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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Mosquera: Fighting the War on PovertyAssemblywoman Gabriella M. Mosquera had the following op-ed published Friday on www.newjerseynewsroom.com:
"As the U.S. economy struggles to recover, it is the families who have fallen into poverty that are the hardest hit…
"Some may ask, "Why should I care?" claiming that it is not their responsibility to bailout the poor and that providing those in poverty with a safety net will only make them dependent. Well, to these individuals, I say--anyone of us is just one incident, one grievous accident away from losing it all. It takes only one catastrophic event in our life to catapult any of us into poverty…"
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Prieto & Vainieri Huttle on Importance of Allowing Adoptees Access to Original Birth Records for Medical & Family HistoriesAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued a multimedia package Friday in which they discuss the importance of legislation to allow New Jersey adoptees access to their original birth certificates and family history for medical purposes.
The bill (A-1259) would allow adoptees, 18 years old or older, to request from the state registrar access to an uncertified, long form copy of their original birth certificate. Under the bill, adult adoptees would also have the right to contact the adoption agency, or any intermediaries who facilitated the adoption, to obtain any available medical or family history information contained in their adoption records.
Prieto, Jimenez, Vainieri Huttle Bill Opening Access to Original Birth Certificates for Adoptees Heads to Governor’s Desk
Legislation Would Also Provide Access to Family History, While Protecting Privacy of Birth ParentsBy a vote of 44-27-3, the General Assembly on Thursday granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywomen Angelica Jimenez and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that will give adoptees in New Jersey access to their original birth certificates and family history while being mindful of privacy issues.
"We've heard many heartfelt stories about the need for adoptees to access their birth records simply because they are facing a crisis and need to know more about their family medical history," said Prieto (D-Hudson). "This is information that many of us take for granted, but adoptees often cannot access through no fault of their own. This is a compassionate plan to help many adoptees learn more about themselves while still protecting the rights of the birth parents."