disclosure of personal information. Current law simply is too antiquated to adequately provide for confidentiality in the digital age. Individuals should be allowed to read and shop without fear of intrusion. Just as with books you borrow at the library, your e-book preferences should also remain private."

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Jasey on Joint Senate and Assembly Higher Education Hearing

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement on today’s Joint Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committee Hearing on state approaches to post-secondary education funding:

“College affordability is a current national issue, and that is certainly the case in New Jersey as well. It is important for us to gather as much information as possible and learn from other states that have implemented successful practices to achieve college affordability…"

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Sumter, Holley & Wimberly Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Clears Assembly Panel

“Earn Your Way Out” Measure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate

Taking a bold step toward criminal justice reform, Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly are sponsors of the “Earn Your Way Out Act,” which aims to end the school-to-prison pipeline, assist those individuals in recovery and rehabilitation, reduce the number of repeat offenders and provide savings by eliminating the $50,000 a year it costs to incarcerate a prisoner. This bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

“The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “It’s critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison.”

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Andrzejczak and Land Bill Allowing County Fire Coordinators to Display Emergency Warning Lights on Vehicles Clears Assembly Panel

In an effort to further recognize the importance of county and deputy county fire coordinators, Assemblymen Bob Andrzejcak and Bruce Land have sponsored legislation authorizing these individuals to operate emergency warning lights if certain conditions are met. This bill was advanced through the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

“It is incredibly important to give these courageous people the credit and recognition they deserve,” said Andrzejcak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland.) “County and deputy county fire coordinators are often some of the first responders to a fire and providing them with lights will allow them to better do their jobs and respond even more quickly than they currently do.”

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McKeon: Consumers Must Understand Risks of the Internet, Take Precautions to Ensure Safety of Personal Information

Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex, Morris), chair of the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, released the following statement Monday after hearing testimony from the New Jersey Bankers Association regarding financial cyber security in recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month:

"Consumers must understand the risks of the internet and take precautions to safeguard their personal information. This includes utilizing multi-factor authentication for online accounts as well as fingerprint identification and security keys for mobile phones; regularly updating software on internet-connected devices; and checking privacy settings on online accounts and apps.

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Freiman, Mukherji and Murphy Bill Establishing Retirement Savings Plan Clears Assembly Panel

Creates Automatic Payroll Deduction IRA for Employees Without a Retirement Savings Plan

Saving for the future is one step closer to becoming easier for some New Jersey workers. A bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman, Raj Mukherji and Carol A. Murphy to establish the "New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act" was released by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Monday.

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Vainieri Huttle, Jimenez, Moriarty "Bijou's Law" Bill Clears Assembly Committee

Also Known As "Pet Grooming Licensing Act," Would License Pet Groomers; Dog's Death Prompted Legislation

To prevent tragic loss such as Bijou's, a healthy Shih Tzu who died unexpectedly under the care of a pet groomer, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angelica Jimenez and Paul D. Moriarty sponsored a bill (A-3044) that would establish the "Pet Groomers Licensing Act," or "Bijou's Law" in honor of the puppy. The legislation was approved Monday by the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.

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Pinkin Bill Expanding Role of Pharmacy Interns, Externs to Administer Vaccines Clears Assembly Committee

Pinkin, Giblin, Jasey Bill Allowing Pharmacy Interns, Externs to Give Injectable Meds Clears Assembly Committee

Would Require Supervision of Licensed Pharmacist

Two bills designed to help ease healthcare delivery by allowing pharmacy interns and externs to administer vaccines and injectable medications while gaining, under supervision, critical hands-on training, advanced in the Assembly Monday.

The combined bills (A-342, A-343) would allow pharmacy interns and externs to administer vaccines, injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations to patients by injectable or needle free delivery methods, but only under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

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*MEDIA ADVISORY **MONDAY, Oct. 15**

Timberlake Leads "Covered with Compassion" Effort to Help Women with Health-Related Hair Loss

Wig Giveaway Will Feature Stylist, Massage Therapist, Nutritionist, Beauty Makeovers, and Health Edution

Women suffering from health-related hair loss will get a complimentary wig as part of "Covered with Compassion"-- a wig giveaway sponsored by Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake (D-Essex, Passaic), in partnership with Susan G. Komen North Jersey, East Orange General Hospital, City of East Orange Division of Senior Services, University Hospital, and the Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

"Whether it's hair loss because of a medical condition, such as alopecia areata, or chemotherapy to treat cancer, experiencing hair loss can be extremely frustrating," said Timberlake. "Dealing with a health issue is already stressful physically and emotionally. Those issues, combined with the changes in appearance such as hair loss, can make the illness even more overwhelming. Our hope with 'Covered with Compassion' is to provide women with a wig and other resources that can provide them with some comfort."

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Zwicker, Johnson Statements on Joint Assembly Hearing Discussing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

(TRENTON) - Following the joint hearing of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology and the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committees, Chairman Andrew Zwicker and Chairman Gordon Johnson issued statements on the testimony:

"Today's hearing was a part of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee's mission to spur innovation as an economic driver in New Jersey. We wanted to address both the challenges and advantages of hydrogen and fuel cell technology so that we can develop public policies that will put New Jersey at the forefront of innovation technology," said Chairman Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon). "It's now up to us to come up with legislation that makes sense for the people of New Jersey."

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18th District Legislative Team Announces Grant Awarded to Address Homelessness in Highland Park

Members of the New Jersey 18th Legislative District, Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) announced on Friday, October 5th, that the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation has been approved to receive a $700,000 award from the National Housing Trust Fund program.

“One of my top priorities is to bring as much federal and state money as possible back to our District. I’m glad this grant will provide steady housing for the homeless in Highland Park,” said Assemblyman Karabinchak.

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Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez Receives Recognition from National Women’s Organization

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Speaker Coughlin, Assembly Transportation Chair Benson on NJ Transit Audit Recommendations

(TRENTON) - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson issued Tuesday the following statements on the release of the New Jersey Transit audit results:

"The results and recommendations of the audit provide clear insight into the structural and fundamental changes needed to restore NJ Transit as a national leader. This year's budget which included $167 million in funding for NJ Transit is reflective of the Assembly's commitment to make NJ Transit a more reliable system for commuters. I look forward to working with my colleagues and Governor Murphy to better serve the thousands of commuters who rely on our public transportation system," said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex).

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McKnight & Speight Bill to Ease Licensing Requirements for Hair Braiders Now Law

Hoping to address the burdensome regulations that hair braiders say ignore the cultural origins of hair braiding and limits their ability to make a living, the Governor today signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Angela McKnight and Shanique Speight to create a limited license for hair braiding businesses in New Jersey into law.

“Hair braiders are predominantly African-American and African immigrant women. This is a skill that is often learned at an early age and passed down from one generation to the next,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “We want to make sure that these women are able to use their skills to support themselves and their families, without excessive regulation. We want to support entrepreneurship. I also agree with Gov. Murphy that safeguarding consumer protections is important. This law addresses these concerns by reducing the requirements for hair braiders, and by including experienced hair braiders in the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.”

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Swain, Tully & Murphy Bill Expanding Temporary Disability and Family Leave Program Advanced Now Law

In order to help families better financially prepare for disability and family leave, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lisa Swain, Christopher Tully and Carol Murphy permitting individuals to submit temporary disability and family temporary disability leave claims prior to the commencement of leave was signed into law by the Governor on Thursday.

“Previously, covered individuals often receive their benefit payments weeks after their leave has already begun which can cause financial hardship on families,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “The goal of this measure is to prevent delays in payment by giving both employers and departments advanced notice of leave and ample time to issue benefits to employees.”

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Now Law: Burzichelli & Moriarty Bill to Require Marketplace Facilitators & Certain Remote Sellers to Pay NJ Sales Tax

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli and Paul Moriarty to ensure a level playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and online marketplace providers like Amazon, and bring in needed revenue to the state has been signed into law.

