Archive for Tag: COVID-19

Guardian bill permanently allowing “I dos” over Zoom passes committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Don Guardian’s bill permitting virtual vow exchanges in New Jersey, a pandemic-era response to upended wedding plans and Covid-19 restrictions, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday.  Through a May 2020 executive order, New Jersey authorized couples to enter into a marriage or civil union...

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Umba’s push to address learning loss with tutoring pays off as bill passes committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba’s continued call to address Covid-19 learning loss with more tutoring gained support in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday. His bill requiring the state Education Department to create a registry of individuals and organizations offering free tutoring services was passed unanimously. “Finally, children...

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Umba proposes frequent in-school tutoring sessions to overcome Covid-19 learning loss

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba introduced a bill on Thursday to address Covid-19 learning loss with high-intensity, in-school tutoring sessions. The evidenced-based programming will help close academic gaps and complement existing curriculum, he said.  “We know students are struggling and are grade levels behind where they should be,...

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Learning loss scores are a historic wake-up call, says Munoz

TRENTON, N.J. – Learning loss is the most pressing issue in education, said Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. Within the past week, the state Assembly has held a hearing on the topic and the National Assessment of Educational Progress released its results showing New Jersey had a worse decline than the...

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Peterson legislation protecting taxpayer funds for health care passes Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Erik Peterson’s bill addressing the limited public funds dedicated to counties for health care costs and the soaring enrollment in Medicaid was passed by the full Assembly on Monday. The bill (A2017) allows counties to access state data to determine if an individual has insurance...

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Matsikoudis bill helping veterans transition to licensed practical nursing careers clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis’ bill allowing honorably discharged veterans with certain medical training to more quickly enter the health care field as licensed practical nurses passed the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday. The bill, Matsikoudis says, addresses the state’s critical nursing shortages and helps veterans...

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State should extend early intervention services in response to Covid’s impact on youngest learners, says Deputy Republican Leader

TRENTON, N.J. – As state-mandated Covid-19 lockdowns and closures continue to negatively impact child development long after the public health emergency, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz is calling on legislative leadership to consider her bill extending early intervention services to age 6 from 3.  “Babies born during the pandemic missed out...

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Committee passes Dunn bill protecting long-term care residents from neglect and isolation

TRENTON, N.J. – A late Mendham nursing home resident who suffered from lockdowns and misguided policies during the Covid-19 pandemic inspired a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Aging and Senior Services Committee Thursday. The bill (A4657), drafted in memory of 99-year-old Sally Griscavage Florek,...

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Committee considers Peterson legislation protecting taxpayer funds for health care

TRENTON, N.J. – An Assembly committee on Thursday will take up a bill addressing the limited public funds dedicated to counties for Covid-19 testing and treatment, and the soaring enrollment in Medicaid as people lost their employer-sponsored health insurance during the pandemic.  The bill (A2017), sponsored by Assemblyman Erik...

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Sawyer says NJ’s flagship university’s fall Covid policy flies in face of common sense and CDC

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer is calling on Rutgers University officials to revise its fall Covid-19 masking and testing requirements to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that relaxes or eliminates many of those rules. The state’s flagship university will continue to mandate testing...

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