Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness

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.
Democratic Research Aide:  Gary R. Williams   
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Schaer, Jimenez, Wimberly & Caride Bill to Ensure Health Facilities Restore Power Quickly in an Emergency Gains Panel OK

Asm. Gary S. Schaer Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Angelica Jimenez, Benjie Wimberly and Marlene Caride to help ensure hospitals and other critical healthcare facilities get power back as soon as possible during an emergency was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.

"If any good came out of Sandy, it was the lessons we learned in the aftermath as we attempted to resume a sense of normalcy throughout our state," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "While hospitals are equipped with back-up generators, they can only last so long, making it imperative that we place a priority on getting these critical facilities back up and running as quickly as possible."

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Conaway, Benson & Pinkin Bill to Modernize 911 System in NJ Clears Assembly Committee

Asm. Herb Conaway Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Daniel R. Benson and Nancy Pinkin to modernize the 911 system in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-1821) would require 911 service facilities to be equipped with the Next Generation 911 system within three years of the measure's enactment. The Next Generation 911 system allows for the processing of electronic messages, including, but not limited to, electronic messages containing text, images, video or data.

"Particularly in cases in which conspicuously calling for help may put someone in danger - for example, if a victim is hiding from an intruder during a home invasion - the ability to contact emergency personnel via a text message can be lifesaving," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "This enhancement to our state's 911 system is a valuable investment that will keep more New Jersey residents safe."

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N.J. Minimum Wage Increase, Ride-Sharing Company Regulation & Eventual Plastic Bag Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Legislation to increase New Jersey's minimum wage, regulate transportation network companies and eventually ban non-compostable plastic bags top Thursday's Assembly committee hearings...

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