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Bill to Guard Against Loss of Health Care Services for the Most Vulnerable Advances 

Dec. 5th, 2016

Bill Would Create Oversight Mechanism to Monitor Christie Administration's New Fee-For-Service Payment Model for Treatment Services

Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Gordon Johnson and Angela McKnight sponsored to ensure that the state does not recklessly limit access to health care treatment by changing the way it pays treatment service providers was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-4146) was prompted by the state's decision to begin transitioning most community-based health care treatment services from the traditionally-used cost reimbursement system to a fee-for-service reimbursement system this past summer. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to require all providers to complete the transition by July 2017, while the Division of Developmental Disabilities is transitioning providers in a more gradual fashion. More.

Bill to Establish Pilot Program to Help Vets Modify Homes Continues Advancing

Dec. 5th, 2016

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Cleopatra Tucker, Pamela Lampitt, Gordon Johnson and Joseph Danielsen to assist with the cost of housing modification for veterans was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"New Jersey has a moral obligation to honor the sacrifices veterans have made by facilitating their transition to civilian life," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Just as no veteran ought to be homeless, no one who served this country should live in a home that makes everyday tasks a struggle."

The bill (A-306), the "New Jersey Housing Assistance for Veterans Act," would establish a five-year pilot program to issue grants to assist disabled and low-income veterans with housing modification and rehabilitation. The bill would appropriate $5 million for the program. More. 

Dec. 5th, 2016

Bill to Help Spur Innovation & Economic Growth through Higher Ed & Business Partnerships Continues Advancing

Dec. 5th, 2016

(TRENTON) - Assembly-approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Andrew Zwicker, Thomas Giblin and Joann Downey to create a commission comprised of higher education and business professionals to study and strategize on best ways to foster innovation, job growth and economic development in the state was advanced Monday by a Senate panel. 


The bill (A-1668) would establish the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships in the Department of State. The commission would be comprised of: the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, the Secretary of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Authority, 12 members appointed by the Governor, and four members of the public appointed by the leaders of the Senate and General Assembly. More.

Dec. 15th, 2016

Singleton & Johnson Bill to Bolster Advanced Manufacturing in New Jersey Clears Assembly Committee

Advanced Manufacturing Council Would Facilitate Growth of $17 Billion Industry

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Gordon Johnson sponsored to increase the number of modern manufacturing jobs available in New Jersey and prepare residents of the state to fill those jobs was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
While traditional manufacturing has been on the decline in New Jersey since the 1960s, advanced manufacturing - or the industry primarily made up of chemical manufacturing, computer and electronic product manufacturing, machinery manufacturing and transportation equipment manufacturing - is a fast-growing sector of the economy. The advanced manufacturing industry contributed more than $17 billion to New Jersey's gross domestic product in 2009, or about 3.6 percent of all state output, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. More.

Oct. 20th, 2016

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Patricia Jones, Wayne DeAngelo, Vince Mazzeo and Gordon Johnson to expand voting rights for overseas residents, especially military personnel received final legislative approval, 69-2-2, in the Assembly. 

The bill (A-2815) revises the "Overseas Residents Absentee Voting Law" to more closely resemble the federal Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act by incorporating into New Jersey law those provisions that have not yet been adopted. 

In doing so, the bill expands the definition of "overseas voter" to expressly include legally recognized partners of military service personnel, voters born outside of the United States, and overseas voters with a residence in New Jersey. More.

Sept. 7th, 2016

Here's how N.J.'s film industry could thrive again

By Louis Greenwald and Gordon Johnson 

Before the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood, the motion picture industry got its start here in New Jersey. 

Our very own Thomas Edison invented the world's first movie camera and opened the first movie studio in West Orange.  While today, Fort Lee is best known for its proximity to the George Washington Bridge, it was once the film capital of the world, housing at least 11 major production studios that employed hundreds of stagehands, carpenters, and film extras. 

But in the years since, New Jersey's film industry has experienced a swift decline. New Jersey might have been the birthplace of motion pictures, but we lose major film projects to other states with tax credit program, like New York and Pennsylvania, every year. In fact, the 14,000 New Jersey residents who work in the film industry only spend about 10 percent of their time working here. Since initiating a tax credit program, New York State has seen 104,000 full-time equivalent jobs, $8.7 billion in production spending, and has collected $108 million in local taxes collected in municipalities other than New York City. More.

