Singleton, Quijano, Caputo & Taliaferro Bill to Protect Sandy Victims Still Rebuilding from Costly Bureaucratic Setbacks Clears Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Annette Quijano, Ralph Caputo and Adam Taliaferro to ensure the fairness of project deadlines, enhance transparency, and create foreclosure protections for Superstorm Sandy victims was advanced Monday by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
Singleton Bill to Help Homeless & Disabled Veterans Procure Affordable Housing Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) to establish an affordable housing occupancy preference for homeless and disabled veterans in New Jersey was released Monday by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
Singleton & Wimberly Bill to Protect NJ Businesses from "Patent Trolls" Advanced by Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Benjie Wimberly to protect New Jersey businesses from abusive and bad faith assertions of patent infringement was released Monday by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
Singleton & Holley Bill to Encourage N.J. Colleges & Universities to Offer $10,000 Degree Programs Advanced by Assembly Panel
Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Jamel Holley sponsored to encourage New Jersey's colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 in tuition and fees was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
Assembly Dems Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Advances
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Liz Muoio, Marlene Caride, Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
While strangulation cases are not limited to domestic violence situations, studies show a high incidence of strangulation in domestic violence cases. According to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, a program of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. In fact, one study showed that "the odds of becoming an attempted homicide increased by about seven-fold for women who had been strangled by their partner."
Singleton & Conaway Bill to Provide Property Tax Relief to Municipalities Advanced by Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. to provide significant property tax relief to taxpayers and municipalities by restoring funding that had been cut from the state's Energy Tax Receipts program was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"This is one of many aid programs that has been reduced since the Christie administration took over, placing an additional burden on municipalities and, consequently, taxpayers," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "When you factor in cuts to property tax relief, the average property tax bill in New Jersey has increased nearly 31 percent since 2009. That's an enormous burden that needs to be mitigated."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Clears Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday.
The bill (A-1946), sponsored by Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle and Mosquera, would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991."
In doing so, the bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment.
Jasey, Caputo, Singleton, Lampitt & Moriarty Bill to Explore Full-Day Kindergarten Options Statewide Clears Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Ralph Caputo, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt and Paul Moriarty to study the merits of implementing full-day kindergarten in New Jersey schools was approved Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1016) would establish a 22-member task force to study and evaluate issues associated with the establishment and implementation of full-day kindergarten.
"A full day of kindergarten instruction has been shown to help students not just academically, but socially," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "These early years are critical. Full-day kindergarten has the potential to lower grade retention and dropout rates for students later in life. We owe it to our students to study the merits and feasibility of implementing full-day kindergarten in our schools."
Singleton Calls Pension Divestment Move a Win for Hardworking Families
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) on Wednesday hailed the State Investment Council's decision to divest public employee pension funds from a company that has been fined millions of dollars by the feds for its dubious debt collection practices as a just win for hardworking families.
Prieto Appoints Singleton Chair of Assembly State & Local Government Committee
Assemblyman Troy Singleton has been appointed by Speaker Vincent Prieto to serve as Chair of the Assembly State and Local Government Committee as the 217th legislature begins.