Prieto & Diegnan to Discuss Plans to Enhance Teacher EffectivenessAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. will hold a 10 a.m. news conference on Thursday to discuss enhancing teacher effectiveness.
Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Diegnan (D-Middlesex) will be joined by:...
5-Bill Higher Education Reform Package, Eliminating Sports Gaming Prohibitions, Woman's Health & Senior Citizen Protections Top Thursday Assembly Committee MeetingsA 5-bill higher education reform package and legislation to repeal all prohibitions against sports gaming, improve consumer debit card protections, improve women's health care and improve protections for senior citizens highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.
Bills to once again invalidate Gov. Chris Christie's efforts to dismantle Civil Service, protect New Jersey's Internet gaming industry, modernizing distribution of income tax refunds and other state benefits, red-tape cutting and vacant property management are also among the bills on tap...
Assembly Approves Andrzejczak & Singleton Bill to Help Provide Financial Stability to School Districts on Military BasesThe full Assembly on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Troy Singleton to help provide greater financial stability for school districts located on military bases or other operations controlled by the federal government.
"This will help provide school districts near military bases, in particular, with the stability they need to continue operating without overburdening taxpayers should they be impacted by any decisions at the federal level, like base closures, realignments or cutbacks," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland).
Assembly Unanimously Passes Diegnan, Moriarty, Eustace & Stender Bill to Ban Production and Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in NJ
Sponsors Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Ridding Microbeads from Personal Products(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0, on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads.
The bill (A-3083) prohibits the production, manufacture, and sale of all personal cosmetic products containing microbeads. Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to personal cosmetic products such as soap, face wash and toothpaste. They are artificial replacements for natural additives such as crushed almonds and pumice.
The sponsors of the bill commend the companies that have begun to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in products. If this legislation were to become law, New Jersey would join one other state, Illinois in banning the use of microbeads.
"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."
Assembly Passes Diegnan & Wimberly Bill to Require Coin Exchange Machines to Disclose Fees(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Vice-Chair Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require coin redemption machines to disclose fees was approved by the full Assembly on Monday.
The bill (A-1462) would prohibit operators of machines that sort and count a consumer's coins and provide cash in exchange from charging a fee for the service unless a notice advertising the fee is prominently posted on the machine. The legislation also would require a notice to be posted if coins cannot be refunded once deposited.
"When consumers go to a kiosk to trade in loose change for bills, they reasonably expect to walk away with the same amount of money they brought in. Unfortunately, it's too often the case that - unbeknownst to many consumers until it's too late - for every hard-earned dollar they put in, the machine takes a dime," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex).
Singleton Disappointed by Republicans’ Failure to Support Christie Veto Override after Offering Unanimous Support Last Time
Bill Would Have Required a Long-Term Affordability Forecast to Help Manage State DebtAssemblyman Troy Singleton on Monday expressed his disappointment over the failure by Assembly Republicans to join Democrats in overriding Gov. Christie's veto of a bill he sponsored to better manage the state's debt, a measure that was unanimously supported by the Assembly last time around.
The bill (A-961), which was unanimously approved by both houses of the legislature earlier this year and vetoed by Christie this month, was put up for an override vote today and failed to garner the support needed from the necessary two-thirds of the 80-member house (45-5-23) after Republicans pulled their previous support and voted no this time.
Greenwald Hails ‘Real, Bipartisan Progress’ in Job-Growth LegislationAssembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Monday upon the Assembly's concurrence with the conditional veto of A-3213, the Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 3:
"Today's vote continues the critical bipartisan work we began last year with the Economic Opportunity Act. By streamlining and reforming a complex system of incentives, we have strengthened New Jersey's ability to attract job growth and economic development. …"
Schaer, Wisniewski & Watson Coleman Measure to Support Israel in Defense Against Hamas Approved by AssemblyA bipartisan resolution sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, John S. Wisniewski and Bonnie Watson Coleman to express support for the State of Israel and call for increased U.S. aid to Israel as it fights against terrorist attacks was approved Monday in the Assembly.
