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ASSEMBLY PANEL APPROVES LAMPITT BILL REQUIRING SCHOOLS TO HAVE DEFIBRILLATORS ON HAND TO HELP SAVE LIVES

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt requiring every public school district to provide and maintain an automated external defibrillator (AED) on-site at each school complex was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

"This is a simple move that can potentially save lives, especially when we've seen a number of tragic deaths among student athletes in recent years," said Lampitt (D-Camden). "Because of recent technological advances, portable automated external defibrillators have become an important, live-saving medical tool. With broad deployment of AEDs among trained responders, as many as 50,000 deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest can be prevented each year."

Norcross: Give towns, school board option to move BOE elections to November

BY JOHN BARNA - Gloucester County Times - December 9, 2011

School district elections could be moved from April to November under legislation unveiled Thursday by Assembly Majority Leader-Elect Louis Greenwald and state Sen. Donald Norcross.

The proposal differs from previous attempts to move board of education elections from the spring to the date of the general election in November in that it places the initiative on local school boards and towns.

“Politicians and pundits have talked about doing this for years,” observed Greenwald, D-Voorhees Township.

The proposal, explained Norcross (D-Camden), could move a local school district election to November by one of three means:

• passage of a resolution by the municipality;

• passage of a resolution by the board of education;

NORCROSS, FUENTES, & WILSON BILL TO ASSIST RESIDENTS WITH CITY PROPERTY TAX REVALUATION PASSES SENATE & ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES

(CAMDEN) – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, and Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) -- aimed at assisting Camden residents impacted by the city’s recent property revaluation – has passed both the Senate Community Affairs and the Assembly Local Government Committees today.

The bill (S3104) would permit all property owners in cities that receive State aid and that have not undergone a municipal-wide property revaluation in at least 15 years – but have implemented a revaluation within the past year – with the opportunity to appeal their assessments.

“Simply put, this bill will provide all city residents an equal opportunity to confirm or challenge the results of the assessment on their property,” said Senator Donald Norcross. "Our residents need to know whether the process was fair and accurate, and we will hold a public hearing to address those concerns and provide answers."

BEACH BILL MAKING IT EASIER TO VOTE BY MAIL CLEARS COMMITTEE

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Beach (D-Camden) that would make it easier for New Jersey residents to vote by mail has cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

“Having our voice heard through the ballot box is the most important thing we can do in a democracy,” said Beach. “That is why we need to make the process of voting easier, especially for those whose situations may make it more difficult for them to get to the polls. Voting by mail is an easy, increasingly popular way for people to take part in the process.”