Assembly Housing and Community Development

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.
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Video - NJ Assembly Democrats' Week in Review: Jan. 9-13

A recap of the week of January 9-13 for the New Jersey Assembly Democrats, including their response to the State of the State address.

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Video: Assemblywoman Muoio on Her Bills to Protect NJ Families from Lead Poisoning

Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) testified Thursday on her legislation (A-3581 and A-3611) to protect New Jersey families from lead poisoning.

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Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Wimberly Bill Boosting Rental Assistance for Veterans Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak, Angelica Jimenez, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Benjie Wimberly to boost rental assistance to military veterans was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"Our veterans were willing to endure untold sacrifices for their country. Now we need to step up to the plate and do all we can to help care for them," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). This financial assistance is meant to give a hands-up while they find the road back to self-sufficiency."

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Assembly Panel Approves Conaway Bill Package to Identify, Address & Minimize Exposure to Lead in Soil & Water Statewide

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved a comprehensive three-bill package sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. designed to help New Jersey identify, address and minimize the exposure to lead in water and soil statewide.

"Given the finite resources of the state of New Jersey, it is important for us to have a data-driven, science-based plan to evaluate the priorities for lead remediation," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "If enacted these bills would help the state guard against the hazards and hysteria that we saw unfold in Flint Michigan throughout their water quality crisis."

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Assembly Dems Bill Package to Help Protect NJ Families from Lead Poisoning Clears Assembly Committee

Muoio, Gusciora, Schaer, Holley, Wimberly bill package would require lead inspection for certain rental and for-sale properties; establish statewide educational program
A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Muoio, Reed Gusciora, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly to help protect New Jersey families from lead paint contamination by imposing inspection requirements on rental and for-sale properties was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The sponsors noted that anxiety over lead contamination has increased after high levels of lead paint were found in the drinking water at several New Jersey schools last year. Additionally, 11 cities in New Jersey and two counties were reported to have a higher proportion of young children with more dangerous lead levels than Flint, Michigan - Irvington, East Orange, Trenton, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Atlantic City, New Brunswick and Passaic, along with Salem and Cumberland counties.

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Combating Lead Contamination in Homes & Soil, College Affordability, Foreclosure Reforms & Solar Power Incentives Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Trenton Redevelopment, Energy Efficiency, Veterans Rental Assistance, Special Needs Help, Charlie's Law & Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development Working with African American Chamber of Commerce and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Legislation to combat lead contamination in homes and soil, college affordability bills, foreclosure reforms and solar power incentives highlight Thursday's Assembly committee hearings.

Also on tap: Trenton redevelopment, energy efficiency, veterans rental assistance, special needs help, small business job creation & directing the Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development to Working with African American Chamber of Commerce and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey...

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Mukherji Bill to Allow Homeless Individuals to Obtain a Free Copy of Birth Certificate Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) to permit homeless persons to receive a copy of their birth certificate without paying a fee was signed into law on Monday.

Under the new law (formerly A-2106), a request for the birth certificate is to be made through a social worker or through a coordinator of the emergency shelter where the person is staying, using the letterhead of the shelter or the social worker's agency or professional practice, and is to include the address and employer identification number of the emergency shelter or social worker's agency or professional practice.

"Many homeless citizens have no hope of getting off the streets and accessing social services and government benefits without proof of identity," said Mukherji. "For homeless New Jerseyans' looking to get identification, a birth certificate may be a prerequisite."

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