Assembly Approves Eustace, Johnson, Muoio, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill Package Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran, & Disabled Residents

(TRENTON) – The General Assembly on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents and ensure they are being properly served by state resources.

“LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans often face discrimination and bias in the workplace and transgender individuals, in particular, are disproportionately unemployed due to discrimination,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).  “This legislation would help them overcome certain discriminations by providing access to business assistance programs that are currently provided to other minority communities in the state.”

 The first bill (A-3891) is sponsored by Eustace, Johnson, Jasey and Vainieri Huttle and would allow the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the state Division of Revenue to provide assistance to businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans, just as it does to other minority owned businesses in the state.

The bill establishes a number of vital assistance programs and services for LGBT, disabled and veteran-owned businesses, including:

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Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Now Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was signed into law on Thursday.

“Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education,” said Downey (D-Monmouth County). “School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing.”

“The will help ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to a public education,” said Houghtaling (D- Monmouth County). “Education is important to every child, and even more critical to a child who has endured homelessness and other unfortunate experiences in life.”

The state was required to pay the educational costs of any student who resides for more than one year in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility located outside the student’s district of residents.

This new law provides that, in addition, the state will pay the educational costs of a student who resides for more than one year in a homeless shelter located outside the student’s district of residence.

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Jasey Bill to Allow College Students/Staff to Identify Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity on Demographic Forms Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation would allow collection of information that can help public colleges and universities in the state better serve LGBT students

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Note from the desk of John Kennedy, Ph.D.

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There has been a great deal of discussion the last year or so regarding a Manufacturing ‘resurgence’. While I agree on some fronts regarding this phenomenon, I also know what it really means is that our critical industry is back in the conversation for many reasons.

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Assemblywoman Mila Jasey Selected For Emerge NJ Political Panel on April 20

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey will speak at Emerge New Jersey’s Second Annual Building The Bench Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The premier political training organization will host its event at the New Jersey Education Association office on 180 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey.

“I have seen the results of Emerge New Jersey training first hand, and the caliber of elected officials it produces is simply outstanding,” said Assemblywoman Jasey. “I have been involved in the Emerge New Jersey effort since its beginning, and while I wish such an opportunity had been available when I first considered running for school board, I am gratified that women desiring to become part of the political process have a proven vehicle that will allow them to be the change they seek.”

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a broad package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson that will solidify New Jersey's position as a leader on transgender civil rights  

"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."

The package of bills approved today will help strengthen transgender rights by, among other things, establishing a task force to help advance equality for transgender residents, improving insurance coverage and raising awareness and support for the transgender community.

"Although we've seen greater awareness in recent years of the challenges faced by transgender individuals, they still often face fierce cultural and institutional discrimination," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's incumbent upon us as government officials to stand up for all of our constituents who are being ignored or discriminated against by ensuring that we enshrine equality in our laws."

The legislative package includes
  • A-4567 - Establishes the Transgender Equality Task Force to assess legal and societal barriers to equality and provide recommendations to the Legislature. The 17-member task force would look at the following areas: healthcare, long term care for the chronically ill and senior citizen transgender population, higher education, housing, including homelessness, employment, and criminal justice. (Approved 66-5-4)
  • A-4568 - Prohibits health insurers, SHBP, SEHBP, University Correctional Health Care, and Medicaid from discriminating in providing coverage and services based on gender identity, including: denying, cancelling, limiting, or refusing to issue or renew a contract or policy based on gender identity, demanding payments or premiums based on a gender identity, and designating gender identity as a preexisting condition for which coverage will be limited or denied. (Approved 64-6-5)
  • AJR-139 - Designates November 14 - 20 as "Transgender Awareness Week" in New Jersey to coincide with the national movement to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming persons and increase understanding of the prejudice, discrimination, and violence that they face. (Approved 61-5-8)
  • AJR-140 - Designates November 20th as "Transgender Day of Remembrance" in New Jersey to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. (Approved 61-3-9)
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Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Goes to Governor

 

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.

The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education’s decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries.

“Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students,” said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). “School districts have to do more with less and are looking for ways to reduce costs. I get that. But it should not be done at the expense of our children.”

“The responsibilities of a school nurse can be very demanding and we should not lessen the importance of the job or the need for qualified professionals to do it,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “Any professional tasked with the healthcare of others should be well-vetted.”  

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CODEY, McKEON & JASEY CONDEMN THREATS AGAINST JEWISH COMMUNITY

TRENTON – Senator Richard J. Codey and Assembly Democrats John F. McKeon and Mila Jasey (D-Morris/Essex) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to bomb threats that forced evacuations at several Jewish schools and community centers, including the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, on Monday:

“The recent spike in bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), along with the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, amount to nothing less than an attack on every American and every religion of the world. These incidents, coupled with the recent shootings of Indian-Americans in Kansas and many other notable hate crimes, are signs that this is a time for every American, especially those in a position of power, to speak up loud and clear against such actions.

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FINE PRINT: ASSEMBLY MOVES TO END PARCC AS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – NJ SPOTLIGHT

Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel

What it is: Assembly Concurrent Resolution 215 (ACR 215)

Prime sponsors: State Assemblywomen Mila Jasey and Marlene Caride

What it does: Employing a little-used parliamentary tool, the concurrent resolution demands that the State Board of Education reverse its move last August to require New Jersey high school students to pass certain sections of PARCC in order to graduate, starting with the Class of 2021. The measure overwhelmingly passed the Assembly education committee this week and moves next to the full Assembly. It has yet to be posted in the Senate.

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