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Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Continues to AdvanceLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students was approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.
The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries. The bill would restore the previous requirements.
"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students..," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).
Conaway & Singleton Measure to Monitor Impact of Dredging Activity on Delaware River Communities Advances in Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D. and Troy Singleton that would require the state to monitor the impact Delaware River dredging would have on neighboring communities was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The sponsors noted that the issue of where to dump dredged river spoils has been of paramount concern to communities in their district, particularly Delanco, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been eyeing as a potential dumping site.
"Given the changing face of our towns over the last several decades, it's important that this issue be studied carefully," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Not only does the dumping of dredged spoils carry potential environmental hazards, but it may cause untold harm to homes and recreational areas if an estimated 15,000 truck trips are needed to haul away roughly 300,000 cubic yards of spoils."
Singleton & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Enhance State’s Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program Gains Assembly Panel OKAn Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to enhance and streamline the state's involuntary outpatient commitment program to ensure that those in need of mental health assistance are receiving it.
Specifically, the bill (A-2189) would establish standards for those who are in need of involuntary commitment to outpatient treatment because their mental illness, as demonstrated by recent acts, could, if untreated, reasonably result in the deterioration of their mental condition to the point which they will become dangerous to themselves, others, or property and they have been unwilling to voluntarily accept appropriate treatment after it has been offered.
Conaway, Singleton & Greenwald Bill to Boost Survivor Benefits for Children of Law Enforcement & Firefighters AdvancesAn Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Troy Singleton and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald 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 from 20 percent to 70 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.
Lagana, Singleton & Wisniewski Bill to Establish Standards for Ride-Hailing Companies Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation Aimed at Protecting Consumers Via Insurance, Recordkeeping Requirements
Legislation Assemblymen Joseph Lagana, Troy Singleton and John Wisniewski sponsored to protect customers of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"New Jersey has no safety and insurance standards whatsoever to govern an industry that has the potential to affect all motorists - regardless of whether or not they have a direct affiliation with a transportation network company. I admire the modernization these companies bring to transportation, but that does not excuse them from an obligation to conduct business safely," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Residents of our state who take advantage of ride-hailing services must be able to do so without compromising their own well-being or that of other drivers on the road."
Singleton, Egan & Taliaferro Bills to Bolster NJ's Prevailing Wage System Advanced by Assembly Labor PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Joseph Egan and Adam Taliaferro to bolster New Jersey's prevailing wage system were advanced Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee. The first bill (A-2863) sponsored by Singleton, Egan and Taliaferro requires every contract subject to state prevailing wage requirements to require each worker employed under the contract to be enrolled in, or have completed, a registered apprenticeship, unless the contractor or subcontractor certifies that the worker is paid not less than the journey worker wage rate. The other bill (A-3435) sponsored by Singleton and Egan imposes prevailing work for public work on properties receiving tax abatements or exemptions.
"New Jersey's prevailing wage law provides vital protections to workers, but we can always do more to ensure it is being applied correctly," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "With these updates, we'll take an important step toward further protecting workers and honest businesses from those who employ unscrupulous business practices that undermine fair and open competition..."
Singleton, Conaway & Lampitt Bill Package to Better Protect Animals, Help Prevent Animal Abuse Clears Assembly PanelA legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway, Jr., MD, and Pamela Lampitt to better protect animals by creating an online animal abuse registry, and prohibiting individuals convicted of animal cruelty offenses from owning pets and working in close contact with animals was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The first bill (A-308), sponsored by Singleton and Conaway, would prohibit an individual from owning a pet or operating, volunteering with or working at a facility that requires direct interaction with animals if he or she has been convicted of an animal cruelty offense in this or any state. Under the bill, any person who violates the bill's prohibitions would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.
"Many people consider their pets part of the family. To know that the person responsible for the death of a beloved pet can continue to work with animals just adds insult to injury," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Putting these restrictions in place will help ensure that a person capable of such abuse and neglect is not allowed to work in this capacity, and possibly put other animals at risk."