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Benson, Mukherji, Muoio, Holley, Sumter, Downey, Lampitt, Oliver, Danielsen & Wimberly Bill to Protect NJ Public Safety Officers Gains Assembly OKLegislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Raj Mukherji, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley, Shavonda Sumter, Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Sheila Oliver, Joe Danielsen and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to support workers who are attacked while supervising inmates or detainees received Assembly approval on Wednesday.
"These officers assume a significant deal of risk every day on the job, yet they're excluded from provisions that make compensation available to other public safety officers," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. "This legislation is about taking action to eliminate that inconsistency so that people who put their lives on the line aren't left helpless in the event of an attack."
Sumter, Holley, Oliver, Jones & Wimberly Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Passes Assembly, Heads to Gov
Measure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley, Sheila Oliver, Patricia Egan Jones and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to reform the prison system in New Jersey and reduce the likelihood that former inmates will return to prison cleared the full Assembly, 46-23, on Wednesday.
"The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison."
Quijano & Oliver Bill Supporting Schools, Colleges & Universities that Help & Protect Immigrants Approved by N.J. AssemblyLegislation Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver sponsored expressing the Legislature's intent that schools, colleges and universities continue to act as safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration or discrimination was approved 45-20-2 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"New Jersey is the home and workplace of large immigrant communities and history has demonstrated the significant contributions that these communities have made to the state," said Quijano (D-Union). "New Jersey has a long history of supporting persons who seek to escape hardship and deprivation to find a better life for themselves and their children. In return for its support, the state has benefited from the many contributions that immigrants have made to the economic and cultural growth of the state. Especially now - in the face of President Trump's hostile actions - this history of support must continue..."
Wimberly, Lagana, Danielsen, Oliver, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Downey & Mukherji Bill to Establish 'HOPE Initiative' to Combat Opioid Epidemic Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Joseph Lagana, Joe Danielsen, Sheila Oliver, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vincent Mazzeo, Joann Downey and Raj Mukherji sponsored to establish a public awareness campaign to educate New Jersey residents about the dangers of heroin and opioid addiction gained approval from the General Assembly on Wednesday.
"In roughly five years, New Jersey has seen an increase of more than 200 percent in the number of admissions to licensed or certified treatment programs for prescription drug abuse and a 700 percent increase over the last decade," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The HOPE Initiative will give this crisis the focus it deserves in this state and educate residents on how to help themselves and loved ones who are addicted to heroin and opioids."