The new law (A-4496) will require certain remote sellers and online marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales tax. It was signed today by Gov. Murphy.

"This will help provide parity among brick-and-mortar businesses and online marketplaces and provide the state with needed revenue," said Burzichelli (D Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem).

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Houghtaling, Taliaferro & Andrzejczak Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Signed into Law

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak have taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers. Their bill was signed into law Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy.

“This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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DeAngelo Bill Clarifying HVACR Ownership Standards Signed into Law

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo recently sponsored legislation designed to protect consumers by ensuring HVACR companies carrying out work in New Jersey are readily available and accessible to their customers. The bill, which clarifies ownership standards of certain HVACR contactors, was signed into law Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy.

“HVACR is an incredibly lucrative and necessary field, and this law is designed to encourage people with a certain set of hands-on and entrepreneurial skills to get involved,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “We need talented individuals filling the skills gap we currently have, and I believe these bills will help remedy this.”

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Greenwald on Bill Requiring Prompt Payment of Public Contractors Becoming Law

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald issued the following statement on the signing of his bill, “The New Jersey Prompt Policy Act” on Thursday by the Governor:

“Companies who enter into a contract with the state have day-to-day obligations to meet for their business and their employees…

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Mazzeo, Armato & Giblin Bill to Create Garden State Growth Zone within Atlantic City Airport Area Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, John Armato and Thomas Giblin to create the Garden State Growth Zone at Atlantic City International Airport and surrounding areas was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday.

“Now, Atlantic City Airport has the opportunity to become the aviation hub of South Jersey,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “It’s proximity to educational institutions, such as Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, creates enormous potential for development of new aviation technology and putting Atlantic County and the state on the forefront of the industry. It’s good for the residents of Atlantic County and for New Jersey that this bill is now law.”

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Annual Recognition for Army Rangers Killed 25 Years Ago, Depicted in "Black Hawk Down" Film, Begins Today

Land, Andrzejczak Resolution Designates Oct. 3 as "Sergeant Dominick Pilla and Corporal Jamie Smith Day"

Assembly Democrats R. Bruce Land and Bob Andrzejczak issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the first annual observance of "Sergeant Dominick Pilla and Corporal Jamie Smith Day" in New Jersey--a day that is the result of a joint resolution (AJR-129) they sponsored. It was approved 79-0-0 by the full Assembly last week.

"These soldiers gave their lives to protect many of the liberties that we enjoy as Americans," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland). "This designation is our way of honoring their sacrifices, commitment and heroism.

"We wanted to ensure that these soldiers' lives are forever commemorated in the state of New Jersey," said Land (D-Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland). "It is our way of keeping their memories alive and to making sure that their service is never forgotten."


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Speaker Coughlin Vows To Address Needs of Microbreweries

(Trenton)- Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement today in support of New Jersey's microbreweries and pledged to take legislative action needed to reverse the ruling by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission that sets strict limits on the ability of these businesses to continue to expand their business operations:

"Microbreweries in New Jersey have been very succesful in captalizing on new opportunities that have attracted a growing number of customers, created new jobs and contributed to economic growth in our communities. These microbreweries epitomize the best qualities of small businesses and we should be doing all that we can to support the entrepreneurs in this industry.

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Vainieri Huttle Reiterates Woman's Right to Choose, Calls on Congress & Trump Administration to Reject Kavanaugh Nomination

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement Friday after the General Assembly approved a resolution she sponsored calling on Congress and President Trump to eliminate existing restrictions on abortion access, and reject Supreme Court nominees who would impose new limits on reproductive freedom.

"Listening to Dr. Ford be peppered with questions as if she was on trial was a harsh reminder of why so many women who have been victimized find it hard to report the abuse.

"She has shown more dignity, courage and patriotism than many of those elected officials who - despite the mounting allegations against him - insist that Judge Kavanaugh is worthy of a seat on the Supreme Court…"


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Burzichelli Bill to Require Marketplace Facilitators & Certain Remote Sellers to Pay NJ Sales Tax Clears Assembly

In order to ensure a level playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and online marketplaces and bring needed revenue to the state, the Assembly on Thursday approved legislation Assemblyman John Burzichelli sponsored to require certain remote sellers and marketplace facilitators like Amazon to collect sales tax.

"Online marketplaces have made it easier for interstate and international commerce, allowing many businesses to circumvent state sales tax requirements," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "New Jersey based businesses have to abide by the sales and use tax law, and so should any company who does substantial business in the state."
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ANNUAL CAREERS IN UTILITIES JOB FAIR TO ENERGIZE STATE'S WORKFORCE

Assembly Telecommunications Chairman DeAngelo Announces 4th Annual Utility Job and Career Fair--October 15

(Hamilton)- Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee Chairman Wayne P. DeAngelo today announced the 4th Annual Utility Job and Career Fair to be held in partnership with the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), the statewide association for investor-owned utilities.

Every year that the Career Fair has been held, more than 100 job seekers have attended to speak with representatives of energy, gas, water, and other utility companies accept resumes, answer questions and provide information about a wide-range of career opportunities and related educational programs.

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Greenwald, Mosquera & McKnight Bill to Strengthen Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault Clears Assembly

In light of the Me Too movement, the Assembly on Thursday approved legislation Assembly Democrats Louis Greenwald, Gabriela Mosquera and Angela McKnight sponsored to amend the sexual assault statute to better support victims of sexual assault.

"This is about consent and the meaning it should have between two people," said Greenwald (D-Burlington/Camden). "We need to amend the law to ensure justice is served for victims. Without consent from both parties, it is sexual assault plain and simple."

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Wimberly Defends Paterson School Board Trip

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic) released the following statement regarding the Paterson school board’s Las Vegas trip to the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education annual conference:

“The National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education annual conference provides our board of education members with an opportunity to learn about ways to better improve our school system as well as the education of our students. They attend this conference every year in various cities throughout the country. Educational conferences are an important tool in learning how to do their job.

“The statements made by state Senator Pennacchio were out of line. Paterson has been grossly underfunded for decades. Students are forced to learn in 100 year old buildings. It’s disappointing that Senator Pennacchio believes that board members attending a professional development conference is unnecessary but has remained quiet over the years while Paterson schools suffered.”


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Joint Resolution to Adopt Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy for the Legislature Approved By Both Houses

Resolution Sponsored by Speaker Coughlin, Senator Weinberg, Senate President Sweeney, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Senator Kean and Minority Leader Bramnick

TRENTON - Strengthening protections for legislative employees, a concurrent resolution sponsored by the Legislature to adopt a more extensive policy preventing and responding to acts of discrimination and harassment in the Legislature was unanimously approved by both houses Thursday.

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Lopez Applauds Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) released the following statement regarding the Assembly’s passing of a new Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy:

“I applaud Speaker Coughlin, my district mate, for putting a comprehensive and thorough policy in place that will protect our fellow legislators, staff, as well as anyone conducting business at the State House from harassment and discrimination.

“Speaker Coughlin’s policy sends a clear message that the State of New Jersey stands behind women, supports women and ensures that in the workplace women are not to be discriminated against or harassed. I am proud to have casted my vote for this policy that was approved by the General Assembly today.”


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Burzichelli: Historic Vehicle Collectors Should Be Able to Take the Occasional "Joy" Ride

Bill Allowing Owners to Take their Car for a Spin Once a Week Passes Assembly

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Assembly Advances Johnson, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Downey Bill Granting New Jersey Jurisdiction to Prosecute Child Endangerment Cases that take Place Out-of-State

Bill in Response to Sexual Misconduct on Bergen County School Trip to Germany

A bill expanding New Jersey's jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of child endangerment occurring outside of the state -- sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Joann Downey-- cleared the full Assembly 78-0 Thursday. The bill will now go to the Senate for further review.

