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Public Assembly Budget Hearing Schedule Announced

(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis D. Greenwald today announced that the panel will hold three public hearings as committee members begin their examination of Governor Jon Corzine’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 state budget.

“Hearing directly from residents makes these among the most important sessions this committee ever holds,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “Especially with the challenges we face this year, the input and ideas we receive from residents and community leaders will be invaluable.”

Greenwald said all three hearings will be held in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex to maximize the building’s Internet capabilities and expand public access to the proceedings. All hearings will be carried live via the Internet – something that could not be done when the committee held its hearings in remote locations – and will be archived on the Office of Legislative Services’ Web site.

“In the past, the only way for the public to fully participate and follow these hearings was to physically attend them,” said Greenwald. “Now, every minute of these hearings will be easily accessible.”

The dates and topics for the public hearings are:

-March 24 – Health, Human Services, Senior, Family and Children’s Issues;
-March 26 – Education, Higher Education and Local Government Issues;
-April 2 – Public Safety, Economic Development, Transportation, Environment, Arts, History and Cultural Issues and any other subjects not listed.

Assembly Panel Clears 10-Bill Package to Improve Internet Safety

Comprehensive Package Stems from Attorney General Milgram’s Initiatives; Would Enhance Penalties and Laws to Protect Children on the Internet

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously released a sweeping 10-bill package Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and 13 other Assembly Democratic lawmakers sponsored that would give law enforcement enhanced abilities to crackdown on child Internet crimes.

The 10-bill package, among other things, would upgrade penalties and crimes for offenders who communicate in a harassing, sexually offensive or abusive manner with minors on Web sites and through electronic communication.

The bills are part of Attorney General Anne Milgram’s Internet safety initiatives.

“This 10-bill package would give law enforcement the tools they need to better protect children who use the Internet for education and recreation,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer), who is sponsoring each bill. “No longer will Web sites be the playgrounds of criminals looking to prey on vulnerable children.”

Beach, Greenwald, and Lampitt Urge Residents to Apply for ‘Senior Freeze’ Program for Property Tax Relief

Offices of 6th District Legislators to Assist Eligible Seniors, Disabled Residents in Completing Applications for Tax Relief

(VOORHEES)– Senator James Beach, Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today urged seniors and those with disabilities to take advantage of the state property tax reimbursement program known as the “Senior Freeze.”

“Our senior citizens and residents with disabilities are feeling the one-two punch of economic recession and rising property taxes,” said Beach. “For many eligible New Jerseyans, the ‘Senior Freeze’ means much-needed relief.”

Now in its eleventh year providing reimbursement to eligible seniors and disabled residents for property tax increases, the “Senior Freeze” deadline is June 1 this year. Under the program, eligible applicants receive direct reimbursement for the difference between the property tax amount paid in their “base year” (the first year a resident became eligible and filed for the program) and the amount paid in the current year. 

“In tough economic times, every penny counts, especially if you’re living on a fixed income,” said Greenwald. “I urge eligible residents to apply for the ‘Senior Freeze,’ which can provide significant savings.”

Assembly Bills to Update, Improve New Jersey’s Corporate Business Rules Now Law

ASSEMBLY BILLS TO UPDATE, IMPROVE
NEW JERSEY’S CORPORATE BUSINESS RULES NOW LAW

Measures Are Among Nearly 40 advanced by Assembly to Further Enhance Efforts to Ensure N.J. Emerges Strong from Economic Crisis

(TRENTON) – Assembly bills to simplify New Jersey’s corporate governance statutes and further enhance efforts to ensure New Jersey emerges strong from the global economic crisis are now law.

The two measures were signed Tuesday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. They’re sponsored by Assembly members Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Joseph Vas, Albert Coutinho, Wayne DeAngelo, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Upendra Chivukula and Pamela R. Lampitt.

They’re among seven corporate governance reforms that passed the Assembly in September. The other bills remain pending in the Senate.

“For New Jersey to be competitive as a home for industry in the global marketplace, we need laws that will allow them to operate in real time, using 21st century technology,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), who crafted the bill package.

According to the sponsors, the changes in New Jersey’s corporate business laws stem largely from recent conversations with business leaders and a desire to be more cognizant of how corporations work and operate in the instant-access global marketplace. The sponsors also studied policies in neighboring states – particularly Delaware.

Assemblywoman Lampitt discusses her legislation to encourage in-state "green" technology manufacturing

Assemblywoman Lampitt discusses her legislation which would encourage the in-state manufacturing of “green” technologies