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Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Wimberly Bill Boosting Rental Assistance for Veterans AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak, Angelica Jimenez, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Benjie Wimberly to boost rental assistance to military veterans was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
"Our veterans were willing to endure untold sacrifices for their country. Now we need to step up to the plate and do all we can to help care for them," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). This financial assistance is meant to give a hands-up while they find the road back to self-sufficiency."
Assembly Dems Bill Package to Help Protect NJ Families from Lead Poisoning Clears Assembly Committee
Muoio, Gusciora, Schaer, Holley, Wimberly bill package would require lead inspection for certain rental and for-sale properties; establish statewide educational programA two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Muoio, Reed Gusciora, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley and Benjie Wimberly to help protect New Jersey families from lead paint contamination by imposing inspection requirements on rental and for-sale properties was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.
The sponsors noted that anxiety over lead contamination has increased after high levels of lead paint were found in the drinking water at several New Jersey schools last year. Additionally, 11 cities in New Jersey and two counties were reported to have a higher proportion of young children with more dangerous lead levels than Flint, Michigan - Irvington, East Orange, Trenton, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Atlantic City, New Brunswick and Passaic, along with Salem and Cumberland counties.
Wimberly in Letter to NJSIAA Calls Changes to the Transfer Rule: "Overbroad and Unduly Punitive In Its Application"
NJSIAA is Scheduled to Discuss the Proposed Ruling Wednesday Evening(PATERSON) - Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) sent a letter on Tuesday to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association President opposing the recently proposed changes to the NJSIAA Transfer Rule and urging consideration of student-athletes in challenging situations that require them to change school districts.
"The proposed ruling does not include an appeal process for students and their families," said Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic). "There are student and family circumstances that were not considered while writing this transfer ruling proposal. We do not want the entire student athlete population to be punished for the less than 1% that are taking advantage of transfer privileges."
Johnson, Wimberly & Sumter Bill to Help Protect Witnesses of Violent Crimes Now Law(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter to help protect witnesses of violent crimes was signed into law on Monday.
"Being able to ensure the safety of a witness is often key to securing their testimony, and consequently, convicting violent criminals of heinous crimes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This law will extend the relocation assistance currently afforded to victims to witnesses as well."
The new law (formerly bill A-1424) authorizes the Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) to pay for relocation expenses incurred by witnesses of violent crimes.
Holley, McKnight, Kennedy, Mukherji, Pintor Marin & Wimberly Bill to Ban Sale of Unsafe Supplemental Mattresses Continues AdvancingMeasure Would Protect Babies At Risk of Suffocating in Cribs, Playpens
Legislation Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight, Jim Kennedy Raj Mukherji, Eliana Pintor Marin and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to protect infants from safety hazards posed by supplemental mattresses gained approval from a Senate committee on Monday.
"There is this perception that if a product is sold by a major retailer, it must unequivocally be safe," said Holley (D-Union). "But we continually hear stories of babies being injured or killed when a supplemental mattress is used in a soft-sided play yard. Manufacturers of this product are quick to deny the obvious harm, while retailers are focused on selling a product."
Lampitt, Mosquera, Wimberly, Downey & McKnight Bill to Ensure Equality for Pregnant College Students Becomes LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Benjie Wimberly, Joann Downey and Angela McKnight to help ensure equal rights and opportunities for pregnant students in pursuit of higher education was signed into law on Monday.
"Women who are pregnant - many of whom also work - face unique challenges as they pursue their education that their professors and peers may not even realize limit their capacity to succeed," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This law will make it easier for expectant parents to earn a degree so that they can better provide for their children."