The legislation was prompted by the state Supreme Court case of State v. Sumulikoski, which determined that New Jersey courts do not have jurisdiction to prosecute school officials from Bergen County who were chaperones on a school trip to Germany where they allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with students.

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Assembly Approves Mazzeo, Armato & Giblin Bill to Create Garden State Growth Zone within Atlantic City Airport Area w/ Governor's Recommendations

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, John Armato and Thomas Giblin to create the Garden State Growth Zone at Atlantic City International Airport and surrounding areas received final legislative approval in the Assembly on Thursday.

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Swain, Tully & Murphy Bill Expanding Temporary Disability and Family Leave Program Advanced by Assembly

In order to help families better financially prepare for disability and family leave, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lisa Swain, Christopher Tully and Carol Murphy permitting individuals to submit temporary disability and family temporary disability leave claims prior to the commencement of leave was advanced by the General Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 77-0.

"Currently, covered individuals often receive their benefit payments weeks after their leave has already begun which can cause financial hardship on families," said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The goal of this bill is to prevent delays in payment by giving both employers and departments advanced notice of leave and ample time to issue benefits to employees."

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Assembly Approves Mazzeo, Armato & Giblin Bill to Create Garden State Growth Zone within Atlantic City Airport Area w/ Governor’s Recommendations

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, John Armato and Thomas Giblin to create the Garden State Growth Zone at Atlantic City International Airport and surrounding areas received final legislative approval in the Assembly on Thursday. For More             

Greenwald, Mukherji, Conaway & Downey Legislation Improving Access to Disability Leave Program Clears Assembly

In an effort to revise laws concerning disability leave to promote availability to the public, two bills sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway and Assemblywoman Joann Downey were approved by the full Assembly on Thursday with votes of 70-8 and 56-23 respectively.

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Armato, Houghtaling, Murphy & Jones Legislation Requiring Public Officer or Employee to Forfeit Pension upon Sexual Assault Conviction Clears Assembly

Strengthening protection of victims of sexual assault in the workplace, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Eric Houghtaling, Carol Murphy and Patricia Egan Jones requiring a person who holds or has held any public office to forfeit their position upon conviction of sexual conduct, lewdness, or sexual assault when the offense involves or touches upon a public office or employment cleared full Assembly on Thursday 79-0.

“New Jersey citizens should feel comfortable that the people they choose to represent them are honest and decent,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “State employees and elected officials are entrusted with the responsibility of being advocates in their communities. Those who have betrayed the taxpayers’ trust should not continue to benefit.”

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Houghtaling, Taliaferro & Andrzejczak Bill to Help Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Assembly

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak have taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers, which was approved by a 78-0 vote Thursday by the General Assembly.

“This helps protect agricultural businesses in the state from encroachment that can damage crops and put a damper on their business,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Farming is an expensive venture. Damage caused by trespassing, whether intentional or not, should be rectified.”

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Land, Andrzejczak Bill Honoring Army Rangers Depicted in "Black Hawk Down" Movie Approved by Assembly

Designates Oct. 3 as "Sergeant Dominick Pilla and Corporal Jamie Smith Day"

On October 3, 1993, United States Army Rangers Dominick Pilla and Jamie Smith were 21-year-olds proudly serving their country in Mogadishu, Somalia nearly 8,000 miles from their New Jersey homes. Sgt. Pilla, from Vineland in Cumberland County, and Cpl. Smith, from Long Valley in Morris County, never returned to the U.S.

Both were killed that day.

"These soldiers were among the millions of men and women who sacrifice their time, families, careers and in this case, their lives, to protect the United States of America," said Assemblyman R. Bruce Land (D-Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland).

Land and his fellow district mate, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, are sponsors of a joint resolution (AJR-129) that was approved 79-0-0 Thursday by the full Assembly. It designates October 3 as "Sergeant Dominick Pilla and Corporal Jamie Smith Day" in New Jersey.

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Murphy, McKnight and Egan Jones Bill Easing Parking Difficulties for Certain Healthcare Workers Clears Assembly

There has long been a problem in urban, densely populated areas of a lack of parking. For at-home healthcare service workers, this can cause grave threats to their patients’ lives if they are go unattended for an extended period of time. Assemblywomen Carol Murphy, Angela McKnight and Patricia Egan Jones seek to remedy this, by sponsoring legislation allowing for parking privileges for certain healthcare workers who render care at patient’s home residences, which was advanced by the Assembly on Sunday 78-0.

“Parking should not be an obstacle in the way of providing critical home healthcare services across our State,” said Murphy (D-Burlington). This is an important step to expand access to care for patients who depend on it.”

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Murphy, Downey & Sumter Bill to Require the NJ Legislature to Adopt Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment Approved by Assembly

In order to ensure a safe and secure work environment for members and employees, the General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation by Assemblywomen Carol Murphy, Joann Downey and Shavonda Sumter to require the Legislature to adopt a policy prohibiting sexual harassment, and provide training on the policy for members, officers and employees.

"We want to make sure that all who serve and work in the Legislature understand that sexual harassment is not and will not be tolerated," said Murphy (D-Burlington). "This policy will help ensure that people recognize sexual harassment when they see it, and will know how and who to report it to. People need to know this type of behavior is not okay in the workplace, or any place, period."

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Tucker Hosts Women Veterans' Workshop

Provided Help and Hope for Unemployed, Homeless and Victims of Sexual Assault

Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Chair Cleopatra G. Tucker held a workshop to help women veterans and their families at the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center in Newark on Wednesday.

"Many of our women veterans have served our country, but come home to less than desirable circumstances like unemployment and a lack of housing," said Tucker (D-Essex). "Some don't know how to access their benefits. Others suffer from various types of trauma that has never been treated. We're here today to get them help in an environment that is safe, informative and encouraging."

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*Media Advisory* Tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 27

Speaker Coughlin to Hold Press Conference on Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy Pre- Vote

Assemblywoman Downey, Senate Majority Leader Weinberg, Senate Minority Leader Kean and Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick to Join

(TRENTON) - Joined by bipartisan supporters of the legislation, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon right before the Assembly voting session on the Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy measure.

The press conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Room 109 on the First Floor of the statehouse across from the Assembly chamber.

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Strengthening Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination Policy in Assembly & for Public Officers, Employees on Thursday Assembly Agenda

Assembly Also to Vote on Legislation Expanding Jurisdiction for Sexual Abuse Committed Against Children; Making Remote Sellers, Online Marketplaces Pay NJ Sales Tax, & Honoring the Soldiers Who Inspired the Movie, "Black Hawk Down"

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*MEDIA ADVISORY*
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10 a.m.

Tucker to Host Women Veterans' Workshop

Will Provide Help and Hope for Unemployed, Homeless and Victims of Sexual sault

Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Chair Cleopatra G. Tucker will host a workshop to help women veterans and their families.

“We’re pleased to help these women veterans who have borne the battle,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “They face unique challenges such as increased rates of homelessness, unemployment and untreated trauma from sexual assault. As a result, they need help that is catered to their circumstances.”

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Assembly Speaker Coughlin Unveils Sweeping Bill Package Tackling NJ Hunger Crisis

Bills Discussed During Press Conference at Community FoodBank in Hillside; Legislation Aims to Help Over One Million Residents Facing Food Insecurity

(TRENTON) - Building on the promise to strengthen food security in New Jersey, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin Monday discussed the hunger gap faced by many families in the state while unveiling a comprehensive legislative bill plan aiming to close this gap, ensuring no one, especially children, go hungry.
Speaker Coughlin said each bill is a meaningful step in addressing broader hunger concerns, such as food deserts, poverty, access to state programs and resources and excessive food waste.

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Speaker Coughlin Hosts Event for New Jersey Gleaning Week

As part of his efforts to address food insecurity in New Jersey, Speaker Coughlin participated in New Jersey Gleaning Week by hosting a gleaning event at Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick on Saturday.

