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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Heads to Governor

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits by 30 Percent Over Three Years; Then Ties It to Social Security

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program by 30 percent over three years, then tying it to Social Security gained final legislative approval Monday in the Senate.

"As I've said, as part of the Assembly's ongoing effort to combat poverty and rebuild the middle-class, fixing this problem isn't just about social responsibility. It's also about fiscal responsibility," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "It's appalling that New Jersey has the lowest grant level in the Northeast and that we've accepted this as child poverty increases steadily, along with all the costly problems that come along with it. If we're going to help lift people out of poverty by increasing access to work and job training, then we need to do the right thing and reform and modernize this system."

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Assembly Panel OKs 'Peggy's Law' Oliver & Giblin Bill Requiring Immediate Reporting of Suspected Abuse to the Institutionalized Elderly

Asw. Sheila Oliver An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver and Thomas Giblin that would require suspected abuse of the institutionalized elderly to be reported to local law enforcement immediately.

"My heart goes out to Peggy's family and any others who may have experienced similar abuse at the hands of someone they entrusted their loved one with," said Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic). "We need more accountability to ensure that this type of abuse and neglect is reported immediately. No one should have to experience what Peggy's family did."

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Prieto, Oliver, Quijano, Pintor Marin, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Boost Wages for Service Workers at Newark Liberty, Newark Penn & Hoboken Terminal Goes to Governor

Bill Addresses Income Inequality & Requires Prevailing Wages for Service Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver and Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Eliana Pintor Marin, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to require prevailing wages be paid to all subcontracted transportation service workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal was approved 23-15 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval...

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Prieto, Oliver, Gusciora, & Jasey Bill to Expand & Improve New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Program Goes to Governor

Pro-Worker Bill Calls for Expanded Leave Time, Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increased Job Protections & Greater Program Promotion

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey crafted to improve New Jersey's paid family leave program to ensure it works better for New Jersey families was approved Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

"This is an invaluable law, but it's underused and needs improvement," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "New Jersey's hard-working men and women deserve a program that can truly help them in their time of need, whether it's caring for a loved one or welcoming a new family member..."

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Assembly Panel Approves Democratic Measures to Boost Funding for Women's Health Care


Mazzeo, Downey, Mosquera, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Jimenez, Pintor Marin, Sumter, Oliver, Lagana, Jasey & Mukherji Two-Bill Package Would Restore Funding for Women's Health Centers & Expand Medicaid Coverage
A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost funding for health care for low and middle income women and their children in the FY 2018 budget was approved Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The measures - sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Joann Downey, Gabriela Mosquera, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Angelica Jimenez, Eliana Pintor Marin, Shavonda Sumter, Sheila Oliver, Joe Lagana, Mila Jasey and Raj Mukherji - would restore the funding eliminated by Gov. Christie for women's health centers and expand Medicaid coverage under federal law to help serve some of the state's poorest women.

"In difficult fiscal times, the priorities we choose show our character as a state," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "From a financial perspective, this relatively small investment pays enormous dividends and is a cost effective way to improve the health and well-being of women and children in New Jersey."

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Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Oliver & Gusciora Bill to Enhance Benefits under Work First New Jersey Heads to Governor's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Sheila Oliver and Reed Gusciora to ensure that some of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents receive the assistance they need under the Work First New Jersey program received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-33) would repeal the section of the Work First New Jersey Act that currently prohibits a household from gaining additional cash assistance benefits as a result of the birth of a child. Such policies that prevent an increase in welfare benefits as a result of the birth of a child are commonly known as family caps.

"If there was ever a situation that would precipitate the need for greater assistance under this program, it's the birth of a child and the enormous cost that comes along with it," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This cap harms our most vulnerable citizens - children born into poverty who must suffer the effects of even deeper poverty because their families must struggle to do more with less."
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Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Oliver, Tucker, Quijano & Johnson Bill to Ensure Equal Access to State Contracts for Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses Gains Final Legislative OK

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Sheila Oliver, Cleopatra Tucker, Annette Quijano and Gordon Johnson to ensure that women- and minority-owned businesses in New Jersey have equal access to state contracts gained final legislative approval Thursday in the Senate. It now heads to the governor.

