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New Jersey Assembly Democrats The New Jersey Assembly Democrats include 52 members of the 80-member New Jersey General Assembly. New Jersey's 46-member Assembly Democratic Majority caucus

01/08/2024

“Sweat equity” refers to the provision of labor spent in constructing or rehabilitating a low- or moderate-income dwelling unit by one or more members of the low- or moderate-income household intended to occupy the unit.

A5870, sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman and unanimously advanced by the NJ Assembly today, would direct the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish an application process and approve appropriate applicants as sweat equity certified nonprofits.

One of the most well-known examples of such an entity is Habitat for Humanity. A5870 would facilitate the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing built in part through sweat equity by the eventual occupant.

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A5870

01/08/2024

During a moving speech from the Assembly floor, Assemblywoman Timberlake talked about her grandmother, a domestic worker who inspired her to sponsor the New Jersey Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act. It passed the Assembly today by a vote of 47-26-1. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/S723

01/08/2024

⚠️ State of Emergency effective at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 in anticipation of severe storms causing hazardous weather conditions including heavy rain 🌧️ , high winds 💨, and flash flooding 🌊.

Honored to have Tennille McCoy, joined by her family, sworn in today as a member of the New Jersey Assembly, representin...
01/08/2024

Honored to have Tennille McCoy, joined by her family, sworn in today as a member of the New Jersey Assembly, representing the 14th Legislative District.

This bill not only helps our schools fill vacancies with quality talent but ensures a smooth transition for our veterans...
01/08/2024

This bill not only helps our schools fill vacancies with quality talent but ensures a smooth transition for our veterans into civilian life,” said former Assemblyman Dan Benson. “Encouraging veterans to enroll helps us ensure that our students get even more opportunities to learn about diverse experiences and backgrounds present in our society.”

“The pilot program and competitive bidding process demonstrates our commitment to helping veterans receive the best education possible so they can excel in their role as teachers,” said Assemblywoman Shama Haider. “These are men and women who have already dedicated their time to better the future of our country and now they are bringing that dedication to our children, helping shape a better future for them.”

“Given the criticality of our teacher shortage, which is projected to intensify in the coming years, this bill presents an opportunity to leverage the skills and experience of our qualified veteran workforce by expediting their transition into teaching roles,” said Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marines. “This legislation will streamline the path to teacher preparation, certification, and employment, enabling our veterans to extend their service commitment and continue to shape our future by educating the children they once risked their lives to protect.”

https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2022/S3000/2764_R1.PDF

01/08/2024

Despite significant medical advances in the treatment of Sickle Cell disease, patients confront obstacles that impede access to both care and knowledgeable providers.

TODAY A4052, sponsored by Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, is now law, establishing a three-year Sickle Cell pilot program in Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, Trenton, and Camden, providing residents living with Sickle Cell disease education and direct support. The Sickle Cell pilot program will help increase patient access to Sickle Cell disease specialists, new treatments, and ways to manage the disease.

01/06/2024

Did you know home care workers, house cleaners, and nannies have historically been excluded from basic labor protections? While domestic workers care for our loved ones and homes, many still do not have the fundamental rights and dignity they deserve. A822, advanced this week by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, creates the "New Jersey Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act" which would include basic legal rights for New Jersey's 50,000 domestic workers.

01/06/2024

Join us in bidding farewell to Assemblywoman Angela McKnight as she embarks on a new role in the NJ Senate! Her tenure as an Assemblywoman leaves a lasting impact on our state as she championed for the rights of older New Jerseyans and tirelessly fought against inequalities. Wishing you continued success, Asm. McKnight, as you continue your advocacy work in the Senate!

“Far too often, people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving or how to support a friend or loved one who has...
01/05/2024

“Far too often, people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving or how to support a friend or loved one who has suffered a loss,” said Assemblyman Reginald W. Atkins. “Now, thanks to A-5015, students will receive the instructional tools and grief support they need to comfort their family and friends through difficult periods. I’m proud that the Governor has signed this important legislation and I know that it will benefit students beyond the classroom.”

✨ Big news! My bill has been signed into law! Starting a positive wave of change in NJ schools as we now require instruction on grief in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.

