Legislation to Help Prevent Unsafe Access to Prescription Medications Now Law

Law Will Require Pharmacies to Educate Customers on Safe Disposal Methods

(TRENTON) – In an effort to protect the environment and reduce unsafe access to prescription drugs, Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John Armato and Robert Karabinchak have sponsored legislation to require pharmacies to educate customers and offer methods for them to properly dispose of their medicine. The bill was signed into law Tuesday.

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Greenwald, Downey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Establish Regional Health Hubs Throughout State Signed Into Law

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Louis Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington), Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) have sponsored a bill (A-5977) aimed at improving New Jersey’s healthcare through the creation of a Regional Health Hub Program.

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Vainieri Huttle Named Chair of New State Assembly Senior Services Committee

With years of legislative experience to draw upon, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle has been named Chair of the Assembly Senior Services Committee by Speaker Craig Coughlin. Assemblywoman Shanique Speight has been selected as Vice Chair of the committee.

As leaders of the Senior Services Committee, they will oversee the consideration of bills during the 219th legislative session that are related to various benefits, protections and rights of senior citizens.

This committee is new to the Assembly, as it was previously a part of the Health and Senior Services Committee. Upon deciding to separate the two topics into separate committees, Vainieri Huttle was chosen to lead the effort to address issues affecting elderly residents throughout New Jersey.

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Conaway, Murphy, Vainieri Huttle & Benson on Legislation Banning Vape Flavors & Coupons for Vaping Products

Conaway, Murphy, Vainieri Huttle & Benson on Legislation Banning Vape Flavors & Coupons for Vaping Products

Bills Pass Full Senate and Assembly; Head to Governor

(TRENTON) – In an effort to reduce the growing number of minors using electronic smoking devices, including 25% of high schoolers, four Assembly Democrats have sponsored legislation to ban the sale of flavored vaping products and the use of coupons to purchase tobacco and vapor products in New Jersey. Upon the bills passing the full Assembly and Senate Monday by a vote of 53-11-8 and 22-15 (3178/S-3265), and 52-13-7 and 25-11 (A-3181/S-1647) respectively, the sponsors released the following statements:

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Legislation to Prevent Underage Access to “E-Cigs” and Vaping Products Passes Full Legislature; Heads to Governor

Legislation to Prevent Underage Access to “E-Cigs” and Vaping Products Passes Full Legislature; Heads to Governor

Bill Concerns Regulations of Electronic Smoking Devices

(TRENTON) – With more than one in four American high school students using e-cigarettes and children as young as 11-years-old beginning to vape right here in New Jersey, Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, M.D., Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Yvonne Lopez and Nancy Pinkin sponsor legislation to more thoroughly regulate the electronic smoking industry in an effort to protect both minors and adult users. The bill passed the full Assembly and Senate Monday, by a vote of 54-16-5 and 25-13 respectively.

The bill (A-5922/5923) draws upon recommendations made by the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force report released in October 2019, which suggested ways to efficiently monitor these products and mitigate potential risks to consumers.

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bill to Expand Crime of Terrorism Goes to Governor

(TRENTON) – In the wake of multiple acts of terrorism against the Jewish community in New Jersey and neighboring New York, legislation to expand the definition of the crime of terrorism under State law received final legislative approval on Monday. It passed the Assembly 74-0, and the Senate 31-0.

Targeted acts of terror, particularly against members of the Jewish community, have shaken New Jersey and New York in recent weeks. In December, a police officer and three civilians lost their lives in a shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City, and five Jews were wounded in an attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York. On New Year’s Day, two women in Brooklyn attacked a Jewish man as he was standing on a street corner, striking him in the face and smashing his cell phone.

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Sumter & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Create Commission to Study Tuition Aid Grant Program Signed Into Law

Aiming to find ways to improve the State’s Tuition Aid Grant Program, a bill (A-1997) sponsored by Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to create a commission to study the program and make recommendations was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

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Now Law: Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin & Mcknight Bill Requiring Schools to Adopt NJSIAA ‘Heat Participation Policy’ for all Sports

Looking to minimize risk and maximize student safety, a bill requiring all school districts participating in interscholastic sport programs to adopt the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) policy for all sports during high heat and humidity was signed into law by the Governor on Thursday.

The legislation (A-4754), now law, will mandate schools to follow the NJSIAA guidelines, which provide criteria to assess weather conditions and determine if it is safe to continue with a scheduled practice or game, stipulating appropriate intervals for hydration and breaks.

Sponsors of the law, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin, and Angela McKnight released the following statements:

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Lopez, Vainieri Huttle, Reynolds-Jackson "Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act" Signed into Law

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 signed into law Thursday by Governor Phil Murphy.

The law (formerly A-3979), known as the “Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act,” focuses 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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Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle Statement on New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Plans to Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce has just announced that it will be taking additional steps to prevent sexual harassment during the upcoming Walk to Washington in February.

While I applaud any organization who wishes to make a difference in eliminating rape culture and reducing the rate of sexual assault and harassment, I believe that some of the Chamber’s response is misguided by the very culture we are trying to eradicate.

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