Repealed Law Eliminates Consumer Data Collection Requirements on Certain Gift Cards

Governor Chris Christie had previously signed into law legislation to escheat gift card balances to the state after two years of inactivity. Through this arrangement, gift card companies would be required to gather personal consumer data at the point of purchase in order to track the funds for the purposes of collection. After over nine months of effective lobbying as part of a broad coalition of retailers and gift card companies, Porzio Governmental Affairs, on behalf of MasterCard Worldwide, was able to encourage the repeal of this law in February 2015, one month prior to the law's original impending deadline.

Reform of New Jersey's Bail System

On behalf of the American Civil Liberties of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ), we advocated for fundamental reform of our criminal justice system which culminated in the passage of the Constitutional question on bail reform on the November ballot, shifting the state's system for releasing prisoners prior to conviction, from one based on money, to one based on risk. The ACLU thanked Lynn Nowak for "providing critical information, opening the right doors and helping the ACLU to point its advocacy in strategic directions throughout the process."

Eligibility for County College Scholarship Program Clarified

Porzio Governmental Affairs was successful in seeing legislation enacted that expands educational opportunities for New Jersey students by clarifying eligibility for the New Jersey Stars scholarship program which enables top New Jersey students to get a head start on their higher education with free tuition at community colleges.

University Funding for a $10 Million Supercomputer

Representing one of the world's top technology companies, Porzio Governmental Affairs worked with Rutgers University to secure a $10,000,000 allocation for a Supercomputer to be located at the main campus in New Brunswick. As envisioned, the supercomputer (when constructed) would be the 57th most powerful system in the world, the 4th most powerful academic system in the country and the 2nd most powerful academic system on the east coast. The supercomputer funding was part of $2.1 billion in higher education funding that was made available through a General Obligation Construction Bond Fund approved by the voters in November 2012, as well as four preexisting higher education bond funds approved by New Jersey voters.

Absolute Veto of Legislation that would Criminalize Well-Established New Jersey Farmer Practices

On behalf of the National Pork Producer's Council, Porzio Governmental Affairs secured an absolute veto from the Governor regarding legislation that would criminalize well-established husbandry practices and render personal and corporate property of New Jersey farmers valueless. Despite significant legislative support, PGA was able to take a very emotional and misunderstood issue regarding the raising and care of livestock and educate key decision makers in both the Legislative and Executive Branches, providing them the information and legal authority necessary to agree with our client's position on this legislation. The result, an absolute veto of very unfavorable and potentially constitutionally flawed legislation, was directly related to PGA's ability to effectively and courageously advocate for our client's interests under a great deal of public and media scrutiny.

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