The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee is responsible for the oversight of health care policy. Its focus is legislation that works to prevent disease, promote well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich the quality of life for residents and communities.
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Assembly OKs Bills to Deter Substance Abuse, Prevent Addiction & Promote Recovery

Asm. Daniel Benson Four bills aimed at decreasing the rate of drug abuse and preventing addiction in communities across New Jersey received approval from the Assembly on Thursday.

Part of an ongoing effort to create awareness, prevent abuse and promote recovery, sponsors of the bills noted that the four measures collectively represent the state's effort to produce a comprehensive solution to a multi-faceted problem.

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Caride Bill to Allow Schools to Administer Emergency Allergy Meds without Parental Consent Gets Final Legislative Approval

Legislation Assemblywoman Marlene Caride sponsored to require all schools in New Jersey to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors and permit trained personnel to administer the allergy medication in an emergency received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"Just having an EpiPen on hand can be the difference between a kid spending recess on the playground and spending it in the emergency room," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "If a child has his or her first allergic reaction at school and seconds count, it's critical that the school nurse can step in and help without hesitation."

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THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly Session

Bills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...

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MONDAY - Fining Colleges that Fail to Respond to Sexual Assault Allegations, Military Dependent Scholarship Act, E-Insurance for Drivers, Gold Alert System & Online Security Breach Notice Top Assembly Session

Truth in Caller ID, Combating Animal Cruelty, Easing Generators for Gas Stations & Health Care Facilities, Improved School Bus Driver Training & Youth Cardiac Exams Also on Tap

Bills to authorize the Attorney General to fine an institution of higher education that fails to appropriately respond to a student's allegation of sexual assault by another student, create the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act, allow drivers to use electronic proof of insurance, establish a Gold Alert system for missing persons with developmental disabilities and require consumer notice of online security breaches top Monday's Assembly voting session...

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MONDAY - Assembly Panel to Consider 5-Bill Package to Help Atlantic City & Measures to Reduce Rutgers Board of Trustees & Allow More Use of DNA as Crime Evidence

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will meet Monday morning to consider, among other bills, legislation to help Atlantic City's struggling economy, reduce membership of the Rutgers board of trustees and allow more use of DNA as crime evidence...


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Assembly Panel Advances Spencer Bill Inspired by Death at Orange Senior Housing Facility

Bill Would Require Plan for Notification of Next-of-Kin
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer to clearly delineate the responsibility for notifying the next of kin when a resident of a senior housing facility passes away was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill was inspired by the May death of a woman who lived in an Orange senior citizens facility whose family was not notified for nearly a week after her passing. According to news reports, legal responsibility for notifying the next-of-kin is unclear, which led to a breakdown in communication between the housing facility, local police and the medical examiner.

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Mukherji, Quijano, Pinkin & Garcia Bill to Promote Public Awareness and Education About Parkinsonís Disease Now Law

Asm. Raj Mukherji Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Annette Quijano Nancy Pinkin and Carmelo G. Garcia that would create a public awareness and education program about Parkinson's disease has been signed into law.

"An estimated 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "This is a disease that affects too many New Jersey families. The more we know about Parkinson's, the more we can help residents identify symptoms and find the resources they need to help themselves and their loved ones."

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