Assembly Democrats


Houghtaling & Downey Remind Drivers to “Move Over” Ahead of Busy Memorial Day Weekend

With more than one million New Jersey drivers expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are reminding drivers that they must move over if they spot an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

“We want people to get to their destinations safely. We want the same for our roadside emergency workers,” said Houghtaling. “If you’re on the slow lane and spot an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, switch lanes. If you can’t switch lanes, slow down. It’s really that simple.”

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Taliaferro, Murphy & Quijano Bill to Expedite Marriage Applications When One Partner is Terminally Ill
Advanced by Assembly

Legislation Named "Linnette Lebron's Law" in Honor of Camden Woman Who Married FiancÉ One Day Before Passing

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, Carol Murphy and Annette Quijano to reduce the waiting period and requirements for couples wishing to enter into a marriage or civil union when one is terminally ill cleared the full Assembly on Thursday.

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Wimberly Appointed to Joint Committee on Housing Affordability

Newly appointed Housing and Community Development Chairman Benjie Wimberly has been appointed to the New Jersey Joint Committee on Housing Affordability by Speaker Craig Coughlin.

“I look forward to discussing the issues New Jersey is currently facing, including making our state a more affordable place to live,” said Wimberly (D-Passaic). “I am eager to tackle ever-rising housing prices and property taxes as well as aiding in community development.”

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Armato, Vainieri Huttle and Murphy Introduce Bill Classifying Sexual Harassment as Workplace Discrimination

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to include sexual harassment as a form of workplace discrimination was recently introduced in the General Assembly.

“If an employer or potential employer coerces an employee or potential employee to submit to verbal or physical sexual acts, and penalizes them upon refusal, that is, by definition, discrimination,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “Many of the most vulnerable members of the workforce, especially young women, find themselves in uncomfortable power arrangements at work, where they may feel like their job may be threatened if they don’t submit to the will of their employer. This is not right, and I intend to end this with this bill."

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Mosquera, Sumter & Coughlin Heat-and-Eat Bill Passes Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter and Speaker Craig Coughlin to ensure that struggling families have access to food and energy assistance was approved by the Assembly, 67-7.

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DeAngelo, Benson & Wimberly Legislation Improving Public Water Services Clears Full Assembly



Legislation Aimed at Improving Staffing, Public Awareness and Transparency
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Telecommunications & Utilities Committee Chairman Wayne P. DeAngelo, Daniel Benson and Benjie Wimberly to improve the operations of public water systems in order to better serve the customers was approved by the full assembly on Thursday.

DeAngelo developed the measures to address long-standing concerns regarding the delivery of service by Trenton Water Works to thousands of Central Jersey homes.

"Everyone deserves safe and clean drinking water regardless of where it comes from or who provides the service," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "These bills are the first steps along the path to restoring the public's confidence that they do not need to be concerned about the delivery of water from a public service."

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Holley to Introduce Measure Renaming a Part of Route 27 "Jerry Green Memorial Highway"

Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley introduced Thursday legislation that would designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as "Jerry Green Memorial Highway" in honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years.
Speaker Pro Tempore Green was the longest serving Assemblyman of the current New Jersey General Assembly

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Gusciora & Holley Bill to Encourage Redevelopment of Long-Dormant, Historic Taverns Clears Assembly


Bill Aims to Preserve & Revive Historic Watering Holes like Eagle Tavern in Trenton

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora and Jamel Holley allowing municipalities to issue retail liquor licenses to qualified buyers looking to redevelop historic taverns into 21st century drinking and eating establishments was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

Gusciora introduced the bill in hopes of facilitating redevelopment of the abandoned Eagle Tavern on South Broad Street in Trenton, which has sat vacant for decades after several failed attempts to operate it as a restaurant.

"One of Trenton's biggest strengths is its history," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "The Eagle Tavern is one of the city's oldest buildings and served as a popular place for residents to socialize and for politicians to meet. Unfortunately, no developer is willing to undertake the costs associated with the property's redevelopment because of liquor license limitations in the city…"

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Lopez, McKnight & Pinkin Bill to Raise Gun Violence Awareness Clears Assembly

Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Angela McKnight and Nancy Pinkin resolution to raise awareness of gun violence was voted out of the Assembly 67-0 on Thursday.

“It is imperative that we pay special attention to the harming effects of gun violence, especially in light of recent tragedies such as the Parkland and Sante Fe school shootings,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This resolution will help to concentrate attention on firearm violence in our communities as well as honor and remember all victims and survivors of firearm violence.”

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Calabrese, Jasey Bill Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran & Disabled Residents Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Clinton Calabrese and Mila Jasey to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents was advanced out of the General Assembly on Thursday by a vote of 54-12-6.

The bill (A-3162) would allow the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the state Division of Revenue to provide assistance to businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans, just as it does to other minority owned businesses in the state.

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Mosquera, Lampitt & Murphy Resolution Permanently Designating May as "Preeclampsia Awareness Month" Approved by Assembly

A resolution sponsored by Assemblywomen Gabriela Mosquera, Pamela Lampitt and Carol Murphy permanently declaring the month of May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month was approved 73-0 Thursday by the full Assembly.

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period which is related to high blood pressure. The disorder tragically takes the lives of about 76,000 women and 500,000 infants a year globally.

"There have been great strides made in recent years to better understand the causes of preeclampsia and how we can treat and prevent it," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden), who chairs the committee that released the resolution (AJR-82). "Ultimately, with an increased recognition of this terrible disorder, we will be able to save more and more lives every year."

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Downey, Moriarty Bill Allowing Parents or Guardians to Place Security Freeze on Child’s Consumer Report Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Joann Downey and Paul Moriarty authorizing a parent or legal guardian to place a security freeze on a child’s consumer report cleared the full Assembly 73-0 on Thursday.

“To no fault of their own, children are some of the most vulnerable people among our population to fall victim to identity theft,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “This bill will help ensure that identity thieves cannot reach our youth.”

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Zwicker Bill to Designate Bog Turtle as Official State Reptile Clears Assembly

Legislation (A-1530) sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was cleared by the Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 74-0.

“The bog turtle is a unique creature, and important to New Jersey’s ecosystem,” said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). “These turtles used to be prevalent. Unfortunately, because of destruction of their habitat, they are now critically endangered. There’s certainly much more we need to do to protect them and preserve their habitat, and we will. This bill is an important way to raise awareness about the species and its plight, and a commitment by our state to protect it.”

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Carter Sworn in as Newest Member of New Jersey General Assembly

Replaces the Late Jerry Green

Vowing to fight for affordable housing, education funding, tax relief, environmental protection and women and minority owned businesses, Linda Carter took the oath to join the New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday, representing the 22nd Legislative District in Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to swear this oath and become a member of the General Assembly,” said Carter, a Democrat. “Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work in passing legislation to make New Jersey safer, stronger and more affordable.”

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Swain & Tully Sworn into General Assembly

Lisa Swain, former Mayor of Fair Lawn, and Christopher Tully, former Council President of Bergenfield and District Director for U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-CD5), were sworn into the Assembly by Speaker Craig Coughlin on Thursday, May 24, 2018. They will both be representing the 38th District and take the seats of now-Senator Joseph Lagana and former Assemblyman Tim Eustace, respectively.

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Strengthen Domestic Violence Protections, Enhance Criminal Justice Response Clears Assembly


Bill Would Require Domestic Violence Training for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, John McKeon, Shavonda Sumter, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly to better protect victims of domestic violence was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"One in three women and one in four men have experienced physical violence by a domestic partner," said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). "These numbers are staggering and demonstrate how pervasive this is, and how important it is that the professionals tasked with responding and handling these cases are adequately trained so victims are protected and perpetrators are punished."

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Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Zwicker & Chiaravalloti Bill to Revise Requirements for Changing a Birth Certificate Due to Gender Reassignment Advanced Out of Assembly

Designated as ‘Babs Siperstein Law’

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, Andrew Zwicker and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to make it easier for an individual undergoing gender reassignment to obtain an amended birth certificate was advanced out of the General Assembly on Thursday by a vote of 57-11-3.

