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Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Clears AssemblyA two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Annette Quijano, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Cleopatra Tucker to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
"Expungement offers an incentive against recidivism. It gives people who currently have little chance of finding legal employment the opportunity to leave past mistakes behind them, find a job and be productive," said Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "The fact of the matter is, the system is working against those individuals who have served their time and want to change and do better."
Tucker, Mosquera, Garcia & Wimberly Bill to Study Wellness of Minorities with Disabilities Gains Final Legislative ApprovalLegislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to study the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities was approved by a vote of 65-12 in the Assembly on Monday, giving it final legislative approval.
"The impact study this legislation calls for will enable the state to work toward justice and independence for minorities with disabilities," said Tucker (D-Essex).
Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Garcia & Tucker Legislative Package to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient, Speed Up Delivery of Benefits Approved by Assembly
SNAP is a federal food-aid program that helps low-income families put food on the tableA three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits receive the benefits in a timely manner was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"The number of people in New Jersey relying on SNAP has doubled in the last six years. And yet New Jersey ranks second to last in the country in meeting the federal requirement that SNAP applications be processed within 30 days," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), who is sponsoring all three measures. "Families that struggle to keep food on the table should not have to wait longer than what is required by federal law. These legislative proposals put systems in place to help ensure that low-income families in New Jersey who are eligible for these benefits receive them in a timely manner."
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by AssemblyThe Assembly on Monday 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).