Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

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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Dunn introduces resolution requiring Labor Department to provide in-person unemployment services

TRENTON, N.J. – With Covid-19 vaccination numbers increasing, coronavirus cases decreasing and indoor capacity restrictions set to be lifted on May 19, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn introduced a resolution urging the governor to reopen all Labor Department facilities to in-person services. Labor Department offices and one-stop career centers have been...

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Committee approves Dunn bill increasing strangulation penalties in domestic violence cases

TRENTON, N.J. – Domestic abusers who strangle their partners would face longer prison sentences and increased fines under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and released by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. Strangulation is one of the strongest predictors for the subsequent homicide of domestic violence victims according...

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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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