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Prieto Statement on Advancing of new Atlantic City Economic Recovery Legislation

'This is legislation devised with the Assembly sitting at the table'
23 Pages of Amendments to Initial Legislation
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Monday after the Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced economic recovery legislation (A-2569 and A-2570) for Atlantic City:

"I'm clearly pleased we've been able to come together to advance this legislation and its 23 total pages of amendments.

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Vainieri Huttle, Wisniewski, Lagana & Eustace React to Christie Blocking Port Authority Reforms Once Again

Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John Wisniewski, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace on Monday called out Gov. Christie for his latest attempt to block reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) by conditionally vetoing overhaul legislation they sponsored to create transparency and accountability at the embattled agency.

The bill (S-708/A-2184), known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," would have guaranteed legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future.

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Mosquera Statement on Christie’s Veto of Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Asw. Gabriela Mosquera Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, the lead sponsor of legislation to protect domestic violence victims from gun violence, released the following statement Monday after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the bill for the second time:

"The legislature gave the governor another chance to do the right thing. Once again, he failed to lead.

"As someone who lived through the agony of being in a home with an abuser, I can only think of the many who will continue to suffer in silence. …"

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Prieto Statement on Comcast's Continuing YES Network Blackout in NJ

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Following Comcast's refusal to come to the negotiating table over the YES Network blackout, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) released the following statement:

"On April 25, I urged Comcast to end its blackout of the YES Network, which has denied more than 600,000 Comcast customers in New Jersey the opportunity to watch the Yankees on TV this baseball season..."

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Oliver, Handlin, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bipartisan Bill to Combat Abuse against the Elderly & Disabled Now Law

Measure is Result of Ongoing Meetings between Oliver, Handlin & Stakeholders throughout NJ
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Sheila Oliver, Amy Handlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Annette Quijano to combat abuse and fraud against the elderly and disabled in New Jersey has been signed into law.

The law is the result of ongoing discussions between former Speaker Oliver, Deputy Republican Leader Handlin and more than a dozen prominent stakeholder agencies and corporations from throughout the state to help senior citizens avoid being swindled by unscrupulous scammers.

Specifically, the law (A-1120) will establish the "New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled."

"This type of abuse is particularly heartbreaking because it violates some of our most vulnerable and innocent populations," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). "As a compassionate society, we can and should be doing more to prevent this exploitation. That requires a concerted and continual effort by a wide variety of agencies and organizations, which this bill will bring together."

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Tucker, Johnson, Holley & DeAngelo Legislation to Facilitate Relocation for Military Families Clears Panel

Asw. Cleopatra Tucker Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon Johnson, Jamel Holley and Wayne DeAngelo to help provide military families with more flexibility regarding the use of their housing allowance when they receive orders to relocate recently was advanced by an Assembly committee.

"Oftentimes service in the military requires members to relocate with little or no prior notice, which puts a great deal of stress on military families," said Tucker (D-Essex). "By minimizing disruption to the lives of service members' spouses and children, this legislation will ensure that members can balance their commitments to both the military and their families."

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Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Oliver, Tucker & Quijano Bill to Ensure Equal Access to State Contracts for Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses Continues to Advance

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Sheila Oliver, Cleopatra Tucker and Annette Quijano to ensure that women- and minority-owned businesses in New Jersey have equal access to state contracts cleared a Senate panel on Monday.

"While progress has been made, women- and minority-business owners continue to face challenges that limit their ability to grow," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The provisions in this legislation are necessary to ensure that the equality of opportunity guaranteed by federal and state law are available to minority-owned and women-owned businesses in this state."

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Coughlin, Schaer & Eustace Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation (A-1944) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer and Tim Eustace that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of the process of applying for or renewing a driver's license.

"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."

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Assembly Democratic Legislation to Expand Primary Voting Rights, Encourage Youth Participation in Elections Clears Committee

Asm. Andrew Zwicker Bill Would Allow Certain 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections was advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday.

The bill (A-3591), the "New Voter Empowerment Act," would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the next succeeding general election.

"Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "Barring voters who will be able to participate in a general election from taking part in the primary beforehand unjustifiably dampers that enthusiasm. We can't have two categories of voters in our state. If you can vote in a general election, you should be eligible to vote in the primary."

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Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Continues to Advance

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students was approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.

The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries. The bill would restore the previous requirements.

"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students..," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).

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Assembly Judiciary Committee Hearing on Atlantic City Live Stream 5-23-16

Prieto, Wisniewski Testimony Before Labor Committee in Support of Raising NJ’s Minimum Wage to $15 (A-15)

Prieto, Wisniewski Testimony Before Labor Committee in Support of Raising NJ’s Minimum Wage to $15 (A-15) from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

Budget Committee Chairman Schaer on Projected $1.1 Billion Budget Shortfall

Budget Committee Chairman Schaer on Projected $1.1 Billion Budget Shortfall from NJ Assembly Democratic Office on Vimeo.

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