Vainieri Huttle: “Judge Rules Planned Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Laws”

Yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Philadelphia’s proposed overdose prevention center does not violate the Controlled Substances Act.

This decision only strengthens my belief that overdosed prevention centers are essential to New Jersey’s response to the opioid crisis.

While this is not the end of this fight, it is a landmark achievement; giving hope to harm reduction advocates that this life-saving measure may soon be within arms-reach for their communities, including our own.

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Vainieri Huttle on Securing New Jersey’s Election System

(TRENTON) – After receiving a briefing on election security alongside her colleagues in the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness and State and Local Government Committees, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

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Vainieri Huttle Commends Efforts of Bergen County to Ensure Safety of Jewish Community during High Holidays

 (TRENTON) – In advance of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle(D-Bergen) released the following statement:

“As the Jewish High Holidays approach, I would like to convey my appreciation to Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton and Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella on their commitment to keeping our communities safe.

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Vainieri Huttle on Remembering 9/11

On the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, released the following statement:

Every American remembers where they were on the day our country was changed forever. We remember the horror, heartbreak and overwhelming loss.

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, we witnessed the true power of the American spirit. Around the nation, we emerged stronger and more unified than before – we grieved for those who were lost and together we resolved to preserve our freedoms and to fight against hatred, ignorance and violence.

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Vainieri Huttle, Assembly Homeland Security Chair Statement on NJ Bias Crimes Report

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) statement on recent report of bias crimes escalating in the state over the last few years:

 “Amidst a rising tide of bias and hate crimes throughout the United States, the Attorney General’s yearly Bias Incident Report shows that New Jersey is unfortunately not immune from this trend.

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Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin and Kennedy Bill to Increase Robustness of New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act Becomes Law

Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin and Kennedy Bill to Increase Robustness of New Jersey’s

Global Warming Response Act Becomes Law

Measure Identifies Need to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Sets Benchmarks to Better Assess Progress on Reaching Environmental Objectives

(TRENTON) – As the complexity of addressing the world’s climate crisis grows, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin and James Kennedy sponsored legislation to increase the robustness of New Jersey’s environmental protection strategies. The measure, given final passage by the full Assembly 65-9-1 on May 23, was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.

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Coughlin, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill Establishing Gateway Development Commission Now Law

Bi-state, Bipartisan Legislation to Create Oversight of Rail Line Improvement Program

Between New Jersey and New York

(TRENTON) – New Jersey commuters have long relied on rail lines into and out of New York, and will continue to do so in the years to come. With growing numbers of rail passengers reliant on safe and trusted service, the urgency to address the severe deterioration of these lines has been ever-increasing. In an effort to improve the momentum of reconstruction program due under the Gateway Program, Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation that was signed into law on Monday.

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Vainieri Huttle Statement on PANYNJ Plans for Toll and Fare Hikes

Earlier this week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced plans for toll and fare hikes to balance their checkbooks. Once again, we are reminded of the agency’s insensitivity to commuters.

In response to these proposals, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement:

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Protect Shore Homeowners from Short-Term Rental Tax Heads to Governor

A measure to ensure private homeowners – particularly at the Jersey Shore – will not be subject to a 2018 law that extended New Jersey’s sales and occupancy tax to short term rentals received final legislative approval on Thursday, passing the full Assembly 74-0. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk.

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Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle & Assemblywoman Carol Murphy Bill to Assess Value of Later Start Times in NJ High Schools Receives Final Legislative Approval

As New Jersey high schools continue to rank top in the nation, legislators are hoping to encourage even better academic outcomes with more emphasis on student health. Given the connection between more sleep and improved academic performance, Assemblywomen Mila Jasey, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy have sponsored legislation to assess how pushing back high school start times to 8.30am could be beneficial. The bill was given final legislative passage by a 72-0-3 vote in the full Assembly Thursday.

The bill (A-4865) establishes a four-year pilot program to study the issues, benefits and options for implementing later start times across New Jersey high schools. To participate, school districts would submit an application to the Commissioner of Education. Five schools would then be selected so as to represent the northern, central and southern regions of the state as well as a combination of urban, suburban and rural areas.

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