Gopal Bill Banning ‘Gay Panic’ Defense Now Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Under the “gay panic” or “trans panic defense,” it was previously legal for New Jersey defendants to seek to reduce a charge of murder to a charge of manslaugher if their actions were allegedly provoked by their discovery of their victim's gender identity or sexual orientation. That defense has now been banned under a new law (A-1796) sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblywoman Joann Downey, signed by Governor Murphy this Tuesday, which would permanently ban the use of the so-called “gay panic defense” for the commission of murder.

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76sc January 21, 2020

“Slow Down or Move Over” Act Honoring Deceased State Trooper Now Law

TRENTON - This Monday, Governor Murphy signed the “Slow Down or More Over, It’s the Law Act” sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in effort to strengthen the protections provided by the “Move Over Law” for emergency workers on New Jersey roads.

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76sc January 20, 2020

Legislators Host Blood Drive for Neptune Toddler

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - The parents of Charlotte Scalese, a 2-year-old cancer patient who lives in Neptune Township, are asking their Monmouth County neighbors to give blood to support Charlotte’s recovery at a blood drive on Friday, January 31.

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76sc January 20, 2020

Gopal Bill Raising Awareness of Opioid Addiction Now Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) that would authorize the MVC to issue special support recovery license plates to raise awareness for families and individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder was signed into law this Monday.

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76sc January 15, 2020

Gopal to Introduce First-in-Nation Legislation Creating Oversight on Political Campaign Behavior Misconduct

MONMOUTH COUNTY – Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) today announced that he will be joining a bipartisan team of state legislators, to introduce first in the nation legislation creating unprecedented and long-needed oversight over harassment and discrimination in New Jersey campaigns and political parties.

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76sc January 14, 2020

Gopal Announces $250,000 Homelessness Prevention Grant to Social Services Nonprofit in Asbury Park

Senator Vin Gopal today announced that the Community Affairs and Resource Center, has been approved to receive a $250,000 award from the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing 2 program. This award will provide funds to provide assistance and stabilization services to individuals or families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in Monmouth County.

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76sc January 08, 2020

First Round of Applications for Library Construction Bond Act Now Open

Senator Vin Gopal today announced the launch of the first round of grant solicitations for the Library Construction Bond Act. The Act, which authorized $125 million in state bonds, was passed by New Jersey voters in November 2017 to support public libraries providing modern and technologically efficient library facilities.

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76sc January 08, 2020

Legislators Host "Socks for the Homeless" Drive

MONMOUTH COUNTY - On a cold winter day, families without a home or shelter can face major health risks like hypothermia, frostbite, blisters, and ulcers if they’re not able to keep themselves warm. That’s why Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey worked to establish “Socks for the Homeless” Day in New Jersey two years ago, and why their legislative office is now accepting donations of new and unused socks from today through February 10.

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76sc January 06, 2020

Gopal Bill Cracking Down on Pharmaceutical Abuses Now Law

TRENTON - Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal that would ban the abusive practice of pharmacy benefits manager (PBMs) "clawbacks" was signed into law by Governor Murphy on Thursday, December 19.

"This abusive practice of paying for prescriptions and then retroactively reducing the payment several months afterward does extensive damage, disrupting pharmacies' revenue streams and turning reliability into uncertainty," said Gopal (D-Long Branch). "By banning these tactics, we can drive down the costs of prescription medication and make our system work for patients, not middlemen."

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76sc December 26, 2019

New Gopal Bill Makes It Easier for Towns to Start Infrastructure Projects

MONMOUTH COUNTY - Senator Vin Gopal this month introduced new legislation that would make it easier for New Jersey municipalities to receive bonds from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank in order to finance transportation infrastructure projects.

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76sc December 19, 2019

Gopal Bill Raising Funds for Sober Housing & Raising Awareness of Addiction Passes Senate

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) that would authorize the MVC to issue special support recovery license plates to raise awareness for families and individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder was passed by the State Senate this Monday.

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76sc December 19, 2019

Gopal Co-Sponsors Bills Creating Discrimination & Harassment Reporting Hotline & Training for Public Employees

MONMOUTH COUNTY - Senator Vin Gopal will co-sponsor two bills introduced by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg aiming to create new training and resources to defend public employees from harassment and discrimination, and to create new means for public employees to report workplace harassment and discrimination where they exist.

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76sc December 19, 2019

Gopal Bill Helping Veterans & Families Facing Homelessness Access Resources Clears Committee

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal, which would require hospitals and homeless shelters to provide information on services and resources to individuals who are homeless or military veterans, passed the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee last Thursday.

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76sc December 17, 2019


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