Pinkin, Sumter, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Restrict Use of Solitary Confinement in N.J. Prisons Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor's Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Shavonda Sumter and  Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s prisons cleared the full Assembly 49-24 on Thursday giving it final passage in the Legislature.

“There is significant proof that solitary confinement can have a severe, long-term negative impact on an inmate’s mental health,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “The overuse of isolation in New Jersey’s correctional facilities can cause irreparable psychological damage that affects people while they are in prison and detracts from former inmates’ ability to make positive contributions to their communities thereafter.”

The measure (A-314), known as the “Isolated Confinement Restriction Act,” would prohibit the use of isolated confinement in correctional facilities unless there is reasonable cause to believe that it is necessary to reduce the risk of serious harm to the inmate in question or others. A facility would be responsible for justifying the use of isolated confinement.

 

 

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Assembly Approves Johnson, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill Encouraging Development & Use of “Smart Guns” in NJ

Establishing performance standards for personalized handguns, also known “smart guns” and “child-proof guns,” legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly cleared the full Assembly on Thursday 51-23.

A personalized handgun is a handgun incorporating technology which automatically limits its operational use and which cannot be readily deactivated, so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.

Under current New Jersey law, three years after personalized handguns are available for retail purposes, it would be illegal for a firearms manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer a handgun unless that handgun is a personalized handgun. The bill (A-1016) creates the Personalized Handgun Authorization Commission to be responsible for approving and maintaining a roster of personalized handguns authorized for sale to the public. It will also require all licensed retail firearm dealers, with limited exception, to offer for sale at least one personalized handgun.

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Coughlin, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill Establishing Gateway Development Commission Heads to Governor

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

Between New Jersey and New York

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 projects due under the Gateway Program, Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation that saw 75-0 passage in the full Assembly on Thursday.

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Tucker, Pinkin, Vainieri Huttle Measure Encouraging DOH to Establish “My Life, My Plan” Program Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor

Measure Would Support Women of Childbearing Age in Developing Reproductive Plan

Recognizing that untended pregnancies can negatively affect maternal and child health outcomes because they do not always allow sufficient time for preconception healthcare, a bill that encourages the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a “My Life, My Plan” program was approved 67-8-1 Thursday by the full Assembly. It now heads to the Governor for consideration.

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Now Law: Benson, DeAngelo and Vainieri Huttle Bill “Sami’s Law” Requiring Rideshare Driver, Car Identification

Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Daniel Benson, Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to improve customer identification of rideshare drivers and their vehicles was signed into law by the Governor today.

In South Carolina, Samantha Josephson, 21, ordered an Uber and mistakenly got into a car she thought was her ride. The driver used the childproof locks in his car to imprison Josephson before killing her and leaving her about 65 miles from Columbia.

The new law (A-5321) addresses safety concerns raised as a result of this tragic occurrence.

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Assembly Panel Moves Democratic-Sponsored Bill to Require Health Coverage for Adolescent Depression Screenings

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. Children and adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) have been found to be at greater risk for recurrent depression in adulthood, along with other mental disorders and suicidal ideation.

A bill (A-1833), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Angelica Jimenez, Jamel Holley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, requiring health insurers to cover screenings for major depressive disorder in adolescents so long as such screenings continue to receive an “A” or “B” rating from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force cleared an Assembly panel Thursday. Treatment of MDD detected through screenings can alleviate symptoms of depression and improve a person’s quality of life.

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Houghtaling, Downey and Vainieri Huttle Statements on Bill to Prohibit Caller ID “Spoofing” Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – After New Jersey residents received misleading calls from a falsified source last year, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation making it a consumer fraud act violation to “spoof” a call or text by intentionally altering a recipient’s caller ID information to reflect false or misleading origins.

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Assembly Panel Approves Vainieri Huttle Bill to Extend Access to Contraceptives

Moving to make birth control more accessible for women in New Jersey, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday passed a bill (A-4503) sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to require health insurers to cover a one-year supply of female contraceptives.

 

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Speight, Reynolds-Jackson, Vainieri Huttle Measure Requiring Registration of Vacant and Abandoned Properties Released by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – To help ensure that communities can enjoy their home’s surroundings, a bill that would require the responsible parties of vacant and abandoned properties to register them in the municipality where they are located was released by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Thursday.

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McKnight, Chaparro, Chiaravalloti & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Help Combat Child Trafficking Heads to Governor

Aiming to reduce incidents of child trafficking in New Jersey, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Annette Chaparro, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to train public school teachers, staff and students to recognize the warning signs and identify victims of child trafficking recently received final legislative approval, passing the Assembly 77-0. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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