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Assembly Democratic Bill to Promote Equal Pay for Women Approved by Assembly


Bill Sponsored by Downey, Lampitt, Schaer, Houghtaling, Benson, Singleton, Muoio & DeAngelo
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Troy Singleton, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Wayne DeAngelo to promote equal pay for women was approved Monday by the full Assembly.

"In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that's not the world we live in," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "This provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires."

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Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Jimenez, Mukherji & Downey Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Advances in Senate

Legislation Honors Zackhary Simmons, 21-Year-Old Man Killed In June Accident
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Angelica Jimenez, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey sponsored to establish an emergency alert system to help more quickly apprehend drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents was released on Thursday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The legislation commemorates the life of Zackhary Simmons, a 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.

"I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught," said Chaparro (D-Hudson). "I want to thank the Simmons family for working so hard on this bill and sharing their time and inspiring this legislation to honor Zack and encourage other drivers to stop and help an injured person instead of cowardly fleeing a scene."

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Assembly Democratic Bill Package to Fund Farmland Preservation Projects in NJ Continues Advancing

Bills Sponsored by Taliaferro, Burzichelli, Houghtaling, Andrzejczak, Singleton, Downey, Mazzeo and Zwicker
A four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, John Burzichelli, Eric Houghtaling, Bob Andrzejczak, Troy Singleton, Joann Downey, Vince Mazzeo and Andrew Zwicker to invest in the preservation of farmland was approved Monday by a Senate panel.

The funds are dedicated through the 2017 budget and corporation business tax revenues.
"New Jersey has a proud farming heritage that should be protected," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "This investment ensures that the organizations at the forefront of farmland preservation have the financial resources to meet this important mission."

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