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Sumter on EOF 50th Anniversary

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Educational Opportunity Fund:

"The Education Opportunity Fund has helped thousands of New Jersey students pursue their higher education goals, including myself. EOF not only provides financial support but also a sense of family guidance, a place to turn for students as they navigate the college experience. I understand the impact this program makes on students and families throughout the state and bridging the gap between home and college.

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Sumter, Murphy & Downey Joint Statement on Bill to Implement Roadside Maintenance Safety Policies Clearing Full Assembly

On legislation (A-4588), clearing the legislature Monday (75-0-1), Assembly Democrats Shavonda E. Sumter, Carol Murphy and Joann Downey sponsored to protect roadside maintenance workers:

"Performing roadside maintenance can be hazardous for workers if the right precautions are not taken. Speeding vehicles and low-light conditions can be a dangerous combination for any employee working to repair a problem on highways or even local roads. We can prevent tragic incidents from happening with the proper protocols in place. This legislation works hand-in-hand with the state's recent implementation of the Move-Over law protecting police officers and emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road from passing vehicles."

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Zwicker, Benson & Sumter Bill Establishing Disclosure Requirements for Independent Advocacy Groups Passes Assembly

"Dark Money" Organizations Would be Subject to Greater Transparency under the Measure
Under current law, 527 groups and 501(c)4 social welfare organizations are allowed to keep their donors secret. In an effort to provide greater transparency and accountability, a bill (A-1524), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter passed the full Assembly on Monday, 60-1-17.

"Information is power and we need to arm voters with the most information possible," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). "More disclosure will inform residents about groups working to influence political and legislative processes. Greater transparency will lead to an increase in voter confidence and that's a good thing for New Jersey and for democracy."

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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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Sumter, Reynolds-Jackson & Johnson Bill to Require Study of Disparities of African American Womenís Health Clears Assembly

Maternal health reports and statistics unveiled in recent years paint a distressing picture of African American womenís health not only throughout the U.S. but in New Jersey particularly.

New Jersey ranks 47th among the states in maternal mortality, with a rate of 37.3 deaths per every 100,000 live births. Women of color account for nearly 60% of all pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the State. African American women are over four times more likely to lose their lives from pregnancy-related complications than their counterparts.

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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 Governorís 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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Pintor Marin, Jimenez & Sumter Bill Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Doulas Clears Legislature

Separate Measure Sponsored by Reynolds-Jackson, Speight & McKnight to Designate March 22-28 as Doula Appreciation Week

A doula is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They are also called birth companions, a birth coach or post-birth supporter. More families today are seeking the help of doulas to guide them through pregnancy and the birthing process.

Acknowledging the invaluable service doulas provide for New Jersey families, Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor Marin, Angelica Jimenez and Shavonda Sumter have sponsored legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage for doula care. The measure cleared the Legislature on Monday with final approval by the Assembly, 69-6-4. It now awaits further consideration by the Governor.

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