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Vainieri Huttle: Time to say no to sexual assaults on college campuses

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published Friday in The Record of Hackensack:


"Just look at the statistics: One in five women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and 42 percent of female victims are sexually assaulted before the age of 25, making a woman's college years critical.

"I applaud Ramapo College for undertaking a thorough review of their sexual assault policies under the leadership of former Attorney General Anne Milgram, and William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron for taking swift action upon learning of the serious assault alleged on her campus. But campus sexual assault is not the isolated concern of these two schools. It is a public safety, education and human-rights issue that affects every student, woman and man, in every institution of higher education in our state.

"New Jersey can and must do better in protecting students from becoming victims of sexual assault and from committing sexual crimes..."


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Moriarty & Vainieri Huttle Bill Targeting Unsolicited Check Scams Gets Assembly OK

Bars Sending Checks to Consumers That Once Cashed Enroll Them in Costly Programs

Revised legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to make it illegal to mail unsolicited checks that once cashed enroll consumers in costly programs was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly.

"These so-called free money offers are at their best deceptive and, at their worst, downright dishonest," Moriarty said. "Right now, consumers are at their most vulnerable to fall for a scheme that appears to offer them instant cash but would end up costing them much more in the long-run..."

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Garcia, Mainor, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Legal Representation for Children When Parental Rights Are Terminated Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo Garcia, Charles Mainor, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to authorize the Office of Public Defender to provide legal representation for children in proceedings after parental rights have been terminated was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"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).

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Assembly OKs Bills to Deter Substance Abuse, Prevent Addiction & Promote Recovery

Four bills aimed at decreasing the rate of drug abuse and preventing addiction in communities across New Jersey received approval from the Assembly on Thursday.

Part of an ongoing effort to create awareness, prevent abuse and promote recovery, sponsors of the bills noted that the four measures collectively represent the state's effort to produce a comprehensive solution to a multi-faceted problem.

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Conaway, Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Pinkin Measure to Create Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program & Address Fraud Clears Assembly

Measure Aims to Curb Abuse and Help Residents' Reduce Monthly Medicaid Costs
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway M.D., Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Nancy Pinkin to increase efficiency in the state Medicaid program and reduce monthly costs for recipients was approved in the Assembly on Thursday, 67-0.

The bill (A-1951) would establish the Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program. The pilot program would be designed to reduce average monthly cost to Medicaid for recipients within the pilot program area by an amount that is relative to the costs of implementing the pilot program.

"Many residents rely on Medicaid services for healthcare," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Developing a more efficient system for Medicaid would preserve the integrity of the program and make it more accessible to those who truly need it. This pilot program would help us discover if and how we may improve the system."

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Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Mosquera & Spencer Bill to Create Gold Alert System Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Gabriela Mosquera and Grace L. Spencer to facilitate the immediate circulation of information about missing persons with developmental disabilities was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "We must do all we can to ensure missing individuals can return home safe and sound, especially when we have all the necessary resources already in place."

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Vainieri Huttle: Training + Education = Less Bullying

Lead Sponsor of Anti-Bulling Bill of Rights Welcomes News of Law's Effectiveness in Decreasing Bullying Incidents
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle welcomed news that the state's anti-bullying law has produced marked results throughout New Jersey schools after the latest report from the State Department of Education showed a 16 percent decrease in reported bullying incidents from last year.

Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) was the lead sponsor of the landmark Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights that the state enacted in 2011.

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Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Garcia & Tucker Legislative Package to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient, Speed Up Delivery of Benefits Approved by Assembly

SNAP is a federal food-aid program that helps low-income families put food on the table
A three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits receive the benefits in a timely manner was approved Monday by the General Assembly.

"The number of people in New Jersey relying on SNAP has doubled in the last six years. And yet New Jersey ranks second to last in the country in meeting the federal requirement that SNAP applications be processed within 30 days," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), who is sponsoring all three measures. "Families that struggle to keep food on the table should not have to wait longer than what is required by federal law. These legislative proposals put systems in place to help ensure that low-income families in New Jersey who are eligible for these benefits receive them in a timely manner."

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Garcia, Mainor, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Legal Representation for Children When Parental Rights Are Terminated Advances

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday 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).

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Assembly Panel Moves Conaway, Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Pinkin Measure to Create Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program & Address Fraud

Measure Aims to Curb Abuse and Help Residents' Reduce Monthly Medicaid Costs

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway M.D., Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Nancy Pinkin to increase efficiency in the state Medicaid program and reduce monthly costs for recipients was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill (A-1951) would establish the Medicaid Smart Card Pilot Program. The pilot program would be designed to reduce average monthly cost to Medicaid for recipients within the pilot program area by an amount that is relative to the costs of implementing the pilot program.

"Many residents rely on Medicaid services for healthcare," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Developing a more efficient system for Medicaid would preserve the integrity of the program and make it more accessible to those who truly need it. This pilot program would help us discover if and how we may improve the system."

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly

The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly to prevent accidental mistreatment of students with special needs by creating a training program for school bus drivers and aides.

"Children with special needs require specialized attention and care. Bus drivers and aides should be aware of behaviors associated with certain disabilities, and know how to effectively deal with them so to avoid any confusion and accidental mistreatment of these students,.." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex).

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Gusciora, Watson Coleman & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Combating Sexual Assault on Campus Approved by Assembly

Bill Would Impose Fine on Colleges & Universities that Ignore Allegations
Legislation Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to hold colleges and universities accountable for combating sexual assault on campuses was approved 70-3-3 by the Assembly on Monday.

"The days of looking the other way when it comes to sexual assault are over," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Statistics show one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses, which means we have a lot of work to do to ensure these allegations are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. This bill is meant to ensure the right approach is taken to these serious allegations."
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Assembly OK's Riley, DeAngelo & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Require Inspection Reports for Residential Health Care Facilities, Boarding Homes & Emergency Shelters be Posted Online

The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Celeste Riley, Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle requiring the Department of Community Affairs to post inspection reports for residential health care facilities, boarding homes, and emergency shelters for the homeless on its website.

"Public information should be made readily available, especially when dealing with facilities that provide health care and housing," said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "This is a simple and practical way to keep residents and their families informed about the conditions in the facility. It also serves as an incentive for facilities to make sure they are complying with mandated standards."

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