Mazzeo, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Zwicker, Land, Benson & Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Clears Panel
Bill Would Allow School Nurses to Administer Opioid Antidote During an Emergency
(Trenton, NJ) -- Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Andrew Zwicker, Bruce Land, Daniel Benson and Joann Downey sponsored to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-4177) would require high schools to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride, such as Narcan or a similar opioid antidote, and permit the school nurse to administer the antidote to a student or staff member who is experiencing an overdose. The board of education may designate additional employees who may be trained and authorized to administer the antidote in the absence of the nurse.
"Narcan has been proven to save lives," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Having it readily available in schools can help ensure that our schools are ready to respond in every emergency situation."
"In the same way that schools are prepared to deal with life-threatening incidents like allergic reactions and cardiac arrest, they also should be equipped to deal with overdoses," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We have a means of saving children's lives, and there's no excuse for failure to employ it."
"Every parent who sends his or her children to school for the day wants to know that it's a safe place for them to be in an emergency," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "All schools in New Jersey should be equipped to act if a student or anyone else at the school has an overdose."
"Our response to the opioid epidemic in New Jersey must go beyond 'Just say no,'" said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "Having Narcan in schools is one element of a larger comprehensive effort to stem the tide of this enormous public health challenge."
"Ensuring the safety of every student must be a priority for all schools in New Jersey," said Land (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "Part of that is being ready to respond in a life-threatening emergency like a drug overdose."
"Narcan is a resource that we've seen save lives as New Jersey works to overcome a major problem with opioid drugs," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. "Making this antidote available in schools will ensure that school nurses can take action to help students in a crisis."
"Ideally, no student would use drugs, but the reality is that kids in New Jersey - whether their parents know it or not - are using them and are dying," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "This legislation acknowledges that hard truth and responds accordingly."
The measure was advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, of which Lagana is vice-chair.
(Branchburg, NJ) – On Friday, March 10, 2017, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16 Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset,) toured Symrise, Inc. in Branchburg, NJ and discussed ways to create jobs and grow New Jersey’s economy with innovative technologies. Symrise, Inc. is a leading provider of fragrances, flavors and aroma chemicals. Zwicker, a physicist at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, toured the production plant and talked with the Symrise leadership about what the business needs to grow and continue to be successful.
“Symrise, Inc., has been part of the Branchburg community since 1983 and is one of the leading manufacturers in the fragrance and flavor industry worldwide,” said Zwicker. “Companies like Symrise that have the history in New Jersey, employ locally, and invest in their community are the foundation of our economy. State and local municipalities working together with businesses like Symrise are what we need to make New Jersey a catalyst for high-tech jobs and innovation.”
William Ruby, VP of Human Resources at Symrise, stated, “New Jersey is the hub of our industry in the United States, with all of the top flavor and fragrance companies well represented in the state. Our Branchburg location serves Symrise well in many ways, from access to and availability of top talent to infrastructure that supports our operations and access to our customers. We see a positive future for Symrise here in New Jersey."
To learn more about Symrise, visit the website at www.symrise.com
Muoio, Zwicker, Gusciora & Benson Introduce Bill to Boost Confidence in Election Results by Requiring Paper Voting Trail
(Trenton, NJ) -- Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Andrew Zwicker, Reed Gusciora and Daniel Benson have introduced legislation to protect the integrity of elections by requiring a paper trail for all voting machines in New Jersey.
The bill (A-4619) would require that new voting machines purchased or leased following the bill's effective date must produce a paper record of each vote cast.
"The more dependent our society becomes on technology, the more we realize that it's not always fail-proof. Given the tumultuous election we just went through, it's more pressing than ever that we make sure voters have faith in our democratic system," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Paper voting records will create an auditable trail to help ensure the integrity of our elections and provide voters with peace of mind."
"In the past, equipment failures and programming errors have resulted in costly disputes that cast doubt on election results and undermine our democratic process," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/ Hunterdon). "Paper ballot verification can help prevent all that and assure voters that their ballots will be counted properly."
