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Assembly Grants Final Legislative Approval to Sumter & Mukherji Bill to Ease Transition from Disability to Work

The Assembly on Thursday granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda E. Sumter and Raj Mukherji that would establish a partial return to work program for residents receiving temporary disability insurance.

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

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Lagana, Burzichelli & Garcia Legislation to Encourage Use of Pre-Paid Debit Cards for Government Disbursements Clears Assembly

Asm. Joseph Lagana Bipartisan legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, John Burzichelli and Carmelo Garcia sponsored to expand the state's method of government disbursement such as gross income tax refunds or any applicable State and local payments to individuals or business entities was approved Monday by the Assembly.

"It's time to bring the state's payment disbursement methods into the twenty-first century," Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Pre-paid cards would provide easier and faster access to refunds and payments."

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Bipartisan Bill to Extend Permit Expiration Dates Advanced by Assembly Panel

Asm. Jerry Green An Assembly panel on Monday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, John Burzichelli, Troy Singleton, Gordon Johnson, Patrick Diegnan and Paul Moriarty to extend expiration dates for certain state and local permits.

"As a result of the recent recession, once-approved permits are in danger of expiring or lapsing because gaining permit extensions is difficult and costly and developers do not have the resources to obtain extensions," said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "By extending permits with this bill, we can prevent the waste of public and private resources."

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Assembly Panel Approves Sumter & Mukherji Bill to Ease Disability to Work Transition for Residents

Asw. Shavonda Sumter An Assembly panel on Monday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda E. Sumter and Raj Mukherji to establish a partial return to work program residents receiving temporary disability insurance.

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

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Garcia, Mainor, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Legal Representation for Children When Parental Rights Are Terminated Advances

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo Garcia, Charles Mainor, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to authorize Office of Public Defender to provide legal representation for child in proceedings after parental rights have been terminated.

"This legislation ensures the protection of our children in legal matters if their parents are deemed incapable. The state should absolutely step in to protect children in these situations," said Garcia (D-Hudson).

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Assembly Panel Ok's Mukherji, Pintor Marin & Eustace Bill to Help Property Owners Finance Flood & Hurricane Resistance Projects

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor Marin and Tim Eustace to help homeowners finance flood and hurricane resistance projects, water conservation projects and storm shelter construction was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

Specifically, the bill (A-2579) would expand the existing "clean energy special assessment" program in order to provide municipalities with a mechanism to finance the aforementioned projects.

"The existing program has been helping home and business owners pay for the upfront costs of energy saving initiatives, which the owner then pays back through their property tax bill at a set rate over roughly 20 years," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "Given the record amount of damage New Jersey suffered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it makes sense to expand this program to help finance other smart initiatives that will save property owners money in the long run."

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Assembly Panel Moves Conaway, Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Pinkin Measure to Create Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program & Address Fraud

Measure Aims to Curb Abuse and Help Residents' Reduce Monthly Medicaid Costs

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway M.D., Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Nancy Pinkin to increase efficiency in the state Medicaid program and reduce monthly costs for recipients was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill (A-1951) would establish the Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program. The pilot program would be designed to reduce average monthly cost to Medicaid for recipients within the pilot program area by an amount that is relative to the costs of implementing the pilot program.

"Many residents rely on Medicaid services for healthcare," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Developing a more efficient system for Medicaid would preserve the integrity of the program and make it more accessible to those who truly need it. This pilot program would help us discover if and how we may improve the system."

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Assembly Panel Releases Johnson, Mainor & Wilson Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Whip Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone who convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.

"Thanks to DNA testing, we have seen a number of individuals exonerated after years, sometimes decades spent behind bars for crimes they did not commit," said Johnson. "Sadly, under current state law, an innocent person who is on probation or parole does not have the same access to the technology that can help clear their name and restore their dignity. This bill would open access to DNA testing to these individuals, so they can stop living under the shadow of guilt and finally be free."

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Diegnan, Mukherji & Moriarty Bill to Protect Consumers & Businesses from Invasive and Burdensome Gift Card Data Collection Requirements Advanced by Assembly Panel

Asm. Patrick Diegnan Legislation Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Raj Mukherji and Paul Moriarty sponsored to protect both consumers and businesses from invasive and burdensome data collection requirements for gift cards was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3480) eliminates consumer data collection requirements for certain gift cards.

"The purpose of this bill is to relieve merchants of the responsibility to collect personal consumer data on gift card purchases before the requirement goes into effect in July 2016," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "This is invasive, burdensome and above all, unnecessary."

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Panel Approves Prieto Bill to Restructure Rutgers Governing Boards

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Would Reduce Membership of University's Board of Trustees

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto sponsored to encourage greater efficiency within governing bodies at the state's largest university was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

The measure follows the Board of Governors' vote last Tuesday to support reducing the number of people serving on the Board of Trustees.

"Rutgers has taken the lead in an effort to streamline operations and create a better-organized structure for its governing boards," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson).

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Mazzeo's 5-Bill Package to Bring Property Tax Relief, Economic Growth & Jobs to Atlantic City Advanced by Assembly Panel

Part of Lawmaker's Focus on Property Tax Relief, Economic Development & Job Creation for A.C. Region
A 5-bill package Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo sponsored to bring property tax relief and stability to Atlantic City's residents and businesses as part of his continued efforts to reinvigorate the region's economy and create jobs was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

"We need to stop the bleeding in Atlantic City," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Reducing the property tax burden on families and businesses is a top priority. This legislation will bring real reform to Atlantic City and help stabilize the tax base to bring new investment and businesses to the region. Atlantic City's new status as an Economic Growth Zone will be the catalyst that delivers hundreds of millions of new investment to the city, but we know businesses won't come without real reform."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Released by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Annette Quijano to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Expungement offers an incentive against recidivism. It gives people who currently have little chance of finding legal employment the opportunity to leave past mistakes behind them, find a job and be productive," said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "The fact of the matter is, the system is working against those individuals who have served their time and want to change and do better."

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