Assembly Advances DeAngelo Bill Package Aimed at Fostering Design of Energy Efficient Buildings(TRENTON) - A two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrat Wayne DeAngelo designed to encourage the creation of environmentally friendly buildings was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
Both bills aim to promote the incorporation of blue and green roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Blue and green roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling.
"It's time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Blue and green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment."
Stender, McKeon & Quijano Bill to Provide Immediate Notice to Public For Boil Water Advisories Clears Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel advanced legislation on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, John F. McKeon and Annette Quijano to require public water systems to provide prompt public notice when a boil water notice is in effect.
The sponsors note that the legislation underscores the necessity of ensuring that the public is informed and regularly updated during emergencies.
"Families must be notified promptly when it comes to matters that concern public health," said Stender (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). "A public advisory must be issued quickly and publicized to ensure every household is aware of any contamination concerns."
Garcia Joined New Jersey Latino Leaders in a Discussion with U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia was one of a select group of New Jersey Latino Leaders to recently participate in a conference call with the U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
The conference calls are organized for community leaders and lawmakers to discuss President Obama's 2014 priorities with senior Obama Administration officials.
"Participation in these discussions with senior White House officials are a crucial part of keeping up with national policy and understanding how it may impact New Jersey," said Garcia (D-Hudson).
Cryan & Prieto Measure Aiming to Boost Wages for Newark Airport Workers Gets Green Light from Assembly PanelAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Cryan and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to request and support an increase in the minimum wage for workers at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Cryan and Prieto pointed out that the PANYNJ has already requested and indicated its support for a $1.00 per hour increase in pay for New York airport workers earning $9.00 per hour or less, at the urging of the Cuomo administration, which would affect nearly 8,000 workers.
Quijano & Sumter Bill to Ensure Health Care Facilities Can Use Generators Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to ensure health care facilities be either equipped with a generator or electrical transfer switch and wiring to which a portable generator can be connected was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"It's frightening to think that those power outages put health care facilities at risk," said Quijano (D-Union). "We've taken steps to ensure gas stations can be equipped with generators, but these facilities must also be prepared. They care for some of our most vulnerable residents, and we need to ensure they're ready to go should we get hit with more power outages..."
Wisniewski: Super Bowl Transportation Planning Fell ShortAssembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly transportation committee, released the following statement Monday after the panel heard testimony on the mass transit problems surrounding the Super Bowl:
"Today's hearing was productive, but incomplete without the National Football League and NJ Transit. What we heard showed planning that fell far short, especially when it came to an overreliance on expensive bus options that fans were unlikely to use. Restricting other transit options and failing to plan for workable backup alternatives also proved questionable..."
Assembly Panel Approves Democratic Bill Package to Give Kids a Leg Up In School by Boosting Breakfast ProgramsAn Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics.
The package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Jason O'Donnell, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Bob Andrzejczak, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Gabriela Mosquera, Gary Schaer, L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin.
McKeon, Prieto & Greenwald Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Gun violence claims lives everyday. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon. "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."
Andrzejczak, Riley & Wilson Bill Package to Support Farm to School Initiatives, Promote Healthier Eating Habits in Schools Clears Assembly PanelA six-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Robert Andrzejczak, Celeste Riley and Gilber "Whip" Wilson to financially support the New Jersey "Farm to School" program and promote healthier food options was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
The object of the New Jersey Farm to School program is to provide agricultural products to school food service departments to serve healthy meals to improve student nutrition, provide health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and support local farmers. The program was developed by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Education.
These bills released today would help the program further its mission.
Assembly Dems Stand With Parent Advocates in Push to Change NJ Medical Marijuana Laws to Help Sick Kids (A-1374)
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