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Mukherji, Lampitt, Eustace, Lagana, Johnson & Downey Measure to Help Homeless Veterans Secure Housing Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Pamela Lampitt, Tim Eustace Joseph Lagana, Gordon Johnson and Joann Downey sponsored to help homeless veterans in New Jersey secure housing gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.
"With thousands of veterans among New Jersey's homeless population, this legislation will set aside vouchers and catalyze the construction of new affordable housing units to ensure that those who served our country in uniform are not abandoned when they need our support," said Mukherji (D-Hudson), a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who served in military intelligence. "There is no excuse for us not to deploy every tool at our disposal to combat veteran homelessness, and this bill is part of a multi-faceted effort to do just that."
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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera, Sumter & Wimberly 'Breakfast after the Bell' Bill Heads to Gov's Desk
Measure Would Establish an Incentive Fund for the School Breakfast ProgramLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to create an incentive fund to support the Breakfast after the Bell program received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class.
"Breakfast after the Bell is one of the most important programs offered to students in our school districts," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "A fund will encourage schools to adopt a model that will feed more students in the school year and continue to prepare children for their day of learning."
Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, McKnight, Holley, Mukherji, Zwicker & Wimberly Bill to Create Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities AdvancesLegislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Angela McKnight, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to create an ombudsman to serve as an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities recently gained approval from the General Assembly.
"Navigating state and federal laws and bureaucracy can be overwhelming for anyone," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. "For those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it can be downright frustrating, which can deter some individuals and families from accessing much-needed services that may be available to help them. This is counterproductive and in no one's best interest. By creating an ombudsman to help guide them through the state and federal labyrinth of services, we can help individuals become more self-sufficient, thriving members of the community."
Assembly Democratic Legislation to Boost Funding for Women’s Health Care Heads to GovernorBills Would Expand Medicaid Coverage for Women's Health, Provide $7.5M for Family Planning
A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost funding in the state's budget for health care for low- and middle-income women and their children gained approval from the General Assembly and the Senate on Monday. The measures now head to the governor's desk.
"This legislation represents the fundamental idea that all residents of New Jersey have a right to health care and the freedom to make personal choices about their well-being - regardless of gender or income level," said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). "This legislation will go a long way toward helping more women in New Jersey take charge of their health."
Assembly Dems' Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Approved by Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Muoio, Marlene Caride, L. Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera and Cleopatra Tucker to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases cleared the Assembly on Monday, 77-0.
Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Pinkin, Mukherji, Lampitt & Mazzeo Bill Barring State Pension Investments in Anti-Israel Companies Gains Assembly Approval
Legislation is in Response to the "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" Movement against IsraelBy a vote of 69-3-2, the full Assembly on Monday approved a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Nancy Pinkin, Raj Mukherji, Pamela Lampitt and Vince Mazzeo prohibiting the investment of New Jersey public employee retirement funds in any company that boycotts, divests, or sanctions Israel or Israeli businesses.
Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Pinkin, Mukherji and Lampitt all took part in a legislative study mission to Israel earlier this year where they gained insight into how Israel, a $1.7 billion trade partner with New Jersey, provides international leadership in new technology and humanitarian assistance and works to achieve peace and address the security concerns of its citizens.
Schaer, Prieto, Lagana, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Quijano & Wimberly 'Secure Schools for All Children Act' Heads to Gov's DeskLegislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to establish a state aid program for security services, equipment or technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for students attending nonpublic schools received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"School security has become a paramount concern in recent years, particularly in light of the many tragedies we've witnessed across the country and around the world," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "While we've taken many steps to increase security efforts throughout our public schools, much more needs to be done, and we cannot overlook the needs of students in nonpublic schools in the process."