Archive for Author: jpeacock

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

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 cleared the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday. The bill (A3915), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, would require the state to reimburse...

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Dancer bill to protect local hotel operators advances

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that will help keep local hotel operators in business was released from the Assembly Judiciary Committee Thursday. Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A1958) would protect local hotel franchisees – those licensed to use a trade name, trademark, or characteristic for the marketing of goods or services...

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Nursing home residents would see personal allowance increase under Dancer bill

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer would increase the monthly personal needs allowance for residents of nursing homes, state- and county-operated psychiatric hospitals, and state-run developmental centers. It was released from the Assembly Human Services Committee Thursday. Dancer’s bill (A3035) would increase that allowance for Medicaid...

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DiMaio rejects Murphy’s “extreme” push for abortions

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio rejected Gov. Phil Murphy’s push today to have abortions covered by insurance and taxpayers after signing legislation allowing full term abortions in January. “First of all, allowing abortions up until birth is a heinous stance to take. Now, Murphy is hastily...

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Matsikoudis and Corrado seek evidence rules changes to help assault, discrimination survivors

TRENTON, N.J. – Conversations with close confidants following a sexual assault or employment discrimination should be admissible evidence in civil cases, Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis says. On Monday she, along with Sen. Kristin Corrado, introduced a joint resolution (SJR82/AJR163) urging the N.J. Supreme Court to adopt those rule changes. Under...

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DiMaio bill would send some State Police ticket revenues to municipalities

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday released Assemblyman John DiMaio’s bill that will give municipalities one-third of fine money generated by State Police motor vehicle summonses issued within their borders. Current law stipulates that money collected from State Police tickets go to the state’s...

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Children need more ABCs, less S-E-X, amid learning loss, inequitable funding slashes

TRENTON, N.J. – Schools must be fully funded and return to a rigorous focus on academics to combat learning loss, Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner said. With the state’s Start Strong assessment showing significant learning loss as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pandemic lockdown policies, their call...

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Sawyer opposes AG on recreational marijuana use for law enforcement

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer is questioning the decision by the state attorney general to allow law enforcement personnel to get high on their personal time. The April 13 memo from acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin to law enforcement chief executives stresses that employees cannot be disciplined for...

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Unemployment claims would be processed within two weeks of filing under Dancer bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants unemployment claims processed more quickly. Dancer’s bill (A3436) would require the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to process claims within two weeks of filing. Current law allows for three weeks. “During the government lockdowns, I had constituents who waited more than...

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DePhillips questions AG for ignoring calls to protect children on social media platforms

TRENTON, N.J. – Forty-four states’ and territories’ Attorneys General recently called on social media giants TikTok and Snapchat to collaborate with parental control applications so fathers, mothers and guardians can monitor their children’s social media usage on those platforms. Conspicuously missing from that March 29 letter is the signature of...

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