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------------------ PLEASE DON'T WAIT! E-MAIL AS SOON AS YOU GET THIS MANNY =========================================================== The ANNOTICO ALERT!!!!!! Further to our previous Notice: NEW JERSEYITES: NOW IS THE TIME !!!!!! Angelo Morresi notifies us that: we just received word that A-3693 bill is posted for a vote in the Assembly for MONDAY. Emails Sent over the Weekend will be waiting for your Assemblyperson on Monday Morning, in time for the Vote!!!! Telephone Calls may come too late. REMEMBER IT IS THE: Commission on Italian and Americans of Italian Heritage Culture & Education (Assembly, A-3693 and Senate, S-1782) These bills creates a Commission to establish curriculum guidelines for ITALIAN STUDIES to be taught in the elementary and secondary public and private schools. It also creates an Institute to be tied to a university of higher education. Apparently the conservatives of the Republican Party are against it, and the Democrats will not vote for this because Governor-elect McGreevey wants them to hold the line on spending during this lame duck section. The amount of money to be appropriated by this bill is MINISCULE and essentially only allows for an office, executive director and curriculum development and distribution ($350,000). A-3693 (Assembly version-Paul DiGaetano-- Prime sponsor) and S-1782 (Senate version Anthony Bucco --Prime sponsor) Governor Donald DeFrancesco is very supportive. Paul DiGaetano has worked extremely hard to get it through four Senate and Assembly hearings. PLEASE.....MAKE THOSE CALLS!! FIND YOUR ASSEMBLY PERSON ON THIS SITE: <A HREF="http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/html/roster.htm">New Jersey Legislature - General Assembly Alphabetical List</A> http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/html/roster.htm Click on the High Lighted Name to get their Email Address! NB: Vincenza Leonelli-Spina, President, Ridgefield Chaper of UNICO National, has sent a letter to Assemblyman DiGaetano expressing UNANIMOUS support of A-3693, by it's 81 members!! We will keep you posted on the progress of the companion bill in the N.J. Senate.