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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Schaer, McKeon & Muoio Legislation to Crack Down on Bias-Based False Threats Clears Assembly

Bill was inspired by string of bomb threats that rocked Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey & across the country earlier this year
The full Assembly on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Gary Schaer, John McKeon and Elizabeth Maher Muoio to stiffen the penalties for creating a false public alarm in light of the string of bomb threats that rocked the Jewish community in New Jersey and throughout the country earlier this year.

"This sends a strong message that hate-based intimidation will not be tolerated," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "While the persistent threats we saw earlier this year may have subsided, we want to make it clear that these types of bigoted threats will not be tolerated in our state."

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Prieto, Oliver, Quijano, Pintor Marin & Schaer Unveil Bill to Boost Wages for Service Workers at Newark Liberty, Newark Penn & Hoboken Terminal

Bill Addresses Income Inequality & Requires Prevailing Wages for Service Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Sponsors Welcome SEIU Support

Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Annette Quijano, Eliana Pintor Marin and Gary Schaer on Friday announced they've introduced legislation to require prevailing wages be paid to all subcontracted transportation service workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal.

"Airlines are making billions in profits while the workers who keep the industry running each and every day are struggling to make ends meet with little to no benefits," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "Sadly, many of these workers earning meager wages likely live in poverty, which is unacceptable and offensive. The time has come to right this wrong…"

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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Schaer & McKeon Legislation to Crack Down on Bias-Based False Threats Advances

Bill was inspired by string of bomb threats that rocked Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey & across the country earlier this year
An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Gary Schaer and John McKeon to stiffen the penalties for creating a false public alarm in light of the string of bomb threats that rocked the Jewish community in New Jersey and throughout the country earlier this year.

"This sends a strong message that hate-based intimidation will not be tolerated," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "While the persistent threats we saw earlier this year may have subsided, we want to make it clear that these types of bigoted threats will not be tolerated in our state."

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

Greenwald, Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mukherji, Holley, Mosquera, Muoio, Sumter & Mazzeo: Repealing State Law Would End 'Modern-Day Debtors' Prison' in New Jersey

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 was advanced Thursday by a Senate committee.

"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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Video: Schaer - 'So Many Problems have Just been Glossed Over'

Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) on Wednesday discusses the end of the 2017 legislative budget hearing process, after the Assembly Budget Committee heard final revenue updates from the Office of Legislative Services and the state treasurer.

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Coughlin, McKnight & Mukherji Bill to Create Real-Time System to Track Available Psych Beds Continues Advancing

Asm. Gary Schaer Legislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Craig Coughlin, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji sponsored to create a real-time system to track the number of psychiatric beds available statewide to treat mental health and substance use disorders was advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"In 2015, we hosted a number of roundtable discussions and meetings on issues related to behavioral and mental health care, and professionals in the field continuously raised the need for increased information sharing on bed availability across the state," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Therefore, this legislation is designed to help providers and emergency rooms to quickly place patients in need of behavioral health services for the appropriate treatment."

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Schaer & Pintor Marin Bill to Ensure Local Governments Can Take Full Advantage of Open Space Trust Funds for Preservation Projects Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-Essex) to specify that county and municipal open space trust funds may be used to demolish structures and remove debris from lands that are being acquired for recreation and conservation purposes was approved Monday by a Senate panel.

"There seems to be some confusion about how local governments are able to use these funds," said Schaer. "It is necessary to eliminate any erroneous interpretations that can limit local preservation and revitalization efforts. This clarification will help to breathe new life into our urban areas, where there are lands with lots of debris and dilapidated structures that would have to be cleared before they could be used for recreation or beautification."

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