Mosquera, Greenwald, Lagana, Benson, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle & Danielsen Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Advanced by Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Joe Danielsen to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that, strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

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Oliver, Handlin, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bipartisan Bill to Combat Abuse against the Elderly & Disabled Continues Advancing

Legislation is Result of Ongoing Meetings between Oliver, Handlin & Stakeholders throughout NJ

An Assembly panel on Monday approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Sheila Oliver, Amy Handlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Annette Quijano to combat abuse and fraud against the elderly and disabled in New Jersey. 

The legislation is the result of ongoing discussions between former Speaker Oliver, Deputy Republican Leader Handlin and more than a dozen prominent stakeholder agencies and corporations from throughout the state to help senior citizens avoid being swindled by unscrupulous scammers.

Specifically, the bill (A-1120) would establish the "New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled."

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Vainieri Huttle to Christie: You don’t have to trample public workers to save Atlantic City

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) on Monday issued the following statement on the future of Atlantic City:

"The Governor would have everyone believe that the only way to save Atlantic City from insolvency is to trample public workers, strip residents of their right to a representative government and sell off city assets, perhaps irrevocably.

"Lost in all of this is one important fact that the Speaker pointed out last week - the Governor already possesses nearly all the tools he needs under existing laws and regulations to help Atlantic City.

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Vainieri Huttle Kicks-Off Annual Young Women’s Leadership Program by Hosting Delegation of Bergen County High School Students at Statehouse

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) kicked off the annual Young Women's Leadership Program by hosting a delegation of Bergen County high school students at the Statehouse in Trenton Monday to celebrate Women's History Month.

The Young Women's Leadership Program, which Vainieri Huttle first sponsored in 2012, is an advanced learning experience for young women in high schools throughout the 37th Legislative District to learn about state government and the legislature. 

Participants will attend both community outreach events in District 37, as well as events in Trenton like Monday's visit to the Statehouse where they took a tour, were presented with citations and attended the Assembly's voting session.  

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Tucker, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wimberly & Mosquera Bill Criminalizing ‘Upskirting’ Heads to Gov’s Desk

Measure Cracking Down on Illegally Photographing Under Someone's Clothing also Strengthens New Jersey's Right to Privacy Statute

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, Benjie Wimberly and Gabriela Mosquera to criminalize the act of secretly photographing or recording under a person's clothing - commonly referred to as "upskirting" - gained final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-156), which has unanimously been approved by both houses, now heads to the Governor's desk.

"With today's level of technology, most people with cell phones are essentially walking around with an Internet linked video camera in their pocket at all times," said Tucker (D-Essex). "This can lead certain people to assume it is acceptable to 'document' whatever they choose, even if it violates someone else's privacy. We are here today to say that should not, cannot and will not be the case in New Jersey."

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***Rebuilding NJ's Middle-Class*** Tucker, Caputo, Giblin, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Increase Needs Allowance for Vulnerable Residents Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Tom Giblin Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to increase the monthly personal needs allowance for residents in certain state facilities for the first time in 30 years approved 58-16-1 Monday by the Assembly.

The bill is part of efforts by Assembly Democrats to lift people out of poverty and rebuild New Jersey's middle-class.  

"For some men and women who require special attention, long-term care may be the best option, and it's important that residents of these facilities can remain as independent as possible," said Tucker (D-Essex). "By increasing the personal needs allowance and tying it to the cost of living, this bill will help ensure that individuals in state institutions can have the highest quality of life possible."

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Lampitt, Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Downey & Mukherji Bill to Combat Gender Pay Gap Heads to Governor’s Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joann Downey and Raj Mukherji to combat gender pay inequities in the workplace received final legislative approval from the full Assembly by a vote of 53-14-6 Monday.

"The gender pay gap has barely budged over the last decade, which means that at the current rate, absent any significant nationwide reforms, we won't close this gap for another century," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "These measures will help us monitor discriminatory pay practices so we can crack down on blatant violators and ensure a more equitable workplace in New Jersey."

The bill (S-992/A-2750) would modify current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for women.

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***Rebuilding NJ's Middle-Class*** Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera, Sumter & Wimberly 'Breakfast after the Bell' Bill Approved by Assembly

Measure Would Establish an Incentive Fund for the School Breakfast Program

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to create an incentive fund to support the Breakfast after the Bell program was approved Monday by the Assembly.

The sponsors said the purpose of the fund is to provide an incentive for the school districts to move to a school breakfast model that will reach more students. They also note in the bill that low- to middle-income school districts face more fiscal challenges in covering the cost of effective breakfast programs.

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Assembly Panel Advances Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Eustace Port Authority Reform Bill Creating Stricter Oversight and Financial Controls at Bi-State Agency

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace to institute long-awaited reforms at the beleaguered Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill (A-2184), known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," will guarantee legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future.

"Trying to get identical legislation agreed upon and passed in both houses of two separate legislatures is no easy feat, especially legislation that remains true to our intent and tackles our main goals. But after a lengthy, multi-year process, I'm confident that we've come to an agreement that does just that," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This legislation is comprehensive in nature and tackles the key elements that we have been concerned with - incorporating legislative oversight, fiscal safeguards, transparency and accountability. Cumulatively, these provisions will help transform an agency once mired in waste, abuse and scandal into one that operates with the best interests of tri-state commuters in mind."

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Vainieri Huttle and Jimenez Bill to Modify Law on Certain Heinous Crimes Against Minors Clears Panel

'Joan's Law' Honors Girl Scout Who Was Raped, Murdered by Neighbor

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Angelica Jimenez to amend a state law outlining the penalty for murdering a minor while in the act of committing a sex crime against him or her was unanimously approved by an Assembly panel on Monday. 

The bill (A-373) would require life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 during the commission of a sex crime. Current law requires such a penalty only when the victim is under age 14.

"The crimes covered in this legislation are atrocious regardless of the victim's age," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The pain, suffering and anger would continue to manifest every time there is a new parole hearing. No family member should ever be subjected to the painful reminders of such horrifying events. A minor is a minor in all aspects of the law, and this bill eliminates an irrational discrepancy in New Jersey."

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