Andrzejczak & Caride Bills to Protect and Promote New Jersey's Beekeeping Industry Now Law
Bills Designed to Boost Key N.J. Agricultural Industry(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and Marlene Caride sponsored to protect and promote New Jersey's beekeeping industry and the vital role it plays in New Jersey's agricultural community was signed into law on Friday.
The three bills originated from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Andrzejczak. The General Assembly approved the measures last June.
"Bees are an essential part of agriculture nationwide, needed to pollinate about a third of the food people consume, including important New Jersey crops such as apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, cucumbers, peaches, pumpkins, squash and strawberries," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). "Yet, we also know of the problems faced by the industry with a decline in the honey bee population. The new laws will help to protect this industry and our farming communities."
Tucker, Andrzejczak & Taliaferro Introduce Bill to Require Employee Training on Service or "Guide" Dogs(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Bob Andrzejczak and Adam Taliaferro have introduced legislation meant to educate employees about the state disability law concerning patrons who travel with service or "guide" dogs and how to properly help them.
The sponsors said the intention of the bill is to prevent incidents occurring across the state in which individuals with disabilities were not allowed to have service animals accompany them in a store and other public places.
Spencer 'Walks' with Community Leaders to Help Raise Awareness of Port Truck Pollution in Newark's South WardAssembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chair L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) today joined community and environmental advocates at Weequahic Park to raise awareness about air pollution and health issues facing residents in Newark's South Ward neighborhoods.
"The long-term effects of air pollution are dangerous and even deadly. Unfortunately for South Ward residents, they are exposed to these pollutants through no fault of their own, but because of where they live," said Spencer. "The port and trucking companies have a responsibility to protect these families from the health risks associated with diesel fumes. Today, we call on them to be better neighbors and take the necessary steps to prevent putting the health of our residents further at risk."
Garcia, Eustace, Taliaferro & Mukherji Introduce Bill to Restore Funding for Smoking Prevention Programs in NJAssemblymen Carmelo Garcia, Tim Eustace, Adam Taliaferro and Raj Mukherji have introduced legislation to help restore funding for anti-smoking initiatives in the state.
"For the last three years, the state has spent nothing on prevention. This is unacceptable," said Garcia (D-Hudson). "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the country. Not only does it kill people, it costs taxpayers billions in health care costs. There are funds that are supposed to be used to advocate prevention that are being spent elsewhere. This helps redirect those funds to their intended purpose so we can invest in prevention programs without having to raise the tobacco tax."
Eustace Proposes Ban on Transporting Game Trophies Back through Certain U.S. Airports after Death of Cecil the Lion
Assemblyman also urges Feds to Act on Proposal to Add African Lion to Endangered Species ListAssemblyman Tim Eustace is proposing legislation to help protect the African lion from extinction by banning the transport of game trophies of threatened or endangered species through airports controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Since the airports controlled by the Port Authority - Newark International, J.F.K and LaGuardia - are some of the most heavily traveled routes back to the U.S. from countries in Africa, Eustace hopes the ban will serve as a disincentive for killing endangered animals for sport.
Eustace Praises Advocates, Reiterates Need for Crisis Response Plans Following News of Upcoming Oradell Reservoir Bridge ReplacementAssemblyman: Transporting Crude Oil Over Aging Bridge Poses Risk to Families, Businesses in Bergen County
After having stood with community advocates to call for its restoration, Assemblyman Tim Eustace on Tuesday welcomed news that a deteriorating 86-year-old railroad bridge used to transport highly-flammable Bakken crude oil over the Oradell Reservoir will be replaced this summer.
"Thanks to the hard work of grassroots activists, 800,000 of our residents no longer will have to live in fear of their drinking water being contaminated due to a faulty bridge," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "For months, the people of Bergen County have demanded this bridge replacement in order to keep their communities safe, and I am pleased to see proactive change regarding this matter."
Moriarty Applauds Move to Outfit State Police with Body Cameras, Hopes to see Local Police Follow SuitAssemblyman Paul Moriarty applauded Tuesday's announcement by the state Attorney General that all state troopers assigned to patrol duty will begin wearing body cameras, a move he hopes will pave the way for local officers to follow suit under a bill he has pending in the legislature.
"I applaud the Attorney General's office for taking this necessary and much-needed step," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "This move will make New Jersey a leader in ensuring justice for innocent civilians while also protecting law enforcement officers as they serve the public. I hope this will also pave the way for all law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey to become equipped with these cameras."
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