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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano & Holley Bill to Make Driverís Licenses Expire on Motoristsí Birthdays Heads to Govís Desk

Measure Aimed at Reducing MVC Congestion on Last Day of Each Month
Legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley sponsored to reduce lines and wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices gained final legislative approval from the full Senate on Thursday.

Under current law, driver's licenses expire every four years on the last day of the calendar month in which the license was issued. Under the bill (S-2564/A-4115), a motorist's driver's license would expire every four years on his or her birthday.

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Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wisniewski, Johnson & Mukherji Bill to Prohibit Enforcement of Immigration Ban Heads to Governor

Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Legislation Would Forbid Enforcement of Federal Executive Order by Port Authority Employees

Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, John Wisniewski, Gordon Johnson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to stop enforcement of a federal executive order restricting immigration to the United States received final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor's desk.

"Some of the world's most desperate people are fleeing their home countries to seek safety in the United States. President Trump's ban is founded upon falsehoods - from the suggestion that refugees haven't already been thoroughly vetted to the notion that they want to cause Americans harm," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "New Jersey is fundamentally opposed to this ill-conceived measure, and we must take steps to prevent its enforcement."

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Eustace, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Kennedy & Benson Bill to Require NJ's Full Participation in RGGI Heads to Gov

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, James Kennedy and Daniel Benson sponsored to require New Jersey's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cleared the Senate, 23-15, on Thursday.

The bill (A-4701) would require the state's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative effort among nine states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Chris Christie withdrew from the program early in his first term.

"From the very beginning, we believed that entering into agreements with other states would further the purposes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Global Warming Response Act," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The governor's withdrawal from RGGI blatantly disregarded the importance of our participation in RGGI to reducing greenhouse gas emission in our state. A return to the RGGI pact with full participation will get New Jersey back on the right environmental track."

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Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Muoio, Lagana, Lampitt & Mukherji Bill to Require Emergency Response Plans for High-Hazard Rail Heads to Governor

Measure Sets Emergency Preparedness Standards for Transport of Oil, Other Hazardous Substances

Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride, Elizabeth Muoio, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require those transporting hazardous products by rail to develop emergency preparedness plans received final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor.

"New Jersey has a strong history of environmental protection, and by working to mitigate the impact of an accident before it even happens, we can continue building on that history," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. "Those who own and operate oil trains and other locomotives transporting hazardous materials have a responsibility both to be proactive about preventing catastrophes and to be prepared to react swiftly if they do occur."

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Downey & Wimberly Opioid Antidote Bill Clears Legislature

Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without Rx
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved by the full Senate, 38-0, on Thursday.

The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to any person, without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by a prescriber or, upon request by the pharmacist, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Commissioner of Health or the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services.

"This bill takes a different approach in permitting individual pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Department of Health," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Ultimately, this means the possibility of more lives saved if a pharmacist doesn't have to obtain an individual order from a physician each time."

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Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mosquera, Wimberly, Jimenez, Pintor Marin & Mukherji Bill to Prohibit Eviction Due to Domestic Violence Victim Status Clears Assembly

Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Benjie Wimberly, Angelica Jimenez, Eliana Pintor Marin and Raj Mukherji sponsored to provide rental and lease protections for domestic violence victims was approved by the General Assembly on Monday.

"Victims of domestic violence must deal with their lives being thrown into upheaval," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The last thing they need is to have their home uprooted through no fault of their own."

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Mosquera, Barclay, Jones, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt & Downey Legislation to Create Domestic Violence Policy for Public Employers Clears Assembly

Measure Would Encourage Victims to Seek Confidential Help at Work
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsored to establish a protocol to help public employers support employees who are victims of domestic violence gained approval Monday in the Assembly.

The bill (A-4124) would require the Civil Service Commission to develop a uniform domestic violence policy, which all public employers shall adopt and distribute to employees. The policy would encourage victims of domestic violence to seek confidential assistance from the human resources department at work.

"Domestic violence affects the lives of many state workers throughout New Jersey," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). "There should be a policy in place to guide human resource workers in helping state employees in the workplace who are dealing with domestic violence."

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Assembly Approves Eustace, Johnson, Muoio, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle 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 Resources
(TRENTON) - The General Assembly on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle 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."

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Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Oliver & Mosquera Bill to Help Prevent Head Injuries in Intramural Sports Heads to Governorís Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Sheila Oliver and Gabriela Mosquera to help protect students who play intramural sports from head injuries received final legislative approval unanimously from the General Assembly on Monday.

"Concussions are among the most common injuries sustained by student athletes," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Students participating in intramural sports run the same risk of suffering a head injury as those playing in interscholastic athletic competitions. This bill would extend the same brain injury safety protocols for students who play interscholastic sports to intramural sports as well."

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Eustace, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora, Kennedy & Benson Bill to Require NJ's Full Participation in RGGI Clears Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora, James Kennedy and Daniel Benson sponsored to require New Jersey's full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative gained General Assembly approval on Monday.

"From the very beginning, we believed that entering into agreements with other states would further the purposes of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Global Warming Response Act," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The governor's withdrawal from RGGI blatantly disregarded the importance of our participation in RGGI to reducing greenhouse gas emission in our state. A return to the RGGI pact with full participation will get New Jersey back on the right environmental track."

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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Schaer, McKeon & Muoio Legislation to Crack Down on Bias-Based False Threats Clears Assembly

Bill was inspired by string of bomb threats that rocked Jewish Community Centers in New Jersey & across the country earlier this year
The full Assembly on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Gary Schaer, John McKeon and Elizabeth Maher Muoio to stiffen the penalties for creating a false public alarm in light of the string of bomb threats that rocked the Jewish community in New Jersey and throughout the country earlier this year.

"This sends a strong message that hate-based intimidation will not be tolerated," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "While the persistent threats we saw earlier this year may have subsided, we want to make it clear that these types of bigoted threats will not be tolerated in our state."

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Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Oliver, Tucker, Quijano & Johnson Bill to Ensure Equal Access to State Contracts for Women- & Minority-Owned Businesses Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Sheila Oliver, Cleopatra Tucker, Annette Quijano and Gordon Johnson to ensure that women- and minority-owned businesses in New Jersey have equal access to state contracts was approved Monday by the Assembly.

"While progress has been made, women- and minority-business owners continue to face challenges that limit their ability to grow," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The provisions in this legislation are necessary to ensure that the equality of opportunity guaranteed by federal and state law are available to minority-owned and women-owned businesses in this state."

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