Government

Remember to Get Out and Vote Tomorrow!

With Election Day less than 24 hours away, I would like to thank all those who helped me through this process.  After knocking on thousands of doors throughout the 21st district and hearing my constituents’ voices,  it is apparent that my constituents are unhappy with the current direction in which the state is heading.  As the licensed registered nurse in the legislature, I will continue being the voice of women and children, while fighting against polices put forward by the majority party to raise our taxes and make our beloved state unaffordable for our families.

I have lived in Summit for 28 years, raised my five children here who all attended and succeeded at the public schools, and love living here. I have worked tirelessly during my time in the legislature on sensible fiscal legislation so my family and yours can continue to live, work and raise our families in the great State of New Jersey.

Unfortunately, New Jersey is at a crossroads today.  Democrats are running nasty attack ads against me and so many others across the state to shield their own agenda of raising taxes on families who are already struggling to survive in New Jersey.  Make no mistake, I am “your” voice in the Assembly, and I will continue to stand up and fight against those who want to make New Jersey unaffordable for middle class and working families who love this state just as much as I do.

Thank you in advance for your support and God Bless You.

Nancy F. Muñoz

Governor signs Muñoz and Bucco bill strengthening penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco increasing penalties for deaths caused by drunk drivers. Ralph & David’s Law, named for two drunk driving victims, establishes a 3rd degree crime called strict liability vehicular homicide.

“The punishment will fit the crime with this new law,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “A drunk driver behind the wheel puts lives in danger. There will be a severe price to pay if they kill someone.”

The penalty for a crime of the third degree is three to five years in prison, a fine up to $15,000, or both. The law removes the presumption of non-imprisonment for first-time offenders.

“Getting a justifiable punishment for a drunk driver who takes a life has been extremely difficult,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Thirty days for killing a little boy isn’t justice. Ralph & David’s Law addresses a serious weakness in our laws.”

David Heim was 13 years old in 2004 when he was run over and killed by a drunk driver who was sentenced to only 30 days in jail. Ralph Politi Jr. was a young businessman who was struck and fatally injured by an intoxicated driver who swerved on to the shoulder in 2012. The driver was acquitted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

Dancer-Muñoz-Bucco bill saluting the creation of the New Jersey State Police passes the Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – A resolution (AJR-126/SJR85) commemorating the 95th anniversary of the first graduating class of New Jersey’s State Police, sponsored by Assembly Republicans Ron Dancer, Nancy F. Muñoz and Anthony M. Bucco, was advanced by the General Assembly today.

“At a time when the law enforcement community around the country is under attack, it’s especially important to take a moment to honor and commemorate New Jersey’s finest for a job well done,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The members and staff of New Jersey’s State Police comprise one of the most prestigious law enforcement agencies in the nation and world. These exceptional men and women put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect.”

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, a West Point graduate, was appointed as the agency’s first superintendent on July 1, 1921. Its success is attributed to his vision for expanding the state police’s mission beyond the apprehension of criminals.

“New Jersey’s State Police have served our state and its residents with integrity and professionalism for nearly a century,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Since that first graduating class in March 1921, our state police force has embraced then Superintendent Schwarzkopf’s vision. Today they are instrumental in preventing crimes by educating the public about ways to protect themselves and their neighborhoods. This resolution demonstrates our gratitude for all they do.”

The joint resolution commemorates the establishment and service of the New Jersey State Police and celebrates the 95th anniversary of its first graduating class.

“Guided by the rule of ‘honor, duty and fidelity,’ New Jersey’s State Police not only perform their everyday duties in our communities, but they are often called upon to support localities around the country during disaster relief efforts and civil unrest,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “They go above and beyond to safeguard our citizens here in New Jersey and beyond.”

Gov. signs Muñoz bills ensuring better delivery of healthcare

TRENTON, N.J. – Three bills sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz improving healthcare for New Jersey residents have been signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

The first bill (S2058/A671) adds two nurse educators to the state Board of Nursing, which licenses and regulates the nursing profession. The nurses must be RNs, have a least five years’ nursing experience and have taught registered nurses.

“As the delivery of healthcare continues to change, the way nursing students are educated needs to evolve as well,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “We must constantly rethink teaching methods to better prepare today’s nursing students for the increasing complexity of health care demands. Giving nurse educators a voice on the board will help us provide students with a thorough and comprehensive nursing education.”