August 30th, 2016

Bill to Lower Costs of Prison Phone Calls Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly, Nancy Pinkin and Raj Mukherji to reduce inmate telephone charges was signed into law on Wednesday. 

The new law (formerly bill A-1419) requires the state and the counties to contract with a qualified vendor whose rates should not exceed 11 cents per minute for domestic, debit, prepaid, and collect calls and who does not bill to any party any service charge or additional fee exceeding the per minute rate, including any per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee, monthly maintenance charge or refund fee. More.

August 8th, 2016

Johnson Joins with State and Federal Officials to Advocate for Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan

Officials Call for Preservation of One-Seat Ride to New York for New Jersey Commuters

Assembly Democrats joined with other state and federal officials Thursday on a bipartisan basis to call for the construction of a new bus terminal in New York that will preserve a one-seat ride to New York for New Jersey's commuters and create economic growth throughout the bi-state region.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker, both vocal advocates for improving trans-Hudson services for our region, are joined by eight members of the New Jersey House delegation, led by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., and 10 members of the New Jersey Legislature in sending a letter to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leadership detailing the need for construction of a new bus terminal on Manhattan's West Side designed to meet a projected 50 percent increase in ridership demand by 2040. More.

August 1st, 2016

Bill Establishing Diversity Training for Law Enforcement signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Shavonda Sumter, Joseph Danielsen and Gordon M. Johnson to better prepare law enforcement agencies to handle racial, ethnic, religious and various other diversities within their respective communities gained final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-1663) that was originally approved by the legislature would have required every local and county law enforcement department in the state to develop and adopt a cultural diversity training course. The revamped legislation approved today incorporates suggestions made in the Governor's conditional veto of the bill to instead require the Department of Law and Public Safety to develop or identify uniform cultural diversity training course materials and an online tutorial, and to periodically update them, as appropriate. More.

July 14th, 2016

Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans, Armed Forces Members Continues Advancing

Legislation to encourage veterans and members of the military to pursue higher education goals was advanced by a Senate committee in July.

The bill (A-1757) would require public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse their application fees and fees for the receipt or transmission of a transcript for veterans, members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve components thereof or members of the New Jersey National Guard who reside in New Jersey and accept admission to a public institution of higher education.

The bill, which gained unanimous Assembly approval in February, was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

June 30th, 2016

Bill to Help Homeless Veterans Secure Housing

Legislation to Help Homeless Veterans Secure Housing clears Assembly. 

The bill (A-2098) would establish the "Veterans Affordable Housing Section 8 Voucher Pilot Program." Under the legislation, the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs would establish and operate a pilot program under the federal Section 8 Housing Voucher Program for veterans and their families in need of housing.

The measure would require the DCA commissioner to allocate at least 1.5 percent of the unencumbered amount of budget authority the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides to New Jersey's Section 8 program to the pilot program annually for five years. 

"The transition back to civilian life is difficult for many veterans, and being without a home makes it even harder," said Johnson (D-Bergen), who served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 30 years, including two combat tours. "Getting veterans off the street and back on their feet must be a priority in New Jersey."

June 6th, 2016

Bill to Bring Healthier Food Options to Urban & Rural Communities Goes to Governor 
Legislation to provide fresher and healthier food choices to residents in urban and rural communities where healthy food options are limited was approved 30-3 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval. The bill was approved by the Assembly in April and now goes to the governor.
The measure (A-1877) would require the state Department of Health (DOH) to develop a "Healthy Corner Store Program" to increase the availability and sales of fresh produce and nutritious, healthy food by small food retailers in rural and urban low and moderate income areas. More.

January 19th, 2016

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) released the following statement after Gov. Chris Christie pocket vetoed legislation (A-4717) he sponsored to requires retailers to sell personalized handguns, also known as smart guns, in the same manner as other handguns: 

“Gov. Christie has put special interests ahead of protecting children from gun violence. That’s deplorable.

“This bill was very simple – encourage the sale of personalized handguns that may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user. This is, quite simply, an attempt to protect children from gun violence, especially accidental shootings, but the governor wasn’t even interested enough to act.

“Gov. Christie’s failure to improve New Jersey’s public safety is inexcusable.”

 

Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace & Garcia Childproof Handgun Bill Advances

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace and Carmelo Garcia sponsored to update state law to encourage more childproof handguns was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-4717) requires retailers to sell personalized handguns, also known as "smart guns, " in the same manner as other handguns. A personalized handgun is designed so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.

