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Party Lines Clear as Assembly Dems Fail to Override Domestic Violence Veto

PolitickerNJ – A bill put forward by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) has failed in an attempt to override a conditional veto proposed by Governor Chris Christie. The vote received 49 ‘yes’ votes, 10 ‘no’ votes and 18 abstentions. As the bill (A4218) was introduced for vote, there was a clear division on the floor of …

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Schepisi objects to Assembly Juduciary panel advancing measure to require N.J. to make quarterly payments into pension fund

Bergen Record – A resolution to constitutionally require the state to make quarterly payments into the severely underfunded public employee pension fund was approved by an Assembly panel Thursday. The proposal comes in response to a state Supreme Court decision earlier this year ruling that the pension reforms led by Governor Christie in 2011 were …

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Schepisi angered over Assembly Judiciary hearing on redistricting resolution (ACR-4)

Politico – After less than 20 minutes of discussion, an Assembly panel on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way New Jersey redraws its legislative districts and could give Democrats an advantage for decades to come. Even though the amendment (ACR-4) would have serious implications for future legislative elections, Democrats only …

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Brown urges ‘hold’ on A.C. bills after pessimistic report from Moody’s

Source: Press of Atlantic City – The state Assembly will vote on a modified Atlantic City financial rescue package on Thursday, more than a month after Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the measure. Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, called on Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to hold the bills in light of a recent Moody’s report that …

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Auth, Schepisi champion expansion of ‘Joan’s Law’ to protect children

Source: Pascack Valley Community Life – A bill requiring life imprisonment without parole for molesting and killing a child under age 18 was advanced by the Assembly Judiciary Committee this past Monday, Dec. 14. The bill expands the scope of Joan’s Law, which denies parole to anyone serving a life sentence for molesting or killing …

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Schepisi on Gun Override: ‘I Don’t Care If He Puts It Up a Hundred Times’

Source: PolitickerNJ – On Thursday, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto will reintroduce a vote in the Assembly in an effort to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of gun legislation aimed at making it more difficult for those with a mental health record to get guns. Earlier this month, the Assembly was unable to repeat the success …

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Brown on Dems dueling North Jersey casino plans: Either proposal will devastate AC

Source: Press of Atlantic City – State Assembly Democrats unveiled a rival plan for allowing North Jersey casinos on Monday, proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow up to two new casinos but would give less tax revenue to Atlantic City. If the state Senate and Assembly agree on and approve an amendment, it will …

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Brown: Whelan can stop North Jersey casino proposal

Source: PolitickerNJ – Following the release last week of a proposal to amend the state constitution and allow gaming outside of Atlantic City, Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) lashed out at Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) in a public letter asking that Whelan refuse to post the bill as chair of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, …

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Auth-Schepisi bill advances expansion of Joan’s Law, inspired by murdered Hillsdale girl

Bergen Record – Lawmakers on Monday advanced the expansion Joan’s Law, a measure inspired by the murder four decades ago of a Hillsdale Girl Scout. Named after Joan D’Alessandro, who was 7 years old when she was raped and murdered by neighbor Joseph McGowan, Joan’s Law requires a life sentence with no possibility of parole …

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Assembly Panel Approves Auth & Schepisi Bill Expanding Scope of ‘Joan’s Law’ for Murdering a Minor

Assembly Republican Press Release – Legislation sponsored by Republicans Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, requiring life imprisonment without parole for molesting and killing a child under age 18, was advanced by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. “This law applies to the most despicable creatures in our society,” said Auth, R – Bergen, Passaic. …

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