"Truly democratic elections require independent verification of results," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "In these tenuous times, our democracy must be able to rely on indisputable results. A paper trail will allow both voters and independent auditors to examine the results."
"Without a paper record there is really no way to independently audit election results," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Paper records will ensure that ballot choices have been recorded as intended to the satisfaction of the voter and for the benefit of our democracy."
Under current law, the requirement for the purchase of new voting machines or retrofitting of existing voting machines to produce a paper record of the votes cast has been suspended until funding is made available from state or federal sources.
Therefore, the bill stipulates that each voting machine that is purchased or leased following the bill's effective date would be required to produce an individual permanent paper record for each vote cast, which must be made available for inspection and verification by the voter at the time the vote is cast, and preserved for later use in any manual audit.
In the event of a recount of the results of an election, the voter-verified paper record of each purchased or leased machine would be used in the calculation of the official tally in that election.
The bill also deletes a provision in current law that allows the Secretary of State to grant a waiver from the requirement to purchase new voting machines or retrofit all existing voting machines if the technology to produce a permanent voter-verified paper record for each vote cast is not commercially available. This change is intended to reflect that the technology is now commercially available.
This bill is prospective in application, and would apply to voting machines purchased or leased following its effective date. The bill would take effect on the next January 1st following its enactment.
The measure has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Zwicker Bill to Help Spur Innovation & Economic Growth through Higher Ed & Business Partnerships Now Law
(Hillsborough, NJ ) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Andrew Zwicker 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 has been signed into law.
The law (A-1668) establishes the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships in the Department of State. The commission will 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.
“Our institutions of higher education, our businesses and our industries have a stake in the growth and prosperity of our state,” said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). “The brainpower is there. Let’s tap into that wealth of knowledge and build a culture of innovation that will make not just our economy, but our higher education institutions and our industries stronger.”
Legislation Would Incentivize Relocation of Qualified Data Centers to New Jersey
(SOUTH BRUNSWICK) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker that would encourage businesses that specialize in processing, storing and distributing electronic data to relocate to New Jersey was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
“In our 21st-century global economy, just about every major business relies on complex hardware and software. The facilities that house these systems can benefit from relocating to New Jersey and hiring from the state’s highly-educated talent pool,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “The state is lagging behind in this sector. By encouraging data centers to relocate, the state can take advantage of an opportunity to bring high-tech jobs to New Jersey as digital information continues to grow increasingly more essential to various industries.”
(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced two dates on which constituents who are unable to visit his Skillman district office may seek in-person assistance from his legislative staff.
The off-site office hours will give constituents the opportunity to receive support in matters related to state agencies, voice their opinions on state issues and familiarize themselves with services available through Zwicker’s office.
“Our goal is to make ourselves accessible to constituents, no matter where they live in the district,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “I encourage residents to bring their questions and concerns to these mobile office hours.”
South Brunswick Office Hours
Wednesday, February 22nd, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
South Brunswick Public Library
110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Flemington Office Hours
Wednesday, March 8th, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hunterdon County Library
314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822
It has been a busy start to the new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017. It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was just starting in the legislature. As a physicist, I had a lot to learn about the world of politics, and this past year certainly has served as a crash course.
During the past 12 months, I have talked to residents of all 14 towns that make up my district, including parents, mayors, local business owners and police chiefs. Additionally, we have assisted numerous families navigate their way through the bureaucracy of state agencies with regards to medical bills, student debt, housing, and tax refunds. We have hosted mobile office hours throughout the district, a job fair for hundreds, a state agency resource fair, and hosted a food drive.
As a scientist, my goal is to grow the "innovation" economy in our state, creating high-quality and high-paying jobs for people of all backgrounds and education levels. As always, everything I do is based upon my guiding principle of making decisions based on evidence rather than ideology or political expedience.
As my second year begins, I encourage you to continue to contact me. We are available to assist you with any issues, and I look forward to hearing your opinions regarding proposed legislation or helping you navigate any problems with state and local agencies.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 609-454-3147. I look forward to serving you in the legislature this year.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker