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Assembly Panel Approves Eustace, Andrzejczak, DeAngelo & Sumter Bill to Give Veterans and Certain Groups Access to Filing for Unemployment Benefits Online(TRENTON) - The Assembly Labor Committee in a recent meeting advanced, 9-0, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo and Shavonda Sumter to ensure that all claimants have the same access unemployment benefits online.
Currently, claimants who served in the military, worked in government; or worked outside of the state can only apply over the telephone or in person.
"Current policy neglects to provide veterans and others the same conveniences in filing for UI benefits as other residents," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "All claimants in New Jersey should have equal access to all unemployment benefits filing options, especially those who have fought for this country."
Assembly Panel Approves Sumter Bill to Ease Disability to Work Transition for Residents(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently released legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) to establish a partial return to work program residents receiving temporary disability insurance.
The sponsor notes in the legislation the bill's intent is to allow workers to transition back to work by initially working on a part time basis, and to provide cost savings to the TDI fund by reducing TDI benefit costs during those transitions.
A similar program has been implemented in Rhode Island in 2007, which has been reported to have seen savings every year in operation.
"Implementing a partial return to work program allows residents to ease back into working after being out on disability," Sumter said. "It will help both employers and workers with the transition back into the workplace."
Assembly Panel Advances Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Sumter Bill Package to Overhaul Delivery of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services in Prison
Bills Would Address Underlying Problems, Boost Long-Term Outcomes, Break Cycle of Recidivism & Save Taxpayer MoneyAn Assembly panel on Tuesday approved a package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to overhaul the delivery of substance abuse and mental health treatment throughout the state's prison system in order to improve long-term outcomes for the incarcerated and save taxpayer dollars.
The bills are part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Vainieri Huttle, Sumter & Mukherji Bill to Create Addiction Treatment Consumer Report Card Approved by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter and Raj Mukherji to create a consumer report card on addiction treatment providers was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee at a special hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.
The bill is part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Sumter, Wimberly, Green & Garcia Legislation to Require Generators in Apartment Buildings Clears Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Benjie Wimberly, Jerry Green and Carmelo Garcia to ensure that residents of multiple-unit housing facilities have power during emergencies was approved Monday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-864) would require newly-constructed multiple dwellings with 25 or more residential units to install standby generators to provide electricity during an emergency. The generators would be reserved for emergency use when needed to protect the general health, safety and welfare of residents during a continued power outage.
"The loss of electricity during an emergency is far from a mere inconvenience. In high-rise buildings that depend on elevator service as an accessible means of egress, for example, electricity is essential, especially for seniors and residents with disabilities," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, it's critical that we're proactive about implementing measures that will ensure public safety."