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Assembly Panel Approves Democratic Bill Package to Give Kids a Leg Up by Boosting Breakfast Programs In Schools

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics.

The package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Jason O’Donnell, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Bob Andrzejczak, Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, Gabriela Mosquera, Gary Schaer, L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin. Read More

Fighting the War on Poverty

Editorial by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Although measures have been taken to help quell the burden of poverty, more must be done to eliminate the financial hardships faced by many New Jersey families who are living below the poverty line.

As the U.S. economy struggles to recover, it is the families who have fallen into poverty that are the hardest hit. The obstacle of poverty impedes upon a person’s ability to reach their full potential. Poverty is much like a disease, spreading aggressively and malevolently through our communities. However, this disease is treatable, and the cure is “willingness.” Read More

Madden Introduces Legislation Creating Task Force To Address Distracted Driving Epidemic

Senator Fred H. Madden introduced legislation that would create a task force to address the epidemic of drivers engaged in dangerous and potentially lethal distractions behind the wheel and has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The legislation is the latest in a series of measures legislators have worked on in Trenton to reduce motor vehicle related injuries and deaths resulting from activities such as texting and talking without a hands-free device while driving.
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Moriarty Bill to Protect Consumers by Disclosing Water Damage in Household Appliances Advances in the Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty to require a person to disclose if a household appliance with a value of greater than $250 has been damaged by water prior to its sale or exchange was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

“We should be upfront about the condition of these items to the buyers,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden).”This legislation will help consumers make more informed decisions and buy confidently.” Read More

Moriarty Bill to Inform Consumers about Cost of Ink When Buying Printers Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester) to better inform consumers about the high cost of ink when they buy a printer has been approved by Assembly committee.

“Many consumers are unaware of the real cost of a printer when they purchase it, because they are not provided with enough information about the cost of ink,” said Moriarty. “This bill would help establish a rational mechanism for people to ascertain the lifetime costs of owning that printer.” Read More

Madden Bill To Protect Pets, Wildlife From Antifreeze Poisoning Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden to better protect animals from accidental antifreeze poisonings, through stronger enforcement of a state law requiring antifreeze manufacturers to add a bittering agent to the sweet-tasting liquid, was approved by a Senate Committee.

In 2009, Senator Madden sponsored and the state enacted a law requiring any engine coolant or antifreeze manufactured after January 1, 2011 and subsequently sold in New Jersey to include denatonium benzoate as a bittering agent so as to render it unpalatable. Read More