“One of my top priorities as Speaker has been to address hunger in the state, which is a real issue,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, yet nearly one million New Jerseyans go to bed hungry. That’s about 1 of every 8 residents. We need to raise awareness about the needs that exist in this state and take action.”

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** MONDAY ADVISORY ** Assembly Speaker Coughlin to Announce Legislative Package to Address Hunger in NJ

As part of his commitment to fight hunger in New Jersey, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Monday will announce a series of proposals to address food insecurity and tackle hunger in the state.

“Tomorrow I will be in East Brunswick picking fruit that will be donated to a community food bank because I want to highlight the need that exists in New Jersey. This might be a difficult concept for some to comprehend and relate to, but food insecurity is a real issue for nearly one million New Jerseyans. There are people, children who go to bed hungry. In a state as wealthy as New Jersey, this is unacceptable,” said Speaker Coughlin. “I made fighting hunger one of my top priorities because I believe that everyone has a right to the most basic necessities. I will continue to not only raise awareness about food insecurity in the state, but put forth legislative measures to help address it.”

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Sumter Joins Call for Sheriff's Saudino's Resignation

Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Friday regarding Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino:

"When you are one of the top law officers in the state and exhibit such racism, bigotry and hatred, the communities you serve can no longer place their full trust in you to do your job with fairness and unprejudiced.

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Jones, Benson Bill Requiring Placing "No Turn on Red" Sign closer to Traffic Lights Clears Committee

Placing "No Turn on Red" signage in a more visible position for drivers, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones mandating the location of the sign to be closer to the traffic light was recently approved by the Assembly Transportation committee.

"There should be a set location for "no turn on red" signs where any driver can see it prior to and when they arrive at the light," said Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester). "Oftentimes the sign is so far before the light, drivers may miss it. We can turn on red here in New Jersey with some exceptions. These need to be clear for pedestrian safety and driver safety."

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Wimberly Joins Fellow Lawmakers in Calling for Bergen Sheriff Saudino to Resign

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement calling for the resignation of Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino:

"Unfortunately, this is just the latest display of racism, bigotry and hateful rhetoric we have heard recently in this country. Let's be clear, it's not alright. No apology can take it back and it will not be ignored or tolerated in our state.

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Quijano on One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Hurricane Maria:

"It still saddens me to think of the devastation and destruction Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico and its communities' vibrant way of life just a year ago. The lack of sympathy and support from the White House for the situation and people since September has only added insult to injury. For More             

DeAngelo, Benson Bill to Create Oversight Commission for Mercer County Public Water System Clears Assembly Panel

Measure Establishes a 17-member Board to Establish Accountability,
Improve Service for All Trenton Water Works Customers


(TRENTON) - In continuing his efforts to address long-standing problems with the public water system serving much of Mercer County, legislation Assemblymen Wayne P. DeAngelo and Daniel Benson (Both D-Mercer, Middlesex) sponsored to create an oversight commission to ensure greater regional representation, economic accountability, and water quality for all towns serviced by the Trenton Water Works (TWW) was approved by an Assembly panel Thursday.

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Assembly Panel Approves Danielsen Bill Requiring Sufficient Notification of Disconnection of Public Utilities

Amending Law to Establish Stronger Protections for Residents with Medical Conditions

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Danielsen to prohibit public utilities from terminating service for nonpayment unless customer is provided certified letter at least 10 business days prior to scheduled termination date was released by the Assembly Telecommunication Committee Thursday.

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Johnson Statement on Bergen County Sheriff Saudino

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), who formerly served as Bergen County Sheriff, issued the following statement regarding Michael Saudino:

"Sheriff Saudino's racist and bigoted comments are unacceptable and offensive. His hate-filled words are beneath the values we share as a community and they violate the integrity we demand and expect of those in law enforcement.

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DeAngelo Bill to Prevent Power Outages Caused by Downed Trees Advances in Assembly; Affects 1.2 Million Customers

In light of severe storms last March prompting power outages and causing damage to utility poles throughout the state, an Assembly panel approved legislation Assembly Democrat Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to develop a plan for tree trimming and vegetation maintenance.

Last March, New Jersey was struck by a series of severe weather events that impacted more than 1.2 million electric utility customers, leaving some without power for up to 11 days, and causing millions of dollars in property damages. The frequent storms presented response and recovery challenges to each electric distribution company in the state. Some of the extended power outages occurred because power lines were damaged by uprooted trees and toppled branches.

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Sumter, Reynolds-Jackson, Rice Led Discussion on Racial Disparities in Pre-Natal Services and Infant Mortality in NJ

(TRENTON) - The Legislative Black Caucus recently convened a hearing to discuss the high rate of mortality of African American mothers and infants in New Jersey.

Led by Senator Ron Rice, chair of the caucus, and Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter and Verlina Reynolds Jackson, the roundtable discussion was held in the statehouse in Trenton. Among the invited guests were Mrs. Tammy Murphy, Commissioners, Carole Johnson and Shereef Elanahal of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health, respectively.

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Coughlin Statement on Bergen County Sheriff Saudino: "He has disgraced his position and his community."

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement regarding Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino:

"The racial, homophobic and hateful slurs heard on the tape are abhorrent and beyond unacceptable.

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** MEDIA ADVISORY - Saturday, September 22 **

Speaker Coughlin to Participate in NJ Gleaning Week - Welcomes Volunteers

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) will host an event Saturday to participate in New Jersey Gleaning Week. All produce collected will be donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S., a community food bank in Middlesex County.

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after being commercially harvested in an effort to reduce waste.

"One of my top priorities as Speaker has been to address hunger in the state, which is a real issue," said Speaker Coughlin. "New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, yet about 12 percent of New Jersey residents go to bed hungry. That's about 1 of every 8 residents..."

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Speaker Coughlin’s Announcement of New Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy: What They’re Saying

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) announced a resolution to implement a new, comprehensive anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policy, designed to create a work environment as safe and welcoming as possible. The move is receiving across-the-board praise from a wide array of legal, political and social groups and organizations.

Here’s what they’re saying:

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Chairwoman Tucker Hosts New Jersey's First African-American Adjutant General, Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale

Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Chair Cleopatra G. Tucker hosted a reception honoring New Jersey's first African-American Adjutant General, Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) on Wednesday.

"I am excited and honored to have the privilege of welcoming this history-maker back to our city," said Tucker (D-Essex). "While a student at Kean University, Brigadier General Beale made Newark his home, and we still claim him as one of our own. He is a shining example of a soldier who is proudly serving our state and nation. This is our way of thanking him and recognizing his stellar military career."

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Vainieri Huttle on Bergen County Sheriff Saudino: If the Allegations are True, He Must Step Down

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement today in response to the allegations against Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino:

"The comments made in that recording are despicable and unbecoming of a public official, especially one tasked with enforcing the law. It is these kinds of attitudes that make people distrust the justice system and how it treats certain segments of the population..."

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Swain & Tully Call for Resignation of Bergen County Sheriff Saudino

Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully (both D-Bergen/Passaic) today called upon Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino to resign his position in light of his racist and homophobic statements.

"The statements of Sheriff Saudino are abhorrent and unbecoming of a public servant representing Bergen County. We condemn what was said on the tape in the strongest possible terms. Hate and bigotry have no place in our society…"

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*MEDIA ADVISORY - TOMORROW, Thursday, September 20* Wimberly to Host Assembly Housing and Community Development Public Hearing on Foreclosure & Vacant Property Concerns

Assembly Housing and Community Development Chair Benjie E. Wimberly will convene a hearing at Kean University on Thursday to discuss the issues of foreclosure and vacant properties in the state. The committee will receive testimony from invited speakers and the public.

The hearing will be held Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 AM on the 6th Floor of the North Avenue Academic Building at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

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Speaker Coughlin Sets Landmark Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment Policy for New Jersey General Assembly, Measure to Move Next Voting Session

Strengthening protections for New Jersey General Assembly employees, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced Wednesday a resolution detailing its Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy will be considered and voted on by the full body Thursday, September 27 during the voting session. The legislation underscores the commitment to providing its members, employees and third parties with a work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex): “The time to have in place a comprehensive anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy that applies to everyone connected in any way to the General Assembly is long overdue. This new mandate illustrates that we fully recognize there must be zero tolerance for any form of harassment or discrimination. Every legislator and every staff member deserves a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace. This measure represents the most rigorous policy possible.”

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Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin today announced the appointment of Kevin McArdle as the new communications director for the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office

Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin today announced the appointment of Kevin McArdle as the new communications director for the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office.

“I’m proud to have someone on our team with the expertise, intelligence and professionalism that Kevin possesses,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “He will be an asset to our outstanding communications team and also to our caucus, as we continue to promote an agenda of affordability for middle-class families in New Jersey.”

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***Media Advisory- Thursday, Sept. 20***

Fighting for Consumers: Trenton Water Works Oversight, Preventing Power Outages, Increasing Energy Assistance Revenue & Requiring Certified Notice of Utility Termination

Also: BPU Representatives to Testify before Assembly Telecommunications Panel on Report Concerning Utility Response and Restoration of Winter Storm Power Outages;

Housing Chairman Wimberly to Hold Second Hearing on Affordable Housing at Kean University, Foc on Foreclosure For More             

Murphy Named New Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has named Assemblywoman Carol Murphy as the Assembly Judiciary Committee Vice-Chairwoman.

“It is such a great honor to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, especially at such a critical time when we must be proactive in ensuring the rights of all of New Jersey’s residents, said Murphy (D-Burlington). “It is the responsibility of us as legislators to do our best to make New Jersey a fair and welcoming place to live and to be a national leader in the area of civil rights. I am looking forward to working with my fellow committee-members to continue the excellent work that this Committee is known for.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce First-of-its-Kind Tick Control Bill in New Jersey

New Jersey is especially conducive to dangerous, disease-carrying ticks because of the state’s climate, woodlands and large agricultural sector. Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, however, have taken action to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases, as they introduced legislation on Thursday to authorize the state and county mosquito control commissions to create and implement measures to control the tick population.

“New Jersey has the third most tick-borne disease cases in the entire United States, yet we have never taken any action to curb the spread of these diseases through controlling the tick population,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Diseases stemming from tick bites can be incredibly dangerous—and in rare cases, fatal—and we must put forth every effort to prevent the spread of these diseases in order to protect our residents.”

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Moriarty, Schaer & Quijano Bill Banning Ghost Guns, 3-D Plastic Firearms in NJ Advances in Assembly

If Enacted, New Jersey Would Have the Strongest Law in the Nation

(TRENTON) - No Ghost Guns. No 3-D Firearms. And no purchasing any component used in making either of these weapons. Legislation banning the manufacturing of any untraceable or covert firearm was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee Monday.

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Swain, Tully, Benson, Jones 4-Bill Package Reinforcing School Bus Safety for Student Riders Gets Assembly Panel OK to Advance

Continuing to strengthen state policies concerning school transportation, an Assembly panel Monday advanced four bills sponsored by Assembly members Lisa Swain, Chris Tully, Daniel Benson, and Patricia Egan Jones that would expand current law to keep students safe on school buses.

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Pinkin Lauds BPU Decision to Open Up Application Window for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Capacity

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairperson Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Monday on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ unanimous vote to open up an application window for 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state offshore solicitation in the country:

“This is major step in making New Jersey the national and global leader in clean energy we ought to be…"

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Johnson, Schaer & Vainieri Huttle Bill Granting New Jersey Jurisdiction to Prosecute Child Endangerment Cases that take Place Out-of-State Clears Panel

Bill in Response to Sexual Misconduct on Bergen County School Trip to Germany

A bill expanding New Jersey's jurisdiction to prosecute crimes of child endangerment occurring outside of the state -- sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Gary Schaer, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle -- cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday.

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Swain Bill Banning Sale and Distribution of Products Containing Asbestos Clears Assembly Panel

Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year. Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, however, is taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through her bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday.

“There is absolutely no reason why any New Jerseyans should be at risk of asbestos exposure,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “While the current Administration in Washington may be okay with rolling back environmental health standards that protect so many Americans, here in New Jersey we are not, and this bill ensures we will stay proactive in protecting our residents.”

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Lampitt, Moriarty, DeAngelo & Chiaravalloti Bill Protecting Minimum Wage Workers Clears Labor Committee

A bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Paul Moriarty, Wayne DeAngelo, and Nick Chiaravalloti revising part of the Prevailing Wage Act was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday.

“There are bad actors in New Jersey who have found it more cost effective to pay the penalty for wage and hour violations rather than pay their employees full wages,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “The penalties for violations of New Jersey’s Wage and Hour laws have not been updated in nearly three decades it is critical that adjustments be made to protect our workers and ensure that they are fairly paid for their labor. Our workers are a priority in New Jersey, and this bill would increase paycheck security.”

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**SEPTEMBER 17 MEDIA ADVISRORY**
Houghtaling & Downey to Join Nurses and Health Professionals Fighting for Patient Safety and Workers' Rights with Congressional and State Representatives

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-Monmouth) will join Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) President Ann Twomey, HPAE Local 5058 President Kendra McCann, Congressman Frank Pallone and Senator Vin Gopal to urge Hackensack Meridian Health to reach a contract agreement with HPAE to ensure patient health and safety after months of bargaining.

The event will be held on Monday, September 17 at 4:30 PM at Gables Park, on the corner of Highway 33 and Wakefield Road in Neptune, New Jersey 07753.

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Lampitt Bill Increasing Penalties for Failing to Secure a Child in a Motor Vehicle Cleared by Committee

Increases Fines from $10-25 to $100, Allows Provisions for First-time Offenses

A bill sponsored Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Burlington, Camden) increasing penalties for motor vehicle operators who fail to secure a child under age eight, and weighing less than 80 pounds in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat in a rear seat, cleared the Assembly Women and Children Committee Monday.

The current penalty for failing to take this crucial safety precaution is a fine ranging between $10-$25. The bill, (A-2095), increases the penalty for a first offense to a fine of $100, however, for a first offense, the court is to waive the fine if the defendant demonstrates that he or she has a child passenger restraint system. The fine for second and subsequent offenses would be no less than $250 and no more than $500.

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NJ Education Commissioner Discusses PARCC Changes, Plans for New Statewide Assessment at Joint Assembly & Senate Education Committee Hearing

With changes slated for the PARCC test as part of the plan by the Murphy administration to transition to a different statewide assessment, the Assembly and Senate Education committees held a joint hearing on Monday to hear from the commissioner of education about the proposed changes to ensure they do not interfere with the delivery of education in the state.

"While education has placed an overemphasis on standardized testing in recent years, these assessments still serve as a critical tool in gauging student growth, and are one of the only objective measures in assessing teacher performance," said Assembly Education Chair Pamela Lampitt (D-Burlington). "We need to ensure that whatever direction the department takes, takes this into account. We cannot help students if we don't know what areas they are struggling with."

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Bills Granting Priority College Course Registration to Military Service Members and Veterans, Academic Credit to Certain Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

Making the path to higher education easier for New Jersey service members and veterans, two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats assisting with college course registration and earning credit for their skills were advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Monday.

The first bill (A-790), known as the "Combat to College Act," and sponsored by legislators Bob Andrzejczak, R. Bruce Land, Gabriela Mosquera, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey, Andrew Zwicker and Vincent Mazzeo, provides military service members and veterans living in New Jersey and attending a public institution of higher education with priority status when registering for courses. The priority registration benefit would apply to current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances. This registration procedure would occur using the same methods as those used by other segments of the student population, if any, for priority registration purposes at the institution.

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Pinkin Leads Fight to Keep New Jersey’s Air Clean with Advancement of Resolution

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Chairwoman Nancy Pinkin has long been a staunch defender of protecting our environment, and she remains steadfast in her efforts to push back against dangerous, anti-environmental policies coming out of Washington.

