Archive for Author: mriser

Dunn bill addressing access to mental health services on college campuses advances

TRENTON, N.J. – This year’s college experience looks a lot different – and it’s affecting students’ mental well-being. Addressing increased stress, anxiety and depression on campuses in New Jersey, the Assembly Higher Education Committee advanced a bill connecting students to available mental health services. “The college life that many...

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Horizon’s payoff to the state should be dedicated to affordable health care, says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Hal Wirths questioned why the $600 million going to the state in the Horizon bill (A5119) is not being used to lower costs for customers. “If Horizon is a nonprofit and has that much money leftover in the first place, premiums and rates should be...

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Committee advances bill allowing certain small businesses to forgo workers’ compensation coverage

TRENTON, N.J. – Small businesses and start-ups saddled with a mandate to purchase workers’ compensation coverage despite a lack of employees could see some relief under legislation advanced by the Assembly Labor Committee today. The bill (A508), sponsored Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber, revises the definition of...

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Dancer legislation aiming to eliminate neighborhood eyesores clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee cleared legislation holding owners responsible for maintaining vacant or abandoned residential and commercial properties. “Overgrown and derelict properties bring down the value of everyone’s homes and local businesses,” said Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a prime sponsor of the bill. “To...

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Effective police interaction with the deaf addressed at Assembly hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Hal Wirths that urges law enforcement agencies to train officers on how to approach those who are hearing impaired. The resolution (AR35) was among three bills taken up by committee Thursday to...

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Horse power: Committee advances Rooney legislation creating license plates to support riding therapy

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s state animal, the horse, is trotting towards its own license plate to support therapeutic riding programs for veterans and individuals with special needs. The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee passed the legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney today. “The monies generated from...

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Dancer introduces pro-veteran bills increasing oversight in state-run homes and more

TRENTON, N.J. – Protecting vulnerable veterans in state-run homes is a top priority for Assemblyman Ron Dancer who introduced several bills on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day that advance veterans’ safety, health and housing. His first bill (A5108) would create an independent inspector general to investigate complaints concerning policies and...

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Families at risk of losing Earned Income Tax Credit, GOP lawmakers propose solution

TRENTON, N.J. – Taxpayers that have lower earned income this year could be receiving a lower tax credit from the federal government, and consequentially from state government, because of economic shutdowns resulting from the pandemic response. Assemblymen Brian Bergen, Hal Wirths and John Catalano want to make sure working...

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State not upholding educational obligations during pandemic, says Peterson

TRENTON, N.J. – Amid coronavirus school closures and remote learning modules, state officials are failing to uphold the education article in the New Jersey State Constitution, says Assemblyman Erik Peterson. “The current administration has let New Jersey’s educational system become an egregious causality of the coronavirus,” said Peterson (R-Hunterdon)....

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School districts will have additional time to complete annual audits

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill extending the deadline for school districts to complete this year’s annual audit by two months was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy today. Each of the nearly 600 school districts in New Jersey must submit annual audits of their accounts and...

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