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Jasey Honored to Participate in Food Stamp Challenge(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Mila Jasey joined fellow legislators and various community leaders last week in the Food Stamp Challenge to underscore the difficulties many New Jersey families on state assistance face and the importance of programs such as SNAP are to ensuring healthy meals for families on a fixed income:
"I am honored to have been asked to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge. Last week proved to be an eye-opening experience.
"On such a stringent, meager budget of $4.20 a day, an individual's options are limited.
"There is also the issue of access to transportation for many who must travel outside of their communities because there are no supermarkets. Families have to plan not only what they can afford to buy by shopping around for sales but also how they will get to the market. Shopping trips must be disheartening for parents wanting to provide the best for their children.
Wimberly, Jasey & Benson 'Reader Privacy Act' To Upgrade NJ Book Privacy Laws Continues Advancing
Measure Would Extend Library Privacy Protections to Book Purchases, Including E-Books(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Benjie E. Wimberly, Mila M. Jasey and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to place readers and purchases of books and electronic books under similar protections as library records by expanding New Jersey's reader privacy law was released by a Senate panel on Monday.
The sponsors note the invention of digital books and e-readers has raised questions around the country about privacy and broadening protections to include these new literary mediums. California and Arizona enacted similar legislation in 2011 extending library privacy laws to include digital book records.
"E-books and online purchases have redefined the way we read, buy and borrow books," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "These new methods raise questions regarding privacy and disclosure of personal information. Current law is simply too antiquated to adequately provide for confidentiality in the digital age. Individuals should be allowed to read, shop without fear of intrusion. Just as with books you borrow at the library, your e-book preferences should also remain private."
McKeon, Prieto, Greenwald, Mainor, Jasey & Schaer Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Charles Mainor, Mila Jasey and Gary Schaer to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was approved 53-22-5 Monday by the Assembly.
"Gun violence claims lives every day. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."
Jasey Decries Christie's Land Bank Bill Veto, Says Call for State Oversight Creates Unnecessary Bureaucratic Red Tape for Towns(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) released the following statement on Friday describing the Governor's veto of her legislation that would have helped to fight blight in New Jersey's communities, especially in the state's urban centers:
"Land Banks are more than an experiment, Governor.
"Eighty Land Banks in 20 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, are successfully using this tool to markedly improve cities, permitting them to attract business opportunities and greatly improve quality of life.
"Vacant lots, abandoned shopping centers, buildings and homes diminish the property values. Municipalities should be given the opportunity to rid neighborhood blight in a way that will raise revenue and strengthen the tax base.
"Placing land bank programs under state control would create unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and make meaningful change much more elusive for communities that desperately need it.
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly PanelAn Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly to prevent accidental mistreatment of students with special needs by creating a training program for school bus drivers and aides.
"Children with special needs require specialized attention and care. Bus drivers and aides should be aware of behaviors associated with certain disabilities, and know how to effectively deal with them so to avoid any confusion and accidental mistreatment of these students," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "It makes their job easier and ensures that these students are being treated with the respect they deserve."
Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Benson, Singleton, Wilson, Lampitt Bill to Facilitate Financial Support to Local Libraries Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Whip Wilson and Pamela Lampitt to allow taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution in support of local libraries has been signed into law.
"Budgetary constraints at the local and state level have made it difficult for many of our public libraries to operate effectively," said Quijano (D-Union). "This will help to bridge the gap in funding by allowing residents to make direct, monetary contributions come tax season..."
Assembly Dems Explain Why They're Taking the Food Stamp ChallengeAssembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Mila M. Jasey, John F. McKeon, Charles Mainor, Annette Quijano, Gary S. Schaer and L. Grace Spencer were among those who had the following published in the The Star-Ledger explaining why they and their colleagues are undertaking the Greater MetroWest Food Stamp Challenge:
"Taking the Food Stamp Challenge is an opportunity for us as practitioners to understand the true realities of hunger, not just the statistics. In the counties that cover: Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex and parts of Somerset, we see an increase of those in need of food assistance. Increasing requests made to our and community food pantries, and those requesting food assistance has almost doubled in the last two years. We also are working with clients to sign them up for SNAP, which is a slow and cumbersome process in this state. We believe much more can be done to help the food insecure in this state.
"Hunger and poverty are not about staggering statistics -- they are issues rooted in the struggles they cause for our neighbors, our friends and community members. We are participating in the food challenge to remind ourselves of this fact -- that behind each $1.40 meal there is a human face, a human body yearning for sustenance…"