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Tucker, Caputo, Giblin, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Increase Personal Needs Allowance for Some of State’s Most Vulnerable Residents Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Tom Giblin Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to increase the monthly personal needs allowance for residents in certain state facilities for the first time in 30 years gained Assembly approval on Thursday.
"For some men and women who require special attention, long-term care may be the best option, and it's important that residents of these facilities can remain as independent as possible," said Tucker (D-Essex). "By increasing the personal needs allowance and tying it to the cost of living, this bill will help ensure that individuals in state institutions can have the highest quality of life possible."
McKeon, Schaer, Prieto, Quijano & Wimberly Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Heads to Gov's Desk
Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motiveLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."
Wimberly, Singleton, Sumter & Jimenez Introduce Bill to Allow National Guard & Reserve Members Second Chance at Law Enforcement, Firefighter Jobs
Military Residents Who Have Passed the Civil Service Exam but Deployment Postponed the Fulfilling of Remaining Employment Requirements(TRENTON) - Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Troy Singleton, Shavonda E. Sumter and Angelica Jimenez recently introduced legislation to offer a second opportunity at employment to a member of the National Guard or the Reserves who could not accept a position as a police officer or firefighter because of service to the nation.
"Active duty assignments often derail plans for reserve and guard members who apply to join the police or fire department," said Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic). "When they are not fulfilling the part-time obligations of the reserves and the guard, we could use them here on our front lines as first responders."