Vainieri Huttle, Spencer Bill to Protect Minors, Victims of Sexual Assault Approved by the Assembly

(TRENTON) - The Assembly gave final legislative approval on Monday to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and L. Grace Spencer to protect the interest of minors if it appears they have been sexually assaulted. The bill passed 73-0. 

"Time is of the essence when it comes to possible sexual assault cases, especially those concerning minors," Vainieri Huttle said. "This legislation will relieve the backlog created by a loophole in the law as well as place the power back in the hands of the victim to receive help for their abuse."

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Amend Current Law to Better Protect Children in Need of Social Services Heads to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to amend current law to make the best interest of a child, the primary factor in decisions made by government agencies on behalf of children in need, received final legislative approval on Monday and now heads to the governor's desk. 

"Currently, the best interest of a child is only one of several factors that state government agencies and courts of law must weigh when making decisions involving the welfare of children," said Vainieri Huttle. "However, this should always be the predominant factor and primary focus for these agencies. This bill would make it clear that above all else, the best interest of a child always comes first."

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Lampitt, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Bill Creating New Jersey Caregiver Task Force Heads to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to help gain an accurate picture of the challenges facing caregivers in New Jersey and ways in which the state can improve support received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

Specifically, the bill (A-4026) would establish the "New Jersey Caregiver Task Force" to evaluate caregiver support services in the state, and provide recommendations for the improvement and expansion of such services.

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Vainieri Huttle, Singleton & Benson Bill to Create Office to Advise on Special Education Matters Heads to Governor’s Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Troy Singleton and Daniel Benson to help protect the rights of students with disabilities gained final legislative approval from the Assembly on Monday. 

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

"Parents of students with disabilities often don't know where to turn when they have a question or concern about their child's education, and so they find it more difficult to advocate on their behalf," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Creating an office dedicated to informing and advising parents, students and school staff on special education issues will help ensure that New Jersey can execute its mission of providing all students with a quality education."

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Assembly Democratic Legislation to Document Alzheimer's Disease-Related Deaths Becomes Law

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

(TRENTON) - 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 was signed into law on Monday. 

The new law (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 Becomes Law

Lampitt, Greenwald, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Create Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities Becomes Law

(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 was signed into law on Monday. 

The new law (A-3956) requires 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 will be permitted to establish ABLE accounts that may be used to pay certain disability-related expenses. ABLE accounts will be exempt from state income taxation and will not be included as an asset or income when determining the individual's eligibility for state assistance programs.

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Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Spencer, Wimberly & Mosquera Bill to Create Alert System for Missing Disabled Persons Signed into Law

Measure Creates MVP Emergency Alert System

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, L. Grace Spencer, Benjie Wimberly and Gabriela Mosquera sponsored to create an alert system for missing persons with mental, intellectual or developmental disabilities was signed into law on Monday.

The new law (A-4270) requires the attorney general to establish the MVP Emergency Alert System, which, similar to the state's Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems, will provide practices and protocols for the rapid dissemination of information regarding a person who is believed to be a missing vulnerable person.

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Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Diegnan & Giblin Bill to Study Transition of Former State Developmental Center Residents Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Patrick Diegnan Jr. and Thomas Giblin sponsored to study the transition of former residents of two recently- closed state developmental centers has been signed into law.

The law (A-1098) requires the Department of Human Services to conduct follow-up studies to assess the well-being of former residents of North Jersey Developmental Center and Woodbridge Developmental Center. The studies will evaluate all individuals who made a transition from the centers into the community after August 1, 2012.

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Giblin, Diegnan, Jimenez, Caputo & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ban "Megan's Law" Offenders from Real Estate Licenses Heads to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Thomas Giblin, Patrick Diegnan, Angelica Jimenez, Ralph Caputo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to revise real estate licensure law and prohibit Megan's Law offenders from obtaining a real estate license has received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor's desk. 

"With this legislation, we protect New Jersey's families," said Giblin (D-Essex, Passaic). "By continuing to allow Megan's Law offenders to practice real estate, we unnecessarily expose families and children to felonious individuals. Prohibiting sex offenders from selling homes is the right thing to do." 

"This practice of permitting sex offenders to work with families and the possibility of exposure to children cannot go on," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "This legislation puts families first when dealing in real estate transactions handled by Megan's Law offenders."

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Assembly Panel Approves Vainieri Huttle, Spencer Bill to Protect Minors, Victims of Sexual Assault

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and L. Grace Spencer to protect the interest of minors if it appears they have been sexually assaulted was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

"Time is of the essence when it comes to possible sexual assault cases, especially those concerning minors," Vainieri Huttle said. "This legislation will relieve the backlog created by a loophole in the law as well as place the power back in the hands of the victim to receive help for their abuse." 

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