“This bill acknowledges that individuals do not necessarily undergo sex reassignment surgery when transitioning genders so it revises the process for obtaining an amended birth certificate to reflect the change in current practices,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Essentially we’re updating a standard state procedure to be more inclusive and reflective of our changing society.”

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Moriarty, Caputo & Downey Bill to Strengthen Anti-Nepotism Rules in School Districts Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Ralph Caputo and Joann Downey to extend anti-nepotism rules to the state's public and charter schools was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"Property taxpayers deserve every assurance that the people charged with educating their children attained their positions because of what they know, not who they know," said Moriarty (D- Camden/Gloucester). "With schools making up the majority of local property tax bills, we need to ensure that we are investing in the absolute best candidates to lead our schools."

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Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin & Jasey Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin and Mila Jasey to strengthen civil rights for transgender individuals in New Jersey cleared the Assembly on Thursday.

“Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the ‘LGB’ community much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the ‘T’ community.”

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Tucker, Holley & Lopez Bill to Connect Homeless, Veterans to Resources Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Jamel Holley and Yvonne Lopez designed to reduce homelessness and help New Jersey residents get back on their feet was approved Thursday by the full Assembly, 72-0.

The bill (A-1277) requires hospitals and homeless shelters to provide information on services and resources to individuals who are homeless or military veterans.

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Wimberly & Sumter Bill Giving National Guard & Reserve Members Second Chance at Law Enforcement & Firefighter Jobs Approved by Assembly


Bill Would Aid Military Residents Who Passed the Civil Service Exam but Deployment Postponed the Fulfilling of Remaining Employment Requirements

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter providing a second chance at employment for members of the National Guard or the Reserves who could not accept a position as a police officer or firefighter because of service to the nation was approved 74-0 Thursday by the full Assembly.

"Active duty assignments often derail plans for reserve and guard members who apply to join the police or fire department," said Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen). "When they are not fulfilling the part-time obligations of the reserves or the guard, we could use them here on our front lines as first responders and we should accommodate their obligations accordingly."

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McKeon Lauds Gov Signing of Renewable Energy Legislation

Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex) issued the following statement on the signing of two bills he sponsored that would improve and expand on renewable energy programs in the state:

"Today's bill signing marks a new era in New Jersey. One that moves the state further in the direction toward stronger environmental protection practices which support clean energy initiatives. Establishing standards and requirements for renewable energy sets New Jersey on the right path toward growing our sustainable resources and investing in clean energy.

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*** THURSDAY ASSEMBLY SESSION ***
Increasing Heat and Eat Assistance to NJ Families, Trenton Water Works Reform, Banning Youth Marriage Top Thursday Assembly Voting Session

Assembly Also to Vote on Legislation Designating the Bog Turtle as State Reptile; Bill Encouraging Hospitals and Homeless Shelters to Share Resources; & a Measure Requiring Domestic Violence Training for Judicial Personnel

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson to be Sworn-in as Speaker Pro Tempore; Assembly members-select P. Christopher Tully, Lisa Swain, and Linda S. Carter will be sworn in as Members of the General Assembly

(TRENTON) - The full Assembly to consider legislation Thursday improving public water service, providing $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families, creating business assistance programs, and banning anyone under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union.

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Chairman Mazzeo on Discussion of Securing New Jersey's Voting Machines

Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, chairman of the Assembly State and Local Government Committee, released the following statement on the discussion of secure voting and elections held on Wednesday:

New Jersey is only one of a handful of states that uses voting machines and does not provide a paper record, which makes it difficult to detect hacking. Since it is evident in the current climate we live in that no federal action will be taken to protect our voters, we must take it upon ourselves to preserve democracy by ensuring safety for voters and allowing them to fairly have a say in who their local and federal representatives are.

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Pinkin Praises New Law to Bolster NJ's Renewable Energy Programs


"This is a step in the right direction.

"Gov. Murphy has made it clear that our goal is for New Jersey to generate 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

"This law was developed in conjunction with the administration in order to move New Jersey in a new direction regarding our energy consumption and in-state generation.

