Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

Dunn buckles down, demands state fix school bus driver crisis

TRENTON, N.J. – The bus driver shortage in New Jersey has reached critical mass, with school officials sharing stories of canceled bus routes and children getting home at dinnertime during the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Public Schools Tuesday. Superintendents from across the state told committee members that...

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Dunn and DeCroce push for funding for state lakes pays off

TRENTON, N.J. – Under legislation signed into law on Friday, $10 million in grants will be available for lake conservation and management efforts, including the mitigation of the notorious harmful algal blooms. The bill (A5778/S3618), co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Aura Dunn and BettyLou DeCroce, prioritizes projects that involve lakes with...

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Dunn slams Murphy for stranding children, failing to address school bus driver shortage

TRENTON, N.J. – There have been statewide business shutdowns, statewide Covid mandates, but no statewide solution to the school bus driver shortage that is affecting children’s constitutional right to access education, says Assemblywoman Aura Dunn. Reports show school districts have been largely left to figure out the problem on...

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Childcare service providers will be paid subsidies based on enrollment, not attendance, under a bill that passed the Assembly last week.

TRENTON, N.J. – The bill (A4746/S3947), sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, would allow licensed child care and family day care providers to receive subsidies determined by the Division of Family Development, based on the number of eligible students enrolled. Currently, those subsidies are determined by eligible students’ attendance during...

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Dunn calls for more transparency from school boards

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn has been fighting to make the government process more transparent. Most recently, a public relations debacle involving a school board in her district, and the ensuing public outcry, prompted Dunn to introduce legislation (A5932) that requires those boards to publicly post full agendas...

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Dunn bill ensuring college students have access to mental health services passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – This past year’s college experience looked a lot different, and it affected students’ mental well-being. Addressing the increased stress, anxiety and depression on campuses in New Jersey, the Assembly passed a bill requiring colleges to connect students to mental health services. “The college life that many...

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Dunn calls for greater transparency in government, public input

TRENTON, N.J. – Bills signed into law without public testimony and meeting notifications without an agenda are pushing one GOP lawmaker to legislate good governance. “I refuse to let public officials silence the people of New Jersey,” Assemblywoman Aura Dunn said. “Transparency in government is essential to maintaining public...

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GOP Assembly members react to Hicks resignation

TRENTON, N.J. – Scandal-plagued N.J. Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks finally resigned Tuesday after months of bipartisan demands for his firing were ignored by Gov. Phil Murphy. His resignation comes after a damning 75-page investigation released Monday that detailed a broken system of abuses at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility...

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Assembly sends Dunn bill increasing strangulation penalties in domestic violence cases to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – By unanimous vote, the Assembly passed Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill increasing penalties for domestic abusers who strangle their partners. Currently a third-degree crime, the bill (A4588/S2503) makes strangulation a second-degree crime in domestic violence cases. Prison time would double to up to 10 years from five...

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