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McKeon Bill to Prevent Anyone Convicted of a Violent Crime from Assuming a New Name Advances

An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John F. McKeon that would require a person applying for a legal name change to undergo a criminal history record background check in order to prevent anyone convicted of a violent crime from assuming a new name.

"This bill is intended to prevent individuals with violent criminal convictions from assuming new identities," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "At the same time, it will also help ensure that victims of violent crimes are notified when their perpetrators make application for a change of name."

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Speaker Prieto, McKeon, Caputo on Resolution to Bring World-Class Gaming to North Jersey

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman John F. McKeon (D-Essex) and Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee Chairman Ralph R. Caputo (D-Essex) issued a multimedia package Monday on legislation they sponsored that would ask voters to allow the creation of world-class casino gaming facilities in North Jersey; utilize money from the expansion to fund programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents; and aid Atlantic City and the state's horse racing industry.

Under current law, casino gambling is permitted only in Atlantic City. The proposed constitutional amendment (ACR-1) would allow the Legislature to pass laws to permit casinos in two northern New Jersey counties.

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McKeon "Electronic Waste Management" Bill Clears Assembly Committee

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) to help protect the environment by boosting the recycling of electronics was released by an Assembly panel on Monday.

McKeon said many counties have begun to put an end to electronic waste recycling beginning the first of this month.

The bill (A-2375) requires each manufacturer of "covered electronic waste devices" to provide for the collection, transportation, and recycling of its market share in weight of all covered electronic devices in a program. The requirement would be to replace the current law's mandate that each manufacturer provide for the collection, transportation, and recycling of its "return share in weight" as estimated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The data required to perform the return share calculation are not widely available. Moreover, the DEP determinations of the manufacturers' obligation under the law have underestimated the actual amount collected.

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Bring World-Class Gaming to North Jersey, Help Atlantic City & Fund Programs & Property Tax Relief for Senior & Disabled Residents Clears Assembly

Caputo, Prieto, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Lagana, Eustace, Caride, Jimenez, Johnson, McKeon, Giblin, Oliver, Spencer, Jasey, Tucker & Pintor Marin Bill Would Allow Two North Jersey Casinos, Provide Significant Funding for Programs & Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled & Help Atlantic City and Horse Racing Industry
An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democratic lawmakers asking voters to allow the creation of world-class casino gaming facilities in North Jersey and use money from that expansion to fund programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents, along with help for Atlantic City and the horse racing industry.

Under current law, casino gambling is permitted only in Atlantic City, but the constitutional amendment proposed by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Marlene Caride, Angelica Jimenez, Gordon Johnson and John McKeon, Tom Giblin, Sheila Oliver, L. Grace Spencer, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Eliana Pintor Marin, would allow the Legislature to pass laws to permit casinos in two northern New Jersey counties.

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McKeon Re-Introduces "Electronic Waste Management Act," Assembly Panel to Vote on Bill Monday

Measure was One of Numerous Bills to be Pocket Vetoed at End of Last Legislative Session
(TRENTON) - Assemblyman John F. McKeon has re-introduced legislation that would make various changes to the state's electronic waste recycling laws. The measure was one of numerous bills to become subject to a pocket veto last month.

McKeon said the legislation was sponsored at the request of the state Department of Environmental Protection and, now, many counties have begun to put an end to electronic waste recycling beginning the first of this month.

"The situation has gone from bad to worse. The intention was for New Jersey to take a proactive stance on preserving electronic waste recycling programs in the state to now, potentially having to reinstate these programs in some counties," McKeon said. "'Too many bills' is not an excuse to avoid the responsibility of reviewing each and every bill.

"The Electronic Waste Management Act was a preemptive measure to encourage municipalities to continue programs that recycle various dangerous waste materials."

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