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Renters deserve more help. DePhillips will keep pushing until they get it.

TRENTON, N.J. – A Moody’s study found that the average American household is rent burdened, defined as spending 30% or more of their income on housing costs, for the first time in history. New Jersey has had this problem for years. “This 30% is a symbolic threshold, a milestone,”...

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Dunn brings together mayors, state agencies to build relationships, address concerns

CHESTER, N.J. – It’s all about relationship building for Aura Dunn. Since being in the state Assembly in 2019, it’s been her goal to bring together municipal leaders to discuss issues and concerns affecting constituents in Legislative District 25. And then Covid happened. But with the pandemic social distancing...

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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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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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