Assembly Democrats


Quijano Named Vice Chair of Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs

The Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC) recently concluded its 9th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference marked the capstone event for the year and provided the venue for Latino state legislative leaders from around the country to convene to discuss critical policy and social issues facing the nation.

The three-day event consisted of an array of policy workshops, education sessions and organizational business. The conference also hosted the 4th Annual Latina State Legislative Caucus (LSLC) Summit on the first day of the event.

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Assembly Passes Andrzejczak, Wimberly & Wilson Bill to Toughen Penalty for Evidence Tampering in a Hit-and-Run

(TRENTON) - The full Assembly approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Benjie Wimberly and Gilbert L. "Whip" Wilson that would increase the penalty for leaving the scene of a deadly motor vehicle accident and concealing evidence related to the accident.

"Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in someone's death and then tampering with evidence to absolve yourself is not just cold-blooded; it is criminal," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "This bill ensures that the punishment fits the crime."

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Mazzeo Unveils Bill to Bring Successful Tax Credit Program to Atlantic City to Help Create Jobs & Economic Growth

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Bill Would Help Boost Economy in Atlantic County Region

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo on Friday announced he's introduced legislation to help revitalize Atlantic City by extending a successful tax credit program to neighborhoods in which casino gaming is authorized.

"This will help revitalize Atlantic City and diversify the city's economy," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "This will build upon the unique recreational experience Atlantic City provides while also combating poverty and unemployment by encouraging economic development in the city's low and moderate-income neighborhoods. The bottom line is this - a strong Atlantic City is good for everyone and this would be another tool to accomplish that shared goal..."

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Vainieri Huttle: Time to say no to sexual assaults on college campuses

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published Friday in The Record of Hackensack:


"Just look at the statistics: One in five women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and 42 percent of female victims are sexually assaulted before the age of 25, making a woman's college years critical.

"I applaud Ramapo College for undertaking a thorough review of their sexual assault policies under the leadership of former Attorney General Anne Milgram, and William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron for taking swift action upon learning of the serious assault alleged on her campus. But campus sexual assault is not the isolated concern of these two schools. It is a public safety, education and human-rights issue that affects every student, woman and man, in every institution of higher education in our state.

"New Jersey can and must do better in protecting students from becoming victims of sexual assault and from committing sexual crimes..."


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MONDAY - Wisniewski & Fire Safety Officials to Conduct a Demonstration Christmas Tree Burn and Highlight Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Asm. John Wisniewski On Monday, December 22 Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, chairman of the New Jersey Fire Safety Commission, will join with fire safety officials at the Middlesex County Fire Academy to highlight important fire safety tips for the holiday season. Fire Academy staff will conduct a demonstration of a Christmas tree fire to highlight the flammability of a Christmas tree and the speed with which such a fire can build and spread...


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Democratic Bill to Account for Cultural Preferences in School Menus Gains Assembly Approval

Asw. Pamela Lampitt Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera, Joseph Lagana and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was approved 59-15 by the Assembly on Thursday.

"Consistency in teaching New Jersey's children about embracing cultural diversity requires us to ensure that they know everyone is welcome in the classroom as well as in the cafeteria," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington).

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Moriarty & Vainieri Huttle Bill Targeting Unsolicited Check Scams Gets Assembly OK

Asm. Paul Moriarty Bars Sending Checks to Consumers That Once Cashed Enroll Them in Costly Programs

Revised legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to make it illegal to mail unsolicited checks that once cashed enroll consumers in costly programs was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly.

"These so-called free money offers are at their best deceptive and, at their worst, downright dishonest," Moriarty said. "Right now, consumers are at their most vulnerable to fall for a scheme that appears to offer them instant cash but would end up costing them much more in the long-run..."

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Garcia, Mainor, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Legal Representation for Children When Parental Rights Are Terminated Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo Garcia, Charles Mainor, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to authorize the Office of Public Defender to provide legal representation for children in proceedings after parental rights have been terminated was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"This legislation ensures the protection of our children in legal matters if their parents are deemed incapable. The state should absolutely step in to protect children in these situations," said Garcia (D-Hudson).

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Caride Statement on US-Cuba Relations

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) released the following statement Friday on the United States and Cuba normalizing full diplomatic relations:

"My parents left Cuba for a better life, not because they wanted to, but because they knew they would not be able to flourish if they remained. They left their families and the only home they knew, hoping that one day Cuba and its people would be liberated. Instead, they have watched in frustration as the Castro regime has tightened its grip and continued to deny the Cuban people the most basic civil liberties…"

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Lampitt Testimony in Support of Her Earned Sick Leave Legislation (A-2354)

Lampitt Testimony in Support of Her Earned Sick Leave Legislation (A-2354) from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.



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