|Assembly Human Services|
Democratic Research Aide: Keith White
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Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Tucker, Wimberly & Downey Bill to Help Residents with Disabilities Access Services AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Cleopatra Tucker, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to increase awareness of the application processes for programs and services available to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities cleared the Assembly, 72-0, on Thursday.
"For many individuals with developmental disabilities, the ability to live independently and be economically stable depends on the ability to access the appropriate housing, transportation and the proper medical and behavioral care. Unfortunately, gaining that access can be a complex and confusing process," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This legislation will help ensure that residents of New Jersey who have developmental disabilities can get the services they need."
Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ban Housing Discrimination Against Disabled Residents with Guide/Service Dogs AdvancesAn Assembly panel has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle that guarantees full and equal access to all housing for disabled individuals who retain their retired service or guide dog as a pet, even if they obtain a new service or guide dog.
Vainieri Huttle noted that service and guide dogs often retire eventually due to age, infirmity, or other reasons. This change in status can be an obstacle for a disabled person who wants to keep their retired dog as a pet, yet still needs to obtain a new service dog, if their housing situation prohibits or limits animals.