Now Law: Quijano, Vainieri Huttle and Jasey Measure to Expand Statute Of Limitations in Certain Sexual Abuse Cases

(TRENTON) – Aiming to provide survivors of sexual assault with greater opportunities to receive justice and hold abusers accountable, legislation (A-3648) sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Mila Jasey to extend the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims and create a two-year window for parties to bring previously time barred actions based on sexual abuse was signed into law Monday by Governor Phil Murphy.

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.

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McKnight, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Better Protect Health of Mothers and Babies Signed into Law

New Law Prohibits Certain C-Sections Without Medical Necessity

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle aimed to improve medical outcomes for mothers and newborn babies was signed into law Wednesday by Governor Phil Murphy.

The new law prohibits health coverage under Medicaid of certain scheduled caesarean section deliveries or labor induction without medical necessity.

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Lampitt, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle, & Sumter Statement on Signing of Bill to Combat Maternal Mortality

With the goal of reducing incidents of maternal mortality in New Jersey, Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Shavonda Sumter released the following statements on their bill (A-1862) to create a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to study causes and rates of maternal death in the state, which was signed into law on Wednesday.

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Coughlin, Vainieri Huttle & Lampitt Bill to Expand Health Coverage for Behavioral Health Care, Enhance Enforcement and Oversight of Mental Health Parity Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Joe Danielsen, Joann Downey, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey to expand health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhance enforcement and oversight of mental health parity was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

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Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey Bill to Expand Statute of Limitations Gets Final Legislative Approval

(TRENTON) – Child abuse survivors often suffer lifelong affects. In an attempt to hold perpetrators accountable, a bill (A-3648) to extend the current statute of limitations from two years to seven years for adult victims of sexual assault received final legislative approval today. Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano (D-Union), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), and Miley Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) sponsor the measure. The Assemblywomen issued the following joint statement:

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Vainieri Huttle & Murphy Bill Creating Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights Clears Legislature

(TRENTON) – To establish protections for victims of sexual violence, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy to create the Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights cleared the legislature Monday with final passage in the Assembly, 77-0.

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Quijano, Kennedy & Vainieri Huttle “Tiny Home Pilot Program” Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Jim Kennedy, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle establishing a "Tiny Home Pilot Program" was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-3072) creates a pilot program to assist low to moderate income families as well as New Jersey's homeless population with acquiring housing through the construction of small, affordable homes.

"This program provides an inexpensive, efficient way to house our homeless community along with New Jersey residents in need of affordable housing," said Quijano (D-Union). "The number of people that fall into these categories in our state is currently unreasonably high. Tiny homes provide for a reasonable alternative solution for the families and communities in New Jersey."

Municipalities in three regions of the state, as chosen by the Executive Director of the New Jersey and Mortgage Finance Agency in the Department of Community Affairs, will be eligible to participate in this program. In addition, the executive director must also manage the pilot program to award grants to qualified municipalities for the construction of housing developments. Towns participating in this program will also receive two credits toward the fulfillment of its fair share housing obligation for each tiny home unit constructed there.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Address Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools Clears Assembly Panel

 (TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to tackle student absenteeism in public schools was approved Thursday by an Assembly panel.

“Chronic absenteeism can lead to academic setbacks, that if not addressed swiftly and properly, can have lasting consequences for these students,” said Vainieri Huttle. “Developing a corrective action plan - that involves parents – to identify and address the reasons why students are not going to school, can help get these students back on track before it is too late.”

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Assembly Panel Approves Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ban Use of Restraints on Pregnant Inmates During Labor & Delivery

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to prohibit the use of restraints on female prisoners during labor and immediately after childbirth was released Thursday by the Assembly Women and Children Committee.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a professional association of physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the United States, have clearly stated their opposition to the practice of shackling. According to the ACOG, shackling interferes with the ability of physicians to safely practice medicine and is “demeaning and unnecessary.”

“I cannot imagine women having to go through hours of labor while shackled to a hospital bed, or a baby being brought into this world under such circumstances,” said Vainieri Huttle. “A little humanity in this instance can go a long way.”

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