Assembly Democrats

Eustace on Additional $72 Million Settlement with Volkswagen over Clean Air Violations

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding the recent announcement of the additional settlement fund the state received from Volkswagen over clean air violations:

"This is good news for New Jersey. Now we must make sure the money is spent responsibly to ensure greater protection of public health, our environment and our residents.

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Coughlin & Conaway Bill to Protect Employee Rights to Ownership & Usage of Inventions Developed on Their Own Time & Resources Clears Senate Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Craig Coughlin & Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. to protect employee rights to the ownership and usage of inventions developed entirely on the employee's own time and without using an employer's resources, was approved Monday by the Senate Labor Committee.

"The goal is to preserve an employee's common law rights to the exclusive ownership and usage of any employee invention totally unrelated to the job functions of the employee and created wholly without using any employer resources," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex).

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Fire Safety Officials to Conduct a Demonstration Christmas Tree Burn and Highlight Holiday Fire Safety Tips

On Tuesday, November 28th Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chair of the New Jersey Fire Safety Commission will join with Fire Safety officials at the Middlesex County Fire Academy to highlight important fire safety tips for the holiday season. Fire Academy staff and members of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board will conduct a demonstration of a Christmas tree fire to highlight its flammability, the speed with which such a fire can spread, and the ability of sprinkler systems to contain the fire and minimize damage.

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Muoio & Quijano Legislation to Crack Down on Modern-Day 'Sweatshop' Conditions Threatening Temporary Workers Clears Senate Panel

Legislation Inspired by Multi-Part Investigative Series that Exposed Harrowing Work Conditions
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Elizabeth Muoio & Annette Quijano to crack down on the abuse and exploitation of temporary workers in New Jersey was approved Monday by the Senate Labor Committee.

The bill was prompted by a 2016 multi-media investigative series that exposed a vast range of unsafe and hazardous conditions, pay violations and hostile working environments in New Jersey's temp industry.

"Temporary workers are a growing, yet invisible, sector of New Jersey's workforce," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Many of these employees do labor-intensive, back-breaking work while being subjected to mistreatment and denied overtime pay…"

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Lampitt, Pintor Marin, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Exempt Breast Pumps, Related Products from Sales and Use Tax Continues Advancing

Asw. Pamela Lampitt Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Eliana Pintor Marin, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to make breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, and certain services to breast pumps tax-free in New Jersey was advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"Breast pumps and pump supplies are basic necessities for many New Jersey families and should not be subject to sales and use tax," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington), chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee.

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Quijano Will Reintroduce Bill to Establish Driver's License for NJ Residents who are Undocumented

Assemblywoman said measure would make roads safer by ensuring cars are registered & insured: looks forward to working with Governor-elect Phil Murphy and advocates on this public safety issue
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) today announced she will reintroduce her New Jersey Safe and Responsible Drivers Act bill, which would provide driver's licenses for New Jersey residents who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.

Quijano said the bill language will be tweaked, but the end goal will be the same.

"The purpose of this bill is to enhance road safety by ensuring that all drivers are properly tested and licensed, and are driving vehicles that are registered and insured," said Quijano.

Quijano said she has been working with advocates, and will meet with members of Governor-elect Phil Murphy's transition team to craft a bill that addresses the needs and concerns of all involved. Quijano's original proposal, which is modeled on a California law that was approved by federal officials, will be the foundation for the final bill sent to Governor-elect Murphy's desk.

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Mukherji, Chiaravalloti & Wimberly Bill to Prevent Homelessness Among Domestic Violence Victims Continues Advancing

Asm. Daniel Benson Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Elizabeth Muoio, Raj Mukherji, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to provide emergency housing assistance for victims of domestic violence was advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"There have been many times when victims of domestic violence have been denied emergency assistance because they voluntarily left a job where their abuser could find them or failed to plan for substitute housing - situations that are typically out of their control, especially for many who have limited means," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Our number one priority should be ensuring their safety and getting them back on their feet, and that's what this bill will do."

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Chiaravalloti & Lampitt Bills to Improve Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services Advanced by Senate Committee

Asm. Gary Schaer Two bills Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state were advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"We heard concerns time and time again relating to crisis services throughout the state," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The result is this legislation, which has gone through an extensive stakeholder process. Early intervention and support is paramount when it comes to behavioral health care. With these bills, we will be taking common sense steps to improve and modernize our services, benefiting patients and their families."

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McKeon Bill Concerning Wheel Weights, Cutting Down on Lead, Mercury Pollution in New Jersey Clears Senate Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblyman John McKeon sponsored to prohibit the installation and sale of wheel weights and the sale of new motor vehicles tires containing lead or mercury weights was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Monday.

Lead and mercury weights commonly are used in replacement tires to balance wheels and tires. Mercury wheel balancing products are made for use with large wheels found on semi tractors and trailers, as well as larger recreational vehicles and buses. Wheel weights are fastened to automobile rims in order to balance tires and prevent uneven tire wear.

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McKeon, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Keep State Parks Open During Government Shutdown Advances

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John F. McKeon and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to require state parks and certain areas to remain open for the first seven days of a state government shutdown was advanced on Monday by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

"While families were being asked to vacate their camping trips at state parks on a national holiday weekend, the Governor took the opportunity to enjoy a state-owned beach front property," said McKeon (D- Essex, Morris). "Families were grossly inconvenienced by the unexpected government shutdown and that should never happen again. This legislation will prevent any further disruption of services, during a government shutdown, for families who wish to spend July 4th weekend at a state park or forest or just taking in historic sites."

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Mukherji, Pintor-Marin, Muoio, Holley & Chiaravalloti Bill to Fast Track Green Building Projects Continues to Advance

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor-Marin, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would fast-track environmentally friendly municipal construction projects was advanced by the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Monday.

"Fast tracking green construction jobs will give a much needed boost to our state's economic engine," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "Ensuring that engine is fueled with environmentally friendly projects is an added bonus that will pay economic and environmental dividends for years to come."

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Zwicker & Johnson Bill to Protect Freelance Workers Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Gordon Johnson to ensure fair treatment of freelance workers was approved Monday by the Senate Labor Committee.

The bill (A-4410) provides that a freelance worker must be paid the compensation earned according to work terms agreed to by the freelance worker and its client, and requires the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to act as a regulatory agency regarding these work agreements.

"Freelance workers aren't free," said Zwicker (D-Mercer/Somerset/Hunterdon/Middlesex). "Freelance workers must be paid the compensation they've earned, and we need to ensure this basic fairness afforded to every other worker…"

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Coughlin & Top NJ Dems on Plans to Raise Minimum Wage

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