Gopal Sponsors Bill Urging Congress to Forgive Sandy Disaster Loans

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is sponsoring a resolution (SCR111) urging the United States President and Congress to enact legislation forgiving community disaster loans issued after Superstorm Sandy.

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New Gopal Bill Bans Insurance Companies from Auditing Coronavirus Claims

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - This week, Senator Vin Gopal introduced legislation temporarily banning insurance companies from auditing healthcare-related claims during the COVID-19 state of emergency in order to make sure patients can receive the accessible and affordable care they need, while also protecting hospitals from devoting additional staff efforts toward processing paperwork rather than caring for patients.

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Gopal Calls for Congress to Help Veterans Homes Address COVID-19

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator and Senate Chair of Military and Veterans Affairs Vin Gopal is introducing a new Joint Resolution calling on the United States Congress to release funds offsetting COVID-19 related losses to the veteran memorial homes operated by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

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Gopal Bill Permits Grace Period for August Property Taxes

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal introduced new legislation this week that would allow the governing body of a municipality to institute a 30-day grace period for third-quarter property tax payments due on August 1, 2020.

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Gopal BIll Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal introduced new legislation this week that would allow licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests authorized and approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Senate Passes Gopal Bill Allowing Notaries to Work Remotely

TRENTON – Legislation which would allow public notaries to authenticate documents remotely for the duration of the public health emergency was approved by the Senate today. The bill is sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Vin Gopal, Senator Troy Singleton, and Senator Declan O’Scanlon.

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Benefits Options for Independent Contractors, Gig Workers Now Available

Due to the expansion of unemployment, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available for independent contractors, gig workers, self-employed workers, and other 1099 workers. The Department of Labor is still in the process of implementing this program, but we encourage you to apply for unemployment now in order to take advantage of it when funds become available. You will likely be denied for ordinary unemployment benefits, but this rejection is a requirement to be eligible for PUA funds.

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Gopal Bill Requires COVID-19 Tests for First Responders & Health Workers

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal is sponsoring legislation introduced by Senator Mike Testa that would direct the Department of Health (DOH) to require the administration of COVID-19 tests for first responders and health care workers, whether they are asymptomatic or are exhibiting symptoms of the disease. The results of these tests would be expedited.

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Gopal Calls on General Public to Avoid Using N95 Masks

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal joined Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to call for pharmacies and other businesses to immediately halt all sales of specialized N95 protective masks to members of the public, and for all New Jersey residents to instead purchase more accessible cloth masks for personal protection.

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New Gopal Bill Works to Prevent Emergency Price-Gouging

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal will introduce new legislation that would enforce New Jersey’s protections against price-gouging during a global or regional emergency, even if New Jersey is not currently in a state of emergency.

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76sc April 08, 2020

New Scam Targets Recipients of Federal Stimulus Checks

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are warning New Jersey residents to be wary of a dangerous and effective new scam that asks individuals to provide their bank account information via phone, email, or social media message in order to receive or expedite their $1,200 federal stimulus check.

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76sc April 03, 2020

New Gopal Bill Calls on Banks to Freeze Mortgages During COVID-19 Pandemic

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal is introducing legislation urging New Jersey financial institutions to temporarily suspend mortgage payments from borrowers and homeowners financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

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Gopal Sponsors Bill Penalizing Attendees of "Corona Parties"

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal will introduce legislation directing law enforcement officers to issue penalties for individuals who attend social gatherings in violation of a Governor's executive order during a state of emergency. Under law, the penalties set for violators by executive order include up to 6 months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

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