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Dancer bill requiring state to pay for do-over elections passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would require the state to pay for any new election if it was at fault for why a new election must be held passed the Assembly Thursday. The bill (A3915), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, requires the state to reimburse municipalities or counties for those do-over election...

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Assembly green lights Thomson and Kean bills addressing school bus driver shortages

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed two bills, sponsored by Assemblymen Ned Thomson and Sean Kean, giving school districts more tools to tackle bus driver shortages by streamlining the licensure process and allowing non-CDL drivers to transport students on certain buses. Under the first bill (A3564), school...

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Assembly passes Dancer bill that allows parts of license plate to be covered

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would allow license plate frames to obscure some areas of permanent or temporary license plates. The bill (A3494) is sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. “This bill will help prevent thousands of drivers from being pulled over for...

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Assembly passes Rooney bill that requires public hearings for utility rate hikes

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that requires public utilities that are requesting rate hikes to hold public hearings in every county impacted by that increase. That bill (A184) is sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney. “Residents who are likely facing a utility rate increase should...

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Umba bill that would expand apprenticeship opportunities for NJ youth passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Businesses struggling to find highly qualified workers may benefit from pre-apprenticeship programs, says Assemblyman Brandon Umba. Umba’s bill (S525/A280) that would allocate funds for those programs passed the General Assembly Thursday. It now goes to the governor’s desk for signing. “Everyone is aware of the work shortages...

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Assembly passes Dancer bill clarifying military Medicaid eligibility for dependents

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would require the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services to accept permanent change of station orders to establish residency for military dependents passed the General Assembly Thursday. Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (S875/A2256) codifies existing regulations that require residency be established so special needs...

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Dancer bill exempting Meals on Wheels vehicles from registration fees passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Vehicles owned by local nutrition programs for seniors as well as other nonprofits that provide social services may soon be exempt from paying registration fees. The General Assembly on Thursday passed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A1476) that would exempt vehicles owned by a program that is a...

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Farmers can sell firewood without penalty under Space, Wirths bill advanced by Assembly Agriculture committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture Committee on Monday released a bill that protects farmers’ rights to sell firewood obtained from another property. The bill (A111) is sponsored by LD 24 Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths. “Farming has evolved through the years, and farmers have had to adapt...

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Umba bill would expand apprenticeship opportunities for NJ youth

TRENTON, N.J. – Businesses struggling to find highly qualified workers may benefit from pre-apprenticeship programs, says Assemblyman Brandon Umba. Umba’s bill (S525/A280) that would allocate funds for those programs cleared the Assembly Labor Committee Thursday. It now goes to the speaker for further consideration. “Everyone is aware of the work...

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Thomson and Kean bill would allow school districts to take the wheel in training bus drivers

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would streamline the school bus driver training and licensure process was released from the Assembly transportation committee Thursday. The bill (A3564), sponsored by LD 30 Assemblymen Ned Thomson and Sean Kean, would allow school districts to administer the commercial driver license exam and most...

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