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

(TRENTON) - Assembly approved 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 was approved 37-1 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill (A-4719) - approved by the Assembly on Dec. 17 - 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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ainieri Huttle Bill to Amend Current Law to Better Protect Children in Need of Social Services Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday released 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 rendered by government agencies on behalf of children in need.

"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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Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace & Garcia Childproof Handgun Bill Advances

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace and Carmelo Garcia sponsored to update state law to encourage more childproof handguns was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-4717) requires retailers to sell personalized handguns, also known as "smart guns, " in the same manner as other handguns. A personalized handgun is designed so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.

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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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