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Wimberly and Lampitt Introduce Legislation to Deter Dog Attacks, Strengthen NJ Leash and Fencing Laws

Bill Drafted in Response to Numerous Dog Mauling Incidents in the State Involving Large Breed Dogs
(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly and Pamela Lampitt have recently introduced legislation, known as the "Responsible Dog Ownership Act" to strengthen dog leashing and fencing laws in New Jersey for large breed dogs.

"To lose a child or anyone as a result of an unrestrained, unsupervised animal is unconscionable and must be prevented in everyway we can in the future," said Wimberly (D-Bergen Passaic). "A 'Beware of the Dog' sign will simply not cut it any longer. A large breed dog can be a challenge for any average sized adult to defend themselves against. A child or an elderly person has little to no chance of defense against a raging, uncontrolled animal."

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Mazzeo, Vainiei Huttle, DeAngelo & Lampitt Introduce Bill Requiring State Agency to Give Proper Notice when Services to Developmentally Disabled are Terminated

Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Wayne DeAngelo and Pamela Lampitt have introduced legislation requiring the state to properly notify individuals with developmental disabilities when the services they are receiving are terminated or discontinued.

Mazzeo said he was moved to sponsor the bill after meeting with the Atlantic County Arc and learning that some of their clients had their services terminated without proper notice.

"One of the services provided by the Arc is residential living which allows residents with developmental disabilities to receive the support needed to live independently. Failing to provide proper notice that their services or residential placement is being terminated can put these residents through serious hardship,..." said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). For More             

Eustace: NJT Commuters Deserve Affordable Public Transportation

Asm. Tim Eustace Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), prime sponsor of a 2013 measure to rescind New Jersey Transit fare increases, issued the following statement on Thursday after raising concerns about proposed fare hikes during a Wednesday evening hearing:

"If enacted, the current proposal would be the fifth fare increase forced upon residents of Bergen County in as many years and the second in 2015 alone. Holding hearings is fine, but what commuters really wonder is whether New Jersey Transit actually is listening. …"

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Diegnan Welcomes Decision to Reduce PARCC Testing Time

Asm. Pat Diegnan Assembly Education Chairman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex) released the following statement on the decision to consolidate PARCC's two administration windows and reduce its length:

"It is encouraging to see that the New Jersey Department of Education has acknowledged that the PARCC test is a work in progress. These alterations to testing protocols validate the work of the Assembly Education Committee…"

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Burzichelli on Impact of Christie Administration Failed Policies on the FY 2016 Budget

Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) issued a multimedia package Wednesday, at the conclusion of the Assembly's review of the proposed fiscal year 2016 Budget, in which he levels criticism at the Christie administration's lack of long-term fiscal planning and continued reliance on economic policies that have little proven efficacy in helping New Jersey improve its recover from the Great Recession at a rate comparable to neighboring states.

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McKeon & Jasey: Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds to Long List of Pilgrim Pipeline Warning Signs

Asm. John F. McKeon Assembly Democrats Decry Plan for Albany, N.Y. to Linden, N.J. Parallel Oil Pipelines

Assemblyman John McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement on Wednesday denouncing the Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile oil pipeline that would cross 30 New Jersey municipalities. The legislators issued the statement in response to a ruptured oil pipeline that on Tuesday spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil near the Santa Barbara, California coast:

"The Santa Barbara oil spill - like the Yellowstone spill earlier this year - is an unfortunate and painstakingly clear example of the danger oil pipelines can pose to the environment. Over the last few months, New Jersey residents have been consistent in their opposition to the Pilgrim Pipeline plan, and their biggest fear, understandably, is that what's happened on the West Coast could happen here at home," McKeon said. ...

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Benson Condemns BPU’s Approval of Verizon Rate Increase as a Tax Increase on Seniors

Assemblyman Daniel Benson on Tuesday condemned the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for approving a significant rate increase and the deregulation of Verizon's traditional landline service that will hit New Jersey residents who can least afford it the hardest.

Benson has been the lead sponsor of legislation (A-2459) that would have prevented Verizon from replacing a customer's landline service with wireless service without their consent.

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Jasey Statement on the Termination of Rev. Warren Hall

Asw. Mila Jasey Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris), chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding Rev. Warren Hall's dismissal from his position as director of campus ministry at Seton Hall University:

"College campuses in New Jersey, in addition to providing spaces for academic growth, facilitate the social and moral development of our students. As a trusted adviser to students at Seton Hall University, Father Hall played an instrumental role in that process. …"

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Sumter on Recent Layoffs of Teaching, Instructional Aides in Paterson School District

(PATERSON) - Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D- Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement on the recent announcement of a reduction in force within the Paterson Public School District:

"The Paterson Public School District's cost saving strategy to reduce direct classroom support for students with emotional and behavioral needs is quite troubling and raises a number of concerns for our teachers, children and communities.

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Burzichelli on Impact of Christie Administration Failed Policies on the FY 2016 Budget

Burzichelli on Impact of Christie Administration Failed Policies on the FY 2016 Budget from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

McKeon Issues Call-to-Action to Oppose Exxon Settlement

McKeon Issues Call-to-Action to Oppose Exxon Settlement from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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