Democratic Research Aide: Jennifer Taylor
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Muoio, Lampitt, Chiaravalloti, Mukherji & Jimenez Bill to Expand Background Check Requirements for Family Day Cares Released by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Muoio, Pamela Lampitt, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Raj Mukherji and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to require family day care providers to undergo criminal history record background checks was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"It is imperative that anyone who has access to young children in a family day care setting should undergo a criminal background check," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This crucial change in current law will address a gap and will now help keep children safe."
Mazzeo, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Zwicker, Land, Benson & Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Clears PanelBill Would Allow School Nurses to Administer Opioid Antidote During an Emergency
Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Andrew Zwicker, Bruce Land, Daniel Benson and Joann Downey sponsored to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"Narcan has been proven to save lives," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Having it readily available in schools can help ensure that our schools are ready to respond in every emergency situation."
Downey, Houghtaling, Holley & Benson Bill to Connect More Who Served to Programs, Benefits for Veterans Advances13-Member Commission on Veterans' Benefits Would Help Support Veterans & Their Families
Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Jamel Holley and Daniel Benson sponsored to more effectively deliver services to veterans in New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"Many veterans are aware of how they can benefit from resources the federal government offers, but they're sometimes uncertain about what they and their families may qualify for at the state level," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "A commission dedicated to making sure veterans have access to the programs and benefits they're eligible for and deserve will help New Jersey honor its obligation to those who have served this nation."
Singleton, Vainieri Huttle & Holley Bill to Provide Counseling for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Clears CommitteeLegislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Jamel Holley sponsored to help children cope with exposure to domestic violence was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"The collateral damage inflicted on children of domestic violence can be devastating and long-lasting. Boosting therapeutic services for them can help mitigate this damage," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "This legislation is part of an effort to increase support services statewide."
Assembly Panel OKs Oliver, Conaway, Tucker, Sumter & Holley Bill Requiring Attorney General's Office to Handle Investigation of Police-Related HomicidesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Cleopatra Tucker, Shavonda Sumter and Jamel Holley to help ensure impartiality when a law enforcement officer kills someone in the line of duty was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"The failure of grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-American victims across the nation has led to widespread concern for many, many reasons, including a stark lack of confidence by some in the criminal justice system," said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic)...
Wimberly, Oliver & Holley Bill to Encourage Construction of Rental Housing for Veterans Released by Assembly PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Sheila Oliver and Jamel Holley sponsored to promote the construction of more rental housing for veterans cleared an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Repeated and extended deployments in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have made it especially difficult for military personnel to find housing suited to their unique situations," said Wimberly (D-Passaic/Bergen). "Veterans have served our country in times of war and peace, sharing a common belief in a cause higher than self. We must help them with this basic need..."
Singleton & Lampitt Bill to Help First-Time Home Buyers Realize Dream of Home Ownership Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) to help first-time home buyers better prepare for the financial obligations that come with purchasing a home was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"The biggest challenge that most first-time home buyers face is coming up with enough money for a down payment," said Singleton. "This would help residents interested in buying a home save up the funds needed over time so they can comfortably reach their goal of home ownership..."
Singleton & DeAngelo Bill to Transform Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebate into a Direct Credit AdvancesAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Wayne DeAngelo that would transform the senior freeze property tax rebate program from a reimbursement program into a credit program for most eligible homeowners.
"By administering this rebate program the same way we do the homestead property tax credit program, not only will it deliver savings to eligible senior and disabled residents in their current tax year will, but it will also save taxpayer dollars by cutting administrative costs to the state," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Given the hefty burden that property taxes pose, real-time relief is what we need to be striving for..."
Mazzeo, Houghtaling, Downey, Andrzejczak & Land Bill to Bolster Disaster Preparedness in At-Risk Counties Clears CommitteeMeasure Would Establish Biennial Risk Assessment, Provide Funding for Counties Prone to Weather-Related Disasters
Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land sponsored to help minimize damage during severe weather events was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"More than four years after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey continues to repair the damage, and families continue to deal with the financial and emotional toll of the storm. Fostering connections between the state and counties most prone to catastrophic storm damage can reduce the likelihood of similar devastation in the future," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic)...
