Dancer Bill Protects Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance at Public Meetings

Press Release - In response to a lawsuit filed against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District by a family who claims the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation that protects the recitation of the Pledge at public meetings. The bill also extends the right of any public body …

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School consolidation task force proposed by Assemblywoman Simon

Source: Hunterdon County Democrat – It’s time to seriously consider school consolidation in New Jersey, according to Assemblywoman Donna Simon of Readington Township, and she’s introduced a bill, A-3814, to establish a state task force on school district regionalization. If enacted into law, it will result in a comprehensive look into the issue and the …

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Brown bill would shield divorced parents from forced tuition rulings

Source: NJ 101.5 – A state lawmaker is drafting a bill that could prevent children from forcing their divorced parents to pay for their college tuition. The legislation comes on the heels of a judge’s decision involving the 21-year-old estranged daughter of a divorced New Jersey couple. A judge ordered parents Michael Ricci and Maura …

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DeCroce supports call for more local traffic funding

Source: Associated Press – Lawmakers are calling for local governments to get a bigger share of funding from New Jersey to address transportation issues in cities and counties. Exactly how to do that and how much bigger a share of the Transportation Trust Fund local governments should get is unclear.   “It’s important for us …

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Brown fights to change law after N.J. woman sues parents for college tuition

Source: South Jersey Times – Assemblyman Chris J. Brown wants to prevent what happened to Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey from happening to any other parents. Brown, who represents the state’s 8th Legislative District, said he plans to soon propose a bill that would block adult children from suing their parents for college tuition, following …

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Dancer’s bill would make killing pregnant woman a double homicide

Source: Star-Ledger – Last December, Babatope Owoseni was arrested and charged with strangling his wife Fatoumata, then nine months pregnant. The unborn child also died from the alleged attack, but he was charged with a single count of murder. Under a new bill, the Motherhood Violence Act, accused killers would be charged additionally with the …

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Muñoz: Law Aims to Reduce Number of Hospital Re-Admissions [video]

Source: NJTV [video] – Medicare pays out some $17 million each year to cover what one lawmaker has called “unnecessary” hospital re-admissions. The AARP reports that only about 30 percent of patients get a home visit by a health care professional after discharge and most of the family caregivers have virtually no training. New Jersey now …

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O’Scanlon, Dancer bills target ticket quotas, speed traps

Source: Land Line Magazine – Two efforts underway at the New Jersey statehouse are intended to curb overzealous law enforcement. New Jersey law prohibits ticketing numbers from being the “sole” factor when evaluating officer performance. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Red Bank, recently introduced a bill that would close the loophole. He said the distinction in existing …

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Bramnick-Diegnan to Visit Bentley Laboratories in Edison

Press Release – Assembly Republican Leader John Bramnick and Assembly Deputy Speaker Pat Diegnan will tour cosmetics manufacturer Bentley Laboratories, in Edison, on Friday. Both legislators said the purpose of the bipartisan visit is to show their support for the New Jersey small business community. Bentley Laboratories opened in 2002 and employs 300 workers. “Bentley …

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DeCroce wants rate-payers to know about hidden fees in utility bills

Source: NJ 101.5 – Did you know that you’re paying a “societal benefits” fee in your utility bill? If you don’t know what that is, or exactly how much it’s costing you, it’s because under current law, utility companies don’t have to list it separately or define it. You’re also paying a sales tax and …

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