"Current law is intended to encourage the development of smart gun technology, but the prohibition on other handguns has, in effect, restricted consumer access to personalized handguns," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This bill modernizes our law and is a reasonable approach to improving gun safety in our state, especially for children."

U.S. children and teens are 32 times more likely to die from a gun homicide and 10 times more likely to die from a gun suicide or a gun accident than all their peers in the other high-income countries combined. More.

January 4th, 2016

Eustace, Benson & Johnson Clean Vehicle Task Force Bill Advances

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Daniel R. Benson and Gordon Johnson sponsored to evaluate the use of low- and zero-emission vehicles or "clean" vehicles in New Jersey was recently approved, 50-17-2, by the Assembly.

The bill (A-2405) would establish the Clean Vehicle Task Force, whose 11 members would evaluate issues related to the promotion, development and use of low-, zero- or partial zero emission vehicles in New Jersey. The body would submit a report with recommendations to the governor and the legislature within a year of organizing. 

"It is clear that the effects of vehicle emissions have a tremendous and visible impact on the environment," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Setting up a task force to explore clean energy options for vehicles is the right step toward fulfilling our obligation to protect the environment for future generations." More.


December 15th, 2015

Johnson & Wimberly Bill to Lower Elevated Cost of Prison Phone Calls Clears Assembly Panel


(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Benjie Wimberly requiring the state and counties to contract with the lowest bidder for telephone service in state and county correctional facilities was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel. The bill (A-4576) requires the state and the counties to contract with the lowest bidder for intrastate telephone service contracts for inmates in state and county correctional facilities.

"I understand we are all looking for ways to increase revenue, but this is not the way do it," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Charging such high rates puts an unfair burden on these families and makes it harder for them to stay in touch, which can make reintegration into the community that much harder for inmates once they get out. This bill ensures that families don't have to choose between paying their bills and calling their relatives by prohibiting these facilities from charging unnecessarily high rates." More.

December 17th, 2015

Bill to Bring Gaming to North Jersey and Provide Significant Money for Programs & Property Tax Relief for Senior & Disabled Residents Advanced by Assembly Panel

Bill Would Allow Two North Jersey Casinos, Provide Significant Funding for Programs & Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled & Help Atlantic City and Horse Racing Industry

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democratic lawmakers to ask voters to allow casino gaming in North Jersey and use money from that expansion to provide significant funding for programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents, along with help for Atlantic City and the horse racing industry.

Under current law, casino gambling is permitted only in Atlantic City, but the constitutional amendment proposed by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Marlene Caride, Angelica Jimenez and Gordon Johnson would allow the Legislature to pass laws to permit casinos in two northern New Jersey counties. More.

December 17th, 2015

Assembly Approves Democratic Legislation to Expand NJ Film Tax Credit

Johnson, Garcia, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Mukherji Bill Would Restore Christie Cuts to Help Reinvigorate Industry in New Jersey

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Carmelo G. Garcia, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Raj Mukherji that would expand New Jersey's film and digital media production tax credit program in order to generate jobs, revenue and a slew of other ancillary benefits was approved 43-20-6 Thursday by the Assembly.
"The expansion of this tax credit will give New Jersey the shot in the arm it needs to once again attract film and digital media productions that have added so much to our economy in past years," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "We need to fix the mistake that was made when this credit was suspended and create an even more powerful economic development tool for our state." More.

December 18th, 2015

Andrzejczak, Johnson & Muoio Bill to Boost Investment Funding for UEZ Businesses Goes to Governor

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Gordon Johnson and Elizabeth Muoio to boost capital and investment opportunities for participating Urban Enterprise Zone businesses was approved 33-0 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill was approved by the Assembly on Dec. 3. 

The bill (A-4685) extends to municipalities in which an Urban Enterprise Zone has been designated the opportunity to benefit from the Downtown Business Improvement Zone Loan Fund program. The bill removes from the law language that currently excludes participation in the Downtown Business Improvement Zone Loan Fund program by municipalities in which an urban enterprise zone has been created.

"One of the main reasons businesses are initially attracted to participating in the Urban Enterprise program is because of the available funding opportunities for redevelopment, rehabilitation and growth," said Johnson (D-Bergen), chairman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. "By investing in their own businesses, they help improve the financial and employment conditions within the urban enterprise zone and the city as a whole." More.

