Archive for Author: mriser

Assembly approves permanently allowing “I dos” over Zoom

TRENTON, N.J. – The full Assembly on Thursday passed Assemblyman Don Guardian’s bill permanently permitting virtual vow exchanges in New Jersey, a pandemic-era response to upended wedding plans and Covid-19 restrictions. Through a May 2020 executive order, New Jersey authorized couples to enter into a marriage or civil union...

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Sauickie and Clifton bill promising fairer farmland appraisals passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – The process for determining the value of farmland acquired for preservation could soon be updated in the farmer’s favor under a bill that passed the Assembly on Thursday. Assemblymen Alex Sauickie and Rob Clifton sponsor the legislation that creates a new appraisal formula for the state’s...

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Matsikoudis and Sauickie bill helping veterans transition to licensed practical nursing careers heads to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey veterans with certain medical training may soon be able to transition to licensed practical nursing careers more easily, thanks to a bill passed by the Assembly Thursday and sponsored by Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis and Assemblyman Alex Sauickie. “Transitioning to civilian life can be difficult,...

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New Jersey closer to declaring ‘sextortion’ a crime

TRENTON, N.J. – Sextortion – extortion by threatening to share nude or explicit images and videos of victims – could soon be punishable by prison time and fines in New Jersey. The full Assembly voted unanimously to advance Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill establishing the crime of sexual extortion on...

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Munoz, DeFuccio bill limiting surgical smoke exposure goes to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation protecting health care workers from surgical smoke exposure advanced to the governor’s desk on Thursday after passing the full Assembly. Sponsored by Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz and DeAnne DeFuccio, the bill (A256) requires certain health care facilities to use smoke evacuation systems in operating rooms. “This...

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VIDEO: Dems’ latest round of gun restrictions start Feb. 1

TRENTON, N.J. – Starting Wednesday, Feb. 1, two new laws take effect that will allow New Jersey government to monitor the moves and purchases of law-abiding gun owners. It’s a new year, but the same old gun-grabbing playbook, say the Assembly Republicans in their latest “<Three” video released Wednesday....

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Southern shore lawmakers say unprecedented whale deaths warrant suspension of offshore wind projects

TRENTON, N.J. – Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan are intensifying calls to suspend offshore wind projects following an unprecedented number of whale deaths along the coasts of New Jersey and New York. They join a chorus of concerned elected officials and environmental and commercial...

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Flynn’s push to make youth sports safer for officials and players clears first legislative hurdle

TRENTON, N.J. – Escalating bad behavior at youth sporting events are not only ruining treasured pastimes, but making them dangerous, says Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn. The Assembly Judiciary Committee agreed Thursday and cleared her bill increasing penalties for anyone who assaults youth sports officials, participants and players.  WATCH: Flynn on...

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Dunn’s bill cracking down on sexual predators by creating new ‘sextortion’ crime advances in Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Sextortion – the act of threatening to share nude or explicit images and videos to extort victims – could soon become a crime in New Jersey. The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill ensuring predators who engage in sexual extortion are punished...

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Guardian bill permanently allowing “I dos” over Zoom passes committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Don Guardian’s bill permitting virtual vow exchanges in New Jersey, a pandemic-era response to upended wedding plans and Covid-19 restrictions, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday.  Through a May 2020 executive order, New Jersey authorized couples to enter into a marriage or civil union...

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