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Casagrande: Arbitration Compromise Good for Taxpayers

Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – Assistant Assembly Republican Leader Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, today issued the statement below following the General Assembly’s passage of interest arbitration legislation, A-3424, for police and firefighters: “The extension of the 2 percent arbitration cap will assist our municipalities in their efforts to contain costs on behalf of their residents …

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Brown-Sponsored Bill on Internet Gaming Equipment Positions A.C. as U.S. Technology Hub

Assembly Republican Press Release – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Chris A. Brown to position Atlantic City to become the hub for internet gaming in the United States was approved by the General Assembly today. The bill, S-185/A-1903, allows internet gaming equipment and technology used by Atlantic City casinos to be located at a facility …

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Rible Bill Establishing Licensing of Art Therapists Approved by the General Assembly

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – The New Jersey Assembly today passed the “Art therapist Licensing Act” sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Dave Rible. The explosive growth in the therapeutic use of art to treat a variety of mental and psychological issues necessitated the bill, A-1783, that also creates the Art Therapist Advisory Committee to …

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Assembly Passes Rible’s Family Abduction Amber Alert Legislation

Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Conference Leader David Rible that clarifies the criteria for issuing Amber Alerts when a family member abducts a child was approved today by the General Assembly.   “While stranger abductions pose the most danger to children, abductions by family members are much more …

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Assembly Passes Fiocchi Resolution That Supports Better Access to Healthcare for Veterans

Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – The General Assembly today passed a resolution Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi sponsors that urges Congress to pass legislation allowing veterans to receive hospital care and medical services at non-VA facilities. “The men and women who have served our nation honorably deserve better access to healthcare services,” said Fiocchi, R-Cumberland, Cape …

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Schepisi Pleased Interest Arbitration Bill Passes Assembly

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, R-Bergen and Passaic, who was one of the primary sponsors extending the initial arbitration reform legislation that expired in March, voiced her support for passage of the compromise bill (A-3424) that passed the Assembly today and runs to 2017: “I am pleased the Speaker and the administration …

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Bramnick lauds compromise as N.J. Assembly to vote on cap for police, firefighter raises

Source: Inquirer – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Friday that he had reached a deal with Gov. Christie to renew a cap on police and firefighter raises that expired in April. The new bill, scheduled for a vote Monday in the Assembly, would extend the 2 percent cap on raises awarded in arbitration through 2017. …

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Kean: N.J. should repeal estate, inheritance tax [op-ed]

Source: Asbury Park Press op-ed by Sean Kean – You already know that New Jersey is an expensive state in which to live, but did you realize it is also an expensive place to die? Unless you are involved in estate planning, drafting a will, or recently had a loved one pass away, you may …

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Simon: New Jersey’s public retirees’ sick-leave payouts are enough to make taxpayers ill [op-ed]

Source: The Times of Trenton op-ed by Donna Simon – Eight public servants in Bergen and Passaic counties are set to receive $1.5 million in sick leave payouts, according to recent reports. If this does not trigger an alarm throughout New Jersey to end these special payments, I don’t know what will. In my legislative district …

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Speaker and Christie have found ‘common ground’ on renewal of key property tax la

Star Ledger – After a two-and-a-half-month stalemate, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Gov. Chris Christie have reached “common ground” on renewing a crucial law that mayors say has taken a significant bite out of property tax growth, Prieto said yesterday. The Assembly on Monday will vote on a bill to restore a 2 percent …

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