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Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Allow College-Bound NJ Students to Pay In-State Tuition Regardless of Immigration Status Clears Assembly Panel
Bills are sponsored by Caride, Johnson, Fuentes, Ramos, Connors, Jimenez, Schaer, Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, Wimberly and Greenwald(TRENTON) - A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Gordon Johnson, Angel Fuentes, Ruben Ramos, Sean Connors, Angelica Jimenez, Gary Schaer and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to allow New Jersey students planning to attend a state college or university to pay in-state tuition costs despite of their immigration status or that of their parents as long as they meet certain requirements was released Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.
"These students, who are U.S. citizens, have the same constitutional rights as all U.S. citizens. They have no less a right to in-state tuition, as well as tuition assistance than any other New Jersey resident or American citizen," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "In the case of young people who were brought here as children by parents looking for a better life; they should not be punished and should be given the opportunity to pay in-state tuition, if they want to attend college here. They will contribute to our economy and society by obtaining better jobs which would provide more taxable income..."
Assembly Democratic Bill to Fund Legal Assistance to Low-Income Residents; Modernize Court Information System Continues Advancing
Legislation is sponsored by Barnes, Ramos, Caputo, Johnson, Wisniewski, Vainieri Huttle & Burzichelli(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Peter J. Barnes III, Ruben Ramos, Ralph Caputo, Gordon Johnson, John Wisniewski, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and John Burzichelli to authorize the Supreme Court to increase or add new court filing fees to help fund the work of Legal Services of New Jersey, a non-profit that provides free legal assistance in civil matters to individuals living below the poverty line, as well as the modernization of the state's court information system was released Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.
"New Jersey's courts retain millions of records. Yet the court's computer antiquated computer system has contributed to soiled information, high maintenance costs, and inefficiencies," said Barnes (D-Middlesex). "This bill helps cut down on maintenance costs and provides better safe keeping of court records by funding the modernization of our court systems. It also creates a more stable source of funding to support the important work of Legal Services of New Jersey, as well as other organizations and programs that provide legal services to residents who otherwise could not afford it..."