The Assembly Women and Children Committee handles issues concerning the status of women and families and the welfare of children.
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Speaker Prieto Welcomes President Obama's Immigration ActionsHails Action as Pro-Family & Common Sense
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Friday praising President Obama's executive actions on immigration:
"When I came here from Cuba as a boy with my mother, we had very little and had to work hard to improve our lives. I would not have gotten to where I am now without strong support from family and friends, but also the educational opportunities provided by government. This has shaped my governing philosophy.
"I believe government must play a role in helping give people a leg up so they can reach the American Dream. That's why I'm so pleased to see President Obama this strong executive action on immigration that could help an estimated 137,000 New Jersey residents..."
O’Donnell, Cryan, Jasey & Pinkin Bill to Help Ensure Students Have Nutritious Meals at School Clears Senate PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jason O'Donnell, Joseph Cryan, Mila Jasey and Nancy Pinkin that would require schools to notify parents before denying children meals at school due to nonpayment was approved recently by a Senate panel.
"This bill will help ensure that a student is not suddenly denied a school breakfast or lunch because the district determines that the student's food bill is in arrears," said O'Donnell (D-Hudson). "In order to put the student's best interests first, we need to take a compassionate, yet practical, approach when it comes this sensitive issue."
Prieto, Pinkin, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Help Diagnose & Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries in At-Risk Youth OK’d by Assembly
Bill Aims to Decrease Incarceration Rates by Capturing & Treating More Undiagnosed CasesBy a vote of 53-15-6, the full Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson to identify at-risk children and young adults with brain injuries in cooperation with the state's mental health and juvenile justice systems.
The lawmakers noted that a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicated that half of all 16- to 18-year-olds in New York City's jails said they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most of which were caused by assaults.