She made this clear by sponsoring a resolution expressing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Affordable Clean Energy rule proposal, which was advanced out of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday.

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Mukherji, Chaparro & Chiaravalloti Cyberinfrastructure Strategic Plan Bill Clears Assembly Panel

Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, New Jersey Big Data Alliance to Lead Effort

Big data" requires new forms of processing in order to enhance decision making, insight discovery, and optimal processing. Providing support for the state's cyberinfrastructure, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Annette Chaparro and Nicholas Chiaravalloti directing various entities to coordinate and establish an advanced strategic plan was released by the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee Monday.

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Cracking Down on Untraceable Firearms, Continuing to Improve School Bus Safety, Boosting Veterans' Access to College, Higher Penalties for Violating Wage/Hour Law, Prohibiting Sale of Asbestos Products & Increasing Fines for Not Buckling Kids Properly in Car Seats Top Panel Agendas

Also: Joint Education Committee with Senate Discussing DOE's Plan Moving Forward After PARCC & Assembly Agriculture Committee Discusses NJ Department of Agriculture's Recent Changes to School District Food Service Contracts

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** MEDIA ADVISORY - Thursday, September 20 ** Wimberly to Host Assembly Housing and Community Development Public Hearing on Foreclosure & Vacant Property Concerns

Assembly Housing and Community Development Chair Benjie Wimberly will convene a hearing at Kean University on Thursday to discuss the issues of foreclosure and vacant properties in the state. The committee will receive testimony from invited speakers and the public.



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McKeon Bill Requiring Use of Minority, Women-Owned Financial Institutions Clears Committee

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris) requiring the Director of the Division of Investment in the Department of Treasury to attempt to use qualified minority and women-owned financial institutions for the state's brokerage and investment management services cleared the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Thursday.

"Qualified minority and women-owned financial institutions have services that are as professional and on a par with any other, and we should always consider them for the state's brokerage and investment needs," said McKeon. "When given the opportunity, women and minority-owned businesses can thrive, excel and make significant contributions to our state."

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Conaway, Lampitt & Murphy Bill to Require Depression Screenings for Students Clears Assembly Panel


Measure Hopes to Address Alarming Rise in Teen Depression & Suicide

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, M.D., Jr., Pamela Lampitt and Carol Murphy to require annual depression screenings for certain public school students to address the rise of teen depression and suicide was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"Teens today are navigating a very different world. The stressors that arise around puberty are now intensified by social media, which can be used to bully and make young people who are already susceptible to social pressure feel like they are not measuring up," said Conaway.

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McKeon Bill Promoting Walkable Communities Near Public Transit Systems Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly committee approved Thursday legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John F. McKeon establishing the "New Jersey Transit Villages Act" that would encourage individual municipalities to influence land use patterns, densities, and the general character of their communities improving the overall quality of life for their residents.

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DeAngelo Bill to Boost Jobs, Workforce Training For Military Veterans in STEM Fields Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo to support the development of manufacturing jobs and workforce training for New Jersey veterans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

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Quijano, Kennedy & Vainieri Huttle “Tiny Home Pilot Program” Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Jim Kennedy, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle establishing a “Tiny Home Pilot Program” was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Thursday.

“This program provides an inexpensive, efficient way to house our homeless community along with New Jersey residents in need of affordable housing,” said Quijano (D-Union). “The number of people that fall into these categories in our state is currently unreasonably high. Tiny homes provide for a reasonable alternative solution for the families and communities in New Jersey.”

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Swain & Tully Bill Authorizing County-Municipality Shared Services Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully authorizing a county government to adopt an ordinance appointing a construction official to enforce the “State Uniform Construction Code Act” was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Thursday.

“The goal of this bill is to provide an additional opportunity for counties and municipalities to work together,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Allowing towns to enter into a cost-saving shared services program is beneficial to both counties and their municipalities by increasing access to resources which will enable projects to get done in a timely, efficient manner.”

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Reynolds Jackson & Wimberly Bill to Expand LLC Liability for Landlords Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly to expand liability of residential landlords associated with limited liability companies (LLCs) and other commercial entities was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Thursday.

“The ultimate purpose of this bill is to strengthen the relationship between tenants and their landlords,” said Reynolds Jackson (D-Mercer). “Separating individuals from an LLC will help to promote accountability and transparency among the two parties and will ultimately make for a more pleasant renting or property owning experience.”

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Lampitt, Schaer, & Mukherji Bill Requiring Increased Transparency on Mandatory Student Fees at Colleges Gets Assembly Panel Approval

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, and Raj Mukherji sponsored to increase transparency surrounding the collection and use of student fees at New Jersey colleges and universities gained approval from the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday.

“Too often, a term bill will just say ‘campus fee’ or ‘school fee’ without any explanation of how the money will be used, and there’s an expectation that students will just pay,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “When many students are taking on unbearable debt in order to pay for higher education, they at least deserve to know how these fees are spent.”

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Conaway, Murphy & Singleton Stress Need for Depression Screenings for Young People to Combat Teen Depression & Suicide


7th Legislative District Team Sponsoring Bill to Address Rise of Teen Depression & Suicide

Noting the alarming rise in teen depression and suicide, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Assemblywoman Carol Murphy and Senator Troy Singleton (all D-Burlington) on Thursday highlighted the need to screen young people for depression, and discussed how a bill they are sponsoring could help identify warning signs of depression so they could be addressed before it is too late.

Their bill, which was released today by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee chaired by Conaway, would require depression screenings for public school students in grades 7-12.

"The data is startling," said Conaway. "The worst part is that many young people are not diagnosed until they become adults, which means they have spent their formative years battling a disease that can be managed with proper diagnosis and intervention."

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity cleared the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Thursday.

The bill (A-2031) would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and to meet the requirements of a 2008 federal law, which prevents certain health insurers that provide mental or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, commonly referred to as mental health parity.

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Calabrese Bill Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Certain DOBI Employees Clears Assembly Committee

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic) requiring criminal history background checks for certain Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) employees cleared the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee Thursday.

The bill (A-4059) requires the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance to conduct a criminal history record background check, including a name and fingerprint identification check, of each DOBI employee handling sensitive personal, financial and proprietary information.

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Murphy Bill to Create Commission to Review Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders Clears Assembly Panel


Recent US & NJ Supreme Court Rulings Have Raised Questions About Constitutionality of Life Sentences for Juveniles

An Assembly panel on Thursday released a measure sponsored by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy to create a commission to review life sentences for juvenile offenders given recent court rulings that have questioned the appropriateness of these sentences.

"In certain circumstances, long-term sentences can be an appropriate response to serious, violent crimes committed by an adult. But there is legitimate concern about the fairness of life sentences for juvenile offenders," said Murphy (D-Burlington).

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Greenwald on the Passing of Former Assemblyman Peter Barnes II

(TRENTON) - Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald issued the following statement on the recent passing of former state legislator Peter Barnes II :

"It was an honor to serve with Peter Barnes II in the Assembly. It was even more an honor to know him personally and his family. Peter was the real deal. A stalwart legislator, he was a champion for the people of New Jersey not only on environment matters but for many issues critically important to bettering the lives of residents. There was no one better to have on your side when you're in a fight to do the right thing for the state.

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Lopez Named New Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice-chair

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has named Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez as the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice-chairwoman.

“I am honored to serve as the Vice-chair of the Environment and Solid Waste Committee, especially at such a critical time when we must be proactive in protecting our environment,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “It is a responsibility for us as legislators to play a significant role in making New Jersey a clean and healthy place to live, as well as preserving all of the resources our state has to offer. I look forward to tackling the many environmental concerns that are affecting New Jersey residents throughout our state.”

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Jasey Statement on Delay of New Recess Requirement for Elementary Schools

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) on Tuesday issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Department of Education to delay the implementation of the new recess requirement for elementary schools until the 2019-2020 school year.