This legislation ensures that students in grades 8-12 receive comprehensive education on grief, including symptoms, coping mechanisms, and available resources.💙

Primary Sponsors: Assemblywoman Linda S. CarterAssemblyman Sterley Stanley
Co-Sponsors: b Sampson Assemblyman Raj Mukherji Annette Quijano Office of Assemblywoman Angela V. Mcknight Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Assemblywoman Aura Dunn Assemblyman Erik Peterson McKeon John F Assemblyman

01/05/2024

Addressing the teacher shortage in New Jersey is crucial for ensuring statewide academic success. One potential solution is to explore alternative routes for qualified candidates to become teachers. Yesterday, the Assembly State and Local Government Committee advanced A4689 to allow well-trained Montessori educators to apply for New Jersey teaching certification, offering a valuable opportunity to alleviate the shortage and provide high-quality education for all students.

Thank you Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for your partnership and for naming N...
01/05/2024

Thank you Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for your partnership and for naming New Jersey a national leader in gun law strength.

NEW: We just released our updated 2024 Gun Law Rankings and it's clear once again that gun laws save lives. Across the board, states that have passed the strongest gun safety policies have the lowest gun death rates, and vice versa.

Based on an analysis of state gun laws and gun death rates over the last decade, we estimate that nearly 300,000 lives could be saved over the next decade if every state had the same gun death rates as the eight states with the strongest gun laws.

Check out where your state stands: https://everytownresearch.org/rankings/

Assemblyman Bill Moen issued the following statement in response to the signing of bill A-3690. The legislation permits ...
01/05/2024

Assemblyman Bill Moen issued the following statement in response to the signing of bill A-3690. The legislation permits 17-year-olds to vote in primary election if they turn 18 years old before the next general election.

“With the enactment of the 'New Voter Empowerment Act,' we are energizing our youth and telling them we recognize that their voices are vital in shaping the Garden State’s political landscape for the next generation. By engaging 17-year-olds in the democratic process from the outset, we are ensuring that their perspectives are considered in the selection of candidates who will represent them and their communities.”

Assemblyman Applauds Governor Signing of A-3690 (TRENTON) — Assemblyman Bill Moen, Jr. issued the following statement in response to the signing of bill A-3690. The legislation permits 17-year-olds to vote in primary election if they turn 18 years old before the next general election. “With the

01/05/2024

Today, Gov. Murphy signed my bill A3690, also known as the New Voter Empowerment Act!

This legislation grants qualified 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections, expanding access to our democratic process and ensuring that eligible general election voters (who will be 18 by Election Day in November) can now participate in the preceding primary election.

Joining over one-third of the nation, New Jersey recognizes the vital role young voices play in shaping our future. And it now empowers a generation known for its engagement, awareness, and passion to contribute fully to their communities.

We firmly believe that expanding voting rights strengthens our democracy and reflects the diverse perspectives that make New Jersey vibrant.

Share this historic news and encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote.

Every voice counts!

01/04/2024

Almost a third of New Jersey residents aged five and up speak a language other than English. Bill A3837, advanced out of two Assembly committees today, champions access to information and equal protection for all by having state agencies provide essential documents and translation services in certain commonly spoken non-English languages. Doing this ensures every New Jerseyan can fully exercise their rights and access vital services.

Primary Sponsors:
Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer
Ellen J. Park
Assemblyman Sterley Stanley

Co-Sponsors Include:
Assemblyman Gary Schaer
Assemblyman Reginald W. Atkins
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
John F. McKeon
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey
Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight
Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji
Lisa Swain
William B. Sampson IV
Shama A. Haider

01/04/2024

In the United States, approximately 1 in 6 couples will experience some degree of infertility. Currently, only 16 states in the U.S. – including New Jersey – have laws requiring health insurance companies to provide coverage for infertility treatment. A5235, advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today, seeks to update the law to ensure infertility treatment isn't denied to individuals, regardless of relationship status or sexual orientation. Couples recently provided testimony on this issue.

01/04/2024

We bid a heartfelt farewell to Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake as she concludes her time with the Assembly and joins the Senate. During her time in the Assembly, Asw. Timberlake was a strong advocate for equitable futures, championing a $15 Minimum Wage and empowering New Jerseyans through the Community Wealth Preservation Program Bill. During COVID, her work on housing protection shielded many from housing insecurity during a tumultuous time. And her dedication to progress led to the Independent Investigation Bill, ensuring accountability and justice. Thank you, Assemblywoman Timberlake, for your service and impactful legislation. We look forward to your accomplishments in the Senate.

01/03/2024

"We are all better off when we have family leave. We are all better off when the minimum wage is higher. We are all better off when people have sick leave," said Speaker Craig J. Coughlin.