December 17th, 2015

Assembly Approves Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt & Mosquera Bill to Help Break Domestic Violence Cycle for Victims

(TRENTON) - The General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Gabriela Mosquera to combat domestic violence by expanding protections for victims. The bill passed the house 67-0.

The bill (A-1677) establishes a program, known as the "supervised community reintegration program," to facilitate the reintegration of certain domestic violence victims back into the community. To qualify for the program, an inmate, who has committed a crime against their abuser, must be found to present a low risk of re-offense.

"This program is designed to assist individuals who have been convicted and incarcerated for committing crimes against their abusers," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Making sure they're supervised enhances protections for victims, while also helping to lead them down the right path to reintegration."

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December 22nd, 2015

Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Johnson & Mukherji Foreclosure Protection Bill for Returning Military Gains Assembly Approval

Measure Would Extend Post-Military Service Protection Against Foreclosure

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak, Gordon Johnson and Raj Mukherji to help military families avoid foreclosure by extending the military post-service protection period to one year gained Assembly approval on Thursday.

Current law protects a person in military service from a sale, foreclosure or seizure of his or her property during the person's period of military service and for three months after, unless an order of sale was granted and approved by the court. This bill (A-3971) would extend the post-service period of protection from three months to one year after release or discharge from military service.

"A threat of home or property loss is no way to treat anybody who was willing to risk his or her life for this country," said Johnson (D-Bergen), who served as a member of the Army Reserve. "Extending this post-service protection period will give those who served the time they need to re-acclimate to civilian life." More.

September 30th, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Bergen Legislators & County Officials Call for Minimum 90-Day Delay to Horizon OMNIA Plan Rollout

Bipartisan group of Bergen legislators - including Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Caride, Eustace and Lagana - and county officials call for minimum 90-day delay to Horizon OMNIA plan rollout:

"We are greatly concerned by the recent announcement of the OMNIA Health Alliance. The very late announcement of this new plan followed by incomplete information regarding the selection of which hospitals satisfied "Tier 1" requirements and which hospitals did not, has led to the perception that winners and losers were chosen behind closed doors. This is not how a market dominant non-profit insurance company is supposed to operate. Narrow-networks and tiered-provider networks have become a seemingly attractive option for consumers because of their lower premiums. However, quality of care and consumer satisfaction have not necessarily improved. Many examples show that adequate access to care, consumer choice and availability of information have all suffered. If the rollout of this plan is indicative of the way members will be informed of their coverage benefits, members are in for a rude awakening.

As the largest health insurance provider in the state, Horizon has an exceptional responsibility to our residents. We believe that transparency is paramount to that responsibility. As such, we respectfully request that rollout of the OMNIA plan be delayed by at least 90 days. This delay will give Horizon an opportunity to further educate members, employers, health care providers and lawmakers.

On behalf of the residents of Bergen County, we appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,

Senator Loretta Weinberg 
Senator Paul A. Sarlo 
Senator Bob M. Gordon
Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Kevin J. O'Toole
Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer
Assemblywoman Marlene Caride
Assemblyman Tim Eustace
Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi
Assemblyman Robert Auth
Assemblyman Scott T. Rumana
Assemblyman David C. Russo
Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III
Bergen County Freeholder Joan M. Voss
Bergen County Freeholder Steve Tanelli
Bergen County Freeholder John A. Felice
Bergen County Freeholder David L. Ganz
Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola
Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur
Bergen County Freeholder Thomas J. Sullivan

September 24th, 2015

Assembly Democratic Legislation to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Continues Advancing

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor and Annette Quijano to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was approved Thursday by the full Senate.

The bill (A-206-471-1663-2879-3060-3108) would reduce the statutory waiting period for an expungement of a criminal conviction from 10 years to five years from the date of the person's last conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration, whichever is later. In the case of a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense, the waiting period would be reduced from five years to three years. Individuals with a criminal conviction or a conviction for a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense would have to apply for an expungement to the Superior Court in the county where the conviction was adjudged.  More.

August 13th, 2015

Schaer, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace & Mazzeo Bill to Protect Holocaust Reparations Heads to Gov’s Desk.

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace and Vincent Mazzeo to protect monetary reparations received by Holocaust survivors from being seized received final legislative approval unanimously from the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-1041), which was approved by the full Assembly in March, stipulates that, except for child support payment orders, monetary reparations designated for or received by a Holocaust survivor of Nazi persecution from any governmental source or victim assistance source shall be exempt from all claims of creditors and from levy, execution, attachment or other legal processes.

