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Assembly Democratic Bill to Accommodate Cultural Preferences in School Menus Advances in SenateLegislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera, Joseph Lagana and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was advanced by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-3360) would require superintendents in public school districts containing a middle or high school to establish a district-wide food services advisory committee to recommend breakfast and lunch menu options that reflect the student body's cultural, traditional and overall dietary preferences if the student population suggests such a need exists.
Garcia, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle, Mainor, Eustace & Mosquera Bill to Help Empower Teens to Seek Mental Health Treatment Clears Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo G. Garcia, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Charles Mainor, Tim Eustace and Gabriela Mosquera to help empower minors to seek treatment for mental illness and emotional disorders was approved, 67-3-1, by the full Assembly on Thursday.
"This bill takes into account the fears and stigmas associated with mental illness, particularly for young people," said Garcia (D-Hudson). "Hopefully by creating a more private means for them to seek treatment we can drastically improve and ultimately save lives. I'm grateful to the young men and women of the Hudson County Boys and Girls Club who prompted me to sponsor this legislation."
Tucker, Mosquera, Garcia & Wimberly Bill to Study Impact of Disabilities on Minorities in NJ Signed into LawLegislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera, Carmelo G. Garcia and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to study the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities has been signed into law.
The new law (S-900/A-3632) requires the commissioner of the Department of Health, in consultation with the commissioner of the Department of Human Services, to review the impact of disabilities on individuals in minority and underrepresented communities. The two department heads are required to submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the governor and the legislature within one year.
Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mosquera, Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson & Spencer Bill Package to Protect Domestic Violence Victims Clears Full AssemblyA three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson and L. Grace Spencer to bolster protections for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained approval by the full Assembly on Thursday.
The first bill (A-3655), sponsored by Vainieri Huttle, Lagana and Mosquera, is designed to enhance the protections offered under the "New Jersey Safe Housing Act" by prohibiting a landlord from terminating a tenancy, failing to renew a tenancy, or refusing to enter into a rental agreement due to a tenant's or prospective tenant's status as a domestic violence victim.
Mosquera & Speaker Prieto Decry ‘Heat & Eat’ Bill Veto Override FailureAssemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and Speaker Vincent Prieto on Thursday expressed their disappointment over the failure by Assembly Republicans to join Democrats in overriding Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill they sponsored to help low-income New Jersey residents access healthy meals. The measure initially cleared both houses of the legislature with more than enough support for an override.
"This boils down to a simple case of choosing between right and wrong. Assembly Republicans seemed to understand that when we first voted on the bill, and it's just disappointing that they failed to side with some of our most vulnerable residents this time around," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). ...
Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses AdvancesAssembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson sponsored to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey continued advancing on Monday.
"This legislation ensures that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "What's more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers..."
Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mosquera, Pinkin, Pintor Marin, Garcia & Tucker Bills to Make SNAP Application Process More Efficient & Speed Up Delivery of Benefits AdvancesTwo Assembly approved bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin, Elian Pintor Marin, Carmelo Garcia and Cleopatra Tucker to prevent delays and ensure that residents in need who apply for food benefits receive them in a timely manner were advanced Monday by a Senate panel.
"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). "?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..."