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N.J. Assembly committee advances Dancer bills aimed at protecting bees

Source: The Record – An Assembly committee worked to protect the Garden State’s bees on Monday, passing a series of bills aimed at keeping bees safe in their hives and helping beekeepers to stay out of court. One measure would penalize people who destroy certain man-made hives. If it becomes law, the bill would protect …

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McHose bill urges citizens to buy American

Source: The Advertiser News – A resolution sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose urging New Jersey citizens to Buy American products moved out of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. The bill cites the importance of manufacturing jobs to New Jersey, and their role in sustaining both the state’s economy and individual families. “‘Made …

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Panel OKs Casagrande’s superintendent bonus ban

Source: Asbury Park Press – The Senate Education Committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit payment of bonuses to schools superintendents for keeping special-education students in district programs rather than sending them to out-of-district schools. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande is the sponsor of the Assembly version, A-3997, approved unanimously by the General Assembly …

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McHose: Save jobs, buy American

Source: Letter to the Editor, The Times of Trenton – “Made in America” still stands for quality. When we purchase a product made in this country, we know it is a quality product, manufactured to safety and environmental standards, and employees were paid a fair wage. Even more important, our purchase is helping our fellow …

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Rudder supports pipeline through Pinelands

Source: The Central Record (Letter-to-the editor by Scott Rudder) – The issue of providing clean energy is accepted as a laudable goal. The proposal by South Jersey Gas to build a 22-mile natural gas pipeline from Vineland to the BL England power plant in Upper Township in order to assist the power plant’s conversion from …

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Assembly panel approves DeCroce bill studying stillbirths in N.J.

Source: NJ.com – One in 160 pregnancies in the nation ends in a stillbirth, but so little is known why. A bill approved by an Assembly committee today would require the state Health Department to collect autopsy information, create a database and contract with a university willing to do research on why so many pregnancies …

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Simon-Rible: Now is the Time to Move Bail Reform

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Simon-Rible: Now is the Time to Move Bail Reform Assembly Judiciary Committee takes testimony on issues surrounding pre-trial release At today’s Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing, legislators listened to testimony on pretrial release decisions, preventative detention (denial of bail), cash bail and non-monetary conditions for release of a person accused …

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Schepisi Legislation Spares Site Owners of Looming Remediation Deadline

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation allowing deadline extensions for active remediation projects, sponsored by Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, today cleared the Assemby Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bill, A-4543, authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to grant an extension of time for submitting a Remedial Investigation Report to parties responsible for conducting …

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Bramnick leads GOP chorus calling out lame-duck session Dems

Source: PolitickerNJ – State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) challenged Democrats during the current lame duck session on Monday, questioning several initiatives pursued since the recent election. “In November and October, the Democrats ran on a simple message: more jobs and bipartisanship. So what are the Democrats doing during the lame duck session? In …

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Dancer Bipartisan Bee Bills Buzz Through Committee

Press Release – A package of bipartisan bills sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer that would protect the state’s commercial and recreational bee industry and heighten public awareness about its importance to the state’s food chain today cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. According to the state Department of Agriculture, more than 80 percent …

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