"Monetary reparations are a relatively small pittance for the enormous crimes committed against humanity by the Nazis," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "But for many surviving families, this is all they have and it should be protected at all costs." More.

June 30th, 2015

Johnson Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted Gains Final Legislative Approval.

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor, Whip Wilson and Benjie Wimberly to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone convicted of a crime to request DNA testing gained final legislative approval on Monday.

New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion. 

"Thanks to DNA testing, we have seen a number of individuals exonerated after years, sometimes decades, spent behind bars for crimes they did not commit," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Sadly, under current state law, an innocent person who is on probation or parole does not have the same access to the technology that can help clear their name and restore their dignity. This bill would open access to DNA testing to these individuals so they can stop living under the shadow of guilt and finally be free." More.

June 30th, 2015

Bill to Entice Private Entities to Fund Health Care Initiatives Gains Final Legislative Approval.

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Gordon Johnson, John Burzichelli, Eliana Pintor Marin and Gabriela Mosquera to encourage private investment in preventive and early intervention health care to reduce public costs gained final legislative approval this month.

The bill (A-2771) would establish a five-year social innovation loan pilot program for the purpose of encouraging private investment in preventive and early intervention health care to reduce public expenditures related to those services.

Under the bill, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) would establish a pilot program to guarantee loan agreements among lenders, eligible nonprofit organizations, and public sector entities. The loan agreements would:

1) provide an eligible nonprofit organization with direct funding from a lender in exchange for the provision of public health care services to a public sector entity; 

2) require the public sector entity receiving public health care services to make defined payments to the lender in an amount proportional to the amount of savings generated by the provision of public health care services; and 

3) authorize the lender to receive loan repayments from the public sector entity in exchange for the provision of funding to an eligible nonprofit organization. In the event that the anticipated savings are not achieved, the EDA is to provide a loan guarantee for the lender. More.

June 19th, 2015

Assembly Panel Advances Johnson, Caride, Schaer & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Help NJ Prosecute Child Endangerment Cases.

 

Bill Was Inspired by Sexual Misconduct on Bergen County School Trip to Germany

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Marlene Caride, Gary Schaer and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to expand the state's jurisdiction to prosecute crimes involving endangering the welfare of a child from New Jersey that take place outside the state.

The bill was prompted by the recent state Supreme Court case of State v. Sumulikoski which determined that New Jersey courts do not have jurisdiction to prosecute school officials from Bergen County who were chaperones on a school trip to Germany where they allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with students.

"As a state, we have a responsibility to ensure that adults who assume the responsibility of caring for a child from New Jersey are held accountable," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This bill would make sure they are subject to prosecution if unlawful sexual conduct occurs, regardless of where this conduct took place."

The bill (A-4430) would expand the state's jurisdiction to prosecute crimes concerning endangering the welfare of a child in situations where a person having a legal duty or the assumed responsibility for the care of a child in New Jersey engages in sexual conduct with that child in a jurisdiction other than New Jersey. 

"There is no question that chaperones engaging in sexual conduct with students whom they are charged with protecting is patently wrong. To allow individuals who violate a trust and endanger our children to walk free because the state's hands are tied is unacceptable," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This bill will ensure this jurisdictional shield from prosecution does not occur again."

In addition, the bill is intended to be consistent with the provisions of other state statutes concerning territorial jurisdiction in criminal cases. The statute provides that a person may be convicted in New Jersey if "the offense is based on a statute of this state which expressly prohibits conduct outside of the state, when the conduct bears a reasonable relation to an interest of this state." 

 "Changing the language of this statute will make it clear that endangering the welfare of a child applies to sexual conduct that takes place within and outside of New Jersey under these circumstances," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "There should be no ambiguity about this."

 "If we send our children on a class trip, we want to know that the adults who assume responsibility for their care will be held accountable for their safety and well being," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This change will essentially empower New Jersey to protect its children better."

Current state statute (N.J.S.2C:24-4) makes it a crime of the second degree if a person with the legal duty for the care of the child or someone who has assumed responsibility for the care of the child "engages in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child." A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of five to 10 years, a fine of $150,000 or both.

The bill was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee and now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.

 

June 10th, 2015

Johnson & Weinberg Bill to Ensure Fairness in Burial Costs Now Law.

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg issued the following statements on the signing of legislation they sponsored to ensure fairness for religious or charitable organizations that provide assistance to their members in their greatest time of need, by providing burial plots for those who have passed. 

