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Testing Opt-Out, Studying PARCC Effectiveness, Displaced Casino Worker Training, N.J. Stolen Valor Act & Banning Upskirting Top Thursday Assembly Committees

Transportation Trust Fund Status Discussion Also on Tap

Allowing parents to exclude their child from standardized testing and studying the effectiveness of the PARCC exam, creating workforce training for former casino workers, the New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, studying start times for middle and high schools and establishing the crime of upskirting are among the bills that highlight Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.

A discussion on the state of New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund is also on tap...

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Andrzejczak Bill to Promote Tourism in South Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore & Help Boost Region’s Economy Advanced by Assembly Panel

Asm. Bob Andrzejczak Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak introduced legislation that would require the state Department of Transportation to create road signage to help promote tourism attractions in South Jersey's Delaware Bayshore was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"There is plenty to explore in Southern New Jersey and the Delaware Bayshore does not disappoint," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "The Delaware Bayshore is home to the A.J. Meerwald and the Delaware Bay Museum, and is known for its wetlands and diverse wildlife, including more than 300 bird species. Tourism is a thriving industry. Promoting these attractions with simple road signage not only shines the spotlight on this New Jersey gem, but can help boost the region's economy."

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Mazzeo & Burzichelli Bill to Facilitate A.C. Simulcasting Gains Panel Approval

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Bill Would Allow Casinos to Negotiate Rates, Retain Simulcasting of Out-of-State Races

Legislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Burzichelli sponsored to permit casinos to negotiate the price of broadcasting horse races and retain simulcasting at their facilities was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

"As we work to restore a wounded Atlantic City, it's critical that we do everything possible to maximize gambling opportunities for customers," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

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Assembly Panel Approves Eustace Measure to Help NJ Lottery Save Money After Privatization Efforts Fall Short of Revenue Goals

Asm. Tim Eustace An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace to help the New Jersey Lottery save money in the face of revenue shortfalls that have threatened funding for many worthwhile state programs.

"Our goal is to reduce unnecessary operating expenses within the New Jersey Lottery so that more funds are available to the state for crucial programs that benefit seniors, veterans and our education system," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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Mazzeo, DeAngelo, Spencer, Singleton and McKeon Legislation Supporting Wind Energy Projects in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

Mazzeo, DeAngelo, Spencer, Singleton and McKeon Legislation Supporting Wind Energy Projects in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel approved on Monday legislation sponsored by Assembly Dmeocrats Vincent Mazzeo, Wayne DeAngelo, L. Grace Spencer, Troy Singleton and John McKeon to encourage wind energy projects in New Jersey.

"Offshore wind projects can deliver real economic benefits for New Jersey, so it's important that the BPU adopt these regulations and allow our state to take full advantage of those opportunities," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). For More             

Singleton, Jasey & Lagana Bill to Encourage N.J. Colleges & Universities to Offer $10,000 Degree Programs Advanced by Assembly Panel

Asm. Troy Singleton Bill is Latest in Assembly Democratic Effort to Control Higher Education Costs

- Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Joe Lagana sponsored to encourage New Jersey's colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 in tuition and fees was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The cost of attending an institution of higher education continues to increase, and many New Jersey students and their families find it difficult to afford the tuition and fees required for enrollment," said Singleton (D-Burlington)...

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Conaway & Singleton Bill to Widen Access to Life-Saving Allergy Medicine Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington) to allow individuals who have received adequate training to carry and administer life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Serious allergic reactions can be life-threatening without prompt treatment," said Conaway. "An EpiPen can relieve symptoms and buy you time until help arrives. Allowing properly trained individuals to carry and administer epinephrine can make the difference between life and death."

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Assembly Panel OKs Schaer, Mazzeo, Lagana, Benson & Quijano Bill to Help Cover Costs for Nursing Homes When Medicaid Drags its Feet

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Vincent Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Dan Benson and Annette Quijano to help seniors and other vulnerable residents receive the specialized care they need from nursing homes when the Medicaid application approval process is delayed.

"We are seeing significant and unwarranted delays in the application process for Medicaid and other benefits, which is creating a real problem for residents who need this assistance the most, as well as the facilities which are required to treat them," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to do a much better job of processing these applications more efficiently. Until then, this bill will help ensure that our most vulnerable populations receive the services they need."

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MONDAY - Medical Marijuana Status, Offshore Wind Energy, Long-Term Care & Delaware Bayshore Tourism Top Assembly Committees

Status of state medical marijuana program, facilitating offshore wind energy projects, helping provide compensation relief to long term care facilities and promoting Delaware Bayshore tourism highlight Monday's Assembly committee meetings…

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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Eustace, Lagana & Mazzeo on Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ Schools

Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace Assembly Democrats Timothy J. Eustace (D-Bergen), Joseph A. Lagana (D-Bergen) and Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) issued a multimedia package Friday on their legislation that would temporarily defer the use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment to measure student achievement in the Garden State.

The sponsors chose to highlight the benefits of the proposed three-year moratorium on utilizing the test results with PARCC testing set to begin Monday for all students in New Jersey in grades 3-8. The PARCC is replacing the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and is being administered to all New Jersey students in grades 3-11 throughout March.

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Quijano Questions State Settlement with Exxon Mobil

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) issued the following statement Friday on reports that the Christie administration has agreed to a $250 million settlementwith Exxon Mobil for decades-worth of damage done to sensitive environmental areas after the state originally sought $8.9 billion in compensation:

"This figure seems extremely low given the initial damages sought, as well as the irreparable harm that has been done to our environment over the years.

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Eustace Introduces Two-Bill Package to Crack Down on Environmental Pollution, Increase Accountability

Assemblyman Tim Eustace has introduced a two-bill package to crack down on environmental pollution and increase accountability when it comes to oil and natural gas leaks.

The first bill would address the discharge of hazardous substances in New Jersey waters and the second bill would address methane gas leaks, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Speaker Prieto recognizes Career Technical Education Month with visit to High Tech High School in North Bergen

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools recognizes Prieto with Leadership Award after Roundtable Discussion, School Facility Tour

As a beneficiary of career-focused education himself, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has always had a passion for providing students with the skills necessary to pursue different paths to success. That interest has directly influenced his legislative agenda, as he sponsored a package of bills signed into law recently that are promoting and improving vocational secondary education in New Jersey. In recognition of his efforts and of February being Career Technical Education Month, Speaker Prieto attended a wide-ranging event at High Tech High School in North Bergen. The event was organized in partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (Career Tech NJ), the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the Hudson County Schools of Technology.

"Students at High Tech High School are exposed to a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares them well to gain acceptance to top colleges. But that path is not necessarily for everyone and there are many other options that can provide a successful and fulfilling career," said Speaker Prieto, who works as a Construction Code Official and is a Plumber by trade. "This is why the school's strong career-focused programs are so important and should serve as a model for other school districts in our state. Students here have the opportunity to explore fields as varied as culinary arts, media production, graphic design, science and technology and much more and they are building the skillset needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow..."

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Eustace, Lagana & Mazzeo on Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ Schools (A-4190)

Eustace, Lagana & Mazzeo on Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ Schools (A-4190) from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

The Assembly Democratic Response to the Governor's FY 2016 Budget Address

The Assembly Democratic Response to the Governor's FY 2016 Budget Address from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Prieto, Menendez, Sires, Nadler & Hudson County Officials Support Tourist Helicopter Flight Restrictions

Prieto, Menendez, Sires, Nadler & Hudson County Officials Support Tourist Helicopter Flight Restrictions from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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