Assembly Women and Children

The Assembly Women and Children Committee handles issues concerning the status of women and families and the welfare of children.
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Sumter: Today We Strengthen Families

Remarks on the Governor's Signing of Women's Healthcare Funding Bills
(TRENTON) - Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda E. Sumter (D- Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement on the signing of bills restoring women's healthcare funding:
"Today, we strengthen families by enabling women to take the best care of themselves.
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Greenwald Praises Gov. Murphy for Restoring Funding for Women's Health Care

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) on Wednesday issued the following statement praising Governor Murphy for signing a pair of Democratic bills that will restore healthcare funding for women and children in New Jersey:

"Families in New Jersey have waited eight long years for this.

"Thank you Gov. Murphy for delivering on this promise

"For eight years, we tried to get this funding restored only to see it blocked each and every time by the former governor. We never let up because we understood that access to reproductive health care and family planning services was not only morally right, but fiscally smart. This will ensure that women and children, who lack health insurance or are underinsured, will have access to preventative care so they don't end up in emergency rooms with more serious illnesses that end up costing taxpayers more in the long run…"

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Assembly Dem Bill Package to Keep Sexual Predators Out of Schools, Teach Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention to Students Approved by Assembly

Bills sponsored by Downey, Lampitt, Lagana, Caputo, Giblin, Vainieri Huttle & Danielsen
The General Assembly on Thursday approved a four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Lagana, Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Joseph Danielsen to teach students about consent and sexual assault, and thoroughly vet prospective school employees for allegations of sexual misconduct involving children to prevent sexual predators from working in schools.

"We need to empower our children so they understand what is appropriate and what is not so they can protect themselves," said Lampitt. "We also need to have a more stringent employment history review process to prevent individuals who have been accused of sexual wrongdoing in one school from going to another school and hurting other children."

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Greenwald, Lampitt & Mosquera "Jake's Law" Bill to Create Inclusive Playgrounds to Better Serve NJ Families with Disabilities Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington), Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester) to make playgrounds in New Jersey inclusive and capable of catering to children and parents with different types of disabilities was approved Thursday by the Assembly

"Many parks, including those that are Americans with Disabilities compliant, do not have proper wheelchair access and equipment suitable for all visitors," said Greenwald. "Inclusive playgrounds allow every child to participate, and allow adults with special needs and accommodations to play with their children on the playground. That should be the goal moving forward."

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