Signed into law last week, the bill (S1146/A2619) excludes certain conveyances of graves, crypt and niches from the 15% fee that cemetery companies currently charge. The exemption applies to corporations or associations organized not for profit exclusively for religious or charitable purposes. More.

June 4th, 2015

Johnson, Eustace, Caride, Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Lampitt Bill Requiring Contingency Plan for Trains Carrying Hazardous Material through NJ Clears Assembly Panel.

 

Bill stems from 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill

(TRENTON) -- An Assembly panel on Thursday released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Marlene Caride, Elizabeth Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Pamela Lampitt that would require owners of trains carrying hazardous material through the state to prepare and submit to the state a response, cleanup and contingency plan. More.

 

May 14th, 2015

Eustace, Benson, Mazzeo, Johnson & Coughlin Bill to Ensure Taxpayers Are Getting a Good Return on Economic Investments Clears Assembly.

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Daniel Benson, Vince Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson and Craig Coughlin sponsored to help ensure New Jersey is getting a proper return on its investments in the business community was approved 56-15 Thursday by the General Assembly.
The bill (A-660) would establish the Legislative Task Force on Business Development Incentives and require a biennial audit of the economic development incentive programs offered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). More.

 

June 6th, 2015

Benson & Johnson Legislation to Create Greater Transparency for State Agency Lobbyists Advances.
Bill Requiring Greater Disclosure Will Help Protect Taxpayer Dollars

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Daniel Benson and Gordon Johnson to create greater oversight and transparency when it comes to lobbyists hired to represent state agencies was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday. More.

 

June 3rd, 2015

 

Johnson Bill to Improve Preservation & Promotion of State Historic Sites Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson to streamline and improve the preservation and promotion of New Jersey's historic sites was approved by the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee on Monday.

The bill (A-2764) would establish the Commission on State-owned Historic Sites in the Department of State and transfer administration of state-owned historic sites from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to the new commission. More.

 

May 7th, 2015

 

Johnson & Mainor Bill Requiring Higher Ed. Police Departments to Adopt Policing Procedures Used by All Law Enforcement in NJ Now Law.

 

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures was signed into law on Thursday. 

"Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Rather than have these departments operating under different guidelines, the law now requires them to use the same guidelines as every other law enforcement agency in the state."

The new law (A-3493) requires police departments of institutions of higher education in the state to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures. More.

 

May 7th, 2015

Coughlin, Eustace, Johnson & Garcia Bill to Allow for Display of e-Car Insurance Signed into Law.

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Craig Coughlin, Tim Eustace, Gordon M. Johnson and Carmelo G. Garcia that would bring motor vehicle insurance requirements in line with 21st century technology was signed into law on Thursday. Specifically, the new law (A-3905) will allow operators of motor vehicles to provide proof of insurance electronically. More.

 

May 4th, 2015

Schaer, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace & Mazzeo Bill to Protect Holocaust Reparations Advances in the Legislature.

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace and Vincent Mazzeo to protect monetary reparations received by Holocaust survivors from being seized was advanced on Monday by a Senate Panel.  "The physical and moral atrocities committed during World War II were compounded by monetary grievances that stretched on for decades," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Given the extraordinary lengths many Holocaust victims or surviving relatives have gone through to receive restitution, protecting these reparations is the least we can do." More.

 

April 15th, 2015 

Johnson Questions Christie’s Proposed Funding Cut for Higher Education Assistance for Disadvantaged Students

(Trenton) - Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen) on Wednesday questioned the Christie administration's decision to cut funding for higher education assistance for disadvantaged students in the proposed FY 2016 budget during a hearing before the Assembly Budget Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton. More.

 

March 18th, 2015

Johnson: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Must be at Forefront of N.J.'s Economic Revival

(TRENTON) - Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Chairman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) released the following statement after his committee on Monday heard testimony on hydrogen fuel cell technology:

"If we're going to reinvigorate New Jersey's economy, we need to make sure New Jersey is at the cutting-edge of innovation. Doing so will ensure high-paying jobs and exciting economic growth for years to come, and hydrogen fuel cell technology must be a part of that effort." More.

 

March 17th, 2015

Johnson: Governor Sends Mixed Message by Signing; Vetoing Bill to Enhance Oversight of Military Equipment Issued to Local Police Depts.

