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Assembly Democratic Bill to Prohibit Suspension of Professional Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Student Loans Clears Assembly

Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Muoio, Shavonda Sumter and Vince Mazzeo sponsored to rescind a law that jeopardizes the careers of professionals who have overwhelming student debt recently gained approval from the General Assembly.

"If someone earned a license to practice a profession, their performance should be the sole factor that affects their ability to retain that license," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Using a professional license as a bargaining chip when someone cannot pay his or her student loans is not only wrong but nonsensical. There is no logic in removing a borrower's ability to pay back a loan as a punishment for inability to pay in the first place."

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Prieto, Sumter, Schaer & Greenwald Bill to Give Police & Firefighter Management of their Pension Fund Goes to Governor

Legislation 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 approved Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"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)...

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Schaer Statement on Assembly Budget Committee Public Hearing

Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday after the Assembly Budget Committee held its second hearing on the proposed state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1:

"Today we heard from many concerned parents about school funding, and what is fair, adequate and necessary to fully meet the needs of our students. There is no quick, easy fix, but we remain committed to exploring all options until we reach a solution that is reasonable, responsible and, more importantly, benefits all children..."

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Video: Schaer on Improving Behavioral Health Care

Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) testifies on his legislation to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state.

Watch the video here.

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Lampitt & Singleton Bill Package to Improve Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services in NJ Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter, Pamela Lampitt and Troy Singleton to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state.

The bills are the product of numerous roundtable discussions and meetings that Schaer held with professionals and stakeholders in the field of behavioral and mental health care.

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Prieto, Sumter, Schaer & Greenwald Bill to Give Police & Firefighter Management of their Pension Fund Advanced by Assembly Committee

Legislation 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)...

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