Assemblyman Moriarty’s Bill to Invest In Local Journalism Heads to The Governor’s Desk

The Assembly and Senate voted to pass Assemblyman Moriarty’s bill to establish the Civic Information Consortium, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local journalism. Local news in New Jersey has dwindled due to closing newsrooms, reporter layoffs, and media consolidation. Today, many South Jerseyans rely on Philadelphia media companies for their news leading to a large deficit in coverage of local issues. This lack of coverage leaves residents in the dark on decisions… Read More

Assemblywoman Mosquera “Jake’s Law” Bill to Create Inclusive Playgrounds to Better Serve NJ Families with Disabilities Clears Senate

Bill A-2187 will make playgrounds in New Jersey inclusive and capable of catering to children and parents with different types of disabilities was approved Thursday by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee. These parks provide a fun and safe place for children with special needs to play and engage socially. Building more of these parks not only provides these children with this wonderful opportunity, but can also help… Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty’s Bill to Prevent Discrimination Against Cash Paying Consumers Passes the Assembly

Assemblyman Moriarty’s sponsored legislation, to protect cash-paying consumers from discrimination, passed the General Assembly with overwhelming support. This bill would make it illegal for stores in New Jersey to refuse cash payments for goods and services. Across the country, there have been various efforts by businesses to convert to cashless storefronts. Visa has attempted to incentivize small business with $10,000 payments to persuade them to only accept credit cards. While food chains,… Read More

Two of Senator Madden’s Child Safety Bills Clear the Senate

Two of Senator Madden’s bills drafted to protect our students in schools passed the full Senate on June 21. S2713 would direct the Commissioner of Education to collect data on certain employee misconduct including the annual collection of data from each school district on the number of school employees who were disciplined, discharged, nonrenewed, asked to resign from employment, resigned from or otherwise separated from any employment while allegations of child abuse,… Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty Bill Aimed at Incentivizing Media Production in New Jersey Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty entitled the ‘Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act’ was signed into law Tuesday. The new law (A-1038) provides a credit against the corporation business tax and gross income tax for certain expenses incurred for the production of certain films and digital media content in New Jersey commencing on or after July 1, 2018 but before July 1, 2023. A two percent tax credit also… Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty Bill to Create New Jersey Civic Information Consortium Approved by Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrat Paul Moriarty sponsored to establish a New Jersey Civic Information Consortium was approved 52-22 Saturday by the full Assembly. The bill will now go to the Governor for further consideration. The bill (A-3628) would establish the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium to advance research and innovation in media and technology to benefit the state’s civic life and evolving information needs. The consortium – comprised of Montclair State University, the… Read More

Assemblywoman Mosquera Bills Requiring Sexual Assault Reporting, Training for Airline Industry Approved by Assembly

A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrat Gabriela Mosquera to require sexual assault reporting and training in the airline industry was approved 77-0 Monday by the full Assembly. One bill (A-4175) would require the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) to require airlines, vendors and contractors to adopt and maintain sexual assault policies and require the agency to collaborate with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults…. Read More

Assemblyman Moriarty Bill Aimed at Incentivizing Media Production in New Jersey Clears Legislature

Legislation sponsored by Paul Moriarty entitled the ‘Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act’ received final legislative approval Thursday by the full Assembly, 59-18. It will now go to the Governor for further consideration. The bill (A-1038) would provide a credit against the corporation business tax and gross income tax for certain expenses incurred for the production of certain films and digital media content in New Jersey commencing on or after… Read More

Moriarty Bill Eliminating Discrimination against Cash Paying Consumers Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, prohibiting discrimination against consumers paying for goods or services with cash was advanced by the Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 71-4. The bill (A-591) is applicable to any retail transaction conducted in-person, and excludes telephone, mail, or internet based transactions. “Many people do not have access to consumer credit and any effort by retail establishments to ban the use of cash would be discriminatory… Read More

Moriarty Bill to Create New Jersey Civic Information Consortium Approved by Assembly

Legislation that Assembly Democrat Paul Moriarty sponsored to establish a New Jersey Civic Information Consortium was approved 54-22 Thursday by the full Assembly. The bill (A-3628) would establish the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium to advance research and innovation in media and technology to benefit the state’s civic life and evolving information needs. The consortium – which would comprise Montclair State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University and Rutgers… Read More