Vainieri Huttle Bill to Tighten Background Checks for Caregivers Advances in Assembly

TRENTON) – The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure that all workers hired to care for individuals with developmental disabilities undergo a criminal background check.

In October, Vainieri Huttle vowed to lead the charge in the Assembly to close a loophole after a State Auditor report detailed how some employees, including one convicted murderer, have been able to evade existing law and get hired. The changes included in the bill are based on recommendations in the State Auditor’s report following its investigation of licensed residential programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities. 

“This report confirmed some of our worst fears and underscored the need to do more to protect our most vulnerable residents,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).  “We need to ensure that there are no ambiguities in the law.  Anyone entrusted with the day-to-day care and well-being of individuals who often can’t speak or fend for themselves should be vetted to the fullest.”

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Vainieri Huttle, Andrzejczak & Muoio Bill to Protect the Right of Women to Breastfeed in the Workplace Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Bob Andrzejczak and Elizabeth Muoio to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against women who choose to breastfeed or express milk in the workplace was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients a baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect babies from illness.

“Mothers don’t stop being mothers when they get to work,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “The benefits of breastfeeding babies, especially during the first six months, are undisputable. No woman should ever be shamed for, or prevented from feeding her child the best food possible. This allows working women to breastfeed or pump at work without fear of repercussions.”

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Assembly OK’s Vainieri Huttle, Benson, McKnight & Wimberly Bill to Ensure Snow Does Not Block Public Access for the Disabled

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Dan Benson, Angela McKnight and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that critical public access points for the disabled are not blocked by snow was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

“Large amounts of snow can hamper most people from getting around. Now imagine that you’re disabled and mobility becomes all but impossible if critical public areas aren’t plowed or shoveled properly,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “The removal of snow from public roadways, walkways, and other public areas is a critical service during an emergency snow event.” 

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Assembly Advances Benson, Eustace & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Close Dangerous Opioid Prescription Loophole

(TRENTON) – The Assembly on Thursday voted 68-0 to approve  legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Tim Eustace and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to close a dangerous opioid prescription loophole. 

Specifically, the bill (A-4741) require practitioners to check prescription monitoring information before issuing certain prescriptions to emergency department patients and authorize medical scribes and licensed athletic trainers to access prescription monitoring information under certain circumstances.

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Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Singleton & Caputo Bill to Address Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Elizabeth Muoio, Troy Singleton & Ralph Caputo to tackle student absenteeism in public schools was released Monday by the Assembly Education Committee.

“Chronic absenteeism creates problems for schools and makes it harder for students to excel,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “Having a coalition of people who can step in and get to the root of the problem can help cut down on school absences and keep students on the right track.”

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Quijano & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Teach Public School Students about Beach & Water Safety Clears Assembly Panel

2017 was deadliest year on record for rip currents in New Jersey; instruction would include information about the dangers of rip tides & swimmer distress signals

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday released legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano & Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide water and beach safety instruction to public school students after the state had its deadliest year on record for rip currents.

Rip tides, also known as rip currents, are strong narrow currents that can pull swimmers out to sea. Rip currents killed 8 people at New Jersey beaches this year, according to a media report.

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Bill Vainieri Huttle Vowed to Tighten Background Checks for Caregivers Begins Advancing in Assembly

TRENTON) – The Assembly Human Services Committee on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure that all workers hired to care for individuals with developmental disabilities undergo a criminal background check.

In October, Vainieri Huttle vowed to lead the charge in the Assembly to close a loophole after a State Auditor report detailed how some employees, including one convicted murderer, have been able to evade existing law and get hired. The changes included in the bill are based on recommendations in the State Auditor’s report following its investigation of licensed residential programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities. 

“This report confirmed some of our worst fears and underscored the need to do more to protect our most vulnerable residents,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).  “We need to ensure that there are no ambiguities in the law.  Anyone entrusted with the day-to-day care and well-being of individuals who often can’t speak or fend for themselves should be vetted to the fullest.”

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Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Holley, Danielsen & DeAngelo Bill to Improve Hospital Oversight of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients Advances

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Jamel Holley, Joe Danielsen and Wayne DeAngelo to ensure hospital staff is well informed to deliver proper care and oversight for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.   

The bill (A-918) would require hospitals to clearly note on a patient’s medical records whether they have dementia related disorders.

“From supervising my mother’s health needs for years, I understand the unique level of care that Alzheimer’s patients require,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).  “This simple annotation will alert hospital staff to be more vigilant in their oversight of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other related conditions.”

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Lampitt, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle, Danielsen Bill Creating NJ Caregiver Task Force Gains Assembly Panel Approval

 (TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Joe Danielsen creating a task force to ensure that New Jersey is doing all it can to support caregivers who provide invaluable services.

The legislation (A-1463) would establish the “New Jersey Caregiver Task Force” to evaluate caregiver support services in the state and provide recommendations for improving and expanding services. 

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Vainieri Huttle Vows to Lead the Charge in Assembly to Tighten Background Checks for Caregivers

Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Friday vowed to lead the charge in the Assembly to ensure that all workers hired to care for individuals with developmental disabilities undergo a criminal background check after a State Auditor report this week detailed how some employees have been able to evade existing law and get hired, including one convicted murderer.

Vainieri Huttle will join forces with Senate President Steve Sweeney to introduce a companion bill in the Assembly and push for swift passage of the measure when the legislature reconvenes in November.

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