The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with municipalities, counties, local finance, local public contracts, property taxes, local authorities, housing, land use, zoning and planning.
Democratic Research Aide:  Christopher Pierre   
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Prieto, Benson, Wimberly, Moriarty & Garcia Bill Targeting Creditors Who Fail to Keep Up Vacant Homes Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen Daniel R. Benson, Benjie E. Wimberly, Paul D. Moriarty and Carmelo G. Garcia that would empower municipalities to take action against creditors who fail to maintain vacant properties that are slated for foreclosure was signed into law on Friday.

The new law (A-1257) gives municipal officials the authority to issue citations and impose fines to ensure that creditors fulfill their responsibility to maintain unoccupied residential properties on which a summons and complaint in an action to foreclose has been filed.

"Vacant properties are neighborhood eyesores that attract pests and criminal activity and drag down property values," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "Municipalities will now be able to take action against creditors who create nuisance situations for neighborhoods and municipalities by failing to maintain vacant properties that are set for foreclosure."

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Cryan, Eustace, Lagana & Sumter Bill to Increase Home Elevation Standards Becomes Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Shavonda E. Sumter that would increase standards for contractors working on home elevations was signed into law on Friday.
The law (A-3270) would require licensed home elevation contractors to have at least five years of experience in home elevation and a minimum of two years of experience in home improvement upon registering with the Division of Consumer Affairs.

"Too many families in New Jersey have suffered enough already in the time since Hurricane Sandy," said Cryan (D-Union). "This new law will ensure that only qualified professionals are authorized to assist as we work to avoid devastation of that magnitude in the future."

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Mainor Introduces Bill to Require Renter's Insurance Information Be Provided to Tenants

Legislation Focuses on Units in Multiple Dwellings
(Trenton)- Assembly Democrat Charles Mainor (D- Hudson) recently introduced legislation to ensure tenants have the necessary information in hand to seek and acquire renter's insurance.

Mainor notes the bill's intention is to ensure that information is provided to renters of units in multiple dwellings about the availability of renter's insurance policies, which provide insurance coverage to tenants for the contents of their rental unit.

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Mainor Legislation to Establish Big Brothers, Big Sisters Foundation of New Jersey Fund

Bill Would Allow Taxpayers to Contribute at Tax Time
(Trenton)- Assembly Democrat Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) has recently introduced legislation that would establish the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation of New Jersey Fund and allow taxpayers to support the programs and services of the organization through state income tax returns.

Mainor notes in the bill that, as a nonprofit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters relies heavily upon the generosity of donors. The intention of his legislation is to help increase donations made to the organization by creating a fund and a special designation on the state gross income tax form through which taxpayers can make voluntary contributions.

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