Eustace Urges Residents to Take Part in American Medicine Chest Challenge on Saturday
Assemblyman Vows to Fight for more Money in Budget to Expand Program to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription DrugsAssemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) on Friday joined with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker to highlight the need for more locations to safely dispose of prescription drugs in New Jersey and urged residents to take part in the American Medicine Chest Challenge tomorrow.
Eustace was the lead sponsor of legislation (A-2859) signed into law by Gov. Christie a year ago today that formally established the "Project Medicine Drop" program, allowing participating law enforcement agencies to maintain a secure prescription medicine drop-off receptacle where unused or expired prescription drugs and other common household medications may be anonymously surrendered by members of the public seven days a week, 365 days a year.
*** MONDAY ADVISORY ***
The Assembly Budget Committee on Monday will review proposed spending plans for the Department of Corrections, the State Parole Board and the Department of Children and Families.
The Department of Corrections and State Parole Board budget plans will be reviewed at 10 a.m.
The Department of Children and Families budget plan will be reviewed at 1 p.m.
Jasey Troubled by Audit Revealing Lack of Transparency in Mandatory Fee Increases, Usage at Three NJ Colleges & Universities
Audit by Office of the State Comptroller Focused on The College of New Jersey, William Paterson University and Kean University; found lack of transparency surrounding fees to be an issueAssembly Higher Education Committee Chair Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement Friday in response to a state audit report that faulted three New Jersey colleges and universities for failing to clarify how mandatory student fees are being spent, and in some cases, charging fees almost as high as tuition rates absent justification:
"College students in New Jersey are paying some of the highest tuition rates in the country.
"Given the amount of money that students and families are investing in higher education in the state, it is only right that they are made aware of how their hard-earned money is being spent.
"The audit made clear that this is not happening…"
Gusciora: Christie’s Proposed EOF Spending Cut for College Students is Shortsighted, Lacks CompassionAssemblyman Reed Gusciora on Thursday decried Gov. Christie's proposed $2.57 million spending cut for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) in the FY 2017 budget.
"This is complete shortsightedness on the part of the Governor. At a time when a great deal of effort is focused on the rising costs of a college education, we should not be making it even harder for New Jersey students to afford college.
NJ and NY Elected Officials and Advocates Call On Christie to Sign Historic Port Authority Reform BillNew Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Wednesday joined with New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan and advocates in calling on Governor Christie to sign reform legislation they sponsored aiming to overhaul the beleaguered Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
The legislation, S-708/A-2184, known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," will guarantee legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future. It passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support, and was sent to the governor's desk on April 7th.
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Wimberly, Spencer, Oliver, Sumter & Tucker Hold News Conference in Support of Bill to End State Takeovers of School DistrictsAssembly members Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Passaic), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex), Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Passaic) and Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-Essex) issued a multimedia package Tuesday of a news conference they held with the Education Law Center to promote legislation to end the state takeover of New Jersey school districts.
The bill (A-3637), sponsored by Wimberly, Oliver, Sumter and Tucker, would eliminate the authority of the state board of education to place school districts under full or partial state intervention via the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), the state's system of monitoring and measuring educational outcomes in individual districts. The bill also would require that any school districts currently under full or partial state intervention be returned to full local control within one year of the date of enactment.
Wimberly Announces Bill to Return State Takeover School Districts Back to Municipalities
Assemblyman Cites Lack of Real Progress for Districts Under Control by the State; Need for Alternative Solutions and Full Funding to Efficiently Support School Districts(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D- Bergen, Passaic) joined by fellow legislators and education advocates gathered on Tuesday for a morning press conference announcing a bill that would eliminate school district takeovers and return full control to municipalities with school districts currently under state management.
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Excerpts of Assembly Democrats Speaking in Support of Striking Verizon Workers
Speaker Prieto and Assembly Members DeAngelo, Sumter, Benson, Muoio & Zwicker Voiced SupportAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly members Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Mercer), Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Passaic), Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer), Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Mercer) and Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset) issued a multimedia package Monday excerpting their support of striking Verizon workers at a State House rally in support of the striking workers and organized labor.
Wimberly, Spencer, Oliver, Sumter & Tucker Hold News Conference in Support of Bill to End State Takeovers of School Districts
Excerpts of Assembly Democrats Speaking in Support of Striking Verizon Workers
Wimberly Excerpts from Assembly Budget Committee Hearing on NJ DOE Management, Funding of Paterson Schools
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