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Coughlin, Sumter & Spencer Bill to Help Those Found Innocent to Rebuild Their Lives & Reputations Released by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Shavonda Sumter and Grace Spencer sponsored to help those found not guilty of charges start to rebuild their lives and reputations was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"The American justice system is built on the rock solid foundation of innocent-until-proven guilty, but while charges can be dismissed and people acquitted, the Internet is forever," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This requirement won't solve every problem for a person looking to rebuild their lives and reputation, but it's a common sense step government can take to make it a bit easier."
Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle & Danielsen Bill Ensuring Patients with Disabilities Can Physically Access Doctors' Offices Advances in Assembly
Measure Would Require Certain Insurance Companies to Include Accessible Doctors for Patients with Physical Disabilities(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Joseph Danielsen ensuring that people with physical disabilities have access to doctors in their insurance network whose offices are physically accessible was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
"It's important that a critical area like healthcare is fully accessible," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "While many professional buildings are fully accessible these days, not all of them are. This will help provide another measure of independence for individuals with disabilities."
Assembly Panel Clears Wisniewski, Coughlin, Danielsen & Benson Wind Energy Development Bill(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John S. Wisniewski, Craig Coughlin, Joseph Danielsen and Daniel Benson to provide incentives for companies exploring wind energy development.
"Rising electricity costs and environmental concerns urge us to seek new ways to create, conserve and protect our energy resources," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "Wind farms and the production of clean, renewable energy will be keys to creating the sustainable future New Jersey greatly deserves."
Moriarty, Coughlin & Mukherji Bill to Require Two Days’ Notice Prior to Remote Disabling of Automobiles Clears Assembly PanelLegislation Assemblymen Paul Moriarty, Craig Coughlin and Raj Mukherji sponsored to regulate the use of payment assurance devices by automobile dealers and lenders was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-756) would require automobile dealers and lenders to provide a consumer with at least 48 hours' notice before remotely disabling a motor vehicle via a payment assurance device.
"These devices are akin to having a predatory debt collector riding in the car with the borrower, ready to strike at the slightest mistake," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "It's incredibly unsafe. We need this bill to protect consumers."
Oliver, Coughlin, Caride, Wimberly & Quijano Bill to Ensure Corporations Fulfill Grant Responsibilities Approved by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Craig Coughlin, Marlene Caride, Benjie Wimberly and Annette Quijano to require a corporation qualifying for certain grant funds to repay the funds in full if it fails to uphold the grant terms was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.
"While incentives may motivate a business to either locate or expand its current operations in New Jersey, the sole motivation of the state in providing such subsidies is the desire to create job opportunities for our residents and to grow our economy and state revenues…," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). For More