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Speaker Prieto Appoints Asm. Benjie Wimberly as Commerce and Economic Development Committee Chairman

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Friday announced the appointment of Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly as chairman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

"I thank Speaker Prieto for this appointment and look forward to taking a lead role in advancing economic development and job creation throughout our state," Wimberly said. "Ensuring economic growth and job creation lifts everyone is an absolute must. I appreciate the great opportunity to help make that happen..."

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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano & Holley Bill to Make Driverís Licenses Expire on Motoristsí Birthdays Heads to Govís Desk

Measure Aimed at Reducing MVC Congestion on Last Day of Each Month
Legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley sponsored to reduce lines and wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices gained final legislative approval from the full Senate on Thursday.

Under current law, driver's licenses expire every four years on the last day of the calendar month in which the license was issued. Under the bill (S-2564/A-4115), a motorist's driver's license would expire every four years on his or her birthday.

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Wimberly, Singleton, Holley, Tucker, Sumter & Quijano Bill to Require Racial and Ethnic Impact Statements in Proposed Legislation Goes to Governor

Measure Aimed at Reducing Disparities Within Criminal Justice System
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Troy Singleton, Jamel Holley, Cleopatra Tucker, Shavonda Sumter and Annette Quijano sponsored to encourage lawmakers to consider the impact proposed legislation would have on racial and ethnic minorities was approved by the full Senate, 34-0, on Thursday.

"The disparity between the number of minorities in the general population and the number of minorities in the prison population is a civil rights issue that warrants far more attention," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "In a state where black people are 15 percent of the general population but 60 percent of the prison population - a statistic largely due to a failed and misguided war on drugs - we have a responsibility to give closer scrutiny to how the policies the state enacts affect racial and ethnic minorities."

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Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wisniewski, Johnson & Mukherji Bill to Prohibit Enforcement of Immigration Ban Heads to Governor

Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Legislation Would Forbid Enforcement of Federal Executive Order by Port Authority Employees

Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, John Wisniewski, Gordon Johnson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to stop enforcement of a federal executive order restricting immigration to the United States received final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor's desk.

"Some of the world's most desperate people are fleeing their home countries to seek safety in the United States. President Trump's ban is founded upon falsehoods - from the suggestion that refugees haven't already been thoroughly vetted to the notion that they want to cause Americans harm," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "New Jersey is fundamentally opposed to this ill-conceived measure, and we must take steps to prevent its enforcement."

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Eustace, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Kennedy & Benson Bill to Require NJ's Full Participation in RGGI Heads to Gov

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, James Kennedy and Daniel Benson sponsored to require New Jersey's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cleared the Senate, 23-15, on Thursday.

The bill (A-4701) would require the state's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative effort among nine states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Chris Christie withdrew from the program early in his first term.

"From the very beginning, we believed that entering into agreements with other states would further the purposes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Global Warming Response Act," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The governor's withdrawal from RGGI blatantly disregarded the importance of our participation in RGGI to reducing greenhouse gas emission in our state. A return to the RGGI pact with full participation will get New Jersey back on the right environmental track."

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Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Muoio, Lagana, Lampitt & Mukherji Bill to Require Emergency Response Plans for High-Hazard Rail Heads to Governor

Asm. Tim Eustace Measure Sets Emergency Preparedness Standards for Transport of Oil, Other Hazardous Substances

Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride, Elizabeth Muoio, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require those transporting hazardous products by rail to develop emergency preparedness plans received final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor.

"New Jersey has a strong history of environmental protection, and by working to mitigate the impact of an accident before it even happens, we can continue building on that history," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. "Those who own and operate oil trains and other locomotives transporting hazardous materials have a responsibility both to be proactive about preventing catastrophes and to be prepared to react swiftly if they do occur."

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Downey & Wimberly Opioid Antidote Bill Clears Legislature

Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without Rx
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved by the full Senate, 38-0, on Thursday.

The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to any person, without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by a prescriber or, upon request by the pharmacist, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Commissioner of Health or the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services.

"This bill takes a different approach in permitting individual pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Department of Health," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Ultimately, this means the possibility of more lives saved if a pharmacist doesn't have to obtain an individual order from a physician each time."

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Conaway, Vitale & O'Scanlon Announce Legislation to Track, Analyze Medical Response to Opioid Overdose Cases & Other Emergencies

Asm. Herb Conaway Assembly Health Chairman Herb Conaway Jr., Senate Health Chairman Joseph F. Vitale and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon announced new legislation to establish a system to track and analyze EMS response to medical emergencies, including to residents suffering from an opioid overdose.

"This data tracking would go a long way toward improving EMS care throughout our state, benefiting everyone. In this day and age, technology can and should be used to improve patient care and outcomes, while also saving money," said Assemblyman Conaway (D-Burlington). "With so much uncertainty surrounding our nation's health care system these days, anything we can do to improve patient care and save money is common sense..."

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Prieto: Upcoming State Budget Must Boost Assistance for NJ's Poorest Residents

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Intends to Push Again for Work First New Jersey Boost

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Thursday joined with anti-poverty advocates at the State House and announced that once again he will push to increase assistance for New Jersey's poorest residents in the upcoming state budget.

"The governor's veto was unconscionable, but our effort to rebuild New Jersey's middle-class continues," Prieto said. "When you consider that New Jersey's TANF assistance is the 7th lowest of all states and that it's represent only 25 percent of the federal poverty level, it's clear we must do more..."

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Muoio, Lampitt, Chiaravalloti, Mukherji & Jimenez Bill to Expand Background Check Requirements for Family Day Cares Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Muoio, Pamela Lampitt, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Raj Mukherji and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to require family day care providers to undergo criminal history record background checks received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"It is imperative that anyone who has access to young children in a family day care setting should undergo a criminal background check," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This crucial change in current law will address a gap and will now help keep children safe."

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Eustace Bill to Boost Voting Participation Rights for Residents in Housing Associations Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace to improve voting participation rights for residents in housing associations received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"New Jersey has an abundance of planned real estate developments that are presided over by an association that is responsible for making major decisions that affect the entire housing community, decisions on matters such as costs, maintenance, and use of common areas and facilities...," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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Prieto Unveils Sweeping Bill to Expand & Improve Paid Family Leave in NJ

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Tuesday unveiled sweeping plans to improve New Jersey's paid family leave program by expanding leave times, providing higher compensation to those taking leave, covering more family members, improving job protections and boosting awareness of the benefit.

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