The governor signed bill (A-3901) into law, but conditionally vetoed bill (A-3754)

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) made the following statement Tuesday following a split decision by Gov. Christie on a pair of bills he sponsored to create greater oversight of military equipment issued to local law enforcement agencies by the federal government: More.

 

March 17th, 2015

Assembly Panel OK’s Eustace, Benson, Mazzeo, Johnson & Coughlin Bill to Ensure Taxpayers Are Getting a Good Return on Economic Investments.

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Tim Eustace, Daniel Benson, Vince Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson and Craig Coughlin to help ensure New Jersey is getting a proper return on its investments in the business community was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.  The bill (A-660) would establish the "Legislative Task Force on Business Development Incentives" and require a biennial audit of the economic development incentive programs offered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).   The EDA oversees numerous business development and financing programs, including several new programs to help with the recovery from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. In 2013, alone, the EDA finalized more than $1.29 billion in financing assistance, business incentives and tax credits. More.

 

March 16th, 2015

Coughlin, Eustace, Johnson & Garcia Bill to Allow for Display of e-Car Insurance Gets Final Legislative OK

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Craig Coughlin, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Carmelo G. Garcia that would bring motor vehicle insurance requirements in line with 21st century technology was cleared its final legislative hurdle on Monday with approval in the Senate. Specifically, the bill (A-3905) would allow operators of motor vehicles to provide proof of insurance electronically. More.

 

Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo, Johnson & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at NJ Colleges Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson and Daniel R. Benson that would allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates gained final legislative approval in the Senate on Thursday.  The measure now heads to the governor's desk. More.

 

Feb. 9th, 2015

Assembly Panel Approves Johnson & Greenwald Bill to Promote & Improve Oral Health throughout New Jersey

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald sponsored to promote and improve oral health in New Jersey, especially among young children, was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
The bill (A-3314) would establish the New Jersey Center for Oral Health at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in order to provide for a collaborative state effort to address oral health. The Dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, or the dean's designee, would serve as the director of the center.  "Poor oral health can lead to so many other health problems, so it's important that we as a state join in a collaborative effort to combat this problem," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Hopefully these efforts will lead to better oral hygiene at a young age, putting our residents on a path to a lifetime of better overall health." More.

 

Jan. 12th, 2015

Johnson & DeAngelo Legislative Package to Enhance Oversight of Military Equipment Issued to Local Law Enforcement Agencies by Fed Govt Clears Assembly Panel.

 

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved a two-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Wayne DeAngelo to create greater oversight of military equipment distributed to local law enforcement agencies by the federal government. More.

 

 Jan. 12th, 2015

Caputo, Giblin, Tucker, Johnson & Mainor Bill to Make it Easier for Law Enforcement to Use Outdoor Video Footage to Investigate Crimes Clears Assembly Panel.

 

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to use outdoor video cameras to investigate crimes was released Monday by an Assembly panel. More.

 

Dec. 15th, 2014

Bill to Establish Scholarship Fund for Families of Soldiers Lost, Missing & Disabled in Action Clears Assembly.

 

(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Whip Wilson and Paul Moriarty to provide scholarships to the children of military personnel who have died, become permanently disabled or are missing in action was approved unanimously Monday by the Assembly.  "Our men and women in uniform place their lives on the line everyday to preserve American values," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "When we encourage and enable their families to pursue their goals we pay homage to their parent or spouse self-less service to our country." More.

 

Dec. 15th, 2014

Assembly Panel Releases Johnson, Mainor & Wilson Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing & Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted.


(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) and Whip Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) to help clear the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone who convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was released Monday by an Assembly committee.  New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion. More.

 

 Dec. 11th, 2014

Assembly Panel Approves Schaer, Johnson, Prieto & Quijano Bill Granting “Dreamers” Access to State Financial Aid.

 

 (TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Speaker Vincent Prieto and Annette Quijano to make higher education an attainable reality for undocumented students in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.  Under the bill (A-3617), a student who meets the requirements established under the "Tuition Equality Act" enacted last year is eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) or the Secretary of Higher Education. More.

 

 Dec. 11th, 2014

Assembly Democratic Legislative Package to Reform NJ's Expungement Laws Released by Assembly Panel.

 

(TRENTON) - A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jerry Green, Grace L. Spencer, Reed Gusciora, Gordon Johnson, John F. McKeon, Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly, Charles Mainor, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Annette Quijano, Joseph Lagana, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Cleopatra Tucker to reform New Jersey's expungement laws was released Thursday by an Assembly panel. More.

