Archive for Author: mriser

Coronavirus cutting short opportunity to renew hairstyling and cosmetology licenses says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn introduced legislation to extend the time to renew cosmetology and hairstyling licenses due to the impact the coronavirus has had on the industry. “Hairstylists and cosmetologists are already struggling to work under the restrictions to their business caused by the coronavirus,” said Dunn...

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Dancer resolution opposes electric rate increase as BPU and JCP&L charge ahead

TRENTON, N.J. – Today, the Board of Public Utilities unanimously approved a rate increase for Jersey Central Power & Light that will impact ratepayers beginning November 1 next year. BPU President Joe Fiordaliso also announced that they would be initiating a management audit of JCP&L to review their finances...

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DiMaso criticizes JCP&L request for rate increases ahead of BPU board meeting

TRENTON, N.J. – On Wednesday, the state Board of Public Utilities will consider a request from Jersey Central Power & Light to increase residential electric rates by 9 percent. “I’m very concerned about the message we are sending to ratepayers in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The call...

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Committee passes Dunn’s legislation moving driver’s license exams online

TRENTON, N.J. – Some drivers would find reprieve from the hours-long line at the Motor Vehicle Commission under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee today. The bill (A4632) requires the MVC to make the written portion of the...

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DePhillips bill funding manufacturing industry and jobs advances

TRENTON, N.J. – From switching operations, to making personal protective equipment, to adjusting to disruptions in their supply chains, New Jersey’s manufacturing industry has adapted to meet new demands during the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Assembly Labor Committee approved Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips’ legislation (A3756) that would dedicate $1.5...

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DeCroce bill supporting PPE manufacturing and stockpiling passes committee

TRENTON, N.J. – A shortage of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic proved to be one of the state’s biggest public health challenges. A bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, preventing such a crisis and encouraging manufacturing in New Jersey passed the Assembly Commerce and...

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Dancer wants to lower your property tax bill by shopping locally

TRENTON, N.J. – Today, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee approved Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill that would allow municipalities to create a property tax reward program for residents who patronize local merchants. “By encouraging people to shop locally we are helping to rebuild our small business communities and...

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Committee passes Dancer’s bill suspending paperwork error fines for small businesses

TRENTON, N.J. – In the wake of coronavirus shutdowns and restrictions, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee cleared Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill Wednesday protecting small businesses from costly fines for first-time paperwork mistakes. “Before the coronavirus-related closures, nearly half of New Jersey’s private workforce was employed by small...

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Panel approves bill permitting traffic duty for trained community responders

TRENTON, N.J. –The Assembly Homeland Security Committee today passed a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber that permits trained community volunteers to perform traffic duties in emergency situations. “The coronavirus has sidelined thousands of police officers in New Jersey. At one point, one in 20 officers were unable to...

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Dancer bill creates commission to study long-term care facilities’ response to coronavirus, encourage home health care

TRENTON, N.J. – Almost half of all state deaths related to Covid-19 have occurred in nursing homes. Seventy-four percent of all nursing homes and long-term care facilities have reported viral outbreaks. “The number of cases and deaths occurring at long-term care facilities and veterans homes make it very clear...

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