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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."
Schaer, Danielsen & Sumter Cost-Saving Measure to Expand Medical Parole for Those Posing No Public Safety Threat Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Joseph Danielsen and Shavonda Sumter that would expand eligibility for medical parole for inmates who are physically incapacitated and do not pose a public safety threat was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"This is both a humane and cost-effective approach to incarceration," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Those who would be eligible for parole under this bill are physically incapacitated and do not pose a threat to public safety. Releasing them from the confines of our prison system would save the state money by shifting the costs to Medicaid, which is funded in part by the federal government, and in turn enable them to get treatment in a more humane setting."
***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...
Schaer, Mukherji, Mazzeo, Jimenez & Wimberly Bill to Establish Criminal Firearms Recovery Clearinghouse Gains Committee OKLegislation Would Track Flow of Guns From Other States Into New Jersey
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Raj Mukherji, Vincent Mazzeo, Angelica Jimenez and Benjie Wimberly to establish a criminal firearms recovery clearinghouse in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-1648) directs the attorney general to create and maintain a central repository of information regarding all firearms that were seized, forfeited, found or otherwise attained by law enforcement and believed to have been used in a crime. The purpose of the program is to identify the origins of firearms used to commission crimes in New Jersey.
"With this legislation, we will be better able to determine the source of each weapon associated with criminal activity and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic).
Schaer, DeAngelo, Quijano, & Benson Bill to Establish "Neighborhood Solar Energy Investment Program" Clears Panel
Measure Permits Customers of an Electric Public Utility to Invest in Solar Energy Projects(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel released Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Wayne DeAngelo, Annette Quijano, and Daniel Benson to allow consumers to participate in solar energy programs and provide a credit to those who do participate in these programs.
"The Neighborhood Solar Energy Investment Program will provide an opportunity for more families to reduce their monthly utility bill and carbon impact through participating in offered solar energy programs," said Schaer (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Making the change to solar energy is an investment in the future. With this legislation, many more residents will see firsthand the benefits of utilizing solar energy in their home."