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Assembly Panel Approves Comprehensive Legislative Strategy to Combat Domestic Violence
Five-bill Package is Sponsored by Quijano, Gusciora, Spencer, Tucker, Caputo, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Riley, Burzichelli & MosqueraAn Assembly panel on Thursday unanimously approved a comprehensive legislative strategy sponsored by Assembly Democrats to combat domestic violence by expanding protections for victims and providing law enforcement with better tools to deal with offenders.
The five-bill package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Reed Gusciora, L. Grace Spencer, Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, John Burzichelli and Gabriela Mosquera.
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly PanelAn Assembly panel on Thursday 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). "It makes their job easier and ensures that these students are being treated with the respect they deserve."
Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill Package to Combat Substance Abuse, Help Save Lives Approved by Assembly Panel
One Bill Named "Nick Rohdes' Law" to Honor Colts Neck Man Who Lost His Life to Addiction in FebruaryA two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to empower families with greater tools to help save their loves ones from addiction was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
The first bill (A-3227) would help families get treatment for a loved one by amending the state law governing involuntary commitment to treatment to clarify that the term "mental illness" includes substance use disorder if an individual's substance use makes them "dangerous to self" or "dangerous to others or property."
Vainieri Huttle & Schaer Bill Package to Protect Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities OK'd by Assembly Panel
Bills put measures in place to better address reports of abuse and neglect against children and adults with developmental disabilities in state licensed facilitiesA legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gary S. Schaer to better protect children and adults with development disabilities from potential abuse and neglect from caregivers was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.
The bills (A-1109) and (A-3619) are intended to encourage caregivers, supervisors, and managers of facilities, as well as the appropriate funding, licensing, regulatory, and law enforcement agencies to protect individuals with developmental disabilities, by providing for more transparency in incident reporting and investigations, the reporting of incidents in a more timely manner, and an environment that does not tolerate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals with disabilities.
Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Benson, Singleton, Wilson, Lampitt Bill to Facilitate Financial Support to Local Libraries Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Whip Wilson and Pamela Lampitt to allow taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution in support of local libraries has been signed into law.
"Budgetary constraints at the local and state level have made it difficult for many of our public libraries to operate effectively," said Quijano (D-Union). "This will help to bridge the gap in funding by allowing residents to make direct, monetary contributions come tax season..."
Vainieri Huttle & Sumter Bill to Improve Quality of Life for Children with Hunter & Hurler Syndromes Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Shavonda Sumter to help improve the quality and longevity of life for children suffering from rare genetic disorders known as Hunter and Hurler syndromes has been signed into law.
"Children with these syndromes are often unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of youth because so much of their lives are occupied with undergoing medical treatments and tests rather than just being kids," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The 'Let Them Be Little Act' will help these children do just that and hopefully increase their quality of life..."
Vainieri Huttle on Christie's Veto of Beach/Parks Smoking Ban: The Governor is Standing in the Way of a Healthier NJAssemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) on Wednesday called Gov. Christie's veto of a bill (A-1080) she sponsored to ban smoking at public parks and beaches a blow to both public health and the environment. The bill, which Christie let sit on his desk for the last two and a half months, would have expanded New Jersey's role as a leader in the public health movement after being one of the earliest states to ban smoking in indoor public places and raise the tobacco purchasing age to 19 in 2006:
"This is extremely unfortunate from both a public health perspective and from an environmental perspective. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in this country and everyone is well aware of the dangers of second-hand smoking in this day and age. The damage discarded cigarettes do to our already fragile ecosystems is also well-documented..."
Vainieri Huttle Seeks Answers as to why NJ Residents Have One of Longest Waits in the Country for Food Assistance
Assembly Human Services Chair Hopes to Spur Action before Feds Withhold Crucial FundingAssembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) is seeking answers from the State Department of Human Services (DHS) as to why New Jersey residents have one of the longest waits in the country to receive word on whether they qualify for critical nutritional aid.
Vainieri Huttle sent a letter to DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez on Friday laying out a series of questions in response to a number of reports over the summer showing New Jersey's 'chronically poor performance' in administering the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), ranking 52nd out of 53 state agencies nationwide in terms of timeliness when it comes to processing applications for the program.