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Democrats legislate themselves out of mandatory penalties for public corruption

TRENTON, N.J. –  A bill that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes was passed with only Democrat support because it included ending definite punishment for corrupt elected officials. The inclusion of public corruption, termed official misconduct, was made by a state senator whose girlfriend’s son faces current...

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Assembly approves Dancer bill extending early pension benefits for police and firefighters

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and advanced by the Assembly today would help police and firefighters facing burnout from pandemic service by temporarily allowing them to retire, regardless of their age, if they have served for 20 years. Under the bill (A2562), members of...

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Dunn legislation giving small towns more flexibility in hiring emergency management coordinators goes to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – By a unanimous vote today, the Assembly passed legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, to allow municipalities with a population under 5,000 to hire nonresident emergency management coordinators. “Some small towns may not be able to fill the role with a qualified candidate from within their...

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Resolution improving police interactions with hearing impaired individuals passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly 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) aims to help the approximately 850,000 New Jersey residents who have varying degrees...

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Dancer bill offering in-state tuition rates to military children who moved out of New Jersey goes to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – Children of military families who attended high school in New Jersey, but are not currently living in the state, would be eligible for in-state tuition at public New Jersey colleges under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and advanced by the Assembly today. “Military commitments...

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Assembly sends Schepisi bill requiring annual AG report on state’s sexual assault cases to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – By a unanimous vote in the Assembly today, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi’s bill shedding light on the number and nature of sexual assault cases reported in the state was advanced to the governor’s desk. Schepisi, who survived a sexual assault in her teens, said her bill will...

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DeCroce bill requiring state to stockpile PPE advances to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – A shortage of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic proved to be one of the state’s biggest public health challenges. A bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, preventing such a crisis and encouraging equipment manufacturing was back in the Assembly today to...

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Dunn bill designating March 9 as Covid-19 Heroes Day goes to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – In recognition of New Jersey’s essential employees who have provided necessary services during the worst public health crisis in modern history, the Assembly approved Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s resolution designating March 9 as Covid-19 Heroes Day. “We couldn’t have survived this past year if it weren’t for...

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DePhillips moves to make New Jersey America’s innovation leader

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s corporate business tax has led to an exodus of investment in the state once called the nation’s medicine chest. New Jersey is fifth out of seven states in the region for innovation, according to an NJBIA study, and experienced the largest loss of undergraduate...

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