Archive for Tag: pandemic

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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Eulner and Piperno call on Murphy administration to rescind onerous Covid mandates in N.J. schools

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Kim Eulner and Marilyn Piperno argue it’s time to drop the onerous Covid-19 testing and vaccine requirements in schools following a top health official’s statement rejecting more mandates and amid the statewide teacher shortage. In an interview with NJ Spotlight News, state health commissioner Judy...

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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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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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