The second measure (S2331/A3962) creates a tuition reimbursement program for psychiatrists who work in underserved areas of the state.

“The lack of access to psychiatric care in New Jersey is an alarming problem that has been going on for years and is growing worse. There aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet the demand for their services and, for individuals fortunate to get an appointment, the wait times can be one to two months or longer. That isn’t acceptable,” Muñoz said. “This measure won’t solve the crisis, but it’s a good starting point. Providing tuition reimbursement will allow us to begin to create an environment where behavioral health care providers will want to practice in our state.

New Jersey provides tuition reimbursement programs for primary care physicians and dentists to promote access to primary care services in medically underserved areas. It also administers the nursing faculty loan redemption program that was established to address the current and projected critical shortage of nurse faculty.

The third bill (S1295/A3701) ensures more stringent regulation of licensed respiratory care professionals who perform a variety of therapies and diagnostic tests to aid physicians in determining proper treatment for cardio-respiratory conditions.

Newly Appointed Assembly Republican Whip Nancy Muñoz participated in the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking Panel

Assemblywoman Muñoz  was asked by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking to be part of the panel discussion following the screening of “I am Jane Doe” on Tuesday, July 18th. The NJ Coalition Against Human wants to help close the loopholes in the CDA Act of 1996 by supporting HR 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Trafficking Act of 2017”.  Call your US Senators and Congressman/woman and ask them to sign on to this important legislation!!  “Let’s do everything we can to protect people–many of them children–from sex Trafficking!” said Assemblywoman Muñoz on the issue.

Muñoz Bill to Protect Health Care Personnel Who Work With Chemo Drugs Signed By Governor

 

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors to protect healthcare personnel who handle hazardous chemotherapy drugs was signed today by Governor Christie.

“Cancer treatment often consists of a combination of chemo drugs, which are very potent. These powerful drugs may expose workers to a number of serious short-term and chronic effects,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Providing potentially lifesaving medicine and comfort to cancer patients is very rewarding, but can be emotionally stressful. Health care professionals don’t need the added burden of worrying about adverse effects from the drugs they are administering. They deserve a safe work environment.”

The bill (A837/S468), the “Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Act,” requires the state Commissioner of Health, the Director of Consumer Affairs and a stakeholder group, including a NJ State Society of Physician Assistants representative to establish rules and regulations for the safe handling of chemotherapy drugs by health care personnel in a health care setting, including pharmacies, or an animal or veterinary facility. This includes physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses and pharmacists. The regulations will follow the most recent recommendations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the CDC.

The regulations will provide guidelines on necessary precautions and controls to eliminate or minimize exposure; use of protective equipment; safe handling practices, including handling, receiving, storage, preparing, administering, waste handling, cleaning, housekeeping, labeling and signage, and spill control and response procedures. Employers will also be required to provide hazardous drugs training to all employees who have or are likely to have occupational exposure to hazardous drugs.

Hazardous drugs, including antineoplastic drugs used in chemotherapy, have been associated with a number of adverse acute and chronic effects, including skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, various cancers, and damage to the liver, kidneys, bone marrow, heart and lungs.

Sick-time pay is making taxpayers ill…

Star Ledger – Monday – April 3, 2017

Editorial

Sick pay is for when you’re sick. If you’re not sick and you don’t use it, you lose it. This is the simple policy fix to one of New Jersey’s most maddening problems. Yet, again and again, we have failed to write it into law.

There is no justifiable reason. Sick pay is supposed to protect you from losing income when you’re ill — not amount to a kingly entitlement bonus. You don’t deserve a six-figure payout just for being healthy.

Private-sector employees don’t get that kind of perk. Yet as Colleen O’Dea of NJ Spotlight reports, public workers are still walking off the job with huge payouts of up to $500,000 for their unused sick and vacation days — adding up to a bill of nearly $2 billion, thanks to Trenton gridlock.

Gov. Chris Christie wanted a tough reform, but the Democratic Legislature said no and gave him back a weaker one — and in the end he wouldn’t sign it. Now we don’t even have a weak reform. New bills to cap these payouts haven’t even gotten ahearing.

We are witnessing a total leadership meltdown. In the meantime, the continuing dysfunctional obedience to public worker unions is really costing us big-time. Thousands of public employees are racking up benefits. When Jersey City’s police chief walks off the job, he could set a new record: 444 accrued days of sick leave and vacation that add up to a $503,533 payout — $1,134 per day.

Jersey City is the worst offender in the state; its police department alone has a bigger bill for sick-leave payouts than the entire city of Newark, the second-biggest payer.

The taxpayers are getting soaked, yet Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union) was blocked by the Democrats last month when she led a Republican effort to push forward a bill to prevent employees from accruing any more of these payouts.

The cap the state put on in 2010 — which stopped the accumulation at $15,000 — was a good first step. But it applied only to new hires; public employees hired previously could still rack up these payouts.

We need a much stronger state solution, and local government also needs to put its foot down. Thanks to the union power that helps elect town officials, public workers are represented on both sides of the table when negotiating these benefits.

If your town gets a perk, the next town wants it, too. It has to end somewhere. Collective bargaining is badly broken in the public sector, and the taxpayers are getting burned.

Bucco-Muñoz Bill Helping Businesses Navigate Red Tape Advances

 

TRENTON, N.J. – Doing business in New Jersey will soon become much easier.  Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz’s bill creating a business advisory council unanimously passed the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development committee today by a 10 to 0 vote.

“New Jersey’s over-bearing regulations continue to frustrate business owners,” said Bucco (R-Morris), the Assembly Republican Whip. “The Red Tape Review Commission has done a great job of reducing regulations, and this council will help businesses navigate them.”

“We are always looking for ways to improve New Jersey’s business climate,” said Munoz (R-Union), the Republican deputy conference leader. “This council indicates to the business community that New Jersey is committed to its success, and will help them be successful in any way we can.”

The 12-member advisory council will be part of the Business Action Center, advising the center and the state Economic Development Authority on how to improve the New Jersey’s business climate.  Members will vary from small to large businesses in industries across the state – with at least 3 each from North, Central and South Jersey – and meet four times per year.

 

Assembly Passes Muñoz Bill to Ensure Delivery of Oxygen to Patient Homes During Public Emergencies

 

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz requiring licensed oxygen providers and pharmacies to have an emergency plan to delivery oxygen to patients’ homes during a public health emergency today received approval from the General Assembly.

“Patients who have emphysema and other chronic pulmonary diseases may experience medical complications as well as anxiety when they do not have access to their supplemental oxygen,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “People who require oxygen at home don’t need the added burden of worrying whether they will have access to it during a public emergency such as Superstorm Sandy when most of the state was virtually shut down. This measure ensures that providers have a plan to deliver life-sustaining oxygen when such a situation occurs.”

The bill (A-680) requires licensed oxygen providers and pharmacies to adopt an emergency action plan to deliver oxygen to a patient’s residence during a public health emergency.

 

Package of Muñoz Domestic Violence Bills Advance

TRENTON, N.J. – An Assembly panel today unanimously advanced a package of bills sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz advocating for more stringent protections for domestic violence victims. The vote was 6 to 0.

“These victims have suffered in silence for too long. We have viewed domestic violence as isolated incidents, not the epidemic it is,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or education level. It has permeated our families and our communities. While we have come a long way in providing protections for victims, our work isn’t done.”

The legislation cleared in committee today includes (A-4045) establishing a statewide therapeutic treatment program for children and families of victims, which is currently available in only 11 counties. Other measures include (A-4046) establishing standards for intervention programs; (AR-162) urging the state Supreme Court to create a technology task force within the court’s State Domestic Violence Working Group; and (AR-163) urging the state Supreme Court and attorney general to add members to their jointly-created County Domestic Violence Working Groups.

“These measures will help victims and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to stem this crisis. Children are especially affected by the violence they see at home,” continued Muñoz. “Studies show they are often depressed, aggressive, have little self-esteem and do poorly in school. Expanding therapy will greatly assist the healing process for these vulnerable, innocent children.”

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, while one in four men have been physically abused by a partner. Domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. Likewise, the coalition reports that one in 15 children have witnessed violence toward a parent or loved one in the home.

Muñoz sponsors several other domestic violence bills, including S-2483/A-412 that was signed last week by the governor. It prevents a person convicted of a domestic violence crime or who is under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing or purchasing firearms and requires the immediate surrender of any firearms along with purchaser identification cards and handgun permits.