Archive for Author: mriser

Injured workers protected from bad credit scores under new law

TRENTON, N.J. – Under a law signed by the governor today and sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, medical providers are prohibited from reporting unpaid workers’ compensation charges to collection and credit reporting agencies. “Workers comp cases can be long and drawn out and medical bills can pile up,” said...

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New Jersey’s new state symbol is the Seeing Eye® dog

TRENTON N.J. – Today the governor signed Assemblyman John DiMaio and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill (A4590/S2849) designating the Seeing Eye® dog as the State Dog. “Guide dogs are life-changing companions for those who are visually impaired and greatly improve lives by helping foster an atmosphere of independence and mobility,”...

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Now law: Public awareness campaign promoting advance care planning and end-of-life care

TRENTON, NJ – The governor signed a bill (A4682/S3118) this week, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, that establishes an awareness campaign in the state Health Department to encourage community-wide conversations about advanced care planning and end-of-life care. “End-of-life discussions are difficult, but necessary. When people are prepared to have...

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DePhillips introduces legislation requiring insurance coverage for mental health screenings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips recently introduced a bill (A376) that would require health insurance coverage for annual mental health screenings. “We all know someone who has suffered with mental illness. With suicide rates on the rise among teenagers, veterans, and seniors, we must do more to eliminate...

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Governor signs Space and Wirths bill establishing food hubs

TRENTON, N.J. – This week the governor signed legislation (A3592/S1953), sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths, establishing food hubs to strengthen small-scale New Jersey farms. Food hubs help connect food producers to new markets and services. Selling through a food hub can supplement revenue for small to...

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Bramnick addresses Assembly members at reorganization ceremony

TRENTON, N.J. – In his reorganization ceremony speech marking the 219th Legislative Session, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick condemned the epidemic of hatred and violence, and noted several Republican priorities including lowering taxes, capping state spending, stopping court-mandated high-density housing and addressing New Jersey’s debt.  WATCH: Bramnick addresses Assembly...

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Governor signs Munoz bill to prevent meningitis outbreaks on college campuses

TRENTON, N.J. – Students attending county colleges, colleges and universities in the state must receive meningitis vaccinations under new legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy this week. “This extremely contagious illness can easily spread among young people who are living in dormitories and sharing spaces in college,” said Assemblywoman...

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Governor signs Dancer bill allowing contributions to Meals on Wheels through tax return forms

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill (A5513) sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer that allows taxpayers to make contributions to Meals on Wheels programs in the state through their income tax return forms was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. “Person-to-person giving is a more beneficial and civically minded form of...

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Wirths bill allowing long-term tax exemption for low-income housing is signed into law

TRENTON, N.J. –This week the governor signed a bill (A2536/S538), sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths, to allow municipalities to accept payment-in-lieu-of-taxes for state or federally-subsidized low-income housing beyond the term of a housing project’s mortgage. The town of Sparta established such an agreement with a low-income senior housing project;...

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Dancer’s bill to provide tax benefits for organ and bone marrow donors and employers awaits governor’s signature

TRENTON N.J. – The Assembly unanimously voted in favor of Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill (A6075/S4188) that would allow up to a $10,000 deduction on unreimbursed expenses if a taxpayer or their dependent donates an organ or bone marrow. The bill is designated as “Lindsay’s Law” in honor of Lindsay...

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