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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 AdvanceLegislation 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..."
Quijano, Benson Bill to Create the Consumer ATM and Credit Card Act Clears Assembly Panel
Measure Requires Certain Operators of Publicly Accessible Payment or Withdrawal Systems to Take Certain Actions to Protect Customer Information(Trenton) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Annette Quijano and Daniel Benson aiming to confront the problem of "skimmers," or devices used to steal customer's personal information when they use their credit or debit cards at an ATM or other card payment machines cleared an Assembly panel on Monday.
"The unscrupulous use of these devices compromise residents' personal information," said Quijano (D-Union). "If a customer's credit or debit card information is stolen in this fashion, it can lead to financial disaster; there are reports of thieves using skimmers to empty entire bank accounts."
Quijano & Vainieri Huttle "Airbnb" Bill to Ensure Level Playing Field among Lodging Businesses Clears Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure fairness among all hospitality providers in the state and provide a much needed revenue boost to the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
Bills would bring tax fairness to short-term rentals made popular by sites like Airbnb
The bill (A-4587) would impose the same taxes and fees that hotels and motels must currently pay to the state.
"Our laws need to be updated to keep up with changes brought about by new technology," said Quijano (D-Union). "The fact that taxes are not paid for stays at locations rented through sites like Airbnb but are applied to stays in hotels is an unfair advantage that hurts the hospitality industry and takes funding away from municipalities for important programs. This bill levels the playing field and provides tax fairness for the entire hospitality industry in New Jersey."
Quijano & Chaparro Bill to Create Pilot Program to Assist Certain Low Income Renters with Security Deposits Approved by Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) to create a pilot program in select counties to help low-income renters with their security deposits was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
The pilot program would run in Union, Essex, Hudson & Gloucester counties
By law the amount of a security deposit on a residential lease may not exceed 150 percent of the amount of the monthly rent, but this initial payment is still cost-prohibitive for many residents.
"Paying the initial month's rent, plus the security deposit, can make moving into a new apartment cost-prohibitive for residents who live paycheck to paycheck," said Quijano. "This allows residents to spread out their security deposit payment instead of paying for it upfront."