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Fuentes, Mosquera, Riley & Benson Bill Granting Access to Work Leave Time for Domestic Violence Victims Gets Final Legislative ApprovalThe full Assembly this week unanimously granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Gabriela Mosquera, Celeste Riley and Daniel Benson that will provide increased protections and financial security for victims of domestic violence.
The bill (A-2919) is known as the "New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act" or the "NJ SAFE Act." The measure would provide 20 days of leave time within one year of an incident of domestic violence or a sexually violent offense of which the employee or the employee's child, parent, spouse, or civil union or domestic partner was a victim.
Burzichelli, Spencer, Fuentes, McKeon, Albano & Andrzejczak Bill Package to Prevent Animal Abuse & Neglect Approved by Assembly
One Bill Was Inspired by Patrick, the Newark Pitbull Who Was Nearly Starved to Death and Thrown Down a Garbage ShuteThe Assembly on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli, L. Grace Spencer, Angel Fuentes, John F. McKeon, Nelson Albano and Bob Andrzejczak to crack down on animal abuse and neglect.
The first bill (A-798), sponsored by Burzichelli, Spencer and Fuentes, received final legislative approval by a vote of 75-1 and now heads to the Governor's desk. The legislation was inspired by the treatment of Patrick, a pit bull in Newark who was starved to an extremely emaciated condition, placed in a garbage bag, and dropped down a garbage chute in an apartment complex in the city. The dog is now recuperating and being cared for after a maintenance person in the building collecting garbage noticed movement in one of the garbage bags and found the dog still alive inside.
Fuentes, Diegnan & Vainieri Huttle Bill Providing Social Media Training for School Students Gets Assembly OK
Measure Comes in the Wake of Many High-Profile Tragedies Prompted by Social Media UseLegislation sponsored by Assemblymen Angel Fuentes, Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to help educate New Jersey students on the responsible use of social media and the many pitfalls that come along with its use was approved 59-15-3 by the full Assembly on Monday.
"We've all made foolish mistakes as kids, but nowadays those decisions can be magnified tenfold by social media, creating many unfortunate consequences for children," said Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Everyday we see stories about youngsters facing legal repercussions, humiliation and tragically, even suicide, as a result of social media activity. Proper education will hopefully help open students eyes to these consequences so they do not end up as the next unfortunate headline."