“The law requiring recess for all elementary school students, which was signed by Governor Murphy on August 10th, with the expectation that it would go into effect at the start of this school year, has been delayed until September, 2019. While I am disappointed in this turn of events, I am gratified that the governor signed the bill and that the public support for it was so overwhelming. I encourage school districts to embrace the intent of this law and commit resources to ensure that recess is available to all students. Let kids play!”

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Speaker Coughlin Statement on Passing of Former Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, Jr

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Tuesday on the passing of former Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, Jr.

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Barnes family on the passing of former Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, Jr. Peter was the true definition of a gentleman; a man of great integrity who led an exemplary life of public service. A former FBI agent, he brought his law enforcement experience to the Assembly where he championed legislation to help keep New Jersey safe. He represented Middlesex County and New Jersey honorably and dutifully. New Jersey lost one of its very best today."

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Speaker Coughlin Statement on Sept. 11 Anniversary

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement today commemorating the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

"Today is not just another day on the calendar. Today's date is etched in the hearts and minds of all Americans. It is still difficult to comprehend the senseless loss of human life and the extent of human cruelty. Our sense of security was shaken perhaps like never before or since. Today we mourn once again for those lost 17 years ago. .."

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Tucker, McIver Host “Teach a Girl to Lead” Session

Shared Journeys, Experiences as Elected Officials; Girls Participated in a Mock Campaign

Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex); Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, Newark Municipal Council, Central Ward; Newark Municipal Council President Mildred C. Crump; and Dawn Haynes, Vice-chairperson, Newark Public Schools Board of Education led a Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Teach a Girl to Lead™ session on Saturday.

The program featured conversation and empowerment during which these leaders shared their journeys and experiences as female elected officials. A total of 15 girls ages 10-14 participated in the fun-filled session which was held at the office of Assemblywoman Tucker.

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Zwicker, Freiman Help Host Prescription Drug Disposal Event at Hunterdon Healthcare

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Donates 5,000 Drug Deactivation Pouches

Assembly Democrats Roy Freiman and Andrew Zwicker yesterday joined other elected officials, healthcare executives, law enforcement officers and community leaders for a prescription drug disposal event at Hunterdon Healthcare featuring 5,000 drug deactivation pouches that were donated by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

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*SATURDAY ADVISORY*

Tucker, McIver to Host Teach a Girl to Lead
Will Share Journeys, Experiences as Elected Officials;

Allow Girls to Participate in a Mock Campaign


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Lampitt Statement on New Teacher Evaluation Rules


New Standards Reduce Weight of PARCC Scores on Teacher Evaluations

Assembly Education Committee Chair Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to new rules announced by the Murphy administration to reduce the weight of PARCC test scores on teacher evaluations:

"New Jersey has some of the most exceptional educators which is why our schools consistently rank among the best in the nation. However, without proper evaluations for teachers, it is much harder to ensure that our children are receiving the high quality education they deserve. While education has placed an overemphasis on standardized testing in recent years, these assessments still serve as a critical tool in gauging student growth, and are one of the only objective measures in assessing teacher performance…"


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Lagana, Swain & Tully Asking District 38 Residents to Provide Public Comment on Westmoreland Well Field Contamination

Senator Joseph Lagana, Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully (D-Bergen/Passaic) are encouraging residents in the 38th district to provide public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how they have been affected by contaminated groundwater at the Westmoreland Well Field in Fair Lawn.

“The contaminants of the groundwater at the Westmoreland Well Field pose long term health risks for the residents of Fair Lawn and our district as a whole,” said Swain. “Completing the remediation of this well field as quickly as possible is our highest priority. With the help of our constituents, we will be able to convey how vital it is for us to work with the EPA to get this issue resolved.”

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Zwicker, Freiman to Help Host Prescription Drug Disposal Event at Hunterdon Healthcare

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Will Donate 5,000 Drug Deactivation Pouches

Assemblyman Roy Freiman, (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon)

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon)

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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Bill to Help Alleviate Medical Debt for Residents

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey introduced legislation on Monday designed to assist New Jersey residents facing debt collection for unpaid medical bills.

“Medical bills should not consume someone’s life,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “It is only fair that patients are provided with feasible methods to pay off their debt.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Hold First Annual Kids Congress Event

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey held their first annual Kids Congress events on Monday and Tuesday, with over twenty local children in attendance.

The Monmouth County legislators treated children to two days of fun and learning through group activities and educational games. Nearly two-dozen children spent their morning learning how a bill is made, who their representatives are, and testing their knowledge of U.S. Government through games and activities. Kids Congress was hosted at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury and at the Ocean Township library.

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Holley Introduces Bill Calling for Marketing Campaign to Increase Participation in School Breakfast, Lunch Programs

Nearly 540,000 New Jersey Students Qualify for Free or Low-Cost Meals

Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley (D-Union) introduced legislation Monday that would require the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Education, to create a targeted marketing campaign for the purpose of increasing student participation in the federal School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

"There are approximately 540,000 New Jersey students living in families who qualify for the nutritious, well-balanced meals that are offered in these free and low-cost programs," said Holley. "A marketing campaign geared toward eligible children and their families would help ensure that as many students as possible receive nutritious meals that can help them remain focused on learning while in school, not on being hungry. The facts are clear: children are less likely to learn when they are hungry, because they just can't focus."

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Benson Statement on Bill to Make Major Investment in Career/Technical Education & School Security & Water Infrastructure Now Law

Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) issued the following statement on the "Securing Our Children's Future Bond Act" becoming law: "Making this necessary investment in career and technical education programs will help us maintain and attract high-demand industries that are the engine of New Jersey's economic growth.

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Wimberly, Reynolds Jackson Bill Creating Specialty License Plates for Renowned Sorority Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson to create a New Jersey specialty license plate for the renowned sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, was signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

“Specialty license plates allow residents to proudly exhibit their support for a worthy cause, a hobby or an organization,” said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Delta Sigma Theta would be added to the state list of national service organizations that residents can represent with a specialty license plate. Its members who live and work in New Jersey will now have another way to show pride in an organization with a long, esteemed presence in America.”

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Lopez Applauds Legislation Focused on Seat Belt, School Bus Safety Becoming Law

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) issued the below statement Saturday following the signing of legislation promoting seat belt and school bus safety into law:

"Today, New Jersey leads by example in requiring by law the use of 3-point seat belt systems in school b The bus crash that took place on May 17th in Paramus shocked our entire state - and prompted the legislature to take action in order to prevent another tragedy like it from ever happening again.

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Lopez, Benson, Swain and Tully Bill Focused on Seat Belt, School Bus Safety Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Daniel Benson, Lisa Swain and Chris Tully requiring new school buses to be equipped with 3-point lap and shoulder safety belts was signed into law by the Governor on Saturday.

"Children's safety should always be our priority," said Lopez (D-Middlesex). "This is a clear way for us to improve the safety of our students, so it is absolutely a step we should take."

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Wimberly on Signing of Bill A-4249 Into Law

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on the signing of his bill A-4249:

"New Jersey is facing a shortage of primary care physicians throughout the state and urban centers like the City of Paterson are taking the biggest hit. The creation of a "Safety Net Graduate Medical Education Subsidy" will help to address health disparities among medical staff in hospitals within New Jersey's low-income and undeserved communities.

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Greenwald, Moriarty & Murphy Bill to Create New Jersey Civic Information Consortium Now Law

Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty and Carol Murphy sponsored to establish a New Jersey Civic Information Consortium was signed into law on Friday.

"New Jersey's reliance on New York and Philadelphia media outlets for information means that a lot of our residents' news is coming not from their neighbors, but rather outside reporters who may be unfamiliar with the links between the state's past and its present," said Greenwald
(D-Camden/Burlington). "Local news is the lifeblood of a community. It adds local context to stories and keeps those in power accountable. Supporting it is undoubtedly in the public's best interest."

