Nia H. Gill

27 Jun: Senate Approves Measure To Help Gift Cards Retain Value

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph Coniglio, Joseph Vitale and Nia Gill that would require retailers offering gift cards to disclose expiration dates and other conditions on those gift cards at time of purchase and restrict the fees that retailers can charge to gift card holders that carry a balance on the card passed the Senate Commerce Committee today.

“I think that when anyone buys or receives a gift card, they expect that it will be treated the same as cash at the store we purchase it from,” said Senator Coniglio, D-Bergen. “Unfortunately, some retailers have come to use expiration dates and hidden dormancy fees to reduce the value of these cards and increase their profit margins. Before buying a gift card, consumers deserve to know the terms and conditions of that card so they know exactly what they are buying.”

23 Jun: Gill Legislation To Divest Pension Investments In Sudan Advances

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill, D-Essex and Passaic, the prime sponsor of legislation that would require New Jersey to divest all state-administered pension investments held in companies with ties to the Sudanese government, issued the following statement regarding the unanimous approval of the bill today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:

“The actions being conducted in the name of ‘ethnic purity’ in the Sudan are an atrocity to human rights around the globe. The ongoing conflict in the Darfur region has claimed more than 200,000 lives since it began in 2003, and is nothing short of absolute religious genocide.

23 Jun: Gill / Bryant Measure To Require Posting Of Voter Rights Passes Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Nia H. Gill and Wayne R. Bryant that would require county boards of election to post a “Voters Bill of Rights” notice at each polling place before the opening of polls on election day was approved today by the Senate.

“It only makes sense that the rights of voters be posted at polling places,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “This bill would help to alleviate any questions that may arise when residents are exercising their right to vote. We want New Jerseyans to be able to make informed decisions.”

23 Jun: Senator Gill Says Blocking Clean Needle Programs Will Cost Lives

TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill today said the state appeals court ruling which will block the start of needle exchange programs in Atlantic City and Camden is “yet another delay which will cost lives” in the face of efforts to thwart the spread of HIV and AIDS in New Jersey.

“The faces of HIV/AIDS are the faces of women and children,” said Senator Gill, D-Montclair. “These are the lives that are paying the price for failed action.”

23 Jun: Senate Approves Gill-Rice Bill To Record Gang-Related Incidents

TRENTON – The Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senators Nia H. Gill and Ronald Rice to require law enforcement officials to record whether criminal incidents are related to street gangs when periodic police reports are sent to the State Attorney General.

The bill, S-2125, also would require that fingerprint records include a designation as to whether a crime was gang related. The bill passed 37-0 and now awaits action in the Assembly.

16 Jun: Vitale-Gill Bill To Protect Gift Card Consumers Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Nia H. Gill which would enact a number of protections for gift card consumers, including a provision requiring that gift cards could not expire within a two-year period after purchase, was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee today.

“Many people save a gift card for a rainy day, but with little in the way of regulation, they may be surprised at the register to find that their gift card is either no longer valid, or has been severely diminished in value,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “Businesses should not be allowed to take advantage of their customers’ delay in redeeming gift cards, especially when such a delay may be no fault of the redeemer in the first place. Reasonable regulation is more than fair, and will put New Jersey at the forefront of consumer protection in regards to gift cards.”

23 May: Gill Measure Advances To Require Gang-Related Incidents

TRENTON – The Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee today released a bill sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill to require law enforcement officials to record whether criminal incidents are related to street gangs when they make their periodic reports to the State Attorney General.

The bill, S-2125, also would require that fingerprint records include a designation as to whether a crime was gang related. Approved without objection, the bill now awaits action before the full Senate.

16 May: Gill-Rice Bill Advances To Help Seniors’ Move To Assisted Living

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Sens. Nia H. Gill and Ronald L. Rice to authorize seniors to terminate residential leases when they gain access to an assisted living facility, nursing home, continuing care community or low or moderate income housing received final legislative approval today in the Assembly.

“Senior citizens should not be forced to endure heavy financial burdens when they must move from rental housing to assisted living or to a nursing home,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “This bill will provide a measure of tranquility for families helping their elder loved ones get settled in an assisted living environment.”

16 May: Rice/Gill’s Gangland Task Force Received Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Nia H. Gill which would create a 26-member Gangland Security Task Force to examine the activities of gangs and the effect that these gangs have on communities, received final approval today.

“Gangs are taking over our streets and the safety of our residents is at stake,” said Senator Rice. D-Essex. “Whether you live in Princeton or Newark, gangs are growing and no neighborhood is safe. We need to come together as a united community and find alternative activities to gang banging.”

12 May: Gill-Rice Bill To Ease Seniors’ Move To Assisted Living, Nursing Homes

TRENTON – The Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Sens. Nia H. Gill and Ronald L. Rice to authorze seniors to break residential leases if they are accepted into an assisted living facility, nursing home, continuing care community or low or moderate income housing.

“It’s appropriate to help seniors in their transition to assisted living without forcing to endure financial burdens,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “With this legislation, families will get help in securing the proper living environment for their elder loved ones.”