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Wimberly, Singleton, Holley & Tucker Bill to Require Racial, Ethnic Impact Statements in Proposed Legislation Clears PanelMeasure Aimed at Reducing Disparities in Criminal Justice System
Legislation Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Troy Singleton, Jamel Holley and Cleopatra Tucker sponsored to encourage lawmakers to consider the impact proposed legislation would have on racial and ethnic minorities was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"The disparity between the number of minorities in the general population and the number of minorities in the prison population is a civil rights issue that warrants far more attention," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "In a state where black people are 15 percent of the general population but 60 percent of the prison population - a statistic largely due to a failed and misguided war on drugs - we have a responsibility to give closer scrutiny to how the policies the state enacts affect racial and ethnic minorities."
Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District AdvancesAssembly-approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was advanced Monday by the Senate budget panel.
"Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education," said Downey (D-Monmouth County). "School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing..."
Singleton, Green, Mukherji & Lampitt Bill to Help Create more Affordable Housing in NJ Approved by Assembly PanelAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), Jerry Green (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union), Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) to help create more affordable housing.
The poor and middle class in particular have seen their incomes fall between 1990 and 2014. New Jersey is among the states where inequality has grown the most. This growing income disparity, combined with the effects of the Great Recession and the burst of the housing bubble in the last decade, have created systematic disincentives to financing low and very low income housing when the need for this type of housing is increasing. This bill hopes to address this imbalance.
"Affordable housing options in the state are limited and this proposal seeks to allow people to have a fair shot to live in a thriving community," said Singleton. "This can help incentivize developers to create housing to help accommodate some of our most vulnerable residents."
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."