Singleton, Ruiz Bill Requiring Depression Screenings In Schools Clears Committee
Trenton – Legislation, which would require public schools to administer written screenings for depression for students in grades seven through twelve, cleared the Senate Education Committee today. The bill was sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senate Education Committee Chair M. Teresa Ruiz.
“We cannot wait another moment to address the problem of adolescent and teen depression,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “Youth depression is on the rise and is only accelerating in the time of COVID-19. This is not just a mental health problem – it is a public health problem. This legislation provides for annual school based mental health screenings and is a preemptive measure against this debilitating illness. It would allow us to identify the symptoms of depression in our students before it’s too late or it turns into a life-long cycle.”
Singleton Bill To Assist Struggling Veterans Passes Committee
Trenton – Legislation, that would provide one-time financial assistance to veterans or their surviving spouses, passed the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today. The bill was sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton.
“Our network of non-profit veterans groups work hard to support returning soldiers with all sorts of assistance, such as employment, mental health and financial literacy,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “However, with the pandemic crippling the finances of these groups, veterans are unable to receive the care and support services they depend on. These emergency relief grants would give veterans and their families the financial assistance they need to get through this pandemic.”
Singleton Renews Calls For Regional Reopening Strategy
Trenton – In response to Governor Phil Murphy announcing a regionalized monitoring system to track COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, State Senator Troy Singleton once again renewed his call for a regionalized reopening strategy for all of New Jersey, including its businesses.
Singleton: New Fed Housing Fee Is “Salt In The Wound”
Trenton – State Senator Troy Singleton, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s recent announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be adding a 0.5% fee on refinanced loans:
Survey Finds New Jerseyans Want Elected Leaders To Rein In Prescription Drug, Healthcare Costs During COVID-19 Pandemic
Two out of three state residents want government to address healthcare issues, in particular costs driven largely by skyrocketing drug prices
Senate’s Fiscal Strategists Commend Governor & EDA For Acting On Plan To Provide PPE To Small Businesses
Trenton – The bipartisan Senate team of economic recovery strategists formed to help restart the state’s economy praised Governor Murphy and the Economic Development Authority today for following through on a plan to provide small businesses with access to Personal Protection Equipment so they can protect their workers and customers as they return to business.
Bill To Require Performance Review Audit Of The Division Of Unemployment And Temporary Disability Insurance Advances
TRENTON – The State Auditor would be directed to conduct a performance review audit of the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) under legislation advanced by the Senate Labor Committee today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Senator Troy Singleton.
Singleton, Scutari Bill To Allocate $50 Million To Expedite Unemployment Claims
Trenton – Legislation aimed at improving the turnaround time for unemployment claims at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) passed the Senate Labor Committee today. The bill would allocate $50 million in federal funding to increase processing capacity. The bill is sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Nicholas Scutari.
Singleton, Cruz-Perez Bill To Improve EDA Transparency Passes Senate
TRENTON – Legislation to require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to publish information related to financial assistance offered in response to a public emergency passed the Senate. The bill is sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez.
Singleton Bill To Protect Students From Losing Financial Aid Passed Senate
TRENTON – Factoring in private scholarships when determining financial aid would be prohibited by legislation passed by the Senate today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton.