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Assembly Dems Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Advances
Gusciora, Singleton, Lagana, Lampitt, Muoio, Caride, Spencer, Mosquera & Tucker Legislation Now Heads to Full AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Liz Muoio, Marlene Caride, Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
While strangulation cases are not limited to domestic violence situations, studies show a high incidence of strangulation in domestic violence cases. According to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, a program of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. In fact, one study showed that "the odds of becoming an attempted homicide increased by about seven-fold for women who had been strangled by their partner."
Singleton & Conaway Bill to Provide Property Tax Relief to Municipalities Advanced by Assembly Panel
Bill Would Restore, Over Five Years, Funding Cut from Energy Tax Receipts ProgramLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. to provide significant property tax relief to taxpayers and municipalities by restoring funding that had been cut from the state's Energy Tax Receipts program was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"This is one of many aid programs that has been reduced since the Christie administration took over, placing an additional burden on municipalities and, consequently, taxpayers," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "When you factor in cuts to property tax relief, the average property tax bill in New Jersey has increased nearly 31 percent since 2009. That's an enormous burden that needs to be mitigated."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Clears Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday.
The bill (A-1946), sponsored by Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle and Mosquera, would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991."
In doing so, the bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment.
"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."
Panel Approves Assembly Democratic Bills to Boost Protections for Domestic Violence Victims & Expecting Women in Crisis
Bills Sponsored by Assembly members Mosquera, Singleton, Moriarty and Lampitt to Establish a New Crime of Committing an Act Domestic Violence in front of Children and Provides Access to temporary Housing for Pregnant Women in Certain Crises(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Troy Singleton, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt to increase protections for victims of domestic violence in New Jersey by making it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of children and directing an agency to find voluntary temporary placement for expecting moms and children who are not safe at home due to a crisis situation.
"Both measures are critical to ensuring domestic violence victims are better protected by law going forward," said Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), who is sponsor of both bills. "By creating new law which holds domestic violence offenders accountable for their actions in front of children, we send the message that domestic violence, especially in the presence of children, is abhorrent and will not be tolerated under New Jersey law."
Jasey, Caputo, Singleton, Lampitt & Moriarty Bill to Explore Full-Day Kindergarten Options Statewide Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Ralph Caputo, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt and Paul Moriarty to study the merits of implementing full-day kindergarten in New Jersey schools was approved Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1016) would establish a 22-member task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten.
"A full day of kindergarten instruction has been shown to help students not just academically, but socially," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "These early years are critical. Full-day kindergarten has the potential to lower grade retention and dropout rates for students later in life. We owe it to our students to study the merits and feasibility of implementing full-day kindergarten in our schools."
Singleton Bill to Promote Cost-Cutting Small Business Improvements Approved by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton to facilitate cost-effective environmentally friendly improvements for small businesses was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.
"Energy efficiency upgrades have the potential to save small businesses thousands of dollars each year," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Small businesses are not churning out enormous profits. Keeping the costs of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other similar expenses at a minimum while increasing overall profitability can make a difference to their bottom line…"