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Egan Jones & Mosquera Measure to Prevent Gun Violence Among Individuals with Mental Disorders Gains Committee ApprovalMental Illness, Access to Firearms Major Risk Factors for Suicide
Legislation Assembly Democrats Patricia Egan Jones and Gabriela Mosquera sponsored to prevent individuals with an elevated risk of engaging in violence due to mental illness from causing harm to themselves and others was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.
"For someone who may be struggling with disturbing thoughts, having access to a firearm significantly increases the likelihood of suicide," said Egan Jones (D-Camden/Gloucester). "By reducing their access to a lethal weapon, New Jersey can help prevent fatalities among those with serious mental health concerns."
Downey, Houghtaling, Quijano & Mosquera Measure to Designate September as "Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness" Advances(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Annette Quijano and Gabriela Mosquera to spread awareness of youth suicide in New Jersey was recently released by an Assembly panel.
"Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 in the state of New Jersey," said Downey (D- Monmouth). "It is the second leading cause of death for youth ages in that group in the United States. More must be done to raise awareness of youth suicide to help parents, family and friends recognize the signs and seek support for their loved ones."
Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Protect Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities OK’d by Assembly Panel
Stephen Komninos' Law will put Measures in Place to Better Address Reports of Abuse and Neglect in State Licensed FacilitiesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to better protect children and adults with development disabilities from potential abuse and neglect from caregivers was unanimously released Monday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-2503), known as "Stephen Komninos' Law," honors the memory of Stephen, an individual with developmental disabilities who died at the age of 22 while under the care of a private state-licensed facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Stephen was a non-verbal, young man who suffered through many substantiated incidents of abuse and neglect by caregivers. Tragically, the last incident resulted in his death.
Tucker, Caputo, Giblin, Mosquera & Jimenez Bill to Create Public Awareness Campaign on Child Car Safety Approved by Assembly Committee(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Gabriela Mosquera and Angelica Jimenez to create a public awareness campaign on the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles was released by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Every year, heartbreaking and preventable deaths occur when children are left unattended in cars," said Tucker (D-Essex). "Making parents and child caretakers more aware of the dangers that exist will hopefully help prevent future tragedies."
Lampitt, Mosquera, Wimberly, Downey & McKnight Bill to Ensure Equality for Pregnant College Students Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Benjie Wimberly, Joann Downey and Angela McKnight to help ensure equal rights and opportunity for pregnant students in pursuit of higher education gained Assembly approval on Thursday.
"Women who are pregnant - many of whom also work - face unique challenges as they pursue their education that their professors and peers may not even realize limit their capacity to succeed," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will make it easier for expectant parents to earn a degree so that they can better provide for their children."
Lampitt, Benson, Jasey, Johnson, Mosquera, Muoio, Pinkin & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Safe Return to School for Students who have suffered Concussions Clears Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Nancy Pinkin and Angelica Jimenez to ensure that students who have suffered a concussion are properly vetted by a licensed health care professional before they can return to school concussion was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves."