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Quijano & Oliver Bill Supporting Schools, Colleges & Universities that Help & Protect Immigrants Approved by N.J. AssemblyLegislation Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver sponsored expressing the Legislature's intent that schools, colleges and universities continue to act as safe zones and resource centers for students and families threatened by immigration or discrimination was approved 45-20-2 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"New Jersey is the home and workplace of large immigrant communities and history has demonstrated the significant contributions that these communities have made to the state," said Quijano (D-Union). "New Jersey has a long history of supporting persons who seek to escape hardship and deprivation to find a better life for themselves and their children. In return for its support, the state has benefited from the many contributions that immigrants have made to the economic and cultural growth of the state. Especially now - in the face of President Trump's hostile actions - this history of support must continue..."
Wisniewski & Quijano Bill Protecting 'Dreamers' from President Trump's un-American Threats Approved by N.J. AssemblyLegislation Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano sponsored opposing any attempt by President Trump to target immigrant students who know only America as their home was approved 44-11-7 Wednesday by the Assembly.
"Many of these students who live in New Jersey applied for the DACA program so that they could work and be able to afford the pursuit of a college education," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "These students know only America as their home and are hard-working employees who contribute to the economy and to the rich diversity of our schools. Rescinding DACA would expose these students to the threat of immediate deportation and deprive the state of their many contributions. That's immoral and un-American, and we must make clear that we oppose any effort by President Trump to punish these young men and women..."
Benson, Quijano & Prieto Bill Calling on USDA to Repost Animal Welfare Data on its Website Clears Assembly
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Annette Quijano and Speaker Vincent Prieto urging the United States Department of Agriculture to restore deleted animal welfare records on its website was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
Sponsors say information purge endangers animals, harms consumers and hinders transparency
The USDA removed the information from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS) website earlier this month. Before the purge, the USDA posted violations, inspection records and annual reports for all commercial animal facilities in the nation, and complaints from members of the public against specific individuals or organizations. According to the resolution, this information has been an invaluable tool for government officials and advocates seeking to protect animal welfare.
"This data serves a real purpose. It keeps breeders in check and consumers informed. Denying the public easy access to this information takes away important oversight and puts animals in danger..." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex)
Quijano, Muoio, Holley & Downey Bill to Prohibit State EDA from Helping Businesses that Engage in Gender Discrimination Approved by General AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Jamel Holley and Joann Downey to prohibit the New Jersey Economic Development Authority from providing financial assistance to businesses that engage in gender discrimination was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
The bill (A-3832) requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to adopt rules and regulations requiring that a business that receives financial assistance from the authority is not to engage in gender discrimination against workers employed at the business.
"Our economic incentive programs are an extension of our values as a state," said Quijano (D-Union). "This bill would say, resoundingly, that New Jersey does not support discriminatory pay practices and that any company that wants to use economic assistance from taxpayers must conduct business in a way that is fair to all employees. This is about ensuring equal rights."