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THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly Session

Bills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...

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Prieto, Caride & Schaer Bill to Boost Tax Savings & Economic Growth in the Meadowlands Region Advanced by Assembly Committee

Bill Consolidates N.J. Meadowlands Commission & N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority While Also Revising Tax Sharing System to Provide Savings to Residents and Businesses
Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride and Assemblyman Gary Schaer sponsored to boost property tax savings, economic growth and job creation in the Meadowlands region by consolidating two major state agencies and improving the tax sharing system used by 14 northern New Jersey municipalities was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3969) would consolidate the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

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Prieto, Mazzeo, Pintor Marin, Quijano & Schaer Bill to Boost Urban Enterprise Zones to Create Jobs & Economic Development Advanced by Assembly Panel

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Vince Mazzeo, Eliana Pintor Marin, Annette Quijano and Gary Schaer sponsored to restore a portion of sales tax revenue to municipalities with Urban Enterprise Zones to spur urban economic development and create jobs was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The Urban Enterprise Zone initiative is one of our state's most powerful economic drivers and this legislation would be a strong step toward once again revving the program up and helping our urban areas be more competitive," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who represents UEZ communities Guttenberg, Kearny, North Bergen and West New York. ""Our urban areas cannot succeed economically if we do not provide the proper investments into them, and the UEZ program is the single best way we can help these cities and their residents and businesses prosper..."

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Lampitt & Mukherji Earned Sick Leave Bill Continues Advancing in Assembly

Bill Would Make N.J. 3rd State to Require Earned Sick Leave
Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require employers to provide earned sick leave to workers in New Jersey was advanced Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The bill (A-2354) would allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

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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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MONDAY - Assembly Budget Committee to Consider Earned Sick Leave, UEZ Improvements & Meadowlands Reform Bills

The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday morning to consider earned sick leave for all New Jersey workers, Urban Enterprise Zone improvements and Meadowlands region tax sharing and governance reform.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex in Trenton...

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Assembly Panel Advances Schaer & Singleton Bill to End Revenue Disputes, Create More Accurate Budget Forecasting Process

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Gary Schaer and Troy Singleton to end state revenue disputes and improve the budget forecasting process was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-3620) would establish a joint legislative and executive branch New Jersey Revenue Advisory Board in order to provide consensus revenue forecasting advice for state budget purposes.

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Assembly Panel Advances Spencer Bill Inspired by Death at Orange Senior Housing Facility

Bill Would Require Plan for Notification of Next-of-Kin
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer to clearly delineate the responsibility for notifying the next of kin when a resident of a senior housing facility passes away was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill was inspired by the May death of a woman who lived in an Orange senior citizens facility whose family was not notified for nearly a week after her passing. According to news reports, legal responsibility for notifying the next-of-kin is unclear, which led to a breakdown in communication between the housing facility, local police and the medical examiner.

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Assembly Panel Approves Schaer, Johnson, Prieto & Quijano Bill Granting “Dreamers” Access to State Financial Aid

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Annette Quijano to make higher education an attainable reality for undocumented students in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Under the bill (A-3617), a student who meets the requirements established under the "Tuition Equality Act" enacted last year is eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) or the Secretary of Higher Education.

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Singleton, Schaer & Lagana Bill Requiring Governor to Detail New Revenue Proposals Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer and Joseph Lagana requiring a clear and concise analysis of new revenue sources proposed by the governor was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Under the bill (A-3311), if the governor recommends, in his annual budget message, new or additional sources of revenue that each raise $1,000,000 or more in state funds, the revenue sources must be separately identified and the budget message must include a full and detailed fiscal analysis of these revenue sources.

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Egan & Diegnan Bill to Bolster U.S. Economy Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Legislation Requires Exclusive Use of Materials Made in America
Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Joseph V. Egan and Patrick J. Diegnan that would require public agencies to use materials manufactured in the United States to complete publicly financed projects was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"As we continue to rebound from the Great Recession and strengthen our economy, it's critical that we take advantage of all opportunities to keep jobs and dollars in America," said Egan (D-Middlesex/Somerset), Assembly Labor Committee chair. "This bill package is one of those opportunities, and we cannot afford to let it pass us by."

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Expanded Tuition Equality, Regulating Uber-type Companies, Expungement Reform, E-Monitoring of Domestic Violence Offenders, Fair Disaster Relief Distribution & Veterans Tuition Help Top Thursday Assembly Committees

Combating Sexual Assault on Campuses, State Investment Council Reform, Graduated Driver Safety, Clean Vehicle & Buildings, Improving SNAP program, Tax Relief for Caregivers, Combating Animal Fighting, Child Suicide Prevention & Whistleblower Protections for Public Workers Also on Tap

Expanded tuition equality, regulating transportation companies such as Uber, reforming criminal record expungement, monitoring domestic violence offenders, ensuring fair disaster relief funding and tuition help for veterans highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings...

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