"This will allow for continued development in the industry, keep the impact on rate payers manageable and allow the BPU to develop a long term approach to New Jersey's solar market place…."


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Johnson to Join Assembly Leadership Team As Speaker Pro Tempore

Speaker Craig Coughlin Brings Experienced Lawmaker to the Assembly Leadership Table

(TRENTON) - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Monday announced Assemblyman Gordon Johnson of the 37th Legislative District will be appointed to the leadership seat of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore.

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*** WEDNESDAY, May 23 *** Assembly State & Local Government Committee to Discuss Secure Voting and Elections

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will meet Wednesday to hear testimony from invited guests regarding the security of voting machines in New Jersey.

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Advances



Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to issue additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities and at which a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization recently cleared the Assembly Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations Committee.

“By allowing additional alcoholic beverage licenses to be distributed in our municipalities, we are bringing an ample amount of opportunities to Monmouth County,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “It will promote small businesses, encourage tourism, and create jobs for our constituents.”

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Vainieri Huttle: In Absence of Federal Regulation, NJ must Become Leader in Cybersecurity & Data Protection


Assemblywoman says NJ Must Enact Strong Data Privacy Laws to Help Protect Sensitive Data & Make NJ More Competitive in Emerging Cybersecurity Market

With cyber threats on the rise and the absence of a nationwide data privacy law, Assembly Homeland Security & State Preparedness Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Tuesday said New Jersey must position itself as a leader in cybersecurity protection by adopting strong measures that will not only protect, but present economic opportunities for the state.

"After the breaches at Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Equifax, people are rightfully concerned about how their personal data is being used," said Vainieri Huttle. "The absence of federal regulation presents an opportunity for New Jersey to become a dominant force in the digital landscape by enacting legislation that will not only give residents the protections they are looking for, but will help position the state as an optimal location for tech companies that do this work."

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Armato Announces Prescription Drop Box Installation at Brigantine Police Department

Assemblyman John Armato, who led the effort to secure a prescription drop-off box for residents' used prescriptions at Brigantine Police Department, will join the police and sheriff's department along with members of the community for an unveiling of the drop-off box on Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m.

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Coughlin Appoints Wimberly New Assembly Housing Committee Chair

Speaker Coughlin Cites Wimberly's Leadership in Appointing Him Chair of Key Committee

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has named Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly as the new Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee chairman.

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Quijano Introduces Bill to Make NJ's Family Leave Program More Accessible & Affordable to More Working Families


Bill Calls for Expanded Leave Time, Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increased Job Protections & Greater Program Promotion


Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) has introduced a bill to expand New Jersey's paid leave program and make it more accessible and affordable to more New Jerseyans.

The bill (A-3975) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.

"Many workers can't afford to take family leave because of its low wage replacement rates, or choose not to out of fear of being retaliated against if they do. In some cases, they are unaware that this is even an option," said Quijano. "The revisions in this bill would help working families who need to take time off work to bond and care for a new child, or to care for a family member who is sick or is recovering from a violent ordeal to do so without jeopardizing their financial security."

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Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Zwicker & Chiaravalloti Bill to Revise Requirements for Changing a Birth Certificate Due to Gender Reassignment Continues to Advance

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, Andrew Zwicker and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to make it easier for an individual undergoing gender reassignment to obtain an amended birth certificate cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

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DeAngelo, Benson & Wimberly Bill to Improve Public Water Services Continues to Gain Approval in Assembly

Legislation Aimed at Improving Staffing, Public Awareness and Transparency

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Wimberly & Sumter Bill Giving National Guard & Reserve Members Second Chance at Law Enforcement & Firefighter Jobs Advances

Bill Would Aid Military Residents Who Passed the Civil Service Exam but Deployment Postponed the Fulfilling of Remaining Employment Requirements

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Coughlin, Reynolds-Jackson & Moriarty Bill to Enhance Workplace Democracy Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Paul Moriarty 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 signed into law by the Governor on Friday.

“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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Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Zwicker & Chiaravalloti Bill to Revise Requirements for Changing a Birth Certificate Due to Gender Reassignment Continues to Advance

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, Andrew Zwicker and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to make it easier for an individual undergoing gender reassignment to obtain an amended birth certificate cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

"This bill acknowledges that individuals do not necessarily undergo sex reassignment surgery when transitioning genders so it revises the process for obtaining an amended birth certificate to reflect the change in current practices," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Essentially we're updating a standard state procedure to be more inclusive and reflective of our changing society."
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Sumter, Mukherji, Pintor Marin & Wimberly Bill to Ease Transition from Disability to Work Advances

Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor Marin and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to establish a partial return to work program for residents receiving temporary disability insurance continues to advance in the Assembly with approval Thursday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

"Implementing a partial return to work program allows residents to ease back into working after being out on disability," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It will help both employers and workers with the transition back into the workplace."

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Lampitt Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

Assembly Education Committee Chair Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Friday in response to this morning's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, which killed ten people and injured ten others:

"As details continue to emerge on the tragic shooting earlier today in Santa Fe, TX, I could not be more heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Santa Fe High School community in the wake of this massacre.

"No child should ever fear going to school, but time after time, horrific events like this open our eyes to our sad reality. New Jersey has been at the forefront of implementing strong and effective school security policies, but we must constantly assess what more can be done to support our students, teachers, and faculty in keeping our schools safe."


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*** MONDAY ***

Assembly Budget Committee to Get Final Revenue Updates from State Treasurer & Office of Legislative Services

The Assembly Budget Committee on Monday will get final revenue updates from the state treasurer and the Office of Legislative Services.

The hearings will be held in Committee Room 11 on the 4th Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

The OLS hearing will be held at 10 a.m.

The treasurer's hearing will be held at 1 p.m.

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Zwicker & Johnson Bill to Protect Freelance Workers Continues to Advance in the Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Gordon Johnson to ensure fair treatment of freelance workers was approved Thursday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Calabrese, Jasey Bill Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran & Disabled Residents Advanced by Assembly Committee

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Clinton Calabrese and Mila Jasey to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents was approved Thursday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Assembly Democratic-Sponsored Bill to Strengthen Domestic Violence Protections, Enhance Criminal Justice Response Continues to Advance

Bills Would Require Domestic Violence Training for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers

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Lopez Statement on Puerto Rico Relief Commission Report

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on the Puerto Rico Relief Commission Report:

“As a proud Puerto Rican woman and former Executive Director of The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has actively provided supportive services to our Puerto Rico evacuees in New Jersey, I am pleased by the recommendations and findings that the Commission on Puerto Rico has reported in the past three months.

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Mukherji and Zwicker Bill Providing Protections to Elephants and other Exotic Animals Clears Assembly Panel

Designated as “Nosey’s Law”

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mukherji and Andrew Zwicker prohibiting the use of elephants and other exotic animals in traveling animal acts, such as fairs, carnivals, circuses and flea markets cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

“These are wild, endangered animals, and they should be cared for according to the highest ethical standards to ensure the survival of their species,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “We cannot allow ill-equipped handlers of traveling animal acts to mistreat and exploit endangered species.”

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Mukherji, Pintor Marin, Holley & Chiaravalloti Bill to Fast Track Green Building Projects Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor-Marin, Jamel Holley and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would fast-track environmentally friendly municipal construction projects was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday.

“Fast tracking green construction jobs will give a much needed boost to our state’s economic engine,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson). “Ensuring that engine is fueled with environmentally friendly projects is an added bonus that will pay economic and environmental dividends for years to come.”

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Downey Bill Requiring DEP to Update Shore Protection Master Plan Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels.”

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Benson, Lampitt, Pinkin & Mukherji Bill to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Services Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Nancy Pinkin and Raj Mukherji to expand Medicaid coverage for comprehensive tobacco cessation services was approved Thursday by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

"We know how deadly cigarettes can be, and we know how hard it is for smokers to quit," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "By expanding coverage, we can help more people beat this terrible addiction while saving tax dollars through reduced Medicaid expenditures on hospitalizations and other services."

