Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

After Edna Mahan hearing GOP lawmakers call for ombudsman resignation, continue push to oust Hicks

TRENTON, N.J. – After an eight-hour Assembly hearing Thursday on the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the four Republican lawmakers on the panel issued a joint statement and called for a top to bottom change in management starting with Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks and Corrections Ombudsman Dan DiBenedetti. “We are...

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Assemblywoman investigates ‘broken’ unemployment system at shuttered state career center

TRENTON, N.J. – It is not just that New Jersey’s unemployment offices have been closed for almost a full year, it is that the system had been hobbling along long before the crisis hit. That is what Assemblywoman Aura Dunn discovered Thursday when she was let inside the shuttered...

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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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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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Assembly advances Dunn’s legislation moving driver’s license exams online

TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to address the massive backlog at New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and hours-long wait times, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn to make the written portion of the driver’s license exam available online during the Covid-19 public...

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Murphy’s bloated budget still underfunds schools, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget for shortchanging schools despite increasing spending by $4.5 billion this year and funding six new pet projects to the cost of more than $95 million. “The governor’s budget funds more free college and preschool when our kids aren’t...

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Let parents watch their kids play, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn is urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reconsider restrictions on spectators at indoor sports venues following Wednesday’s announcement of increased capacity and dining hours for restaurants and certain businesses. “If casinos and entertainment venues can increase capacity, then parents should be permitted to watch...

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GOP assemblywomen join calls for new corrections head following abuse allegations at women’s prison

TRENTON, N.J. – All seven Republican Assemblywomen are demanding that state Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks be replaced after reports detailing accusations that officers severely beat inmates at the state’s only women’s prison earlier this month. “The report of thirty officers and supervisors on leave because of allegations of abuse...

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Committee approves Dunn legislation giving small towns more flexibility in hiring emergency management coordinators

TRENTON, N.J. – Municipalities with a population under 5,000 would be permitted to hire nonresident emergency management coordinators under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and approved by a legislative panel today.  “Some small towns may not be able to fill the role with a qualified candidate from...

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Now law: Dunn legislation requires notification of absences at child care centers

TRENTON, N.J. –Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s legislation prioritizing children’s safety by requiring daycares and parents to notify each other in the event of an absence was signed by the governor today. “We have to remain vigilant to protect our children,” said Dunn (R-Morris). “We can’t let our guard down while...

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