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Diegnan, Johnson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Require Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement Officers Clears PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan Jr., Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to establish mandatory sexual assault training requirements for law enforcement officers was advanced recently by an Assembly panel.
"Law enforcement officers must focus on protecting sexual assault victims and bringing perpetrators to justice," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By ensuring that all officers receive proper training, this legislation will help create a New Jersey where victims know they will be supported and offenders know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Assembly Panel Advances Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Sumter Bill Package to Overhaul Delivery of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services in Prison
Bills Would Address Underlying Problems, Boost Long-Term Outcomes, Break Cycle of Recidivism & Save Taxpayer MoneyAn Assembly panel on Tuesday approved a package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to overhaul the delivery of substance abuse and mental health treatment throughout the state's prison system in order to improve long-term outcomes for the incarcerated and save taxpayer dollars.
The bills are part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Vainieri Huttle, Sumter & Mukherji Bill to Create Addiction Treatment Consumer Report Card Approved by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter and Raj Mukherji to create a consumer report card on addiction treatment providers was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee at a special hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.
The bill is part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Assembly Human Services Committee to Hold Special Hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson to Address Opiate Addiction CrisisThe Assembly Human Services Committee will hold a special off-site hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday to hear testimony on ways in which the state's opioid addiction prevention efforts can be strengthened and its treatment services enhanced.
The hearing will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 28, in room DH4468 of Dickinson Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ. The hearing will also be streamed live online here.
Eustace, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Caride Legislation to Encourage Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Moves ForwardLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Marlene Caride to provide a safe way for New Jersey residents to dispose of prescription drugs continued advancing Monday.
"Disposing of unused prescription drugs properly is equally as important as taking them as prescribed," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Prescription drug abuse is prevalent in many communities, and much of that abuse begins at home where the drugs are easily accessible..."
Bipartisan Port Authority Reform Legislation Gets OK from Assembly PanelComprehensive bi-state, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Residents of New Jersey depend on the Port Authority every day, and they deserve nothing less than an agency that makes them a priority," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "As the legislature continues to investigate last year's unexplained George Washington Bridge lane closures, it's critical that we address the root of the problem - that this overwhelmingly flawed agency has no sense of accountability whatsoever."
Garcia, Mainor, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Legal Representation for Children When Parental Rights Are Terminated Advances(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently released legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo Garcia, Charles Mainor, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to authorize Office of Public Defender to provide legal representation for child in proceedings after parental rights have been terminated.
"This legislation ensures the protection of our children in legal matters if their parents are deemed incapable. The state should absolutely step in to protect children in these situations," said Garcia (D-Hudson).