(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) issued a multimedia package Wednesday in which she questioned the governor’s plan to transfer the Division on Women from the state Department of Community Affairs to the much larger state Department of Children and Families.
The multimedia package consists of a video of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman discussing the proposed move of the Division on Women and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman’s comments is appended below:
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer), Assembly Budget Committee member:
“We already know that the governor doesn’t seem to treat women-related issues in a very serious manner.
“One that is of particular concern is the moving of the Division on Women from the Department of Community Affairs, where it has a prominent position in a smaller department, and moving it into the Department of Children and Family services.
“This is another illustration, I believe, of taking an important department that has been empowering women, protecting women, providing women options and making it something less than the division that it is and thereby diminishing the importance, the significance and the focus of women’s issues for women and about women.”