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Benson Appointed to Assembly Leadership Role as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has appointed Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to serve in the leadership role of Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore for the General Assembly.

"Dan has demonstrated himself to be a very thoughtful, dedicated and insightful member of our caucus since he joined the Assembly," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "I know these characteristics will suit him well as he takes on this leadership position."

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McKeon & Jasey Bill to Promote Solar Energy Use Among Local Governments Gains Final Legislative Approval

Asm. John McKeon Legislation Would Allow Solar Panels on Preserved Open Space in Certain Circumstances

The Assembly on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Democrats John McKeon and Mila Jasey to make it easier for some municipalities to harness and use solar energy. The measure, which passed 58-10-2, now heads to the governor's desk.

"If local governments - whose personnel know their terrain best - conclude that dedicating a parking lot or a contaminated site to providing clean, locally-produced power is a good option for their residents, they ought to be able to pursue it without obstruction," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris).

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Vainieri Huttle Appointed to Assembly Leadership Post of Deputy Speaker

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has appointed Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to serve in the leadership position of Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly.

"Valerie has long been an integral member of our caucus as a fierce advocate for some of our most vulnerable residents," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "This leadership post is a fitting appointment for one of our veteran caucus members."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Accommodate Cultural Preferences in School Menus Advances in Senate

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera, Joseph Lagana and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was advanced by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-3360) would require superintendents in public school districts containing a middle or high school to establish a district-wide food services advisory committee to recommend breakfast and lunch menu options that reflect the student body's cultural, traditional and overall dietary preferences if the student population suggests such a need exists.

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DeAngelo Named Deputy Speaker of General Assembly

Asm. Wayne P. DeAngelo Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has appointed Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo to the post of deputy speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.

"In his roles as chair of the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee and vice-chair of the Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee, Wayne has proven his capacity to solve problems as well as his dedication to his district and this state," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "I have full confidence that he will continue to bring that energy to his new role as deputy speaker."

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Mazzeo Push to Improve Air National Guard Facility Clears Assembly

Asm. Vince Mazzeo Aircraft Maintenance Facilities Fail to Meet Current Standards for Safety & Health

Legislation Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo sponsored to push for the expansion of inadequate and undersized facilities used by the New Jersey Air National Guard was approved 69-0-2 Thursday by the Assembly.

"Keeping the 177th open and running on the most advanced technology our armed forces offer is vital not only for our national security but for the economic security of Atlantic County and its residents," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "More importantly, we're putting the safety and security of our Guard members on the forefront..."

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Mazzeo & Andrzejczak on the 'Disaster Victims Protection Act' (A-3666)

Mazzeo & Andrzejczak on the 'Disaster Victims Protection Act' (A-3666) from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.



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