The Assembly Human Services Committee is responsible for legislation that impacts individuals and families with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and addictions; and individuals and families with low incomes.
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Tucker, Caputo, Giblin, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Increase Personal Needs Allowance for Some of State’s Most Vulnerable Residents Clears Assembly

Asw. Cleopatra Tucker Legislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Tom Giblin Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to increase the monthly personal needs allowance for residents in certain state facilities for the first time in 30 years gained Assembly approval on Thursday.

"For some men and women who require special attention, long-term care may be the best option, and it's important that residents of these facilities can remain as independent as possible," said Tucker (D-Essex). "By increasing the personal needs allowance and tying it to the cost of living, this bill will help ensure that individuals in state institutions can have the highest quality of life possible."

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Assembly Approves Lagana, Mazzeo, Eustace, Andrzejczak & Vainieri Huttle Fixes to Improve Delivery of Long-Term & Community-Based Services for the Elderly

Three-Bill Package Based on State Audit is also Designed to Maximize Federal Funding to Save New Jersey Taxpayers Money
The full Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Vince Mazzeo, Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to improve the delivery of existing state programs and services in order to help the elderly maximize their independence while also protecting taxpayer dollars.

The bills were based on recommendations from a recent State Auditor report on selected community-based senior programs within the state Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services. The programs, which are funded by the state and federal government and the Casino Revenue Fund, are designed to provide services to elderly residents to avoid unnecessary institutional placement.

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THURSDAY - Testing Opt-Out, Pollution Settlements, Prescription Drug Monitoring, Atlantic City UEZ, Improving Medical Marijuana Program & Displaced Casino Worker Job Training Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Lottery Couriers Budget Transparency, Economic Incentive Study, Stolen Valor Act, Student Steroid Abuse, Elderly Care, School Breakfast & Motor Vehicle Data Privacy Bills Also on Tap

Legislation to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing, require more money from pollution settlements be used for clean-up and extend the public comment period for pollution settlements, improve prescription drug monitoring to curb abuse, bring an Urban Enterprise Zone and property tax relief to Atlantic City, improving the medical marijuana program and provide training to displaced casino workers highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session...

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Assembly Panel Approves Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Help Bring Food Assistance Program Directly to Residents after Chronic Programming Delays

An Assembly panel has approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to establish an enrollment program to help make sure New Jersey's most vulnerable families get the food assistance they need.

The bill (A-4090) would establish the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment program in the Department of Human Services (DHS).

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Democratic Bill to Ban Production, Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in N.J. Now Law

Asm. Patrick Diegnan Sponsors Cite Rising Environmental Concerns; NJ Joins Other States, including New York, in Introducing Legislation Aimed at Eliminating Microbeads from Personal Products

A bill Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace, Linda Stender, Marlene Caride and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads is now law.

"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), noting that some companies have begun to phase out the use of microbeads voluntarily. "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life."

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