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Benson, Mukherji, Muoio, Holley, Sumter, Downey, Lampitt, Oliver, Danielsen & Wimberly Bill to Protect NJ Public Safety Officers Gains Assembly OK

Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Raj Mukherji, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley, Shavonda Sumter, Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Sheila Oliver, Joe Danielsen and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to support workers who are attacked while supervising inmates or detainees received Assembly approval on Wednesday.

"These officers assume a significant deal of risk every day on the job, yet they're excluded from provisions that make compensation available to other public safety officers," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. "This legislation is about taking action to eliminate that inconsistency so that people who put their lives on the line aren't left helpless in the event of an attack."

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Sumter, Holley, Oliver, Jones & Wimberly Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Passes Assembly, Heads to Gov

Measure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley, Sheila Oliver, Patricia Egan Jones and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to reform the prison system in New Jersey and reduce the likelihood that former inmates will return to prison cleared the full Assembly, 46-23, on Wednesday.

"The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison."

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Video: Sumter on her Earn Your Way Out Act

Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen) discusses her Earn Your Way Out Act (A-2182), which was approved 46-23 Wednesday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

Watch the video here.

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Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Lampitt, Johnson, McKnight & Sumter Bill to Guard Against Loss of Health Care Services for the Most Vulnerable Gains Final Legislative Approval

Bill Would Create Oversight Mechanism to Monitor Christie Administration's New Fee-For-Service Payment Model for Treatment Services
Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Gordon Johnson, Angela McKnight and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to ensure that the state does not recklessly limit access to health care treatment by changing the way it pays treatment service providers gained final legislative approval 66-2 Wednesday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-4146) was prompted by the state's decision to begin transitioning most community-based health care treatment services from the traditionally-used cost reimbursement system to a fee-for-service reimbursement system this past summer. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to require all providers to complete the transition by July 2017, while the Division of Developmental Disabilities is transitioning providers in a more gradual fashion.

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N.J. Assembly Condemns Trump Actions & Urges NJ Attorney General to Join Court Actions Opposing Trump Immigration Ban

Prieto, Sumter, Schaer, Muoio & Gusciora Resolution Approved

The Assembly voted 45-17-3 Wednesday to approve legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Shavonda Sumter, Gary Schaer, Elizabeth Muoio and Reed Gusciora sponsored condemning President Trump's actions targeting immigrants, while also urging the New Jersey attorney general to join others in opposing Trump's immigration ban.

"President Trump's effort to reverse our nation's great long-standing tradition of embracing the world's most vulnerable people is un-American and disturbing," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a child...

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Prieto, Lagana, McKeon, Sumter, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Tackle Opioid Crisis Signed Into Law

Comprehensive Strategy Will Mandate Insurance Coverage, Limit Opioid Prescriptions, Boost Education & Raise Awareness
The full Assembly on Wednesday granted final legislative approval 64-1-5 to a bipartisan bill sponsored by Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, John McKeon, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that employs a multi-faceted approach to tackle the continuing opioid crisis in New Jersey from every angle. The bill was promptly sent to Gov. Christie's desk where it was signed into law shortly thereafter.

The legislation (S-3/A-3) employs a comprehensive strategy to address the opioid epidemic, including mandated insurance coverage for substance use disorders, restrictions on the prescription of opioids, patient notification on the dangers of abuse of controlled dangerous substances, and professional education on topics related to prescription opioids.

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