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Lampitt, Barclay, Jones and Mukherji Sponsor Self-Driving Car Bill Geared Towards Present, Future Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Pamela Lampitt, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones and Raj Mukherji clarifying that self-driving cars must comply with compulsory automobile and motor vehicle insurance requirements cleared the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday.

“The purpose of this bill is to show that we are serious about this,” says Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “We are in a time of rapid technological innovation, and we want New Jersey to lead the charge in turning the page from the present to the future.”

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Conaway Bill to Get More People Tested, Treated for HIV Clears Assembly Panel


Measure would focus on people living in areas with a high prevalence of HIV
An Assembly panel on Thursday released legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D to help get more people living in areas with a high prevalence of HIV tested, and provide those who test positive with information about treatment options.

"An HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. People who are infected and getting treatment can live normal lives," said Conaway. "But they have to know their status."

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Outerbridge Crossing Summer Traffic Summit Held in Perth Amboy

Vitale, Coughlin & Lopez Set Shore Traffic Plan With City Officials, Port Authority Heads
Senator Joseph F. Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez yesterday adopted strategies with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and City of Perth Amboy officials to mitigate Outerbridge Crossing traffic during the coming summer months. The four-pronged action plan includes operations for minimizing weekend construction, increasing police presence, optimizing traffic flow on the Goethals Bridge and maximizing fastest route communication coordinated through traditional means as well as through social media platforms and other applications.

"I'm pleased that we are able to get out in front of the traffic problems that interfered with summertime enjoyment here last year," said Assembly Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This community makes a vital contribution to our state and it is incumbent upon us as official representatives - and as neighbors - to prevent the kind of road congestion that delays first responders from keeping our constituents safe."

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Vainieri Huttle, Murphy Bill to Protect Good Samaritans Who Break Into Vehicles to Save Unattended Pets Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to protect individuals who break into a vehicle in order to save an animal that has been left unattended and is deemed to be in imminent danger was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.

“If an animal is in danger and someone passing by is in a position to save its life, that person shouldn’t have to think twice because they’re worried about a lawsuit,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Once they’ve exhausted all other options, people acting in good faith should be free to take whatever action is necessary to save an animal.”

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Andrzejczak and Land Bill Permitting Municipalities to Contract with Societies that Engage in Animal Foster Care Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land allowing municipalities which have not established a public pound for the keeping of stray pets to contract with an animal foster care service for collecting, keeping for redemption and controlling stray animals cleared an Assembly panel on Thursday.

“We should not limit who may care for these animals,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), who chairs the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, which advanced the bill. “It is imperative that, in order for these animals to get the proper care and control, we allow expert organizations to have autonomy to contract with municipalities.”

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Vainieri Huttle and Benson Bill Requiring Colleges and Universities to Offer Certain Animals No Longer Being Used for Research to Animal Rescue Organizations Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson requiring institutions of higher education and related research facilities to offer cats and dogs no longer being used for educational, research or scientific purposes to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

“While humans can gain incredibly valuable information by studying cats and dogs and their behavior, it is not right to simply put them down when they are of no longer of scientific or educational use if they are not suffering,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “There may be a loving home out there for these animals, and it is our responsibility to help them find that new forever.”

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McKeon Praises Gov. Murphy’s Pick for Chairman of the Highlands Council

Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement applauding Gov. Murphy’s appointment of Carl Richko as Chairman of the Highlands Council:

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Assembly Dem-Sponsored Bills Protecting Internet Users' Privacy Clears Assembly Panel



Prime Sponsor Andrew Zwicker Introduced Bill in Response to Trump Repeal of Federal Broadband Confidentiality Rules Last Year


Two consumer protections bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson, Paul Moriarty, Joann Downey, and Wayne DeAngelo to prohibit Internet service providers from selling or otherwise disclosing a subscriber's online browsing history and personal information and requiring commercial websites and online service operators to post privacy policy advanced in the Assembly on Thursday.

"In today's world, using the Internet is essential to everyday life, which means that Internet service providers have unparalleled access to a great deal of information about their subscribers' highly personal habits, preferences, even medical issues," said Zwicker. (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset) "That private data should not be up for sale to the highest bidder without subscribers' knowledge or consent.¨

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