Diegnan, Johnson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Require Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement Officers Clears PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan Jr., Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to establish mandatory sexual assault training requirements for law enforcement officers was advanced recently by an Assembly panel.
"Law enforcement officers must focus on protecting sexual assault victims and bringing perpetrators to justice," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By ensuring that all officers receive proper training, this legislation will help create a New Jersey where victims know they will be supported and offenders know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Assembly Panel Approves Eustace, Andrzejczak, DeAngelo & Sumter Bill to Give Veterans and Certain Groups Access to Filing for Unemployment Benefits Online(TRENTON) - The Assembly Labor Committee in a recent meeting advanced, 9-0, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo and Shavonda Sumter to ensure that all claimants have the same access unemployment benefits online.
Currently, claimants who served in the military, worked in government; or worked outside of the state can only apply over the telephone or in person.
"Current policy neglects to provide veterans and others the same conveniences in filing for UI benefits as other residents," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "All claimants in New Jersey should have equal access to all unemployment benefits filing options, especially those who have fought for this country."
Greenwald: Public Health Requires Steady, Science-Based Leadership, Not Knee-Jerk ReactionsNew Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Wednesday:
"Without a doubt, the Ebola virus presents a serious challenge to public health leaders in our country and across the globe. The seriousness of this virus demands an equally serious response from our leaders.
Mazzeo Proposes Increased Property Tax Relief for Atlantic County
Suggests Boosting Property Tax Relief as Part of Efforts to Reinvigorate Atlantic CityAssemblyman Vince Mazzeo on Thursday proposed boosting property tax relief throughout Atlantic County as part of the ongoing effort to reinvigorate the Atlantic City region's economy.
"Our priority as local leaders must be to reduce the property tax burden on Atlantic County's hard-working middle-class families and seniors," Mazzeo said. "The growing tax burden is unsustainable and many residents have fled our region. We must act -- and we must act now..."
Singleton, Mukherji & DeAngelo Bill to Create the "Task Force on Construction Industry Workplace Safety and Health" AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Raj Mukherji and Wayne DeAngelo to create an independent panel within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to assess current conditions and recommend improvements of workplace safety and health polices in the state's construction industry was released earlier this week by an Assembly panel.
"Construction work can be extremely dangerous work under improper conditions and without the proper policies in place to protect workers," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The task force will help the state to focus its efforts on ensuring safe and fair conditions for all in the construction industry."
Assembly Panel Approves Sumter Bill to Ease Disability to Work Transition for Residents(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently released legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) to establish a partial return to work program residents receiving temporary disability insurance.
The sponsor notes in the legislation the bill's intent is to allow workers to transition back to work by initially working on a part time basis, and to provide cost savings to the TDI fund by reducing TDI benefit costs during those transitions.
A similar program has been implemented in Rhode Island in 2007, which has been reported to have seen savings every year in operation.
"Implementing a partial return to work program allows residents to ease back into working after being out on disability," Sumter said. "It will help both employers and workers with the transition back into the workplace."
Singleton & Andrzejczak Legislation to Promote Locally-Grown Produce in Schools Clears PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak sponsored to encourage schools to buy locally-sourced foods was approved by an Assembly panel.
"Local food is fresher, more nutritious and supports New Jersey farmers and their families, which means this legislation will fuel both young minds and local economies," said Singleton (D-Burlington). …
Mazzeo & Andrzejczak Unveil 'Disaster Victims Protection Act' to Ensure Fair Relief Allocation for Residents and BusinessesSponsors Note Ongoing Relief Problems Two Years After Sandy
Noting the problems that still persist two years after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo and Bob Andrzejczak on Wednesday highlighted the Disaster Victims Protection Act they've introduced to ensure residents and businesses hit hardest are priorities for receiving help.
"This is all about fairness," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Residents and businesses are still looking to recover throughout the region, and the problems we saw in New Jersey with aid allocations remain deeply concerning..."
Benson, Moriarty & Wisniewski Bill to Help Prevent Consumers from Getting Roped Into Endless Contracts Clears Assembly PanelA consumer protection measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Paul Moriarty and John Wisniewski was recently advanced in the Assembly, moving New Jersey closer to requiring notification to customers when a contract is to be automatically renewed.
"So many highly-used services out there today include automatic renewal clauses in their contracts," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "In an era of paperless billing and automatic charges to credit cards or bank accounts, consumers often get roped into extended and costly contracts. By requiring these terms to be clearly displayed and advance notice before renewal, this bill will give consumers the opportunity to make more informed choices for themselves."
Vainieri Huttle, Stender & NY Assembly Members on Port Authority Reform Legislation (A-3350 & A-3417)
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