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Pintor Marin & Prieto Bill to Help Shield Location of Sexual Assault Victims from Assailants AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin and Speaker Vincent Prieto to help shield the home address of sexual assault victims from their assailants was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
The Address Confidentiality Program, enacted in 1997, allows victims of domestic violence to establish an alternate mailing address and keep their actual address confidential. This bill (A-1957) would expand the Address Confidentiality Program to encompass victims of stalking and victims of sexual assault.
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.
Schaer, Prieto, Sumter, Danielsen & Johnson Bill to Require Diversity Training for Law Enforcement Clears CommitteeLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Shavonda Sumter, Joseph Danielsen and Gordon M. Johnson to better prepare law enforcement agencies to handle racial, ethnic, religious and various other diversities within their respective communities was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"Without an inherent understanding of a particular culture, there can be a tendency toward overgeneralization or labeling. This is how stereotyping is born and also how deeply divisive misunderstandings can occur," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Given all that we've witnessed in recent months throughout the country, greater emphasis must be placed on partnering law enforcement agencies with ethnic, cultural, religious and social organizations to develop strategies that encourage a true understanding of one another and meaningful community engagement."
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Speaker Prieto, Wisniewski & Schaer Join Working Families Alliance News Conference to Call for Increasing NJ's Minimum Wage to $15Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Gary S. Schaer (D-Passaic) and Senate Economic Growth Committee Chairman Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) joined New Jersey Working Families and a coalition of other groups Thursday to issue a multimedia package of a news conference in which they call for increasing New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The legislation to increase the state minimum wage to $15 is part of the Speaker's ongoing effort to have the General Assembly focus on ways to lift New Jersey residents out of poverty, rebuild the middle-class and make New Jersey more affordable.
Assembly Speaker Prieto, Assemblyman Wisniewski, Senator Lesniak Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Workers & Advocates Praise Sponsors, Say Raise Would Give Big Boost to Working Families & EconomyLegislators joined NJ Working Families and its partners in New Jersey's Fight for $15 to unveil a groundbreaking bill that would raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 from its current level of $8.38. Workers and advocates praised the bill as a major step forward in the Fight for $15 campaign to raise the state's minimum wage to a family-sustaining wage.
"As we continue to review other proposals as part of our new anti-poverty initiative, this will be an integral component in our efforts to stop the decline in the middle class and lift working families out of poverty," said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto...
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Excerpts from Speaker Prieto during the New Jersey League of Municipalities 'Meet the Leaders' Panel DiscussionAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) issued a multimedia package Wednesday of excerpts from his participation in the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) annual "Meet the Leaders" panel discussion.
The discussion covered a wide variety of issues of concern to the state's mayors, including funding for the Transportation Trust Fund and addressing the affordable housing crisis in the state.
Prieto & Wisniewski Champion $15 Minimum Wage for NJAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski announced on Wednesday that they will introduce legislation to raise New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current $8.38.
"As we continue to review other proposals as part of our new anti-poverty initiative, this will be an integral component in our efforts to stop the decline in the middle class and lift working families out of poverty," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "In order to do that, our first step must be to ensure that all workers are paid fairly for their labor. The constitutional minimum wage that we established a few years ago set a floor, not a ceiling. While that was the best and most feasible thing we could do at the time, we now need to strive for better to reverse the poverty trend in this state."