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Way to sneak laws through during covid New Jersey


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May 19, 2020
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I really f'n hate this governor.

Law 1:
Calling 911 with a false claim because of race can now put you in prison for years in N.J.

Calling 911 to harass somebody because of their race in New Jersey can now put you in prison for years.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill (A1906) into law late Monday making it a crime to call 911 solely to intimidate someone because of their ethnicity, religion or gender, among other categories. Violators face up to five years in prison and fines up to $15,000.

Calling police “as an intimidation tactic against people of color is an unacceptable, abhorrent form of discrimination,” Murphy said in a statement. He added that it “places victims in a potentially dangerous situation” while eroding trust between cops and communities.
The law took effect immediately.

Murphy’s signature came a little more than three months after a white woman was filmed in Central Park calling police on a Black bird watcher who asked her to put her dog on a leash. She originally claimed he was threatening her, but she later apologized for her “false assumptions” and was charged with filing a false police report.
New Jersey’s law also makes filing a false police report a form of “bias intimidation,” which generally carries the threat of a year-and-a-half behind bars and up to a $10,000 fine.
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement a false call “interferes with 911 emergency operators trying to save lives.” Lawmakers lauded the proposal, saying it was another response to recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
In a fiscal note, legislative researchers said fines from violators could lessen the costs of new prosecutions, but concluded exact numbers were impossible to estimate.
Earlier in the summer, New York lawmakers also approved a bill making it easier under civil rights law to sue someone who calls the police “without reason” because of somebody’s race.

Who decides if it was a bogus call?

Lew 2:
Undocumented immigrants can now get N.J. professional licenses as Murphy signs law


Immigration status will no longer block hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey from becoming licensed doctors, nurses, electricians, counselors, cosmetologists, and other professionals.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a bill into law that allows immigrants to obtain a professional or occupational license in the Garden State even if they’re undocumented, as long as they meet all other requirements.
Previously, you were required to have a “lawful presence in the United States” to qualify for a license. This law (S2455) removes that barrier.
Murphy’s office said the law — which takes effect immediately — will benefit about 500,000 undocumented residents in New Jersey.
The office also said the state will be the first on the East Coast to enact such a law. California, Nevada, and New Mexico are among the other states with similar statutes.
Sponsors and advocates said this is especially crucial as New Jersey continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. This, they said, will allow for more workers at hospitals and bring more people into the state’s workforce in general.
“This bill is a good idea no matter what,” Murphy, a self-avowed progressive Democrat, said before signing the bill during a Facebook Live event. “But God knows, the strain and stress on our medical and health profession made its timing and its urgency more so.”
“New Jersey is stronger when everyone is given the opportunity to contribute and everyone is given a chance to live their American Dream,” the governor added. “This law sends a simple, powerful message that immigration status can no longer be used as an excuse to discriminate among equally educated, trained, and qualified individuals.”
Estrella Rivas, a 20-year-old Elizabeth resident who is a student at Rutgers-New Brunswick, said she has long hoped to become a doctor to help her family. But she was born in El Salvador and isn’t a U.S. citizen, and that meant she had trouble volunteering at some hospitals.
“I was denied because I didn’t have a Social Security number,” Rivas said during the FacebookLive with Murphy. “The reality is this: My immigration status has meant that doors have closed for me.”
“Today we make big steps on becoming a more fair and equitable state,” she noted about the new law"
Technically, federal law prohibits employers from hiring people living in the U.S. illegally. But federal law does allow states to pass their own laws to grant undocumented immigrants eligibility for certain state and local benefits, including professional and commercial licenses.
Both houses of the Democratic-controlled New Jersey Legislature passed the Democratic-sponsored bill (S2455), largely along party lines, this summer. The state Senate passed it by a vote of 26-11, the state Assembly 47-26.
“By eliminating barriers to occupational licenses, we will enable qualified, trained, highly skilled, and hardworking Dreamers to fill critical worker shortages in our state while contributing to the economy and being treated with dignity,” said Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, D-Hudson, a main sponsor of the measure.
But some Republicans opposed the measure.
“We have rules and laws in this country and, if you come into the country illegally and you are in violation of the law, I don’t think we should be granting you licenses,” state Assemblyman Harold Wirths, R-Sussex, said when the Assembly passed the bill in July.

Law 2 furthut erodes the privilege of citizenship. If two applicants are equal on all levels except that one person is an illegal immigrant and the other is a citizen then the citizen gets the job. So much for the old adage "we need illegals because they do the jobs that americans don't want to do".
It's New Jersey, what are you expecting? 🤣
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