DeAngelo Calls for State House Renovation Work to be done by New Jersey Residents & Trades ProfessionalsAssemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo on Wednesday urged that the proposed restoration to the State House be carried out by building and construction trades professionals who are New Jersey residents. In a letter to Gov. Christie, DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) encouraged the use of Project Labor Agreements in the contracts connected to the project:
"Right here, just miles outside the steps of the State House, there are men and women in the building and construction trades who would undertake the work of reconstruction to a quality level that is beyond reproach…"
DeAngelo Measure to Honor State Police Gains Assembly Committee ApprovalLegislation Celebrates 95th Anniversary of First Graduating Class of Troopers
Legislation Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to honor the New Jersey State Police recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.
"The men and women of the New Jersey State Police make up one of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the world," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "From the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby to last year's papal visit to the many day-to-day interactions for which they get not nearly enough credit, the State Police consistently have performed with great integrity and professionalism for 95 years."
Burzichelli, Mukherji & Holley Bill to Facilitate CDL Process Clears CommitteeMeasure Would Help Put Truckers, Bus Drivers Back to Work in New Jersey
Legislation Assemblymen John J. Burzichelli, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley sponsored to allow third-party vendors to administer the driving test required to operate commercial trucks and buses in New Jersey recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.
"There are people in New Jersey who are capable of driving for a living and want to pursue good job opportunities but can't, because they have to wait months for a chance to take the CDL examination. That doesn't just hurt them as individuals. It hurts our entire economy," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "The majority of the country lets third-party vendors administer CDL testing. Qualified drivers in New Jersey shouldn't be left behind simply because we don't."
Gusciora to Trump: Maintain Key LGBT Protections
Veteran Assemblyman Introducing Resolution Calling on President-Elect to Keep Key Anti-Discrimination Executive OrderAssemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) is introducing a measure urging President-Elect Trump to maintain Executive Order 13672, which provides critical employment protections for LGBT individuals working in the federal government.
"In the wake of Donald Trump's election, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the direction that American public policy is going to take in the next few years. It's natural that minorities, the LGBT community, and those with disabilities would feel uncomfortable, worried about their future, and even scared in this new political environment," Gusciora stated. "This resolution is just the first step in demonstrating that New Jersey will not allow these populations to be marginalized."
Schaer Introduces Legislation to Make Sure New Jersey’s Health Insurance Networks Meet Consumers’ NeedsAssemblyman Gary Schaer introduced legislation this week to help ensure New Jersey's health insurance networks are meeting the changing needs of healthcare in the 21st century.
Schaer's legislation would establish the New Jersey Commission on Health Insurance Network Adequacy in order to review the state's network adequacy regulations, which were adopted by the Department of Banking and Insurance in 1999 and have remained substantially unchanged since.
Taliaferro Legislation Promoting New Jersey’s Native Plants Signed into LawLegislation (AJR-98) sponsored by Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro was signed into law Monday, designating June of each year as "Native Plant Appreciation Month" in an effort to honor and preserve New Jersey's biodiversity.
"By observing Native Plant Appreciation Month, our state recognizes the important role of native plants in the ecosystem, and encourages residents to learn more about native plants, their habitats, and how to protect them," said Taliaferro.
Sumter Appalled by Gov's Absolute Veto of Solitary Confinement Bill(TRENTON) - Assembly Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) expressed her disappointment yesterday over the Governor's absolute veto of the bill to restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey's prison system. Sumter sponsored the bill in the Assembly in light of a ban implemented in January by the White House that prohibits juveniles and those with a mental illness from receiving solitary confinement in federal jails.
"It is extremely disheartening that Gov. Christie has decided to veto the bill banning solitary confinement in the state's prison system. Our prison systems are supposed to rehabilitate - not do harm. Isolation is not rehabilitation.
Zwicker Launches Food Drive to Benefit Local PantriesDonations to Support Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset County Food Banks
The legislative office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker is collecting non-perishable food donations to help those in need this winter.
"Some of the men and women facing hunger are strangers, and others are neighbors, classmates, friends and co-workers who may take painstaking steps each day to hide that they are in need," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "Regardless of whether or not we know them personally, they are part of our community. This food drive is an opportunity not only to provide a meal for those dealing with hardship but also to remind these individuals and their families that we care."
Speaker Prieto Statement on the Loss of Trooper WilliamsAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement on Tuesday:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Trooper Frankie Williams. Trooper Williams was an example of the best New Jersey and the State Police have to offer - an upstanding young man who worked tirelessly to achieve his goal of serving the public..."
McKeon Expresses Concern about NJ Transit Patronage & Safety
Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon expresses concern about NJ Transit patronage and safety. Mckeon co-chaired Tuesday's Assembly/Senate hearing into NJ Transit safety. It was the third such hearing.
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