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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Vainieri Huttle Appointed to Assembly Leadership Post of Deputy Speaker

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has appointed Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to serve in the leadership position of Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly.

"Valerie has long been an integral member of our caucus as a fierce advocate for some of our most vulnerable residents," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "This leadership post is a fitting appointment for one of our veteran caucus members."

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Tucker, Mosquera, Garcia & Wimberly Bill to Study Impact of Disabilities on Minorities in NJ Signed into Law

Legislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to study the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities has been signed into law.

The new law (S-900/A-3632) requires the commissioner of the Department of Health, in consultation with the commissioner of the Department of Human Services, to review the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities. The two department heads are required to submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the governor and the legislature within one year.

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Mosquera & Speaker Prieto Decry ‘Heat & Eat’ Bill Veto Override Failure

Asw. Gabriela Mosquera Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and Speaker Vincent Prieto on Thursday expressed their disappointment over the failure by Assembly Republicans to join Democrats in overriding Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill they sponsored to help low-income New Jersey residents access healthy meals. The measure initially cleared both houses of the legislature with more than enough support for an override.

"This boils down to a simple case of choosing between right and wrong. Assembly Republicans seemed to understand that when we first voted on the bill, and it's just disappointing that they failed to side with some of our most vulnerable residents this time around," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). ...

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Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Pinkin, Pintor Marin, Garcia & Tucker Bills to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient & Speed Up Delivery of Benefits Advances

Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Two Assembly approved bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin, Elian Pintor Marin, Carmelo Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for food benefits receive them in a timely manner were advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

"The number of people in New Jersey relying on SNAP has doubled in the last six years. And yet New Jersey ranks second to last in the country in meeting the federal requirement that SNAP applications be processed within 30 days,"? said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "?Families that struggle to keep food on the table should not have to wait longer than what is required by federal law. These legislative proposals put systems in place to help ensure that low-income families in New Jersey who are eligible for these benefits receive them in a timely manner..."

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RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY - Regulating Military Equipment Given to Police, Overriding Christie Heating & Food Aid Veto, Equitable Disaster Aid, Domestic Violence Protections, Moose's Law & E-Insurance Top Thursday Assembly Session

Safe Vehicle Rentals, Teen-age Mental Health Care, Storm Protections, Combating Invasive Plants & Volunteer Camera Registry Also on Tap

Regulating military equipment given to police departments, overriding Gov. Christie's veto of legislation increasing heating and food assistance to low-income families, ensuring disaster aid is allocated in proportion to actual damage, modernizing protections against domestic violence, banning people convicted of animal cruelty from working at animal-related jobs and allowing drivers to display electronic proof of insurance highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session…

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