"There can be no doubt whatsoever about where the state of New Jersey stands on this matter. As long as Hamas exists to threaten the security of the Israeli people and the people of this world, New Jersey will stand firmly with Israel as it exercises its indisputable right to defend itself," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic).
Fuentes, Gusciora Bill to Combat Scrap Metal Theft in NJ Clears Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) to strengthen New Jersey law concerning scrap metal sales and to stem the sale of stolen scrap metal passed the full Assembly on Monday.
Assemblyman Fuentes authored this legislation (A-2074) in response to the rise in scrap metal theft happening in Camden and other parts of the state.
Prieto, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Boost After-Hospital Care Gains Final Legislative ApprovalBipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo to help boost the quality of care delivered to patients at home after they leave the hospital was approved 72-0 on Monday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The bill now heads to the governor's desk.
"The follow-up care required after a hospital stay can be incredibly complicated and overwhelming for the average person," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "By having hospitals work cooperatively with a patient's preferred caregiver, we can ensure that they're getting the level of care they need from the person they feel most comfortable with."
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Burzichelli & Wilson Bill to Allow Recreational Activity Such as Youth Soccer on Pinelands Protected Land Approved by Assembly
Bill Stems from Refusal to Allow Youth Soccer on Hammonton FarmLegislation Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, John Burzichelli and Whip Wilson sponsored to allow recreational activity such as youth soccer on lands protected by Pinelands development restrictions -- a bill prompted by the Pinelands Commission's recent refusal to allow a farm owner in South Jersey to host youth soccer tournaments on the grounds -- was approved 67-2-1 Monday by the Assembly.
The bill (A-3257) provides that a recreational use would be allowed on lands that are subject to a Pinelands development credit deed restriction and located within an agricultural production area in the Pinelands area. For a recreational use to qualify under the bill, the recreational use must involve only minimal or temporary impact on the agricultural or horticultural use of the lands, not include the development of any permanent structures on any lands in agricultural or horticultural use and be of a temporary nature.
Singleton, Lampitt, Quijano & Pintor Marin Bill to Require State to Reveal Complete Property Tax Data Annually Approved by AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Annette Quijano and Elian Pintor Marin sponsored to require the state to annually post complete property tax data was approved Monday by the Assembly.
"Hiding or deleting vital property tax information is not the right way to govern," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The public deserves the right to all relevant information, and this bill will help to inform the public at large, and local property taxpayers individually, about the components of their property tax bills, and to illustrate to the public that local spending decisions directly affect local property taxes..."
DeAngelo, Lagana, Garcia & Andrzejczak Bill Targeting Automobile Insurance Fraud Approved by AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Wayne P. DeAngelo, Joseph Lagana, Carmelo Garcia and Bob Andrzejczak sponsored to crackdown on insurance fraud was approved Monday by the Assembly.
"Insurance fraud is not only wrong, but it costs honest drivers money through higher premiums," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "We've made a lot of progress in controlling auto insurance rates, but we still have a long way to go and cracking down on fraud needs to be a big part of that continuing effort..."
Prieto & Bramnick: N.J. Assembly Joins in Condemnation of ISISNew Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader Jon M. Bramnick released the following statement on Monday:
"To that end, we, the leaders of the New Jersey General Assembly, stand united in the effort to protect people from a group that has no regard for human life. Those who have committed or are responsible for violations of human rights in Iraq and Syria, including persecution of individuals on the basis of their religion, or on political grounds, must be held accountable..."
Benson & Wimberly Bill to Enhance Awareness, Protect Children from Lead Poisoning Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic) to help prevent lead poisoning in children was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"This bill helps educate parents so they are able to recognize the symptoms of lead poisoning in children, which can have harmful, lasting health effects,.." said Benson.
Johnson & Mainor Bill Requiring Higher Ed. Police Departments to Adopt Policing Procedures Used by All Law Enforcement in NJ Approved by AssemblyThe Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures.
"Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Rather than have these departments operating under different guidelines, this bill would require them to use the same guidelines as every other law enforcement agency in the state."
Andrzejczak on Bill Allowing Recreational Activities on Pinelands-Protected Farmland (A-3257)
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