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Space: Paid Sick Leave is Bad Medicine for Workers and Job Seekers

Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Labor Committee member Parker Space said today’s discussion of a bill (A-2354) in the Assembly Labor Committee that requires private employers to provide paid sick days is another job-killing government mandate that is costly to small businesses. Several municipalities have enacted earned sick leave ordinances including East Orange, Irvington, …

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Bramnick Visual and Performing Arts Bill Wins Committee Approval

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation Gives Equal Weight in Calculating Students’ GPA A bill sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that requires school districts to weigh visual and performing arts courses just as other subjects are treated was approved by the Assembly Education Committee today. The legislation treats these classes with the same …

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Simon wants task force on school district mergers

A year after voters created a South Hunterdon school district, task force proposed for rest of state. Source: Courier-News – A year after three Hunterdon County municipalities voted to replace four separate school districts with a single unified district, a Central Jersey lawmaker is hoping the idea will catch on in a state with more …

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Simon: Merging school districts could save NJ taxpayers money

Source: NJ 101.5 – New Jersey has more school districts than municipalities and taxpayers foot the bill for them, but one lawmaker said it would be possible to save money if more districts merged. Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-Flemington) plans to introduce a bill establishing a task force to determine if regionalization could work throughout the …

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Simon Wans School Merger Task Force [audio]

Source: WBGO [audio] – A New Jersey lawmaker wants to create a task force to help school districts evaluate the benefits of merging. New Jersey has more than 580 school districts and Assemblywoman Donna Simon says small districts can cost taxpayers big money. “There are some school districts that are so small that they don’t …

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Webber, DeCroce oppose law requiring police vehicles to have cameras

Source: The Advertiser News – The next time you are stopped by a police officer in New Jersey, a video camera may be rolling. A bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Chris Christie last month will mandate that all police vehicles carry a video recording device or that a camera is …

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Bramnick to Testify on Visual and Performing Arts Bill

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation Gives Equal Weight in Calculating Students’ G Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will testify at the Assembly Education Committee tomorrow (Thursday) in support of legislation he sponsors requiring school districts to weigh visual and performing arts courses equally to other subjects. These classes will have the same level of …

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Fiocchi Plans High-Tech Corridor to Reinvigorate South Jersey’s Economy

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi sponsors legislation he hopes will attract leading-edge businesses to South Jersey. Fiocchi’s bill (A-3735), introduced last week, would create a high technology corridor within Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland continues, which would be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). “The program will strengthen …

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Simon Proposes Task Force to Help Districts Consider and Pursue School Regionalization

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Donna Simon will introduce legislation promoting more efficient schools by establishing a Task Force on School District Regionalization. Recommendations and information from the task force will help local districts consider the benefits, and navigate the complexities of school consolidation. “The successful merger of four school districts in …

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Bramnick on state debt reporting bill

Source: Asbury Park Press – The controversial state debt reporting bill that recently threatened Gov. Chris Christie’s perfect record of thwarting veto override votes is getting another look from lawmakers. Democrats said they were blindsided when the Christie administration last week made a last-ditch stand to influence the override hours before the vote, warning Assembly …

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