Vainieri Huttle Looking Forward to Finding Tangible Social Services Solutions after today’s Anti-Poverty Hearings

Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement Wednesday after her committee concluded the first of four Assembly hearings to help find solutions to poverty and grow New Jersey's middle class:

"The stories and statistics we heard today are truly alarming. What has become apparent is that we can't rely solely on a growing economy to solve the issue of poverty in this state. Even as our economy gradually rebounds, the poverty rate in New Jersey continues to grow and the income disparity widens. As one of the wealthiest states in the nation, this is totally unacceptable.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Better Protect Children in Need of Social Services Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to make acting according to the best interests of a child the primary factor in decisions made by government agencies on behalf of children in need has been signed into law. 

"Previously, the consideration of the best interests of a child was only one of several factors that state government agencies and courts of law had to weigh when making decisions involving the welfare of children," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "However, this should always be the predominant factor and primary focus for these agencies. This measure clarifies that the best interests of a child should always come first."

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Vainieri Huttle & Spencer Bill to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault Now Law

Permits Nurses, Physician Assistants to Authorize Rape Kit Examinations for Minors

A bill Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and L. Grace Spencer sponsored to protect minors when it appears that they have been sexually assaulted is now law.

"Time is of the essence when it comes to possible sexual assault cases, especially those concerning minors," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This new law will relieve the backlog created by a loophole in previous law and place the power back in the hands of the victim to receive help for their abuse."

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Vainieri Huttle, Singleton & Benson Bill to Create Office to Advise on Special Education Matters Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Troy Singleton and Daniel Benson to help protect the rights of students with disabilities was signed into law on Tuesday. 

The new law (A-1103) establishes the Office of the Special Education Ombudsman in the Department of Education. The office will serve as a resource to provide confidential information and support to parents, students and educators regarding special education rights and services.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Allow Solicitation of Snow Removal Services Ahead of Snow Storm Signed into Law

Bill in response to Bound Brook incident where two young men passing out flyers offering snow-shoveling services were stopped by police for breaking local solicitation law

(TRENTON) -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle that would allow individuals to solicit their snow shoveling services ahead of a snowstorm without fear of breaking local laws was signed into law Tuesday.

For up to 24 hours prior to a predicted snowstorm, the new law (formerly A-4213) supersedes any municipal ordinance that allows the municipality to regulate the solicitation of snow shoveling services.

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Eustace, Lagana, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Protect Against Flooding & Boost Smart Development Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly to help protect the public against flooding and facilitate smart development has been signed into law.

"Accurate and up-to-date delineations of floodplains and flood hazard areas are essential to inform state and local officials and property owners of changing flood risks," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Bergen and Passaic counties are no strangers to the hazards of flooding. But the ever-changing landscape of our state requires that we stay on top of these patterns to help residents and business owners avoid flood traps."

The new law (A-1726) directs the Department of Environmental Protection to update its delineations of flood hazard areas when the Federal Emergency Management Agency issues changes based upon flood risk or at least once every 15 years.

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Vainieri Huttle: Public Health Takes a Backseat to Politics

Assembly Sponsor Weighs in on Legislation Christie Vetoed that would have Raised Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, the lead Assembly sponsor of legislation that would have raised the legal age to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarette devices from 19 to 21, issued the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie's pocket veto of the bill:

"Our motivations for this bill were pure and simple - to deter more young people from picking up a dangerous and expensive habit that can irrevocably alter their life.

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Moriarty, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle, DeAngelo & Diegnan Bill to Extend Use of Driver's License Photos for Chemotherapy Patients Signed into Law

Affects Residents Who Are Undergoing Medical Treatment that Can Alter Their Appearance 

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Gabriela Mosquera, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Wayne DeAngelo and Patrick Diegnan to extend use of stored driver's license photo for persons undergoing chemotherapy or other treatment for medical illnesses has been signed into law.

The law (A-4719) extends the use of the person's stored driver's license photo if the person is undergoing medical treatment for an illness and that treatment results in temporary changes to the person's physical characteristics. An example of such treatment would be chemotherapy.

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

(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 has been signed into law.

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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Senate Panel Approves Port Authority Reform Bill Sponsored by Vainieri Huttle, Gordon & Weinberg Providing Legislative Oversight of Bistate Agency

Compromise Measure Drafted in Consultation With Sponsor of New York Port Authority Bill

The Senate State Government Committee today approved compromise legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to guarantee legislative oversight of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as it undertakes construction of a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, the new Gateway Rail Tunnel and other projects critical to the region's future.

The new legislation incorporates all of the management, ethics and transparency reforms included in the New York Port Authority bill that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last month, but also provides legislative oversight, capital project monitoring and labor protection provisions negotiated over the past several months with New York Assemblyman James Brennan (D-Brooklyn), the lead sponsor of the New York bill. Brennan today lauded the compromise and pledged to introduce identical legislation in New York.

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