Assemblywoman Mosquera & Assemblyman Moriarty Bill to Allow Online Voter Registration Moves Forward in the Assembly

Aiming to make it safe and more convenient for eligible New Jersey residents to register to vote, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera and Paul Moriarty would allow New Jersey residents to opt for online registration was approved Monday by an Assembly Committee. The bill (A-422) allows New Jersey voters to register to vote securely online and authorizes the use of a voter’s digitized signature from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle… Read More

Assemblywoman Mosquera Bill Requiring Academic Credit For Applicable Military Service Heads to Governor

Making the path to higher education easier for former military members in New Jersey, a bill sponsored by Assembly Gabriela Mosquera would help veterans earn college credit for the skills and information acquired through their service. The legislation unanimously passed both the full Assembly and Senate on Monday. The bill (A-791) would require independent and public institutions of higher education to adopt policies that award academic credit to honorably discharged veterans for… Read More

Senator Madden Bill Re-Establishing Fire and EMS Crisis Hotline Heads to Governor’s Desk

Senator Madden’s legislation, S2898, that would establish a 24 hour crisis hotline for fire and EMS professionals and their families heads to the Governor’s desk after clearing its last major legislative hurdle in December when the Assembly passed the bill with a vote of 76-0. The bill previously passed the full Senate with a vote of 39-0 in January of 2019. Our fire and emergency services personnel are currently underserved when it… Read More

The Minimum Wage is Now $11 an hour Thanks to Assemblyman Moriarty’s Legislation

Thousands of people across the state started their new year with a dollar raise thanks to the rise in the minimum wage to $11. The increase is a result of the legislation signed into law last February to put NJ on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2024 for most workers. According to Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty, a prime sponsor of the legislation, “Putting New Jersey on the path to… Read More

Legislation to Guarantee Fertility Services for Patients Undergoing Certain Medical Treatments Passes Full Assembly

In an effort to help preserve the ability of individuals to have children in the future when forced to undergo medically necessary treatment that may cause infertility, Assembly Democrat Gabriela Mosquera sponsor legislation that would require health insurance providers to cover fertility preservation services. The bill unanimously passed the full Assembly Monday. Under current law, health insurance companies are not required to cover fertility services for patients who require medical treatments such… Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty Bill to Stop the Selling of Consumers’ GPS Location to a Third Party Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Paul Moriarty to protect consumers from having their GPS tracking locations disclosed to third parties by their mobile service providers passed the full Assembly 76-0 on Monday. Although personally identifiable information is often stripped from the data prior to sale along with other data such as geo-tracking, a purchaser could determine personal information including names, home addresses, work addresses, and daily routines by examining this information. “I… Read More

Assemblywoman Mosquera Legislation to Support Victims of Violence and Abuse Passes Assembly Committee

In an effort to assist victims of violence and abuse, Assembly Democrat Gabriela Mosquera sponsor legislation allowing local governments and organizations to partner with other agencies to establish family justice centers offering supportive services. The bill (A-3156/S-1318) passed the Assembly Women and Children Committee on Monday and will now head to the Speaker for further consideration. Upon its passage, the sponsors released the following statements: When someone has escaped a dangerous situation… Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty’s Bill to Stop Companies From Selling Consumer’s Phone Location Clears Assembly Committee

If you have a phone in your pocket, someone is tracking your location. For most of us, this is a helpful feature that allows us to get directions, order a ride, or find nearby restaurants. But according to a January 2019 VICE article, phone companies are selling your location data to unknown third parties. In some cases, live location tracking is ending up in the “hands of bounty hunters.” In other words,… Read More

Senator Madden Introduces Bills to Target Worker Misclassification

Senator Madden introduced several bills this month to target unscrupulous businesses that misclassify workers. Misclassification is the illegal practice of misclassifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Businesses that misclassify their workers cheat them out of benefits including earned sick leave, Temporary Disability, Workers’ Compensation, Family Leave, and more. Further, the State loses millions in tax revenue each year that such businesses would otherwise be responsible for paying. The bills, S4226,… Read More

Burzichelli, Mosquera, Pinkin & Quijano Bill to Expand Health Benefits For Volunteer First Responders Clears Assembly Panel

Volunteer firefighters and emergency responders would be eligible to receive health insurance coverage through a municipality’s “small employer” plan under legislation (A-1487) approved Monday by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee. Bill sponsors Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem), Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester), Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) released the following joint statement: “Volunteer firefighters and emergency responders dedicate their lives to keeping their communities safe. In return,… Read More