 

Dec. 11th, 2014

Johnson & Weinberg Criticize Port Authority Budget on Behalf of New Jersey Commuters.

 

(TRENTON) – On Wednesday the Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted to authorize a $7.8 billion budget for 2015. Both Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson criticized the budget for its failure to provide funding to the aging Port Authority Bus Terminal while providing a disproportionate amount of funding for World Trade Center projects. More.

 

 Dec. 11th, 2014

Diegnan, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Require Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement Officers Clears Assembly.

 

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan Jr., Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to establish mandatory sexual assault training requirements for law enforcement officers was approved last week by the General Assembly.  The bill (A-2605) would require the Division of Criminal Justice to develop a training course and curriculum for law enforcement officers on handling, investigation and response procedures for reports of sexual assault. The division would distribute the course and curriculum, to be reviewed at least every two years, to all New Jersey local police agencies. More.

 

Nov. 13th, 2014

Assembly Approves Johnson, DeAngelo, Andrzejczak & Mukherji Bill to Allow Children of Active Duty Military to Stay in Same School.

 (TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon M. Johnson, Wayne DeAngelo, Bob Andrzejczak & Raj Mukherji that would allow the children of reservists or National Guard members called to active duty to remain in the same school district regardless of active duty relocations cleared the full Assembly 75-0.  "Being called up to active duty is stressful on everyone, especially for children who are routinely uprooted when their mother or father's orders come in," said Johnson (D-Bergen), a Retired Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. "Allowing children of active duty reservists to stay enrolled in the same school, regardless of where their parents are stationed would help mitigate that stress." More.

Nov. 13th, 2014

Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gains Assembly Approval, Heads to Governor's Desk.

 (TRENTON) - Comprehensive bi-state, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was passed Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The two approved bills now head to the governor's desk.  Sponsors of the bills, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana and Carmelo Garcia, noted that the legislation will introduce integrity to the bi-state agency.  More.

 Oct. 23rd, 2014

Assembly Panel Green-Lights Democratic Legislation to Expand NJ Film Tax Credit.

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday gave the green light to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Carmelo G. Garcia, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Raj Mukherji that would expand New Jersey's film and digital media production tax credit program in order to generate jobs, revenue and a slew of other ancillary benefits.

"The expansion of this tax credit will give New Jersey the shot in the arm it needs to once again attract film and digital media productions that have added so much to our economy in past years," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "We need to fix the mistake that was made when this credit was suspended and create an even more powerful economic development tool for our state." More. 

 Sept. 18th, 2014

Johnson & Mainor Bill Requiring Higher Ed. Police Departments to Adopt Policing Procedures Used by All Law Enforcement in NJ Approved by Assembly.                                                                                                                              
(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures.

"Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "Rather than have these departments operating under different guidelines, this bill would require them to use the same guidelines as every other law enforcement agency in the state."   More.

Sept. 18th, 2014

Mainor, Johnson, Wimberly & Mukherji "Marc Anthony's Law" Bill to Protect Police Officers Approved.

(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly and Raj Mukherji to make the use of a defaced or stolen firearm to injure a police officer a crime, and toughen the penalties for defacing a firearm.

The bill, designated Marc Anthony's Law, is named after Jersey City Police Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo who died from injuries sustained during a shootout with suspected robbers in 2009.   More.

Sept. 18th, 2014

Assembly Panel Releases Johnson & Mainor Bill to Expand Access to DNA Testing, Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) and Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) to help exonerate the wrongfully convicted by allowing anyone who has been convicted of a crime to request DNA testing was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

New Jersey is one of 14 states with an incarceration requirement in their post-conviction DNA testing statutes, meaning only those who are currently incarcerated can file a motion for DNA testing. The bill (A-1678) would allow any person who has been convicted of a crime to make such a motion.   More.

Sept. 12th, 2014

Johnson: Another Christie Healthcare Veto Hurts NJ Families.

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) issued the following statement on the Governor’s veto of his legislation (A-2576) that would have provided Medicaid coverage for family planning services to individuals with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  More.

  Sept. 8th, 2014

Assemblyman Johnson Sponsor of legislation to Help Prevent & Minimize Concussions in young Athletes encouraged by introduction of legislation at the Federal level.

(Englewood) - Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, prime sponsor of legislation at the state level that would require youth sports team organizations and cheerleading programs to implement a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries among youth athletes or cheerleaders, joined Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell in announcing the introduction of similar legislation at the federal level.  More.

 

 

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