Legislation Seeking To Curb Discriminatory Property Appraisals Passes Community, Urban Affairs Committee
TRENTON – In an effort to combat discrimination in property appraisals, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced the “Fair Appraisals Act.” The legislation sponsored by Senator Nellie Pou and Senator Troy Singleton would prohibit appraisal professionals from discriminating against individuals on the basis of the actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin or other characteristic listed pursuant to the “Law Against Discrimination” during the appraisal process of a residential property.
Voting: The Holy Grail Of U.S. Citizenship
We have an important election that is closing in on us. New Jersey's primary election is Tuesday, June 7, and on Tuesday, Nov. 8, we will have our general election.
Over the years when writing this blog, my refrain has been the same, and I have never altered it. Voting is the bedrock of a democracy, and even before I became a legislator, I urged people to vote. And I have always done so without regard to one's political affiliation. I've always wondered what people think of me because of my voting credo, which advocates for everyone to vote regardless of party. The answer, of course, is that I believe in our system of free, unfettered, fair elections. And as an American, I am willing to accept the electorate's results.
‘Moose’s Law’ Passes Senate
Trenton – The Senate today approved legislation that would prohibit anyone convicted of criminal animal cruelty from owning a domestic animal and from working or volunteering at businesses involving animals. Nicknamed “Moose’s Law, after a Burlington County dog that was stolen and killed after being left in a hot car, is sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senate President Nick Scutari.
Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation Assisting Veteran-Owned Businesses
Trenton – In an effort to promote and support veteran-owned businesses, the Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Steve Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren) that would revise the “Set-Aside Act for Disabled Veterans’ Businesses.”
When Will Enough Be Enough?
Again! I mourn the loss of the innocent victims of this latest mass shooting in our nation. Yet, it’s embarrassing and infuriating… this mindset that allows yet another mass shooting to again grip our nation with no response but hollow words. What troubles me more is that while yet another series of families mourn, our collective national conscience will retreat into partisan positions without even the pretense of trying to solve the root issue of this disease that ravages our nation. This begs the question as to why we cannot engage in a collaborative form of political discourse that seeks healing, compassion and a connection to repair our nation? Why must we continue to refuse to devote our energy to collaborating on a solution? When will enough be enough?
Singleton Partnering With Literacy NJ For Community Service Project In Riverside
MOORESTOWN – In honor of June being National Immigrant Heritage Month, Senator Troy Singleton is planning a community service project in partnership with Riverside Township and with Literacy NJ to help their “English as a Second Language” students practice the English language. The “Serve with Senator Singleton event” will take place on Saturday June 11 from 10am to 12pm at Spring Garden Park in Riverside.
Senate Law And Public Safety Committee Advances Police Reform Legislation
Trenton – Yesterday the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced four police reform bills that would assist officers responding to mental health emergencies, provide critical information for first responders aiding individuals with special needs, fund a program to encourage more minority law enforcement applicants and require cultural diversity and implicit bias training for all officers.