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McKeon Re-Introduces "Electronic Waste Management Act," Assembly Panel to Vote on Bill Monday

Measure was One of Numerous Bills to be Pocket Vetoed at End of Last Legislative Session
(TRENTON) - Assemblyman John F. McKeon has re-introduced legislation that would make various changes to the state's electronic waste recycling laws. The measure was one of numerous bills to become subject to a pocket veto last month.

McKeon said the legislation was sponsored at the request of the state Department of Environmental Protection and, now, many counties have begun to put an end to electronic waste recycling beginning the first of this month.

"The situation has gone from bad to worse. The intention was for New Jersey to take a proactive stance on preserving electronic waste recycling programs in the state to now, potentially having to reinstate these programs in some counties," McKeon said. "'Too many bills' is not an excuse to avoid the responsibility of reviewing each and every bill.

"The Electronic Waste Management Act was a preemptive measure to encourage municipalities to continue programs that recycle various dangerous waste materials."

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Coughlin, Sumter & Spencer Bill to Help Those Found Innocent to Rebuild Their Lives & Reputations Released by Assembly Panel

Asm. Craig Coughlin Legislation Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Shavonda Sumter and Grace Spencer sponsored to help those found not guilty of charges start to rebuild their lives and reputations was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.

"The American justice system is built on the rock solid foundation of innocent-until-proven guilty, but while charges can be dismissed and people acquitted, the Internet is forever," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This requirement won't solve every problem for a person looking to rebuild their lives and reputation, but it's a common sense step government can take to make it a bit easier."

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Schaer, Prieto, Sumter, Danielsen & Johnson Bill to Require Diversity Training for Law Enforcement Clears Committee

Asm. Gary Schaer Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Shavonda Sumter, Joseph Danielsen and Gordon M. Johnson to better prepare law enforcement agencies to handle racial, ethnic, religious and various other diversities within their respective communities was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.

"Without an inherent understanding of a particular culture, there can be a tendency toward overgeneralization or labeling. This is how stereotyping is born and also how deeply divisive misunderstandings can occur," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Given all that we've witnessed in recent months throughout the country, greater emphasis must be placed on partnering law enforcement agencies with ethnic, cultural, religious and social organizations to develop strategies that encourage a true understanding of one another and meaningful community engagement."

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Vainieri Huttle: Nothing Vague About NJ Being the 1st to Tackle Bullying

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

"The Feb. 4 Star-Ledger editorial "Will New Jersey finally take the time to fix its broken bullying law?" had a misleading headline, as well as some missing facts.

What the editorial failed to grasp is that you cannot take a complex behavior that manifests itself in tens of thousands of different ways, a behavior that at times we don't fully understand, and wrap a tight definition around it. It just doesn't work that way..."


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Schaer, Danielsen & Sumter Cost-Saving Measure to Expand Medical Parole for Those Posing No Public Safety Threat Clears Assembly Panel

Asm. Gary Schaer Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Joseph Danielsen and Shavonda Sumter that would expand eligibility for medical parole for inmates who are physically incapacitated and do not pose a public safety threat was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.

"This is both a humane and cost-effective approach to incarceration," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Those who would be eligible for parole under this bill are physically incapacitated and do not pose a threat to public safety. Releasing them from the confines of our prison system would save the state money by shifting the costs to Medicaid, which is funded in part by the federal government, and in turn enable them to get treatment in a more humane setting."

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Monday Assembly Committees

Assembly committees will meet Monday to consider legislation the following bils...




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Assembly Speaker Prieto, Assemblyman Wisniewski, Senator Lesniak Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto
Workers & Advocates Praise Sponsors, Say Raise Would Give Big Boost to Working Families & Economy
Legislators joined NJ Working Families and its partners in New Jersey's Fight for $15 to unveil a groundbreaking bill that would raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 from its current level of $8.38. Workers and advocates praised the bill as a major step forward in the Fight for $15 campaign to raise the state's minimum wage to a family-sustaining wage.

"As we continue to review other proposals as part of our new anti-poverty initiative, this will be an integral component in our efforts to stop the decline in the middle class and lift working families out of poverty," said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto...

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Prieto, Wisniewski & Schaer News Conference Calling for Increasing NJ’s Minimum Wage to $15

Prieto, Wisniewski & Schaer News Conference Calling for Increasing NJ’s Minimum Wage to $15 from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Excerpts of Speaker Prieto during the New Jersey League of Municipalities ‘Meet the Leaders’ Panel Discussion

Excerpts of Speaker Prieto during the New Jersey League of Municipalities 'Meet the Leaders' Panel Discussion from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.



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