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Prieto, Jimenez & Mukherji Bill to Eliminate Deterrent to Organ Donation Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Angelica Jimenez and Raj Mukherji sponsored to eliminate a deterrent to organ donation recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.
"We should be doing everything we can to promote organ donation," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "Organ donation saves lives, and we should not be letting fees getting in the way of it. This bill is, quite simply, common sense."
Quijano, Wisniewski, Jimenez & Mukherji Bill to Allow Drivers to Indicate Drug Allergies on Driver's Licenses Gains Panel ApprovalLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, John Wisniewski, Angelica Jimenez and Raj Mukherji to give drivers the option to denote drug allergies on their driver's licenses was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Driver's licenses are the most likely place to look for vital information," said Quijano (D-Union). "From an identification card, you can learn whether a person is an organ donor or even wears glasses. It makes sense for it to include information that could save a life in an emergency."
Assembly Democratic Bill to Bolster Rental and Lease Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Clears Committee
Bill Sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mosquera, Wimberly, Jimenez and Pintor Marin(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Wimberly, Jimenez and Pintor Marin to provide rental and lease protections for domestic violence victims.
The bill (A-916) is designed to enhance the protections offered under the "New Jersey Safe Housing Act" by prohibiting a landlord from terminating a tenancy, failing to renew a tenancy, or refusing to enter into a rental agreement due to a tenant's or prospective tenant's status as a domestic violence victim.
"Victims of domestic violence must deal with their life being thrown into upheaval," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The last thing they need is to have their home uprooted through no fault of their own."
Assembly Democratic Bill to Bring World-Class Gaming to North Jersey, Help Atlantic City & Fund Programs & Property Tax Relief for Senior & Disabled Residents Clears Assembly
Caputo, Prieto, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Lagana, Eustace, Caride, Jimenez, Johnson, McKeon, Giblin, Oliver, Spencer, Jasey, Tucker & Pintor Marin Bill Would Allow Two North Jersey Casinos, Provide Significant Funding for Programs & Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled & Help Atlantic City and Horse Racing IndustryAn Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democratic lawmakers asking voters to allow the creation of world-class casino gaming facilities in North Jersey and use money from that expansion to fund programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents, along with help for Atlantic City and the horse racing industry.
Under current law, casino gambling is permitted only in Atlantic City, but the constitutional amendment proposed by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Marlene Caride, Angelica Jimenez, Gordon Johnson and John McKeon, Tom Giblin, Sheila Oliver, L. Grace Spencer, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Eliana Pintor Marin, would allow the Legislature to pass laws to permit casinos in two northern New Jersey counties.
Schaer, Mukherji, Mazzeo, Jimenez & Wimberly Bill to Establish Criminal Firearms Recovery Clearinghouse Gains Committee OKLegislation Would Track Flow of Guns From Other States Into New Jersey
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Raj Mukherji, Vincent Mazzeo, Angelica Jimenez and Benjie Wimberly to establish a criminal firearms recovery clearinghouse in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-1648) directs the attorney general to create and maintain a central repository of information regarding all firearms that were seized, forfeited, found or otherwise attained by law enforcement and believed to have been used in a crime. The purpose of the program is to identify the origins of firearms used to commission crimes in New Jersey.
"With this legislation, we will be better able to determine the source of each weapon associated with criminal activity and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic).