Vainieri Huttle on Inaugural Meeting of Senior Services Committee

(TRENTON) – Following the first meeting of the new Assembly Senior Services Committee on Monday, chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

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Vainieri Huttle, Lopez & Timberlake Bills to Combat Inmate Abuse in Light of Misconduct Allegations at New Jersey’s Only Women’s Prison Now Law

Measures Prompted by Allegations of Systemic Sexual Abuse & Civil Rights Violations at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility

Addressing systemic sexual abuse in New Jersey prisons, three measures sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Yvonne Lopez and Britnee N. Timberlake to set guidelines for in-service training of correctional police officers, establish reporting mechanisms and implement policies to limit cross gender searches were signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.

The measures, now law, are a response to the ongoing criminal probe at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. In recent years, eight prison employees have been charged with sexually abusing inmates. In 2018, a former senior officer at the prison was convicted of counts including sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and official misconduct.

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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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