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Video: Wisniewski on his Bill to Support 'Dreamers' Against Trump ActionsAssembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) on his legislation opposing action by President Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The bill was approved 44-11-7 Wednesday by the Assembly.
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Mazzeo, Lagana, Vainieri Huttle, & Benson Bill to Educate Parents of Prescription Opioid Use OK'd by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Daniel Benson to require the state Department of Education to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents of student-athletes and cheerleaders concerning use and misuse of prescription opioids was approved 69-0 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"This bill ensures that young people and their parents are educated as early as possible about the dangers of opioid abuse and addiction," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "It is critical to provide this information to students who participate in athletics to make certain that, in the event they are prescribed an opioid for an injury, they will be fully knowledgeable of the risks of misuse..."
Quijano & Oliver Bill Supporting Schools, Colleges & Universities that Help & Protect Immigrants Approved by N.J. AssemblyLegislation Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver sponsored expressing the Legislature's intent that schools, colleges and universities continue to act as safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration or discrimination was approved 45-20-2 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"New Jersey is the home and workplace of large immigrant communities and history has demonstrated the significant contributions that these communities have made to the state," said Quijano (D-Union). "New Jersey has a long history of supporting persons who seek to escape hardship and deprivation to find a better life for themselves and their children. In return for its support, the state has benefited from the many contributions that immigrants have made to the economic and cultural growth of the state. Especially now - in the face of President Trump's hostile actions - this history of support must continue..."
Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
"Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education," said Downey (D-Monmouth County). "School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing."
Drug Addiction Insurance Coverage, Opioid Addiction Public Awareness Campaign, Gender Pay Equity at Biz that Get NJ Help, Gold Star Family Assistance & Life in Prison for Murdering Minor in Sex Crime Highlight Wednesday Assembly SessionSeveral Bills Opposing Trump Actions Also Set for Votes
Also on Tap: Veterans Diversion Program, Student Opioid Abuse Education, Expanded Infertility Coverage, Earn Your Way Out Act, Task Force on Adults with Autism, Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System & Reader Privacy Act
Legislation to require health insurance coverage for substance abuse addiction treatment and place restrictions on opioid prescriptions, establish a public awareness campaign to educate about the dangers of opioid and heroin addiction, ensure gender pay equity for businesses receiving state financial assistance, help Gold Star families and require life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 in the commission of a sex crime highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session.
Several resolutions opposing President Trump's policies are also set for votes...
Mazzeo, Mukherji, Andrzejczak, Land & McKnight Bill to Allow Service Members to Wear Military Uniforms at H.S. Graduation Goes to GovernorLegislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Bob Andrzejczak, Bruce Land and Angela McKnight sponsored to allow high school students serving in the United States Armed Forces to wear their military uniforms at their graduation ceremonies was approved 38-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
"Students in the military earned the right to wear their uniforms to graduation on the day they volunteered to put their lives on the line for the United States of America," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "There really should be no debate whatsoever about this issue..."
Vainieri Huttle, Jasey & Mukherji Bill to Expand Steroid Testing for High School Athletes Gains Final Legislative OKLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey and Raj Mukherji to expand steroid testing and education throughout New Jersey high schools was approved 37-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
"Student athletes who see steroids as a quick fix, fail to realize how detrimental they can be to a person's physical and psychological health," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen)...
Video: Jasey on Invalidating Use of PARCC Test as Graduation RequirementAssemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) discusses her legislation (ACR-215) that would invalidate the Christie administration's plan to make the PARCC test a graduation requirement for high school students. The bill was advanced Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.
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Jasey & Caride Measure Calling on State Board of Ed to Amend/Withdraw PARCC as Graduation Requirement because it is Inconsistent with Legislative Intent Clears Assembly PanelThe Assembly Education Committee on Monday approved a concurrent resolution sponsored by Assemblywomen Mila Jasey (D- Essex/Morris) and Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) that calls on the state Board of Education to amend or withdraw its high school graduation proficiency regulations because they are inconsistent with legislative intent.
The regulations were revised last year to make the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test a graduation requirement for high school students.
The resolution (ACR-215) asserts the revised regulations are not consistent with the intent of the Legislature, and calls on the state Board of Education to revise or withdraw the regulations.
"It is clear that the PARCC is in conflict with the intent of the Legislature and should not be used or relied on to make graduation determinations,.." said Jasey.