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Eustace, Gusciora & Quijano Bill to Ensure Needle Exchange Continue in NJ Heads to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) - A legislative effort spearheaded by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Reed Gusciora and Annette Quijano to ensure needle exchange programs continue statewide received final legislative approval, 58-14-3, in the Assembly on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Governor's office for further consideration.

The bill was approved by the Assembly on June 27, and then amended to remove the appropriation of $95,000. The Senate passed the measure also on June 27, 26-12.

"Needle exchange programs have effectively reduced the sharing of needles and the spread of bloodborne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "The legislation makes permanent vital funding that will allow these critical programs to serve New Jersey's communities."

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Singleton, Quijano, Caputo, Taliaferro, Green, Caride & Houghtaling Bill to Protect Sandy Victims Still Rebuilding from Costly Bureaucratic Setbacks Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Annette Quijano, Ralph Caputo and Adam Taliaferro to ensure the fairness of project deadlines, enhance transparency, and create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Thousands of homeowners due to receive funding from grant programs set up to help them have complained of extraordinary delays," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "It is shameful that almost four years after the storm, resident are still dealing with these types of setbacks. This helps ensure that residents who are still rebuilding are not hurt by bureaucratic stumbling blocks."

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Conaway, Singleton, Greenwald, Taliaferro & Quijano Bill to Boost Survivor Benefits for Children of Law Enforcement & Firefighters Heads to Governor

The full Assembly on Monday unanimously granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., MD, Troy Singleton, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Adam Taliaferro and Annette Quijano that would significantly boost survivor benefits for children of State Police Officers and police and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

Specifically, the bill (A-3610) would increase the percentage of final compensation or adjusted final compensation to 70 percent from 20 percent for a surviving child of a State Police Officer, police officer or firefighter, or for surviving children in equal shares, when there is no surviving spouse or the surviving spouse dies.

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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Heads to Governor

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits
Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program gained final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-30) is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class. It was approved by the Assembly in March and is part of the Democratic state budget proposal.

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Schaer, Prieto, Lagana, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Quijano & Wimberly 'Secure Schools for All Children Act' Heads to Gov's Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to establish a state aid program for security services, equipment or technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for students attending nonpublic schools received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"School security has become a paramount concern in recent years, particularly in light of the many tragedies we've witnessed across the country and around the world," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "While we've taken many steps to increase security efforts throughout our public schools, much more needs to be done, and we cannot overlook the needs of students in nonpublic schools in the process."

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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Advanced by Senate Budget Panel

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program was advanced Thursday by the Senate budget panel.

The bill (A-30) is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class. It was approved by the Assembly in March and is part of the Democratic state budget proposal.

The Work First New Jersey program provides cash and other assistance to low-income families with dependent children in order to alleviate the negative effects of poverty.

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