Quijano, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Measure to Secure At-Risk Nonprofits AdvancesPilot Program Would Allow Vulnerable Groups to Receive Security Funding
Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to increase security at New Jersey nonprofit organizations determined to be at an elevated risk for attacks was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"As I discussed this issue with different nonprofits within and outside of my district, I began to see that members of these communities have a legitimate concern regarding their safety," said Quijano (D-Union)...
Singleton, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Strengthen Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Advances'Monica's Law' Would Establish Risk Assessments in Honor of Resident Killed by Estranged Husband
An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to strengthen legal protections for domestic violence victims.
"We've come a long way since the Domestic Violence Prevention Act was passed in the early '90s, but as we continue to examine this issue more closely, we find many new ways in which our legal and law enforcement system can work to better protect victims and their families," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The tragic death of Monica Paul is just one example of how we can create an additional safety net within our judicial system to prevent warning signs from being overlooked."
Prieto, Sumter, Schaer & Greenwald Bill to Give Police & Firefighter Management of their Pension Fund Advanced by Assembly CommitteeLegislation Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter, Budget Chairman Gary Schaer and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald sponsored to transfer management of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System from the state to the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
"If the unions want the ability to make investment decisions for their members when it comes to their retirement savings, then we should give them that opportunity - the same as private sector unions do for their members," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen)...
Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Aid Ocean Grove Fire Victims by Lowering Property Assessments While they Rebuild Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help beleaguered property owners in Ocean Grove whose homes were either damaged or destroyed by a five-alarm fire earlier this month was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-4673) would change the dates concerning the assessment of buildings or structures following their material depreciation, given the fact that Monmouth County, where the fire was located, operates under a Real Property Assessment Demonstration Program, which is different than many other parts of the state.
"Since Monmouth County currently operates under a different system, this bill would extend the date that an assessment based on damage can occur so that those who were devastated by last week's fire can have their property reassessed to reflect the damage, thereby lowering their taxes while they deal with the recovery..," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth).
Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill to Protect Transgender Persons from Discrimination in Health-Care Coverage AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson to prohibit health insurers from denying transgender individuals health care coverage based on gender identity was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."
Lagana, Eustace & Houghtaling Bill to Help NJ's Small Businesses Expand, Create Jobs AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic), Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to help cultivate small businesses growth in the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-2215) would establish a small business job creation and preservation account program to incentivize small business workforce expansion in New Jersey using income tax exclusions for interest under the corporation business tax (CBT) and gross income tax (GIT).
"It is the small mom and pop shops that keep local economies going," said Lagana. "By helping our small business grow, we are not only helping our small business owners, but the municipalities where they are located, and local residents who will benefit from the new jobs created."
Mazzeo, Caputo & Burzichelli Bill to Regulate Fantasy Sports Activities in NJ to Better Protect Consumers AdvancesA bill sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) and John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem) to officially allow fantasy sports games in New Jersey to better protect consumers was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
While New Jersey residents currently participate in large-scale commercial fantasy sports activities, it is not expressly authorized and therefore not regulated. Investigation of the fantasy sports industry in other states has revealed questionable behavior by some employees of fantasy sports operators, enabled by lack of regulation. This bill would provide needed oversight to protect consumers.
"The fantasy sports industry is a growing market year after year. The time is right for New Jersey to enter the fold with regulations aimed at providing strong consumer protections for our residents...," said Mazzeo.
Attorney General Investigates Deaths by Law Enforcement, No Secret Whistleblower Settlements, H20 Quality, Transgender Health Care Rights, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports & Domestic Violence Prevention Highlight Monday Assembly CommitteesAlso on Tap: Improving Mental Health Care, First-Time Homebuyers, Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Credit, Veterans Housing & Benefits, Opioid Antidotes in Schools, Storm Preparedness, Family Daycare Background Checks, Hearing Impairment Task Force, Studying Predatory Alienation & Criminalizing U-4
Having the state Attorney General investigate and prosecute crime involving a person's death by a law enforcement officer, barring public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower claims, the Water Quality Accountability Act, regulating daily fantasy sports activities, transgender health care rights and domestic violence prevention, highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings...