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Video: Speaker Prieto Condemns Trump's Immigration BanAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) discusses the Assembly resolution he sponsored (AR-138) condemning President Trump's immigration ban. The resolution was approved 45-17-3 Wednesday by the Assembly.
Watch the video here.
Video: Speaker Prieto on New State Law Combating Opioid EpidemicAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) discusses the new law he sponsored (A-3) to guarantee insurance coverage for people to access immediate drug addiction treatment and to limit initial opioid prescriptions.
Watch the video here.
McKeon, Eustace & Prieto Measure Opposing the EPA Pick, Scott Pruitt, Nomination Passes Assembly(Trenton) - An Assembly resolution Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Timothy Eustace and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto sponsored to express opposition to the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and urges the Unites States Congress to oppose this nomination was approved by the full Assembly, 43-14-6, on Wednesday.
"With a stated mission to protect the environment and human health, the EPA, since inception, has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people," said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). "Mr. Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting this very agency he is being nominated to lead, and is a self-pro-claimed 'leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda.' His nomination is a disgrace and affront to the critical work of the EPA."
N.J. Assembly Approves Schaer & Prieto Bill Condemning Trump for Failing to Mention the Jewish People or anti-Semitism in Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement- Legislation Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto sponsored condemning the White House for issuing an International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that failed to mention Jews or the anti-Semitism that led to the Nazi genocide was approved 46-2-11 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"It's unconscionable that the leader of the United States of America - a nation that was founded on the principles of religious freedom, justice, tolerance and human rights - would purposely fail to remember and condemn one of the worst atrocities in recorded history perpetuated against a people who observed a particular religious belief," said Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen). "The Holocaust was about exterminating Jewish people. It's scary that President Trump failed to acknowledge that basic fact, but New Jersey won't stay silent. We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms..."
N.J. Assembly Condemns Trump Actions & Urges NJ Attorney General to Join Court Actions Opposing Trump Immigration BanPrieto, Sumter, Schaer, Muoio & Gusciora Resolution Approved
The Assembly voted 45-17-3 Wednesday to approve legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Shavonda Sumter, Gary Schaer, Elizabeth Muoio and Reed Gusciora sponsored condemning President Trump's actions targeting immigrants, while also urging the New Jersey attorney general to join others in opposing Trump's immigration ban.
"President Trump's effort to reverse our nation's great long-standing tradition of embracing the world's most vulnerable people is un-American and disturbing," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a child...
Prieto, Lagana, McKeon, Sumter, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Tackle Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law
Comprehensive Strategy Will Mandate Insurance Coverage, Limit Opioid Prescriptions, Boost Education & Raise AwarenessThe full Assembly on Wednesday granted final legislative approval 64-1-5 to a bipartisan bill sponsored by Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, John McKeon, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that employs a multi-faceted approach to tackle the continuing opioid crisis in New Jersey from every angle. The bill was promptly sent to Gov. Christie's desk where it was signed into law shortly thereafter.
The legislation (S-3/A-3) employs a comprehensive strategy to address the opioid epidemic, including mandated insurance coverage for substance use disorders, restrictions on the prescription of opioids, patient notification on the dangers of abuse of controlled dangerous substances, and professional education on topics related to prescription opioids.
Benson, Quijano & Prieto Bill Calling on USDA to Repost Animal Welfare Data on its Website Clears Assembly
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Annette Quijano and Speaker Vincent Prieto urging the United States Department of Agriculture to restore deleted animal welfare records on its website was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
Sponsors say information purge endangers animals, harms consumers and hinders transparency
The USDA removed the information from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS) website earlier this month. Before the purge, the USDA posted violations, inspection records and annual reports for all commercial animal facilities in the nation, and complaints from members of the public against specific individuals or organizations. According to the resolution, this information has been an invaluable tool for government officials and advocates seeking to protect animal welfare.
"This data serves a real purpose. It keeps breeders in check and consumers informed. Denying the public easy access to this information takes away important oversight and puts animals in danger..." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex)