Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Diegnan & Jasey Bill to Raise Tobacco & E-Cig Purchasing Age from 19 to 21 Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Patrick J. Diegnan and Mila Jasey to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarette devices from 19 to 21 in New Jersey continued advancing on Thursday, receiving approval from the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Vainieri Huttle said she sponsored the bill in hopes that when signed into law more youth will cease or delay smoking habits.

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Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Johnson & Muoio Bill to Monitor Integrity of State’s Rail Bridges Gains Assembly Panel OK

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gordon Johnson and Liz Muoio to improve oversight of New Jersey's railroad bridges was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The legislation was designed to monitor the integrity of New Jersey's rail bridges after the federal Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 ceded authority for bridge inspection and oversight to the owners of the approximately 100,000 rail bridges around the nation.

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Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Examine Pedestrian Safety Statewide Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace creating a Pedestrian Safety Study Commission to help improve pedestrian safety in New Jersey. 

"New Jersey, because of its high density, has one of the biggest causes for concern when it comes to pedestrian safety," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Whether it's urban, suburban or rural, every area of our state has its own unique set of issues that threatens pedestrian safety. This commission will be tasked with finding solutions to make New Jersey a more pedestrian-friendly state."

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Assembly Democratic Legislation to Document Alzheimer's Disease-Related Deaths Heads to Gov's Desk

Garcia, Lagana, Taliaferro, Vainieri Huttle, Danielsen, Holley, Benson & Jimenez Bill Would Permit Illness to Be Cited as Secondary Cause of Death on Official Records

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Carmelo G. Garcia, Joseph Lagana, Adam Taliaferro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joe Danielsen, Jamel Holley, Daniel Benson and Angelica Jimenez to ensure that fatalities linked to Alzheimer's disease are properly recorded in official records now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-4188) stipulates that Alzheimer's disease and related disorders may be listed as a secondary cause of death on a certification of death. Often, the primary cause of death on a death certificate is identified as an acute condition, such as pneumonia or heart failure. Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, however, cause a decline in brain function that may lead to problems with feeding and swallowing and can put an individual at risk for poor nutrition, dehydration and infection. This may significantly increase the risk of developing, and exacerbate the effects of, the acute condition that ultimately is listed as the primary cause of death on the person's death certificate. 

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Lampitt, Greenwald, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Create Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities Heads to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Vince Mazzeo to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with developmental disabilities has received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-3956) would require the Department of Human Services and the Department of the Treasury to establish the "New Jersey Achieving a Better Life Experience" (ABLE) program in accordance with the federal "Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014," which President Obama signed into law in December 2014. Under the program, individuals with certain disabilities would be permitted to establish ABLE accounts that may be used to pay certain disability-related expenses. ABLE accounts would be exempt from state income taxation and would not be included as an asset or income when determining the individual's eligibility for state assistance programs.

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Jasey, McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji & Lampitt Bill to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Advance Care Planning Gains Final Legislative Approval, Heads to Gov’s Desk

Legislation Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Pam Lampitt sponsored to help low-income New Jersey residents access the information and resources needed to ensure they receive the end-of-life care they desire has received final legislative approval. It now heads to the governor's desk. 

The bill (A-4233) would amend current law to provide Medicaid coverage for advance care planning. Under the legislation, such planning may include consultation with a health care practitioner regarding the preparation of advance health care directives, health care powers of attorney and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.

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Huttle, Gordon, Weinberg: Negotiations Continue on Port Authority Reform

New Jersey lawmakers discussing legislative compromise with New York leaders

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) today said negotiations are continuing on a Port Authority reform bill that would provide legislative oversight and detailed reporting on the progress of major construction projects.

"With the rampant waste and abuse we've seen in recent years, we can't, in good conscience, sign off on a bill that doesn't go far enough to safeguard the billions in taxpayer dollars spent every year," said Vainieri Huttle. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure the key legislative oversight component is included so that we have a strong system of checks and balances in place."

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Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, DeAngelo & Lampitt Bill Requiring State Agency to Give Proper Notice when Services to Developmentally Disabled are Terminated Continues Advancing

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Wayne DeAngelo and Pamela Lampitt sponsored requiring the state to properly notify individuals with developmental disabilities when the services they are receiving are terminated or discontinued was released Monday by a Senate committee. 

Mazzeo said he was moved to sponsor the bill after meeting with the Atlantic City Arc and learning that some of their clients had their services terminated without proper notice. This legislation aims to address the issue by ensuring individuals with developmental disabilities, their legal guardians and providers of services have notification 90 days in advance of termination.

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Tucker, Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wimberly & Mosquera Bill Criminalizing ‘Upskirting’ Continues Advancing

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" - advanced in the Senate recently.

"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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Assembly Approves Democratic Legislation to Expand NJ Film Tax Credit

Johnson, Garcia, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Mukherji Bill Would Restore Christie Cuts to Help Reinvigorate Industry in New Jersey

(TRENTON) - Llegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Carmelo G. Garcia, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Raj Mukherji that would expand New Jersey's film and digital media production tax credit program in order to generate jobs, revenue and a slew of other ancillary benefits was approved 43-20-6 Thursday by the Assembly.

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