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Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Jimenez Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation Honors Zackhary Simmons, 21-Year-Old Man Killed In June Accident
Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to establish an emergency alert system to help more quickly apprehend drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents cleared an Assembly committee on Thursday.
"I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught," said Chaparro (D-Hudson).
Schaer, Jasey, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Muoio College Affordability & Preparedness Legislation Advanced by Higher Ed PanelThe Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday advanced a four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Mila Jasey, Daniel R. Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Elizabeth Muoio aimed at helping New Jersey residents better navigate the college process before, during and after their time on campus.
"Too many students today are unprepared entering into a higher education system that leads them to incur crushing student loan debt," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to provide a path forward for New Jersey students by allowing them access to college curricula in high school, opening higher education possibilities and exposing them to the academic rigor ahead, and then providing them an option for a debt-free future..."
McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Caputo, Jasey & Downey Bill to Create Law Enforcement Assisted Addiction Safe Havens Becomes Law(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Ralph Caputo, Mila Jasey and Joann Downey that would establish law enforcement assisted addiction and recovery referral programs throughout the state was signed into law on Wednesday.
"The nation's heroin and opioid related overdose deaths have increased dramatically in recent years. In New Jersey, alone, the overdose death rate is currently three times the national rate. Clearly more needs to be done," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Similar programs we've studied have shown marked success in cultivating a safe environment where those suffering from addiction feel comfortable coming forward to seek treatment. The new law will hopefully help improve the lives of those struggling with addiction."
Moriarty, Vainieri Huttle & McKnight Bill to Create Public Website Detailing State Expenditures Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Angela McKnight sponsored to require the state to create and maintain a comprehensive public website with state expenditure data recently gained approval from the General Assembly.
"A state expenditure website would provide New Jersey residents with an easily accessible and comprehensive one-stop source for information," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Taxpayers have a right to be able to go online and find out where their money is going."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Heads to GovernorLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor's desk.
"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."
Assembly Dems Bill Forgiving Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower’s Death or Permanent Disability Heads to Governor’s Desk
Mazzeo, Zwicker, Jasey, Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Jones, Eustace, Land, Gusciora, Andrzejczak, Downey, Houghtaling & Mukherji Bill would Eliminate Student Loan Debt in the Event of Death or Permanent DisabilityThe Senate granted final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that would forgive certain student loan debt in the event of a borrower's death or total permanent disability, a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Andrew Zwicker, Mila Jasey, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Patricia Jones, Tim Eustace, Bruce Land, Reed Gusciora, Bob Andrzejczak, Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Raj Mukherji.
"Imagine you're a family who always pays their bills, has good credit and then you lose a child and in the midst of your grief, you're saddled with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in their remaining student loan debt," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "That's just something we can't allow to happen on our watch."
Assembly Passes Pinkin, Sumter, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora & Muoio Bill to Restrict Use of Solitary Confinement in N.J. Prisons(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Shavonda Sumter, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora and Elizabeth Muoio sponsored to restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s prisons passed the full Assembly, 45-26-1, on Thursday. “There is significant proof that solitary confinement can have a severe, long-term negative impact on an inmate’s mental health,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “While solitary confinement is necessary in some cases, the use of isolation in New Jersey’s correctional facilities does irreparable psychological damage that affects people while they are in prison and detracts from former inmates’ ability to make positive contributions to their communities thereafter.” For More
Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Tucker, Wimberly & Downey Bill to Help Residents with Disabilities Access Services AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Cleopatra Tucker, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to increase awareness of the application processes for programs and services available to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities cleared the Assembly, 72-0, on Thursday.
"For many individuals with developmental disabilities, the ability to live independently and be economically stable depends on the ability to access the appropriate housing, transportation and the proper medical and behavioral care. Unfortunately, gaining that access can be a complex and confusing process," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This legislation will help ensure that residents of New Jersey who have developmental disabilities can get the services they need."
Lagana, Singleton, Moriarty & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Foster Treasury Department Transparency Clears AssemblyMeasure Would Create Committee to Develop Public Finance Site, Publicize Central Accounting Data
Legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Troy Singleton, Paul Moriarty and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to make data regarding public finances in New Jersey more accessible to everyday residents gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.
"New Jersey's taxpayers deserve an easy way to understand how their money is being spent," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "A website that makes information on state finances clear and simple to find will further transparency in the state."
Assembly Approves Conaway, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & McKnight Bill to Help Increase Affordability of EpiPens Amidst Skyrocketing CostsThe full Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Angela McKnight to help increase the affordability of EpiPens by requiring them to once again be sold as single units rather than in multiples.
Specifically, the bill (A-4094) would prohibit manufacturers or distributors of epinephrine auto-injectors for patients in New Jersey from marketing or distributing the devices in a fashion that requires a patient to purchase multiple epinephrine auto-injectors in a single transaction.
Zwicker, Prieto, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt & Muoio Measure to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Planned Parenthood Clears General AssemblyResolution Reaffirms Women's Fundamental Right to Reproductive Health Care
Legislation Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Elizabeth Muoio sponsored to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood's founding gained approval Thursday in the General Assembly.
"We will not rest until access to health care is a reality for all people," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "We must build equity into a health care system that has left many communities behind. In the world we want, all people have full control of their own bodies and can determine their own destinies. Planned Parenthood is determined to fight for this vision, now and always."