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Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Heads to GovernorBy a vote of 54-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part 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."
Assembly Democratic Legislation to Boost Funding for Women’s Health Care Heads to GovernorBills Would Expand Medicaid Coverage for Women's Health, Provide $7.5M for Family Planning
A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost funding in the state's budget for health care for low- and middle-income women and their children gained approval from the General Assembly and the Senate on Monday. The measures now head to the governor's desk.
"This legislation represents the fundamental idea that all residents of New Jersey have a right to health care and the freedom to make personal choices about their well-being - regardless of gender or income level," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). "This legislation will go a long way toward helping more women in New Jersey take charge of their health."
McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Caputo, Jasey & Downey Bill to Create Law Enforcement Assisted Addiction Safe Havens Advances(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Ralph Caputo, Mila Jasey and Joann Downey that would establish law enforcement assisted addiction and recovery programs throughout the state cleared the Assembly on Monday, 70-3-4.
"The nation's heroin and opioid related overdose deaths have increased dramatically in recent years. In New Jersey, alone, the overdose death rate is currently three times the national rate. Clearly more needs to be done," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Similar programs we've studied have shown marked success in cultivating a safe environment where those suffering from addiction feel comfortable coming forward to seek treatment."
Wimberly, Sumter, Jasey & Johnson Bill to Bring Healthier Food Options to Urban & Rural Communities Goes to Governor(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Shavonda Sumter and Mila Jasey to provide fresher and healthier food choices to residents in urban and rural communities where healthy food options are limited was approved 30-3 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
The bill was approved by the Assembly in April and now goes to the governor.
The measure (A-1877) would require the state Department of Health (DOH) to develop a "Healthy Corner Store Program" to increase the availability and sales of fresh produce and nutritious, healthy food by small food retailers in rural and urban low and moderate income areas.
"Many urban and rural communities lack affordable healthy food options," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This program would provide funds for retailers to increase the availability and sales of fresh and nutritious food, including fresh produce and other healthy foods, at affordable prices to neighborhood residents in an effort to improve the health and wellness of community residents."
Assembly Democratic Legislation to Boost Funding for Women’s Health Care Clears CommitteeBills Would Expand Medicaid Coverage for Women's Health, Provide $7.5M for Family Planning
A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost funding for health care for low- and middle-income women and their children in the state's budget was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"This legislation represents the fundamental idea that all residents of New Jersey have a right to health care and the freedom to make personal choices about their well-being - regardless of gender or income level," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). "It will go a long way toward helping more women in New Jersey take charge of their health."