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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."
Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Heads to GovernorBy a vote of 54-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver's license.
"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."
McKeon, Zwicker & Houghtaling Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals with Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Goes to Gov(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon, Andrew Zwicker and Eric Houghtaling that would prohibit New Jersey Transit from denying individuals who need a guide or service dog access to any of its modes of transportation was approved, 78-0, by the full Assembly on Monday. The bill will now go to the Governor for further consideration.
NJ Transit previously had a policy that excluded guide dogs on sedans, including its Access Link fleet, which serves the disabled population. NJ Transit later changed its policy.
McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Caputo, Jasey & Downey Bill to Create Law Enforcement Assisted Addiction Safe Havens Advances(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Ralph Caputo, Mila Jasey and Joann Downey that would establish law enforcement assisted addiction and recovery programs throughout the state cleared the Assembly on Monday, 70-3-4.
"The nation's heroin and opioid related overdose deaths have increased dramatically in recent years. In New Jersey, alone, the overdose death rate is currently three times the national rate. Clearly more needs to be done," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Similar programs we've studied have shown marked success in cultivating a safe environment where those suffering from addiction feel comfortable coming forward to seek treatment."