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McKeon & Jasey Bill "Tommy's Law" to Establish NJ Transit Policies Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon and Mila Jasey to require New Jersey Transit to put in place policies in case a person is injured or killed in an accident involving motor buses and rail or light rail vehicles was signed into law on Friday.

The new law (formerly bill A-3904) is known as "Tommy's Law "in memory of Thomas Ryan, age 27, who tragically died when he was struck by a train traveling approximately 70 mph at the main street station in Ramsey located in Bergen County.

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McKeon Statement on Recent Federal Actions to Dissuade States from Easing Tax Burden under SALT Limitations

Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex, Morris) issued the following statement Friday:

"The SALT cap is grossly unfair to taxpayers who live in the states with some of the highest property taxes in the country.

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Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Zwicker, Land, Benson & Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak, Andrew Zwicker, Bruce Land, Dan Benson & Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

“The harsh reality is that opioids are killing thousands of people in this country, many of them young people,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “Narcan has been proven to save lives. Having it readily available in schools can help ensure that our schools are ready to respond in every emergency situation.”

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Pintor Marin, Tucker & DeAngelo Bill Authorizing Assessments, Bonds to Fund Replacement of Lead-Contaminated Water Lines Signed into Law


Law Aims to Ensure Safer, Cleaner Drinking Water for Thousands of Homes

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eliana Pintor Marin, Cleopatra Tucker and Wayne DeAngelo authorizing municipalities to levy special assessments, and issue bonds, to replace certain lead-contaminated water service lines, has been signed into law.

"This law will put us one step closer to ensuring that our drinking water is safer to drink and lead free," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). "In Newark alone, there are approximately 15,000 homes in which the water service lines connecting the property to the city's main water line are lead. This can lead to contaminated home drinking water."

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Jasey, Lopez & Sumter Bill to Ensure New Jersey's Participation in 2020 Federal Decennial Census Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Mila Jasey, Yvonne Lopez and Shavonda Sumter to establish the "New Jersey Complete Count Commission," which will help ensure the state's full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census, has been signed into law.

"Because federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors, communities benefit the most when the census counts everyone," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "We need all hands on deck in New Jersey to ensure that our communities are fully represented in the 2020 census."

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Downey Praises 22 Years of TANF, but Says it Must Extend Reach

Assembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) released the following statement Friday on the 22nd anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing a law creating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and drastically restructuring cash assistance for families with children living in poverty:

"Wednesday, August 22 was the 22nd anniversary of the implementation of TANF. TANF, or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, has provided hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged residents living in poverty over the years, providing a temporary safety net for those in need of the most support.

"Over time, however, the reach of monetary assistance has declined significantl.."


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Joint Legislative Environment Hearing in Toms River Opens Discussion on Single-Use Plastics and Plastic Waste in New Jersey

(TOMS RIVER) - The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee met jointly with the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday at the Toms River Municipal Complex Building to discuss single-use plastics and plastic waste, the harmful effects they have on the environment and how New Jersey can minimize and eventually end our reliance on single-use plastic items.

"Each day, Americans use 500 million plastic straws, and each year, Americans use 100 billion plastic bags and throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups," said Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairwoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex). "All of this waste inevitably ends up sitting in landfills or polluting our oceans, killing over one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals every year and it contributes to global warming. Climate change is a real, serious threat, and it is an issue we must work to tackle swiftly and decisively for the sake of our children and grandchildren."

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Greenwald, Lampitt & Mosquera "Jake's Law" Bill to Create Inclusive Playgrounds to Better Serve NJ Families with Disabilities Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Pamela Lampitt and Gabriela Mosquera to make playgrounds in New Jersey inclusive and capable of catering to children and parents with different types of disabilities was signed into law Thursday.

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Lampitt Statement on Betsy DeVos Considering Federal Funds to Put Guns in Schools

Assembly Education Committee Chair Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) on Thursday issued the following statement concerning reports that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal grant money to buy guns for schools.

"After the horrific events in Parkland earlier this year, the Assembly and Senate Education Committees moved to learn what more we could do to improve school security in our state. After hearing hours of testimony from students, administrators, parents, members of law enforcement, and other community members, we identified many strategies to make our students safer. Throughout this process, not one person offered the suggestion of arming teachers.

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**FRIDAY ADVISORY** Assemblyman Schaer, Mayor Lora, HHS Regional Director Ferreri & Other Elected Officials Hold Press Conference to Promote Release of New Medicare Cards in NJ


New Cards Will Help Prevent Fraud

Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Passaic City Mayor Hector Lora, and United States Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director Anthony Ferreri will be joined by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese, Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in Passaic on Friday to promote the release of new Medicare cards to help protect seniors against fraud.

Nearly 60 million Americans are receiving updated Medicare cards which will now have a random identification number in place of the individual's Social Security number.

New Jerseyans are receiving their cards this month.

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Quijano Applauds the Closing of State Maintained Lands to Bear Hunting This Season

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) issued the following statement regarding the recent action by the Governor to close state forests, parks, recreation areas, historic sites, wildlife management areas and natural areas to bear hunting for the 2018 season:

"I applaud the efforts of the Governor to limit bear hunting this season. Until we have a more humane management plan in place, we should not condone this activity, at the very least, on state-owned lands.

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Mazzeo Bill Rescheduling Tax Appeal Process Now Statewide Option

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo allowing New Jersey counties to operate under alternative real property tax assessment dates was signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

“The goal of this piece of legislation is to put an organized, efficient program in place that will ultimately save money for both municipalities and their taxpayers,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “The current tax assessment calendar can impose a significant burden on towns that are unable to plan for potential refunds on excess property taxes; or on residents, who may end up having to pay a refund. This law will help to do that math in advance.”

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Coughlin Bill to Begin Preparations for Observance of America's 250th Anniversary Now Law


Plans Also Include Commemoration of NJ's 1st Constitution Adopted in 1776

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) to begin planning the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States and the anniversary of New Jersey's first constitution was recently signed into law.

"New Jersey played a central and crucial role in the events of the Revolutionary War. Considered the Crossroads of the American Revolution, the state hosted the most battles during the war. In fact, George Washington spent much of his time as Commander-in-Chief in New Jersey," said Speaker Coughlin. "This history deserves to be celebrated with great fanfare."

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Houghtaling, Downey & Egan Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Joseph Egan to help revitalize shuttered military bases in Monmouth County by providing additional liquor licenses was signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

“By allowing additional alcoholic beverage licenses to be distributed in our municipalities, we are bringing an ample amount of opportunities to Monmouth County,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “It will promote small businesses, encourage tourism, and create jobs for our constituents.”

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DeAngelo Bill Clarifying Training Requirements for HVACR Contractors Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo clarifying training requirements of certain HVACR contactors was signed into law by Governor Murphy Friday.

“HVACR is an incredibly lucrative and necessary field, and this law is designed to encourage people with a certain set of hands-on and entrepreneurial skills to get involved,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “We need talented individuals filling the skills gap we currently have, and I believe this law will help remedy this.”

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Jasey Bill Package to Help Reduce the Financial Burden of Higher Ed on Students & Families Now Law

A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Mila Jasey to promote college affordability has been signed into law.

"Combined, these measures both inform students and their families of what it takes to graduate in four years, and asks institutions to be mindful of ensuring it is possible for students to earn a degree in four years, which will ultimately save on tuition costs, resulting in less debt and less stress," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris).

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Establish Loan Program for N.J. Wineries Advanced by Assembly Panel

Sponsored by Houghtaling, Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Taliaferro

Legislation aiming to help New Jersey's burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development was advanced Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill (A-1046) -- sponsored by Assembly Democrats, Eric Houghtaling, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, and Adam Taliaferro - directs the EDA, in consultation with Department of Agriculture, to establish a loan program for certain vineyard and winery capital expenses.

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PIntor Marin Delivers Opening Statement For NJ Select Oversight Committee



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