Thanks to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats, New Jersey’s minimum wage this week surpassed $15 an hour, benefitting thousands of residents. And Democrats continue to fight to protect workers’ rights.

New Jersey’s minimum wage crossed $15/hour on New Year’s Day thanks to a bill passed by the Democratic-led legislature a...
01/03/2024

New Jersey’s minimum wage crossed $15/hour on New Year’s Day thanks to a bill passed by the Democratic-led legislature and signed by Gov. Murphy. Speaker Craig J. Coughlin joined Governor Phil Murphy, Lt. Governor Tahesha Way, Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz, local clergy and labor leaders at St. Stephan’s Church in Newark to mark the occasion and to discuss the impact of New Jersey’s paid family leave for workers in our state. No worker in our state should live in poverty or have to decide between keeping their job or caring for a family member.

01/03/2024

Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey calls her time in the Assembly "the honor of my life." The honor has been all ours, Assemblywoman.

Assemblywoman Jasey often reminded us that education and housing are inexorably intertwined, and to that end, sponsored laws, including the historic Land Banking Act, substantial foreclosure protections, and full funding of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. She created the Inter-District Public School Choice Law, ended the stranglehold of state control of school districts, promoted the expansion of high-quality pre-K, ensured access to mental health services by students in their schools, and designed a mechanism to address the shortage of STEM teachers more than a decade ago. As Chair of the Higher Education Committee, she strived to make college and career pathways accessible and affordable for all students and our institutions accountable to them, all while protecting students financially and ensuring the availability of on-campus mental health services.

Of Assemblywoman Jasey's many accomplishments, none was more important to her than preserving a woman's right to choose. The New Jersey Freedom of Reproductive Choice Law, which she spearheaded in the Assembly, was one of the first comprehensive measures enacted in the nation following the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Thank you, Assemblywoman Jasey, for your decades of public service & for the impact you've had on New Jersey. We wish you all the best in retirement!

01/02/2024

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji has left a lasting impression on both his colleagues and the state throughout his decade with the New Jersey General Assembly. As he moves on to his new position as a New Jersey State Senator this month, we extend our heartfelt wishes for continued success.

01/01/2024

Everyone deserves a livable wage.

Today, New Jersey becomes one of just a handful of states with a minimum wage above $15 an hour — helping approximately 350,000 hourly workers across our state.

Happy New Year! We wish you, your family, and New Jerseyans statewide all the best in 2024!   🎉🍾
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! We wish you, your family, and New Jerseyans statewide all the best in 2024! 🎉🍾

12/30/2023

Assemblyman Dan Benson served in the General Assembly since 2011, passing crucial legislation on transportation safety. Sami's Law enhances rideshare safety for passengers, and Jessica Rogers' Law increases penalties for road rage incidents. He also sponsored the Opioid Overdose Prevention Act, which makes Narcan more accessible, and Cap the CoPay, which increases the affordability of life-sustaining drugs for those with chronic illnesses. We thank Assemblyman Dan Benson for NJ for his impactful work and look forward to his accomplishments in his new role as Mercer County Executive.

12/29/2023

Thank you, Assemblywoman Jacqueline Yustein, for representing New Jersey’s 28th Legislative District in the Assembly this year, succeeding Assemblyman Ralph Caputo following his 50+ years of political service, and thank you for your commitment to New Jerseyans throughout your career.

Reminder: Today, December 29th, is the filing deadline for ANCHOR applications. This program provides property tax relie...
12/29/2023

Reminder: Today, December 29th, is the filing deadline for ANCHOR applications. This program provides property tax relief to NJ residents who own or rent property in NJ as their principal residence and meet certain income limits.

The current filing season for the ANCHOR benefit is based on 2020 residency, income, and age.

Find out more: https://nj.gov/treasury/taxation/anchor/

12/28/2023

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2016 and has advocated for mental health, small business, the arts, and much more. The Assembly and her constituents will greatly miss her. As Majority Leader Louis Greenwald said, "Any room that you're in is better for having you there."

ICYMI: "The Small Business Health Insurance Affordability Act" is now law. S3480/A5137 revises certain requirements for ...
12/28/2023

ICYMI: "The Small Business Health Insurance Affordability Act" is now law. S3480/A5137 revises certain requirements for individual and small employer health benefits plans, helping small business employers identify an affordable way to provide health care coverage for their employees as part of their benefits package. Find out more at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/S3480.

12/28/2023

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