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Schaer, Johnson, Wimberly, Eustace & Mazzeo Legislation to Revise Wiretap Law Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly, Tim Eustace and Vincent Mazzeo to revise the law on wiretapping in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
The bill (A-1635) would expand state statutes to authorize wiretap orders for the investigation of the following offenses or a conspiracy to commit them: luring or enticing a child, identity theft, stalking and cyberharassment.
Mazzeo, Johnson, Land, Andrzejczak & Mukherji Foreclosure Protection Bill for Returning Military Gains Panel OKMeasure Would Extend Post-Military Service Protection Against Foreclosure
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson, Bruce Land, Bob Andrzejczak and Raj Mukherji to help military families avoid foreclosure by extending the military post-service protection period to one year recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.
"Returning servicemen and -women deserve an adequate amount of time to readjust to civilian life and find work," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "This legislation will help keep military families in their homes by giving them the time and opportunity to catch up financially."
Coughlin, Johnson & Andrzejczak Bill to Exempt Veterans' Organizations from Certain State Filing Fees Clears CommitteeAn Assembly committee on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Gordon Johnson and Bob Andrzejczak to exempt veterans' organizations which organize as corporations under the "New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act," from paying the annual report filing fee.
"Veterans' organizations provide valuable services to our military returning home," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "Removing some of government's red tape is the least we can do to help them help others."
Assembly Panel Advances Johnson, Caride, Schaer & Vainieri Huttle Bill Granting New Jersey Jurisdiction to Prosecute Child Endangerment Cases that take Place Out-of-State
Bill Was Inspired by Sexual Misconduct on Bergen County School Trip to GermanyAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Marlene Caride, Gary Schaer and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to expand the state's jurisdiction to prosecute crimes involving endangering the welfare of a child from New Jersey that take place outside the state.
The bill was prompted by the state Supreme Court case of State v. Sumulikoski, which determined that New Jersey courts do not have jurisdiction to prosecute school officials from Bergen County who were chaperones on a school trip to Germany where they allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with students.
Greenwald, Tucker, Johnson, Benson & DeAngelo Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans and Armed Forces Members Clears PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel Benson and Wayne P. DeAngelo to encourage veterans and members of the military to pursue higher education goals was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces."
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 IndustryAn 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.