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Panel Approves Assembly Democratic Bills to Boost Protections for Domestic Violence Victims & Expecting Women in Crisis
Bills Sponsored by Assembly members Mosquera, Singleton, Moriarty and Lampitt to Establish a New Crime of Committing an Act Domestic Violence in front of Children and Provides Access to temporary Housing for Pregnant Women in Certain Crises(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Troy Singleton, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt to increase protections for victims of domestic violence in New Jersey by making it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of children and directing an agency to find voluntary temporary placement for expecting moms and children who are not safe at home due to a crisis situation.
"Both measures are critical to ensuring domestic violence victims are better protected by law going forward," said Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), who is sponsor of both bills. "By creating new law which holds domestic violence offenders accountable for their actions in front of children, we send the message that domestic violence, especially in the presence of children, is abhorrent and will not be tolerated under New Jersey law."
Jasey, Caputo, Singleton, Lampitt & Moriarty Bill to Explore Full-Day Kindergarten Options Statewide Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Ralph Caputo, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt and Paul Moriarty to study the merits of implementing full-day kindergarten in New Jersey schools was approved Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1016) would establish a 22-member task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten.
"A full day of kindergarten instruction has been shown to help students not just academically, but socially," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "These early years are critical. Full-day kindergarten has the potential to lower grade retention and dropout rates for students later in life. We owe it to our students to study the merits and feasibility of implementing full-day kindergarten in our schools."
McKeon, Diegnan & Moriarty Bills to Reform Consumer Arbitration Process Clear Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats John F. McKeon, Patrick Diegnan and Paul Moriarty sponsored to make the consumer arbitration process more accessible and more transparent was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
The first bill (A-1515), sponsored by McKeon, would prohibit terms and conditions in a consumer contract from requiring any dispute that arises to be resolved outside of the state of New Jersey. Holding litigation or arbitration outside of New Jersey can make dispute resolution costly and burdensome for consumers, McKeon noted.
"Oftentimes these contracts are offered on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, putting a consumer who needs a product or service at a major disadvantage," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Forcing someone to travel to another state to resolve a dispute makes the process inaccessible, in effect, and ultimately increases the likelihood that a consumer who's been wronged will forgo the pursuit of restitution altogether."
Moriarty, Coughlin & Mukherji Bill to Require Two Daysí Notice Prior to Remote Disabling of Automobiles Clears Assembly PanelLegislation Assemblymen Paul Moriarty, Craig Coughlin and Raj Mukherji sponsored to regulate the use of payment assurance devices by automobile dealers and lenders was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-756) would require automobile dealers and lenders to provide a consumer with at least 48 hours' notice before remotely disabling a motor vehicle via a payment assurance device.
"These devices are akin to having a predatory debt collector riding in the car with the borrower, ready to strike at the slightest mistake," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "It's incredibly unsafe. We need this bill to protect consumers."