Archive for Tag: Aura Dunn

GOP lawmakers grill treasurer, state finance officers on taxes, spending and surplus in Murphy’s budget

TRENTON, N.J. – During an Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Monday, Republican members grilled N.J. state Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio and the Office of Legislative Services on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $49 billion spending plan. From one-shot revenues to fee holidays, Assembly Republican budget officer Hal Wirths, Assemblywomen Nancy Munoz...

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Now law: Food banks get 6-month extension to phase out plastic bags, exemption from paper bag ban

TRENTON, N.J. – In less than five weeks, New Jersey’s strictest-in-the-nation single-use bag ban goes into effect. However, under Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill that was signed into law on Friday, food banks will be granted a six-month plastic bag extension and an exemption from the portion of the law...

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Legislature extends plastic, paper bag ban deadline for food banks

TRENTON, N.J. – Food banks and community pantries could continue using single-use plastic and paper bags for an additional six months under a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and passed by the Assembly and Senate on Thursday. New Jersey’s strictest-in-the-nation single-use bag ban goes into effect on May...

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No plan, no appointments put One-Stop Career Centers on path to familiar disaster, warns Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn slammed the Labor Department’s lack of clear plans to address the demand for in-person unemployment assistance when the services return to the dozen of One-Stop Career Centers around the state on March 28. “On Monday, March 28, there is going to a lot of...

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Committee moves Dunn bill allowing drivers to indicate autism, communication disorder on license

TRENTON, N.J. – Drivers with autism or another communication disorder could soon notate their diagnosis on a license or ID issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission. The bill (A2369), sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and advanced by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Thursday, aims to improve...

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School funding in budget isn’t enough, says Dunn

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn doesn’t want Gov. Phil Murphy to get away with underfunding schools and possibly putting federal funding in jeopardy. She says Murphy should fully fund schools, his constitutional duty, immediately. “We have a teacher shortage, skyrocketing bus contracts, and student mental health problems and...

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Assembly Republicans object to budget message extension

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans rejected Gov. Phil Murphy’s request to push the gubernatorial budget message to Tuesday, March 8 from Tuesday, Feb. 22, saying the move is politically motivated and unnecessarily delays an important process. The bill (A2063) extending the delivery of the statutorily-mandated message was passed in a...

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Dunn bill ensuring college students have access to mental health services signed into law

TRENTON, N.J. – Addressing the increased stress, anxiety and depression on campuses in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill requiring colleges to connect students to mental health services was signed into law on Tuesday. “The college life that many had imagined was put on hold or canceled because of...

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Republicans speak out against abortion bill advanced by Legislature

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans voiced their opposition to the bill enshrining abortion into state law prior to it passing the Legislature on Monday. GOP members’ efforts to restore reasonable restrictions by moving to amend, substitute and layover the bill were voted down along party lines. The bill (A6260/S49),...

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Assembly advances Dancer, Dunn bill expanding disability retirement benefits for State Police

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill clarifying disability retirement eligibility for members of the State Police goes to the governor’s desk after passing the Assembly on Monday. The bill (A5442/S3529), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, would allow State Police Retirement System members to qualify for accidental...

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