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Prieto & Diegnan to Discuss Plans to Enhance Teacher Effectiveness

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. will hold a 10 a.m. news conference on Thursday to discuss enhancing teacher effectiveness.

Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) and Diegnan (D-Middlesex) will be joined by:...

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Assembly Unanimously Passes Diegnan, Moriarty, Eustace & Stender Bill to Ban Production and Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in NJ

Sponsors Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Ridding Microbeads from Personal Products
(TRENTON) - The General Assembly approved legislation, 72-0, on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads.

The bill (A-3083) prohibits the production, manufacture, and sale of all personal cosmetic products containing microbeads. Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to personal cosmetic products such as soap, face wash and toothpaste. They are artificial replacements for natural additives such as crushed almonds and pumice.

The sponsors of the bill commend the companies that have begun to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in products. If this legislation were to become law, New Jersey would join one other state, Illinois in banning the use of microbeads.

"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."

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Assembly Passes Diegnan & Wimberly Bill to Require Coin Exchange Machines to Disclose Fees

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Vice-Chair Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require coin redemption machines to disclose fees was approved by the full Assembly on Monday.

The bill (A-1462) would prohibit operators of machines that sort and count a consumer's coins and provide cash in exchange from charging a fee for the service unless a notice advertising the fee is prominently posted on the machine. The legislation also would require a notice to be posted if coins cannot be refunded once deposited.

"When consumers go to a kiosk to trade in loose change for bills, they reasonably expect to walk away with the same amount of money they brought in. Unfortunately, it's too often the case that - unbeknownst to many consumers until it's too late - for every hard-earned dollar they put in, the machine takes a dime," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex).

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