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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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Rooney bill that brings clarity to E-ZPass pricing discounts passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would bring clarity to E-ZPass toll discounts. The bill (S743/A189), sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, directs the state’s Turnpike Authority to notify existing and potential customers on its website that toll discounts advertised by operators outside...

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Assembly passes Thomson bill that extends Right to Farm protections to aquaculture activities

TRENTON, N.J. – Farming in water environments, referred to as aquaculture, will soon have the same protections as farms on land in the Garden State. Assemblyman Ned Thomson’s bill (A3039) extending those protections under the Right to Farm Act was passed by the full Assembly Thursday.  The Act protects commercial...

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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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Thomson bill would extend Right to Farm protections to aquaculture activities

TRENTON, N.J. – Farming in water environments, referred to as aquaculture, should have the same protections as farms on land in the Garden State, Assemblyman Ned Thomson says. His bill (A3039) extending those protections under the Right to Farm Act was released from the Assembly Agriculture and Food Security committee...

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