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Greenwald, Lampitt, Benson, Caride & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Increase Mobility for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Heads to Governorís Desk
11-Member Task Force Would Seek Ways to Improve Transportation for Adults with ASDThe full Assembly on Wednesday unanimously granted final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Marlene Caride and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to help better meet the transportation needs of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities.
The bill (A-3432) would establish the "New Jersey Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mobility and Support Services Task Force," an 11-member task force to study and make recommendations concerning the mobility and support services needs of New Jersey adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The task force would hold at least three public hearings concerning barriers adults with ASD face in using New Jersey's transportation infrastructure and in accessing other basic services in the state.
Assembly Grants Final Approval to Democratic Measure to Expand Fertility Coverage in NJ
Legislation Sponsored by Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, McKeon, Mukherji, Holley, Caride, DowneyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John McKeon, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Marlene Caride, and Joann Downey to increase fertility coverage for New Jersey families received final legislative approval 58-6-3 by the full Assembly on Wednesday.
Under current law, hospital, medical and health service corporations, commercial group insurers and health maintenance organizations are required, in certain circumstances, to provide coverage under group policies for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. However, under the current definition of infertility certain women, such as same sex partners, women without partners, or women with partners who have protected intercourse, are not qualified to receive coverage for these benefits.
Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
"Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education," said Downey (D-Monmouth County). "School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing."
Jasey & Caride Measure Calling on State Board of Ed to Amend/Withdraw PARCC as Graduation Requirement because it is Inconsistent with Legislative Intent Clears Assembly PanelThe Assembly Education Committee on Monday approved a concurrent resolution sponsored by Assemblywomen Mila Jasey (D- Essex/Morris) and Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) that calls on the state Board of Education to amend or withdraw its high school graduation proficiency regulations because they are inconsistent with legislative intent.
The regulations were revised last year to make the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test a graduation requirement for high school students.
The resolution (ACR-215) asserts the revised regulations are not consistent with the intent of the Legislature, and calls on the state Board of Education to revise or withdraw the regulations.
"It is clear that the PARCC is in conflict with the intent of the Legislature and should not be used or relied on to make graduation determinations,.." said Jasey.