The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee is responsible for monitoring the protection of citizens of the State of New Jersey. The panel oversees issues affecting counter-terrorism, risk assessments, infrastructure protections, emergency communications, border security and cyber security.
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Diegnan, Johnson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Require Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement Officers Clears PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan Jr., Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to establish mandatory sexual assault training requirements for law enforcement officers was advanced recently by an Assembly panel.
"Law enforcement officers must focus on protecting sexual assault victims and bringing perpetrators to justice," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By ensuring that all officers receive proper training, this legislation will help create a New Jersey where victims know they will be supported and offenders know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Benson, Prieto, Caride & Quijano Bill to Set Clear Standards for Use of Drones in New Jersey Released by Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Vincent Prieto, Marlene Caride and Annette Quijano introduced to protect the privacy of New Jersey residents by creating standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments utilizing drones was released Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1039) sets forth certain guidelines to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments that use unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones.
"We have heard many concerns about the expanded use of drones invading personal privacy, so a bill like this makes sense in this day and age," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "We will not be impairing the ability of law enforcement and emergency services to use drones when they're definitely needed. We'll just be creating common sense guidelines."
Sumter, Wimberly, Green & Garcia Legislation to Require Generators in Apartment Buildings Clears Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Benjie Wimberly, Jerry Green and Carmelo Garcia to ensure that residents of multiple-unit housing facilities have power during emergencies was approved Monday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-864) would require newly-constructed multiple dwellings with 25 or more residential units to install standby generators to provide electricity during an emergency. The generators would be reserved for emergency use when needed to protect the general health, safety and welfare of residents during a continued power outage.
"The loss of electricity during an emergency is far from a mere inconvenience. In high-rise buildings that depend on elevator service as an accessible means of egress, for example, electricity is essential, especially for seniors and residents with disabilities," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, it's critical that we're proactive about implementing measures that will ensure public safety."
Mazzeo, Pinkin & Mukherji Bill to Establish Interest-Free Extension for Property Tax Payments After Natural Disasters Gains Panel OK(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Nancy Pinkin and Raj Mukherji sponsored to give a brief reprieve to property taxpayers after natural disasters was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
"After Hurricane Sandy, many of our state's residents found that the homes they had lived in and the businesses they had owned for years suddenly were uninhabitable. Some reasonably decided that putting their lives back together was more immediate than sorting out their property tax payments, and the penalties they faced just put another burden on their shoulders," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "In anticipation of the next disaster of that magnitude, it's important that we implement a buffer for those struggling to recover."
Earned Sick Leave & Port Authority Reform Top Monday Assembly Committee MeetingsImproved Suicide Prevention, Help for Farmers, Apartment Building Generators, Regulating Drone Usage & Controlling Invasive Bamboo Also on Tap
Discussion Also Set on Improving Teacher Readiness
Two bills to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and legislation to require businesses to provide earned sick leave to workers highlight Monday's Assembly hearings.
Also up are bills to improve suicide prevention training in schools, help farmers fight nuisance complaints, regulate drone usage, require generators for multiple-dwelling buildings and regulate the planting and sale of invasive and destructive running bamboo…
Caride Introduces Measure Urging Congress to Deny American Citizens & Residents who Leave Country to Join Foreign Terrorist Groups Re-entry to the US
According to American intelligence officials, the number of Americans who have joined the rebel groups in Syria, including ISIS, has nearly doubled since January 2014(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) has introduced a resolution urging Congress to prohibit any United States citizen or resident who joins a foreign terror organization, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), from returning to the United States.
"By now we have seen the horrific videos. We are aware of the barbaric nature of terrorist organizations like ISIS and the lengths to which they will go to spread their gospel of hate. It is difficult to understand such depravity, but even more so to understand why American citizens would support a group that continues to terrorize and kill so many innocent people, including fellow American citizens," said Caride. "If these individuals are willing to leave their homes and go to a country that is foreign to them to join and fight for ISIS, what else will they be willing to do on their behalf upon returning to our country?