"While progress has been made, women- and minority-business owners continue to face challenges that limit their ability to grow," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. "The provisions in this legislation are necessary to ensure that the equality of opportunity guaranteed by federal and state law is available to minority-owned and women-owned businesses in this state."

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Moriarty & Oliver Bill to Prohibit Rental Car Companies from Charging Excessive Fees for E-Zpass Tags Clears Assembly

Measure Also Would Require Clear Prior Notice of Extra Charges for Renting Transponders
Legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty and Sheila Oliver sponsored to prohibit car rental companies from charging excessive fees to customers who borrow devices used to pay tolls electronically was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"Car rental companies are taking advantage of visitors to New Jersey by charging them an exorbitant amount of money to borrow an E-Zpass tag. Aside from that being morally wrong, it has negative implications for our economy," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "In a state with a multi-billion dollar tourism industry, it's in our best interest to make sure people don't feel like they were bamboozled after driving on the New Jersey Turnpike."

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Oliver, Jasey, Tucker & Caputo Bill to Teach Students How to Interact with Law Enforcement Clears Assembly

Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver Bill Would Make Instruction Part of School Curriculum

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Ralph Caputo to instruct New Jersey students on how to interact with law enforcement gained unanimous General Assembly approval on Thursday.

"Police-related shootings around the nation have created a mistrust of police in many communities. This can help rebuild the trust that is essential for law enforcement to work," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). "This is not about assigning blame or responsibility, but rather an attempt to empower our young people so they know what to do and what not do. This is a lesson many parents already teach to their children. Making it part of the school curriculum is the next logical step."

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Prieto, Oliver, Quijano, Pintor Marin, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Boost Wages for Service Workers at Newark Liberty, Newark Penn & Hoboken Terminal Clears Assembly

Bill Addresses Income Inequality & Requires Prevailing Wages for Service Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver and Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Eliana Pintor Marin, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to require prevailing wages be paid to all subcontracted transportation service workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Airlines are making billions in profits while the workers who keep the industry running each and every day are struggling to make ends meet with little to no benefits," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "Sadly, many of these workers earning meager wages likely live in poverty, which is unacceptable and offensive. The time has come to right this wrong."

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Assembly Approves Sweeping Prieto, Oliver, Gusciora, & Jasey Bill to Expand & Improve New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Program

Pro-Worker Bill Calls for Expanded Leave Time, Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increased Job Protections & Greater Program Promotion
Sweeping legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto crafted to improve New Jersey's paid family leave program to ensure it works better for New Jersey families cleared the General Assembly on Thursday.

Also sponsored by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, the bill (A-4927) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.
The bill now awaits final legislative approval from the full Senate before heading to the Governor.

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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Approved by Assembly

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits by 30 Percent Over Three Years; Then Ties it to Social Security

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program by 30 percent over three years, then tying it to Social Security, was approved XX-XX Thursday by the Assembly.

"As I've said as part of the Assembly's ongoing effort to combat poverty and rebuild the middle-class, fixing this problem isn't just about social responsibility. It's also about fiscal responsibility," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen)...

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Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Oliver & Gusciora Bill to Enhance Benefits under Work First New Jersey Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Sheila Oliver and Reed Gusciora to ensure that some of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents receive the assistance they need under the Work First New Jersey program was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"If there was ever a situation that would precipitate the need for greater assistance under this program, it's the birth of a child and the enormous cost that comes along with it," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This cap harms our most vulnerable citizens - children born into poverty who must suffer the effects of even deeper poverty because their families must struggle to do more with less..."

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Assembly Oks Oliver, Giblin, & Jasey Bill to Make Montclair University a Public Research Institution

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Tom Giblin and Mila Jasey to establish Montclair State University as a public research university was approved by the Assembly on Thursday.

"In the past 15 years Montclair State University has worked strategically and aggressively to grow its enrollment, faculty, and facilities, and that growth has enabled it to expand its educational programs and research initiatives," said Speaker Emeritus Oliver (D- Essex). "Receiving numerous acknowledgements nationally as a research doctoral institution, it has clearly earned the designation of public research university by the state..."

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