Assembly Democrats

Andrzejczak & Mazzeo Oppose New Proposal to Open Atlantic Ocean up to Oil Drilling

Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Vince Mazzeo on Wednesday expressed their opposition to the federal government's latest proposal that could pave the way for oil drilling off parts of the Atlantic coast.

"Our eco-system and our economy are intrinsically tied to the Atlantic Ocean. Opening it up to drilling would threaten the way of life both in New Jersey and up and down the eastern seaboard. Allowing drilling in the Atlantic Ocean while protecting the coast of Alaska also sends the message that we value some natural resources over others," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/ Cumberland).

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Caride to Introduce Bill to Re-Criminalize Incest in New Jersey after New York Magazine Story

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride is introducing legislation this week to re-criminalize incest in New Jersey in light of a recent New York Magazine interview with an 18-year old woman from the Great Lakes region who plans on marrying her long-estranged father and moving to New Jersey since incest is not illegal under state law.

"This bill will update our criminal codes to bring them in line, not only with most other states, but with widely accepted-moral codes," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "To be honest, I was shocked to learn that incest is not currently illegal in New Jersey. Whether this was intentional or an oversight when our criminal codes were rewritten, I think we will have widespread support for rewriting it into our books."

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Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses Advances

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson sponsored to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey continued advancing on Monday.

"This legislation ensures that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "What's more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers..."

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Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Pinkin, Pintor Marin, Garcia & Tucker Bills to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient & Speed Up Delivery of Benefits Advances

Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Two Assembly approved bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin, Elian Pintor Marin, Carmelo Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for food benefits receive them in a timely manner were advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

"The number of people in New Jersey relying on SNAP has doubled in the last six years. And yet New Jersey ranks second to last in the country in meeting the federal requirement that SNAP applications be processed within 30 days,"? said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "?Families that struggle to keep food on the table should not have to wait longer than what is required by federal law. These legislative proposals put systems in place to help ensure that low-income families in New Jersey who are eligible for these benefits receive them in a timely manner..."

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Mazzeo & Andrzejczak Introduce Bills to Make Work Intimidation against Members of US Armed Forces & Reserves Illegal

The bills would extend certain benefits currently unavailable to US Armed Forces & Reserves members
Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo and Bob Andrzejczak have introduced a legislative package to protect members of the United States Armed Forces and the Reserves from being ostracized and having their employment threatened because of their military affiliations.

"These soldiers make many sacrifices. Their ability to provide for themselves and their families should not be one," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Threatening a person's job or excluding them from a facility because of his or her military service is something that our service men and women should never have to deal with. Members of the New Jersey National Guard are already protected against this. This bill rightfully extends this protection to members of the Armed Forces and the Reserves."

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Eustace, Andrzejczak, DeAngelo & Sumter Bill to Allow Veterans to File for Unemployment Benefits Online Continues Advancing

Asm. Tim Eustace Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to ensure veterans have the same access to unemployment benefits online as everyone else was advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

"Currently policy neglects to provide veterans and others the same conveniences in filing for UI benefits as other residents," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "All claimants in New Jersey should have equal access to all unemployment benefits filing options, especially those who have fought for this country..."

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RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY - Regulating Military Equipment Given to Police, Overriding Christie Heating & Food Aid Veto, Equitable Disaster Aid, Domestic Violence Protections, Moose's Law & E-Insurance Top Thursday Assembly Session

Safe Vehicle Rentals, Teen-age Mental Health Care, Storm Protections, Combating Invasive Plants & Volunteer Camera Registry Also on Tap

Regulating military equipment given to police departments, overriding Gov. Christie's veto of legislation increasing heating and food assistance to low-income families, ensuring disaster aid is allocated in proportion to actual damage, modernizing protections against domestic violence, banning people convicted of animal cruelty from working at animal-related jobs and allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session…

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Jasey: N.J. Must Remain Committed to Better Housing, Jobs for All

Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Vice-Chair Mila M. Jasey (D-Essex) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

"During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Chris Christie ignored housing at a time when New Jersey's foreclosure rate is the highest in the nation. Although the state's homeless population reflected a 16 percent increase in 2014 -- with the highest percentage of the homeless living in Essex and Union counties -- there was no mention of the men, women and children spending cold winter days on the street. Blight continues to threaten public safety and diminish quality of life for residents statewide, yet it, too, went unrecognized. And it seems that Hurricane Sandy victims will have to head to Florida if they want their governor's attention..."

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Speaker Prieto to Pursue Legislation to Strengthen Multi-Family Building Standards in Wake of Edgewater Fire

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced Friday that he is pursuing legislation to address building codes and standards in multi-family dwellings with a focus on strengthening fire safety regulations.

"Thank God this devastating fire did not result in any fatalities, but it has shattered the lives of hundreds of people and reports about how the building's materials and design may have contributed to the spread of the fire are deeply troubling," Prieto said. "Builders and developers must be held to strict safety standards to protect residents and prevent horrible events like this from happening. I am now in the process of thoroughly reviewing the relevant building codes to find areas that may need to be strengthened..."

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Eustace Introduces Bill to Save Taxpayer Money on Primary Election Costs

(Trenton) - Assemblyman Tim Eustace recently introduced legislation to save taxpayers money by allowing New Jersey counties to conduct primary election voting by mail.

"Other states have had success in mail-in elections," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Saving taxpayer money, easing the voting process for residents and potentially reaching more residents in the process are reasons enough to review the way municipalities' handle primary elections."

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Benson Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Hotels from Interfering with Guests’ Wireless Networking Services

Assemblyman Daniel Benson has introduced legislation that would prohibit hotels from interfering with wireless networking services in light of recent attempts by large hotel chains to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices.

"By blocking a customer's access to their own private networks, hotels are attempting to limit consumer choice while making a profit," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This bill will prevent hotels from claiming ownership over wireless systems that merely pass through their properties."

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Prieto & Greenwald Response to 2015 State of the State Address

Prieto & Greenwald Response to 2015 State of the State Address from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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