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Eustace, DeAngelo, Mukherji & Downey Bill to Permit Online Unemployment Benefits Application for Vets Heads to GovernorLegislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Wayne DeAngelo, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey sponsored to allow individuals who have served in the military to apply for unemployment benefits online gained final legislative approval from the Assembly on Thursday.
Under state law, people claiming UI benefits who previously served in the military, worked for the federal government or worked outside the state are excluded from online application and must apply on the telephone or in person. The bill (A-3606) would require the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to allow these individuals to apply for benefits online.
"All claimants should have the same access to online certification, and this bill will provide veterans and the other claimants the same universal access," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "I see no reason why our veterans should be treated differently than anyone else when it comes to this most basic of government programs."
Quijano, DeAngelo, Giblin, Benson, Zwicker, Danielsen, Houghtaling & Sumter Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Striking Workers Heads to Governorís DeskBy a vote of 49-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Wayne DeAngelo, Thomas Giblin, Daniel R. Benson, Andrew Zwicker, Joe Danielsen, Eric Houghtaling and Shavonda Sumter to extend unemployment benefits to workers on strike for more than 30 days due to unresolved labor disputes.
The measure (A-3819), which now heads to the governor's desk, would have, for instance, benefited workers in strikes against Verizon and Trump Taj Mahal.
DeAngelo, Eustace, Mukherji & Holley Bill to Create Registry of Organizations Providing Services to Veterans Passes AssemblyLegislation Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo, Tim Eustace, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley sponsored to create a "one-stop shop" for military veterans seeking assistance in New Jersey cleared the Assembly on Thursday.
"Men and women in uniform make sacrifices to help people here at home and all around the world, but when they need a little help themselves, they sometimes find the system difficult to navigate," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice-chair of the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. "Creating a registry is a simple task that can go a long way toward making life easier for some of our nation's finest citizens."
DeAngelo, Lagana, Pinkin, McKnight & Benson Bill to Include All Disabled Vets Under NJ Transit Discount Program Continues AdvancingLegislation Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Lagana, Nancy Pinkin, Angela McKnight and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to include more disabled veterans in the New Jersey Transit discount program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities gained approval from the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday.
Under current law, the New Jersey Transit Corporation provides reduced fares for senior citizens over the age of 62 and persons with disabilities. A disabled veteran is only eligible for the program, however, if the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that the veteran has a disabled rating of 70 percent or greater. This bill (A-2228) provides that all disabled veterans are eligible for the reduced fare program.
"This is a little adjustment of current law for the great sacrifice and service made by our disabled veterans," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice-chair of the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. "All New Jersey veterans should be able to take advantage of this discount program. They have earned it."
DeAngelo, Holley, Mazzeo & Downey Bill to Establish Plan to Publish Missing Persons Alerts on Social Media Advances(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Jamel Holley, Vincent Mazzeo and Joann Downey to expand the reach of missing persons notices via social media cleared a Senate panel on Thursday.
The bill (A-2519) would require the attorney general, in consultation with the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), to develop a plan to disseminate Amber and Silver Alert information via NJSP social media accounts.
Any other appropriate state, county or municipal entity may also choose to broadcast the information using its social media accounts.
"Just as people use outlets like Facebook and Twitter to connect with friends and family, law enforcement officials can also use social media to reach the public when someone is missing," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) "By employing networks we already have in place to further publicize Amber and Silver Alerts, we can reach a far larger audience at no additional cost and help reunite families as soon as possible."