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Assembly Approves McKeon, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Stiff Penalties for Vehicular Homicide while Drunk Driving
"Ralph & David's Law" is Named in Honor of Morris County Man & Sussex County Boy Killed by Drunk DriversLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure stiff penalties for anyone who commits vehicular homicide while driving drunk was approved 68-0-1 by the full Assembly on Thursday.
The bill (A-3686), known as "Ralph and David's Law," would establish a new crime of "strict liability vehicular homicide" for killing a person while drunk driving. The bill is named in honor of Ralph Politi, Jr. and David Heim who were both tragically killed by drunk drivers.
McKeon, Jasey, Eustace & Holley Bill to Study the Condition of NJ Drinking Water Infrastructure Advances in Legislature(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Mila Jasey, Tim Eustace and Jamel Holley to create a task force to review the state's drinking water sources was cleared the Assembly, 64-0, on Thursday.
The sponsors note the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has raised concerns across the country about the water filtration process and the risk of contaminates in the water system, especially lead.
"The situation in Flint Michigan should be a lesson to us all to ensure protection of our water supply," said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). "This should be a priority for New Jersey as well. A task force can help us identify the areas in need of strengthening in regards to the state's water supply.
Jasey & McKnight Bill to Inform Public about Number of Students Taking PARCC Test Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey and Angela McKnight to require school districts and the state Department of Education to post PARCC student participation rates on their websites was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
"The debate over the PARCC test has been a contentious one, and partly fueled by what many parents felt was a lack of clear information about its implementation," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "Posting participation rates on multiple websites will ensure that any member of the public who wants to know this information will be able to get it without jumping through hoops."
Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Continues to AdvanceLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students was approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.
The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries. The bill would restore the previous requirements.
"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students..," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).