Archive for Tag: public health emergency

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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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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South Jersey lawmakers to Murphy: Stop burdensome, discriminatory school Covid testing

TRENTON, N.J. – Sen. Ed Durr, and Assemblywomen Beth Sawyer and Bethanne McCarthy Patrick want Gov. Phil Murphy to rescind his executive order that requires school staff and teachers who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to submit to once or twice weekly testing. The freshman legislators argue that...

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DePhillips says Murphy needs to end public health emergency, not Covid briefings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips slammed Gov. Phil Murphy for keeping the public health emergency in light of his announcement that he is ending the Covid-19 briefings on Friday, March 4. Murphy said that there is no “new news” regarding the public health emergency, which he reinstated Feb....

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Piperno and Eulner plan to support corrections officers’ health, safety and staffing levels through legislation

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner say Gov. Phil Murphy’s ill-advised mandates are prioritizing prisoners over officers to the detriment of the state’s correctional system and public safety. On Friday, a New Jersey appeals court rejected a lawsuit from law enforcement unions challenging Murphy’s latest Covid-19...

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Murphy should never had power to make parental masking decisions, say Auth and DeFuccio

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement on Monday that school and child care masking requirements will be lifted March 7 is long overdue and a decision that should have solely resided with parents say Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman DeAnne DeFuccio. To keep the mask mandate another month,...

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Peterson blasts Gov. Murphy for constant power grabs

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Erik Peterson has been one of the staunchest opponents of the governor’s executive powers. He calls the most recent public health emergency the action of a tyrant. “An old political truth that has reinforced the need for democracy, for checks and balances, is that absolute...

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Piperno and Eulner: Murphy bypassing legislative process for unilateral power

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno and Kim Eulner, two new Republican members of the Assembly, said Gov. Phil Murphy reinstating New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency despite legislative objections undermines the government’s balance of power. “Governor Murphy decided to disregard his agreement with the legislature last June to limit his...

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