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Wimberly, Spencer & Sumter Bill to Encourage School Districts to Make More Cost-Effective Choices on Property Lease Decisions Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) and Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) to prohibit certain school districts under state intervention from leasing a building if the cost of the lease is greater than the building's purchase price was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"The intention of the bill is to ensure school districts are employing cost-effective principles when leasing or purchasing buildings for school administration use," said Wimberly, who has taught in the Paterson School District for over 25 years. "We must take a good look at how much we are spending on renting. If we can save money that can be used on other needs such as books computers, recreational programs and infrastructure repairs, then that is what we should be doing."
Assembly Approves Downey, Mosquera, Spencer, Danielsen & Houghtaling Legislation Strengthening Protections, Raising Awareness of Unsecured Baby Monitors(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Gabriela Mosquera L. Grace Spencer, Joe Danielsen and Eric Houghtaling to establish protections for families who use baby monitors with an internet connection was approved, 69-4-5, by the full Assembly on Monday.
"In this age of technology, even baby monitors with the ability to connect to the internet can be dangerous for families to have in their homes," said Downey (D- Monmouth). "Baby monitors that broadcast live audio and video feeds over the internet can be viewed remotely by unknown persons on a computer, cellular telephone, tablet, or other internet-connected advice. This should be a cause for alarm for manufacturers and a reason to strengthen security protections for these devices."
Assembly Dems' Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Approved by Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Muoio, Marlene Caride, L. Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases cleared the Assembly on Monday, 77-0.
Gusciora, Singleton, Lagana, Lampitt, Muoio, Caride, Spencer, Mosquera & Tucker Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Muoio, Marlene Caride, L. Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"This is a violent tactic often used against domestic violence victims by their abusers. It can have a debilitating psychological effect on the victim, and at worst, lead to death," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "The fact that the harshest punishment for this crime is up to six months in jail and a fine is ludicrous. The risk of serious injury or worse from a strangulation assault warrants a higher penalty."