Assembly Housing and Community Development

The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with municipalities, counties, local finance, local public contracts, property taxes, local authorities, housing, land use, zoning and planning.
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Assembly Panel Considers Holley, Wimberly, Benson & Mukherji Bill to Help End Lead Paint Threat by Requiring Inspections During Home Sales & Rental Turnovers

Opening a dialogue with a goal of helping to end the lead paint threat in New Jersey homes, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee discussed legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Benjie Wimberly, Dan Benson and Raj Mukherji that would require lead paint inspections prior to home purchases and tenant turnover on Monday.

“This is one of the most crucial steps we can take to decisively put an end to the pervasive threat of lead in our home environments,” said Holley (D-Union). “By mandating inspections on all home sales or rental turnovers, we can systematically remove this threat once and for all.”

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Benson & Wimberly Bill to Establish Mold Exposure Limits in Schools & Residential Buildings Gains Committee Approval

Taking a significant step forward in tackling the issue of mold in New Jersey, an Assembly panel approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson and Benjie Wimberly that would require the state to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential and school buildings as well as certification of mold inspectors and abatement workers.

“Given the increased number of severe weather events in our state, now more than ever, we must ensure protection of public health and safety against mold in our homes and schools,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This legislation creates much-needed rules and regulations that currently don’t exist. We must ensure protection of overall public health and safety against mold.”

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Jasey, Holley & Mazzeo Bill to Ensure Continuation of Foreclosure Mediation Program to Combat NJ’s Ongoing Foreclosure Crisis Gains Committee Approval

Working to reduce the staggering number of foreclosures in New Jersey and help homeowners keep their homes, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo that would codify the state’s Foreclosure Mediation Program into law.

“Foreclosures not only affect homeowners, but neighborhoods and the state as a whole,” said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “For far too long, we have led the country in foreclosures. The mediation services provided by this program can help homeowners avoid foreclosure and reinvigorate our housing market by reducing our dismal foreclosure rates. It is essential that we keep these services going.”

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Wimberly on Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Mold, Lead and Environment Safety Hearing

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on today’s Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee hearing at Camden County Community College:

“The connection between health and housing is an important one. Our committee and those who testified had an honest and informative conversation about the health concerns on this large, diverse issue New Jersey families face.

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