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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Greenwald, Armato & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment for Medicaid Recipients Passes Senate

Legislation Would Lift Access Barrier of Prior Authorization Requirements

(TRENTON) – Continuing efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in New Jersey, which claimed the lives of an estimated 3,118 people last year, Assembly Democrats Louis Greenwald, John Armato and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation to more quickly provide critical opioid addiction treatment for patients covered under Medicaid by removing prior authorization requirements. The measure passed the full Senate on Thursday, 38-0.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill Designates October 6 As “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day”

(TRENTON) – Abuse of opioids -prescription painkillers – is a “growing, deadly epidemic” according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In hopes of combating this growing crisis in New Jersey, legislation seeking to designate October 6th as “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day” was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday.

 

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Lampitt, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Regulate Embryo Storage Facilities Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

(TRENTON) – In an effort to prevent a repeat of tragedies in other states where thousands of embryos were lost, a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle was recently approved 70-1-4 by the full Assembly.

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Vainieri Huttle & Pinkin Bill to Conduct Study of Untested Rape Kits in NJ Goes to Governor

The full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation, 75-0, sponsored by Assembly Members Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Nancy Pinkin to conduct a study of untested sexual assault exam kits in the state to get clarity on the policies and procedures that regulate the testing, and what can be done differently to prevent backlog of untested sexual assault examination kits.

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