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Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Lampitt, Johnson, McKnight & Sumter Bill to Guard Against Loss of Health Care Services for the Most Vulnerable Gains Final Legislative Approval
Bill Would Create Oversight Mechanism to Monitor Christie Administration's New Fee-For-Service Payment Model for Treatment ServicesLegislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Gordon Johnson, Angela McKnight and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to ensure that the state does not recklessly limit access to health care treatment by changing the way it pays treatment service providers gained final legislative approval 66-2 Wednesday by the full Assembly.
The bill (A-4146) was prompted by the state's decision to begin transitioning most community-based health care treatment services from the traditionally-used cost reimbursement system to a fee-for-service reimbursement system this past summer. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to require all providers to complete the transition by July 2017, while the Division of Developmental Disabilities is transitioning providers in a more gradual fashion.
Mazzeo & Johnson Bill to Honor Fallen Trooper Frankie Williams Gains Assembly Committee Approval31-Year-Old Rookie Officer Died in Highway 55 Head-On Collision in December
Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo and Gordon Johnson sponsored to honor the memory of State Trooper Frankie Williams, who in December was tragically killed in the line of duty, was advanced Wednesday by an Assembly committee.
"Trooper Frankie Williams was a dedicated Atlantic County public servant who pursued a career in law enforcement and made the ultimate sacrifice while working to protect the people of New Jersey," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Every time anyone drives down Route 322 near his home, they should think of Trooper Williams and how many lives he touched in just 31 years."
Assembly Democratic Bill Package to Provide Free Mental Health Services, Facilitate Access to Benefits & Resources to Gold Star Families Approved by Assembly
Bills Sponsored by Greenwald, Johnson, Land, Andrzejczak, Mazzeo, Houghtaling, Benson, Jones, Mukherji & DanielsenA legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Gordon Johnson, Bruce R. Land, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Patricia Jones, Raj Mukherji and Joseph Danielsen to provide mental health services and other resources to Gold Star families was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
The term "Gold Star" describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. A Gold Star Family member is defined to mean a spouse, domestic partner, partner in a civil union, parent, brother, sister, child, legal guardian, or other legal custodian.
"Gold Star families have given the greatest sacrifice they can for our freedoms, and we need to do our part to support them," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "These bills will provide needed support to navigate the challenges and difficulties they face in the wake of losing a loved one."
Assembly Panel Approves Eustace, Johnson & Muoio Bill Package Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran, & Disabled Residents
Bills Will Also Ensure that LGBT Residents Are Properly Counted to Ensure They are Adequately Served by State ResourcesAn Assembly panel on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Elizabeth Maher Muoio to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents and ensure they are being properly served by state resources.
"LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans often face discrimination and bias in the workplace and transgender individuals, in particular, are disproportionately unemployed due to discrimination," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This legislation would help them overcome certain discriminations by providing access to business assistance programs that are currently provided to other minority communities in the state."
Johnson & Benson Bill Requiring Disclosure of Money Spent by State & Local Governments on Lobbying Activities AdvancesAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Daniel Benson to improve transparency by requiring lobbyists to disclose the money they receive from state and local government entities to lobby any government agency.
The sponsors noted that a 2009 Comptroller report found that state government entities spent close to $4 million on lobbying firms to lobby state government.
Johnson Bill to Help Employees Ensure their Wages are Calculated Properly Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation Assemblyman Gordon Johnson sponsored to give employees the ability to determine whether their wages are being properly calculated was advanced Monday by the Assembly Labor Committee.
"Receiving this type of information will give employees the ability to determine if their wages are being properly calculated," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This will increase employer accountability and protect employees from intentional or inadvertent wage calculation errors. This is a pro-worker, pro-middle class bill..."