Archive for Tag: pandemic

Dancer bill requires interpretation services to be provided to patients during telehealth visits

TRENTON, N.J. – Given the rise in telehealth usage during the pandemic and New Jersey’s diverse population, Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to ensure equitable access to telemedicine by requiring certain health care facilities to provide language interpretation services. Under Dancer’s bill (A4388), if a facility is currently required by...

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DePhillips to introduce articles of impeachment against Labor Commissioner

TRENTON, N.J. – In addition to being in the hot seat at a Senate committee hearing on Thursday, N.J. Labor Department Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo could soon be out of a job. Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips is introducing a resolution to impeach Asaro-Angelo for failing to perform the duties of his...

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New laws expand domestic violence training for law enforcement, judges and prosecutors

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz’ bills improving the justice system’s approach to domestic violence training were signed into law on Tuesday. The bills, which stem from a 2015 Supreme Court ad hoc committee on domestic violence report, establishes mandatory domestic violence training for new municipal prosecutors (A1763/S386), and...

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Illegal immigrants, convicted criminals to get pandemic relief funds under Murphy’s $40 million program

TRENTON, N.J. – Undocumented residents and recently released criminals will get up to $2,000 in pandemic relief funds under a Department of Human Services program announced Wednesday. Sympathetically dubbed “Excluded New Jerseyans Fund,” this $40 million taxpayer-funded kitty will give payments to eligible persons – “undocumented individuals, residents re-entering...

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GOP lawmakers blast new pandemic powers granted to Murphy under Democrat bill

TRENTON, N.J. – Republicans on the Assembly Appropriations Committee blasted a bill (A5777) advanced Tuesday that would allow Gov. Phil Murphy to continue issuing directives and orders related to the pandemic after he rescinds the state’s public health emergency next month. “Giving the governor new statutory powers to handle...

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Dancer bill, now law, extends early pension benefits for brave police and firefighters who served during pandemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Police and firefighters who have worked for 20 years, but now face burnout from pandemic service, will be granted the ability to retire, regardless of their age, thanks to a measure sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer that was signed by the governor on Monday. Members of...

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Bramnick urges Murphy to pay down debt, help unemployed with federal aid money

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is poised to receive $6.4 billion as part of the federal government’s recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is pushing the Murphy administration to make good on the promise to pay down some of the state’s debt,...

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