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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Downey & Wimberly Opioid Antidote Bill Clears Legislature

Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without Rx
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved by the full Senate, 38-0, on Thursday.

The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to any person, without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by a prescriber or, upon request by the pharmacist, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Commissioner of Health or the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services.

"This bill takes a different approach in permitting individual pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Department of Health," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Ultimately, this means the possibility of more lives saved if a pharmacist doesn't have to obtain an individual order from a physician each time."

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Mosquera, Barclay, Jones, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt & Downey Legislation to Create Domestic Violence Policy for Public Employers Clears Assembly

Measure Would Encourage Victims to Seek Confidential Help at Work
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsored to establish a protocol to help public employers support employees who are victims of domestic violence gained approval Monday in the Assembly.

The bill (A-4124) would require the Civil Service Commission to develop a uniform domestic violence policy, which all public employers shall adopt and distribute to employees. The policy would encourage victims of domestic violence to seek confidential assistance from the human resources department at work.

"Domestic violence affects the lives of many state workers throughout New Jersey," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). "There should be a policy in place to guide human resource workers in helping state employees in the workplace who are dealing with domestic violence."

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Houghtaling, Downey, Andrzejczak & DeAngelo Bill to Facilitate Motorcycle Endorsement Process for Service Members Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Bob Andrzejczak and Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to make it easier for those serving in the military to receive authorization to operate a motorcycle passed the full Assembly, 76-0, on Monday.

The bill (A-3829) allows out-of-state members of the military, spouses of those members and their dependents to receive a motorcycle endorsement for their valid New Jersey driver's license while serving in another state without returning to New Jersey to retake a written or road test, or to complete another motorcycle safety course.

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Video: Downey on Her Bill to Promote Equal Pay for Women

Assemblywoman Joann Downey Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) discusses her legislation (A-3480/4119) to promote equal pay for women. The bill was approved 49-19-7 by the Assembly on Monday.

Watch the video here.

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Promote Equal Pay for Women Approved by Assembly


Bill Sponsored by Downey, Lampitt, Schaer, Houghtaling, Benson, Singleton, Muoio & DeAngelo
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Troy Singleton, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Wayne DeAngelo to promote equal pay for women was approved Monday by the full Assembly.

"In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that's not the world we live in," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "This provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires."

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