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Gun Safety, Equal Pay for Women, Earned Sick Leave, Trenton Water Works/Clean Water Concerns, Expanded Medical Marijuana, Heat-and-Eat Boost & Affordable Health Care up Thursday

Also on Tap: New Voter Empowerment Act, Clean Wind Energy, Chronic Student Absenteeism, Countering Trump Tax Changes, Police & Firefighter Pension Management, Self-Driving Car Safety, PTSD Insurance Coverage, Opioid Epidemic & 911Call Modernization

Equal pay for women, earned sick leave for New Jersey workers, three key gun safety bills, a bill package to address ongoing Trenton Water Works concerns, expanded medical marijuana, boosting the heat-and-eat program and protecting affordable health care highlight Thursday's Assembly committee hearings...

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Lampitt & Downey Bill Promoting Equal Pay for Women Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey to promote equal pay for women was advanced out of the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday.

“Women in every state and in nearly every occupation experience the gender pay gap,” said Lampitt (D-Burlington/Camden). “Over their lifetime, this can have a significant impact on their financial security. Though the gap is gradually closing, it’s doing so far too slowly and many women still do not receive commensurate compensation for their work. Stricter measures to ensure parity in the workplace are clearly needed.”

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Coughlin Bill to Enhance Workplace Democracy Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Speaker Craig Coughlin designed to ensure labor unions are able to carry out their duties by having access to and being able to communicate with the employees they represent was cleared out of the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday.

“It is vital that communication between union members and their employee organizations is open and strong,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “This bill will encourage workers to form bonds among one another as well as with their employers, thus creating a more trusting and productive work environment.”

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Wimberly Measure to Reconstitute Joint Committee on Economic Justice & Equal Employment Opportunity Advances

Economic justice legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly gained an Assembly panel’s approval on Monday.

“As we continue to recover from a severe economic recession, we must ensure that every New Jersey resident has the opportunity to obtain gainful employment, support their families and live the best lives they can,” said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). “A joint committee will allow us to listen to New Jersey’s working families, who have been affected most by the slow growth in the economy and lacking job creation, and to also listen to businesses that also have concerns.”

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Lampitt: Equal Pay for Women will Make Headlines Across the Nation

Vainieri Huttle: Equal Pay Bill Will Strengthen the Family

Sumter: I Learned About Pay Inequity at 16

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