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Lopez Statement on Efforts to Challenge Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez released the following statement on recent efforts to ensure fairness and accuracy in the 2020 Census:

“As a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) I joined an amicus brief filed on our behalf by LatinoJustice PRLDEF in the case of Department of Commerce v. New York, calling on the Court to declare unconstitutional or illegal the Administration’s proposed inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Decennial Census."

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Armato, Lopez, Zwicker Bill Requiring Hospitals to Include Opioid Addiction Information with Patient Discharge Papers Approved by Assembly

As part of New Jersey's ongoing, integrated approach to preventing and fighting drug addiction, a bill requiring hospitals to include a warning about the risks of addiction, overdose and death associated with opioids in a patient's discharge papers was approved 78-0-0 Monday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-4883) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Armato, Yvonne Lopez and Andrew Zwicker. As per the measure, acute care hospitals would be required to include the information provided that the patient was discharged from the hospital with a prescription for an opioid drug.

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Lopez, Quijano & Armato Bill to Create Voluntary Firefighter Cancer Registry Heads to Governor

Measure Passes Assembly 79-0
To better examine firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and its effects, legislation sponsored by Yvonne Lopez, Annette Quijano and John Armato to establish a voluntary firefighter cancer registry received final legislative approval on Monday.

“Our brave firefighters take risks everyday while on the job, including exposing themselves to much higher rates of known and suspected carcinogens,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This registry will help us better understand the causes and outcomes of cancer in the fire services and ultimately, identify ways to mitigate and prevent it from occurring.”

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Mortgage Measures Approved by Assembly

Bills Mandate License for Mortgage Servicers and Impose Fines of Up $25,000 for Violators; Sets Provisions for Out-of-State Mortgage Lenders

In an effort to strengthen consumer protections for residential mortgages and to develop a solutions-driven strategy in response to New Jersey's residential foreclosure crisis, two bills were approved Monday by the full Assembly.

One measure (A-4997) the "Mortgage Services Licensing Act" and sponsored by Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex), Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Carol Murphy (D- Burlington), would require anyone working as a mortgage servicer to obtain a license from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for each main office and each branch office where business is conducted, unless the person is exempt under provisions outlined in the bill. It was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on March 18 and cleared the full Assembly by a vote of 77-2-1.

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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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Lopez Bill to Make Credit Reports Available in Spanish and Other Languages Clears Assembly Panel

To ensure non-English speaking residents in New Jersey are able to access and understand their credit reports, a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez to require consumer reporting agencies to make credit reports available in Spanish and other languages was approved Monday by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

“Most credit reporting agencies provide reports in English only,” said Lopez (D-Middlesex). “This makes it more difficult for people who speak primarily Spanish or another language to assess their credit reports and see if they are accurate. With nearly one third of New Jersey residents speaking languages other than English at home, credit reporting agencies must make sure they can accommodate all consumers.”

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