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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin, Holley, McKnight & Quijano Measure to Help Spur Cure for Zika Virus Gains Approval by the Assembly

(TRENTON) - The General Assembly on Thursday cleared a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin, Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight and Annette Quijano backing the federal government's recent move to prioritize a cure for the Zika virus, which has caused widespread concern because of the devastating impact it has on children born to infected pregnant women. The measure passed 64-0-1.

The resolution (AR-142) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for recently adding the Zika virus to the list of eligible Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) under the FDA's Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program, which incentivizes drug companies to develop a cure for such diseases.

"With the spread of Zika in Latin America and its arrival in the United States, this was an important move on the part of the FDA to add Zika to the list of diseases eligible under the voucher program," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Incentivizing drug companies to put their ingenuity to work could save countless lives and prevent thousands of children from being born with devastating health consequences that could impair them for the rest of their lives."

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Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace & Downey Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Gains Assembly Approval

By a vote of 52-21-1, the full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation (A-1944) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace and Joann Downey that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."

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Prieto, Wisniewski, Schaer & Tucker Bill to Phase-Up NJ's Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski, Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker to phase-in an increase in the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour was approved 42-30-1 Thursday by the Assembly.

"This is 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 (D-Hudson/Bergen). "The constitutional minimum wage that we established a few years ago set a floor, not a ceiling. We must ensure that all workers are paid fairly for their labor. We now need to strive for better to reverse the poverty trend in this state..."

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Coughlin, Schaer & Eustace Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation (A-1944) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer and Tim Eustace that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."

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