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DeAngelo & Gusciora Bill to Better Protect Unemployment Insurance Fund Clears AssemblyLegislation Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo and Reed Gusciora sponsored to better protect the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund from fraud and ensure it's used only by those it was created to assist - unemployed New Jerseyans - recently was advanced by the General Assembly.
"Out-of-work New Jerseyans deserve this help, and every taxpayer deserves to know the benefits system they pay into is protected as best is possible from fraud that, in the end, only costs everyone more money," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "The unemployment fund exists to help New Jerseyans get back on their feet as they find work, and it should be protected for their use and their use only. With these few steps, we can better ensure that happens."
Eustace, Gusciora & Quijano Bill to Ensure Needle Exchange Continue in NJ Heads to Gov's Desk(TRENTON) - A legislative effort spearheaded by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Reed Gusciora and Annette Quijano to ensure needle exchange programs continue statewide received final legislative approval, 58-14-3, in the Assembly on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Governor's office for further consideration.
The bill was approved by the Assembly on June 27, and then amended to remove the appropriation of $95,000. The Senate passed the measure also on June 27, 26-12.
"Needle exchange programs have effectively reduced the sharing of needles and the spread of bloodborne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "The legislation makes permanent vital funding that will allow these critical programs to serve New Jersey's communities."
Gusciora, Muoio, Caputo, Mukherji & Chiaravalloti Bill to Extend Urban Enterprise Zone Program Heads to Governor
Bill Would Extend Economic Perks to Bolster City RevitalizationsLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Elizabeth Muoio, Ralph Caputo, Raj Mukherji and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) designation for participating cities for another 10 years so that they may continue to benefit from the economic incentives received final legislative approval from the Senate on Thursday.
The bill (A-2576), which was approved by the Assembly on Monday, now heads to the Governor's desk.
Assembly Approves McKeon, Gusciora & Vainieri Huttle Bill Barring Jurors from being Dismissed because of Gender Identity or Sexual OrientationLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Reed Gusciora and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to bar individuals from being excluded for jury service because of their gender identity or sexual orientation unanimously cleared the Assembly this week.
"Jury service is one of the fundamental civic requirements of every citizen in this country," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "That means every eligible citizen should be qualified to serve free of discrimination."
Gusciora, Muoio, Caputo, Mukherji & Chiaravalloti Bill to Extend Urban Enterprise Zone Program Gains Assembly Approval
Bill Would Extend Economic Perks to Bolster City RevitalizationsLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Elizabeth Muoio, Ralph Caputo, Raj Mukherji and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) designation for participating cities for another 10 years so that they may continue to benefit from the economic incentives was approved 52-25 by the full Assembly on Monday.
"Over the years, the Urban Enterprise Zone program has helped attract both new businesses and consumers alike, and has helped revitalize cites struggling to reinvigorate once-thriving business districts," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "It makes little economic sense to suddenly halt this momentum. By extending this designation, we can help these towns continue their renaissance."
Assembly Dems' Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Approved by Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Muoio, Marlene Caride, L. Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases cleared the Assembly on Monday, 77-0.
Assembly Oks Benson, Muoio & Gusciora Bill to Enable Katzenbach School for the Deaf to Continue Driver's Ed Instruction(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Reed Gusciora to enable the Katzenbach School for the Deaf to continue offering driver's education for students was approved, 77-0, by the full Assembly on Monday.
The bill is intended to permit the Ewing-based Katzenbach School for the Deaf to make use of a car donated to its driver's education program. Since 1951, Katzenbach has provided drivers education for hearing-impaired students, with cars typically donated to the program from car dealerships and later from the state's fleet. When the last car ceased being operational, Katzenbach's board of directors decided to purchase a used car and donate it to the state motor pool for exclusive use by Katzenbach. However, the school was then informed that because of technicalities the car could not be covered by state insurance.