The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee is charged with protecting consumer rights in New Jersey, particularly issues such as safeguarding against identity theft, restricting telemarketing, and protecting cell phone and calling card consumers against fraud.
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5-Bill Higher Education Reform Package, Eliminating Sports Gaming Prohibitions, Woman's Health & Senior Citizen Protections Top Thursday Assembly Committee Meetings

A 5-bill higher education reform package and legislation to repeal all prohibitions against sports gaming, improve consumer debit card protections, improve women's health care and improve protections for senior citizens highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.

Bills to once again invalidate Gov. Chris Christie's efforts to dismantle Civil Service, protect New Jersey's Internet gaming industry, modernizing distribution of income tax refunds and other state benefits, red-tape cutting and vacant property management are also among the bills on tap...

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Assembly Unanimously Passes Diegnan, Moriarty, Eustace & Stender Bill to Ban Production and Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in NJ

Sponsors Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Ridding Microbeads from Personal Products
(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0, on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads.

The bill (A-3083) prohibits the production, manufacture, and sale of all personal cosmetic products containing microbeads. Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to personal cosmetic products such as soap, face wash and toothpaste. They are artificial replacements for natural additives such as crushed almonds and pumice.

The sponsors of the bill commend the companies that have begun to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in products. If this legislation were to become law, New Jersey would join one other state, Illinois in banning the use of microbeads.

"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."

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Assembly Passes Diegnan & Wimberly Bill to Require Coin Exchange Machines to Disclose Fees

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Vice-Chair Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require coin redemption machines to disclose fees was approved by the full Assembly on Monday.

The bill (A-1462) would prohibit operators of machines that sort and count a consumer's coins and provide cash in exchange from charging a fee for the service unless a notice advertising the fee is prominently posted on the machine. The legislation also would require a notice to be posted if coins cannot be refunded once deposited.

"When consumers go to a kiosk to trade in loose change for bills, they reasonably expect to walk away with the same amount of money they brought in. Unfortunately, it's too often the case that - unbeknownst to many consumers until it's too late - for every hard-earned dollar they put in, the machine takes a dime," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex).

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Fuentes, Gusciora Bill to Combat Scrap Metal Theft in NJ Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) to strengthen New Jersey law concerning scrap metal sales and to stem the sale of stolen scrap metal passed the full Assembly on Monday.

Assemblyman Fuentes authored this legislation (A-2074) in response to the rise in scrap metal theft happening in Camden and other parts of the state.

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Allowing Youth Soccer in Pinelands, Hospital Caregivers, Combating Metal Theft & Override of Christie Veto on Debt Report Requirements Top Monday Assembly Voting Session

Combating Lead Hazard & Auto Insurance Fraud, Improving School Bus Driver Training, Banning Microbeads and Requiring DCA Post Complete Property Tax Information Also on Tap

Allowing youth soccer on Pinelands areas, requiring hospitals to provide patients and their guardians with opportunities to designate a caregiver, combating the ongoing scourge of metal theft, targeting lead hazards and auto insurance fraud and overriding the governor's veto of a bill to require an annual state debt affordability analysis be included in the State Debt Report highlight Monday's Assembly voting session.

Improving school bus driver training, improving higher education police standards, protecting the environment by banning microbeads and requiring the Division of Local Government Services to include complete property tax information on its web page are also on tap...

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