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**MEDIA ADVISORY**WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle to Join Ribbon Cutting for State's First Vertical Farm Benefiting Adults with Autism

Greens Do Good is Partially Funded by the Special Child Health and Autism Registry, New Jersey Department of Health

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) will join the ribbon cutting for Greens Do Good to celebrate and thank the supporters who helped create New Jersey's first vertical farm where all proceeds benefit adults with autism.

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

“Ensuring coverage for mental health services will have a meaningful impact on thousands of lives across our state,” said Assembly Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “On average, one in five Americans experience mental health issues. Access to health care is a basic human right and everyone deserves the necessary treatment and coverage as it relates to one’s mental health.”

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Timberlake, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle Measure Protecting Student Confidentiality with Online Education Services Clears Assembly Committee

Aiming to protect the personal information of students utilizing online education services, Assembly Democrats Britnee Timberlake, Andrew Zwicker and Valerie Vainieri Huttle have sponsored a measure that would pose several restrictions on how such information is shared by these services.

The bill (A-4978) would prohibit online education services from disclosing student educational records and amassing profiles of student data for non-educational purposes. It also would require deletion of the student's data in certain instances.

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights Continues to Advance

To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights was advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Panel Monday.

"New Jersey has made advances in the recognition and protection of the rights of crime victims and survivors. Unfortunately, victims of sexual violence are often faced with blame and doubt." said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Survivors of sexual violence should be heard, their trauma should not be neglected. No victim of sexual violence should feel discouraged from proceeding with their complaints or feel shame for their experience. We must ensure that all survivors feel safe, supported and believed. With this legislation, it is my hope that we can empower victims of sexual violence to come forward, and better serve them when we do."
The bill (A-1711) would establish a Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights.

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Armato, Mazzeo & Vainieri Huttle Bill to be First-in-Nation Opioid Warning Label Law Passes Senate

To help combat the ongoing opioid crisis in New Jersey and nationwide, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Vince Mazzeo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to require all prescription opioid medications to have a warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose was approved Monday by the full Senate, 39-0. If enacted, New Jersey would be the first State in the nation to adopt a permanent law mandating warning labels for prescription opioids.

“We have warning labels on just about all medications these days,” said Armato (D-Atlantic). “In the middle of this epidemic, we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal to increase awareness and education about the effects of opioid abuse. Adding a warning sticker to all opioid medications is an easy, cost-effective concept that can save lives.”

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Danielsen, Downey, Quijano & Jasey Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Receives Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was approved today by a vote of 73-3.

The bill (A-2031) would require plans to provide coverage for medically necessary behavioral health care services and to meet the requirements of a 2008 federal law, which prevents certain health insurers that provide mental or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, commonly referred to as mental health parity.

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Lampitt, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle, & Sumter Statement on Passage of Bill to Combat Maternal Mortality

Measure Passes Assembly 79-0-1; Heads to Governor’s Desk
With the goal of reducing incidents of maternal mortality in New Jersey, Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Shavonda Sumter released the following statements on their bill (A-1862) to create a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to study causes and rates of maternal death in the state, which received final legislative approval Monday.

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McKeon, Quijano, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Regulate Drone Usage Clears Assembly

Legislation Addresses Notification of Safety Guidelines

The use of drones is becoming more and more commonplace. They are used by the military, law enforcement, retailers and citizens. Aiming to better regulate the unmanned aerial vehicles and educate drone flyers, a bill (A-2881) sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle was approved today by the full Assembly 77-2-1.

The legislation would require certain retailers to provide notice to consumers of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety guidelines for flying a model aircraft, which includes a drone and is operated for hobby or recreational purposes.

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McKnight, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Better Protect Health of Mothers and Babies Clears Full Assembly

To improve medical outcomes for mothers and newborn babies, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to prohibit health coverage of certain scheduled caesarean section deliveries or labor induction without medical necessity under Medicaid was approved Monday by the full Assembly, 56-17-6.

"Many expectant mothers who chose to schedule the birth of their baby by early induction or a C-section without a medical reason may not fully understand the risks involved," said McKnight (D-Hudson). "Newborns may face respiratory complications, hypoglycemia, pneumonia and other conditions, and mothers may experience bleeding, infections and anesthesia complications. We must do all we can to prevent pregnant women in New Jersey from going through this process unless it's an absolute necessity."

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Sumter, Swain, Vainieri Huttle & Timberlake Statement on Measure Approved By Assembly to Strengthen Maternity Care in NJ General Hospitals

On the passage, 80-0 of a bill (A-4930) requiring general hospitals to establish training protocols and treatment guidelines for maternity care, Assemblywomen Shavonda E. Sumter, Lisa Swain, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, & Britnee Timberlake emphasized the need to align, improve maternity care practices in New Jersey hospitals:

"Requiring development of standards for maternity care to be used statewide by general hospitals will provide the support patients deserve throughout the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum periods and will help us meet the goal of reducing the number of, and disparities in, adverse maternity care outcomes."

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights Clears Legislature

To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights cleared the legislature Monday with final passage in the Assembly, 77-0.

"New Jersey has made advances in the recognition and protection of the rights of crime victims and survivors. Unfortunately, victims of sexual violence are often faced with blame and doubt." said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Survivors of sexual violence should be heard, their trauma should not be neglected. No victim of sexual violence should feel discouraged from proceeding with their complaints or feel shame for their experience. We must ensure that all survivors feel safe, supported and believed. With this legislation, it is my hope that we can empower victims of sexual violence to come forward, and better serve them when we do."

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Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey Bill to Expand Statute of Limitations Gets Final Legislative Approval

Child abuse survivors often suffer lifelong affects. In an attempt to hold perpetrators accountable, a bill (A-3648) to extend the current statute of limitations from two years to seven years for adult victims of sexual assault received final legislative approval today. Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano (D-Union), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), and Miley Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) sponsor the measure. The Assemblywomen issued the following joint statement:

“The current statute of limitations cannot be justified given the horror experienced by victims of sexual assault and rape. A two year statute of limitations for civil action is clearly not enough. We must stand up for victims…"

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Conaway, Vainieri Huttle, Murphy Bill Mandating Survey of Prenatal Care Clinics in New Jersey Approved by Assembly

Data will Help Shape Maternal and Prenatal Services in State

A bill designed to evaluate the effectiveness of New Jersey's maternal and prenatal services by surveying and analyzing the state's prenatal and antenatal care clinics, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., MD (D-Burlington), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Carol Murphy (D-Burlington), was approved 80-0-0 by the full Assembly Monday.

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Lopez, Vainieri Huttle, Reynolds-Jackson "Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act" Clears Assembly Panel

To provide incarcerated individuals who are parents and the primary caregivers of their children with certain protections to help preserve familial bonds that are often crucial to rehabilitation, legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Yvonne Lopez, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson was released Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill (A-3979) would establish the "Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act" to focus on incarcerated parents in state and county correctional facilities--a growing segment of the prison population typically excluded from the criminal justice reform conversation. While most parents in prison are fathers, the rate of female incarceration in America continues to grow rapidly. A 2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics report found that, since 1991, the number of children with a mother in prison had more than doubled, up 131 percent. The number of children with a father in prison had grown by 77 percent. The report also found a faster rate of growth in the number of mothers held in state and federal prisons (up 122 percent), compared to the number of fathers (up 76 percent) between 1991 and midyear 2007.

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