The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with police, fire and emergency management services, public safety regulations, criminalization of activities and legal ramifications of crimes.
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Caride, Mosquera, Pinkin & Moriarty Bill to Help Law Enforcement Combat Opioid Epidemic Approved by Assembly, Heads to Governorís Desk

Asw. Marlene Caride Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin and Paul Moriarty to help law enforcement better coordinate efforts to combat the state's growing opioid epidemic has received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor's desk.

"As we've seen from many reports, the opioid epidemic is not confined to any particular area or demographic," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It crosses urban and suburban boundaries, as well as race, class and many other sectors. Giving law enforcement the tools to coordinate their efforts is a critical part of the statewide strategy to combat this epidemic."

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Gusciora, Eustace, Tucker, Mazzeo & Stender 3-Bill Package to Make NJ's Medical Marijuana Program Work Better Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Tim Eustace The General Assembly Thursday approved a three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Tim Eustace, Cleopatra Tucker, Vince Mazzeo and Linda Stender to make New Jersey's medical marijuana program work better for patients with severe illnesses who rely on the program for medical relief.

Gusciora, Eustace & Tucker issued a multimedia package on their bill package, following its passage.

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Lagana, Caride, McKeon, Mazzeo & Mukherji Bill to Combat Rising Tide of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Throughout N.J. Approved by Assembly

Asm. Joe Lagana Legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Marlene Caride, John McKeon, Vince Mazzeo and Raj Mukherji sponsored to combat the rising tide of heroin and prescription drug abuse throughout New Jersey was approved 74-0 Thursday by the Assembly.

"This problem is wide-ranging and our laws are not stringent enough to combat it," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to do more to ensure we're equipped to deal with this epidemic, before too many lives are lost. This is both the moral and responsible thing to do..."

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Lagana Statement on Assembly Approving His Bill to Combat Prescription Drug & Heroin Abuse

Asm. Joe Lagana Assemblyman Joe Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) made the following statement Thursday as the Assembly voted 74-0 to approve his bill (A-3602) to revise the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse:

""It does not matter whether you are from a rural area, suburb or urban area, the terrible effects of addiction, specifically prescription pill and heroin abuse, have impacted all of us. It has no face and it is without borders. We must act collectively to help in this fight to save lives..."

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Schaer, Prieto & Sumter Propose Diversity Training for Law Enforcement throughout NJ in Response to Nationwide Events

Bill Takes Proactive Approach to Engage Communities, Build Cultural Awareness
Assembly Budget Chair Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter will introduce legislation this week to better prepare all local and county law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey to handle racial, ethnic and religious diversities within their respective communities.

The bill would require each county and municipal law enforcement department to develop and adopt a cultural diversity training course that includes instruction and exercises designed to focus on the needs of the racial, ethnic, and religious communities within each department's respective jurisdiction. Each municipal and county law enforcement officer would be required to participate in the course as part of in-service training.

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THURSDAY - Testing Opt-Out, Pollution Settlements, Prescription Drug Monitoring, Atlantic City UEZ, Improving Medical Marijuana Program & Displaced Casino Worker Job Training Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Lottery Couriers Budget Transparency, Economic Incentive Study, Stolen Valor Act, Student Steroid Abuse, Elderly Care, School Breakfast & Motor Vehicle Data Privacy Bills Also on Tap

Legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing, require more money from pollution settlements be used for clean-up and extend the public comment period for pollution settlements, improve prescription drug monitoring to curb abuse, bring an Urban Enterprise Zone and property tax relief to Atlantic City, improving the medical marijuana program and provide training to displaced casino workers highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session...

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Lagana, Caride, McKeon, Mazzeo & Mukherji Bill to Combat Rising Tide of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Throughout N.J. Released by Assembly Panel

Asm. Joe Lagana Updated legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Marlene Caride, John McKeon, Vince Mazzeo and Raj Mukherji sponsored to combat the rising tide of heroin and prescription drug abuse throughout New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"This problem is wide-ranging and our laws are not stringent enough to combat it," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to do more to ensure we're equipped to deal with this epidemic, before too many lives are lost. This is both the moral and responsible thing to do..."

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