Lampitt, Schaer, Mosquera, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Tax Relief to Those Caring for Elderly Relatives Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Daniel J. Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide a tax credit to those who take in and support an older family member was released on Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-1855), designated as the Caregiver's Assistance Act, provides a gross income tax credit to qualified caregivers, including resident taxpayers and resident individuals, who pay or incur qualified care expenses for the care and support of a qualifying senior family member residing with the caregiver at the caregiver's permanent place of abode in this state.

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Vainieri Huttle Urges Ramapo College to Pull Violence Prevention Program out of Dark Ages

Assemblywoman Would Like to See College Update its Presentation to Remove Reported Burden on Victims

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Thursday urged Ramapo College to update its violence prevention program which has reportedly angered students and faculty because it appears to place the burden on victims, attributing the cause of violence to their behavior.

"Let's be clear - sexual assault is never the victim's fault," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "While I appreciate Ramapo's efforts to prevent sexual violence, their reported message is horribly misguided. If the reported description of their violence prevention program is accurate, then it represents a relic of a thankfully bygone era when the onus was usually placed on the victim. I hope Ramapo officials will listen earnestly to student input and update their program to make it more effective and reflective of the times."

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Garcia, Tucker, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Introduce Bill Package to Fix Problems Plaguing State’s Nutritional Aid Program

Proposals Would Address Chronic Delays that have Placed NJ near Last Nationally in Processing Applications for Food Assistance Program

Assembly Democrats Carmelo G. Garcia, Cleopatra Tucker, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle have introduced a package of bills to help alleviate the chronic delays that have plagued the state's nutritional aid program, leaving some of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents waiting indefinitely for answers as to whether they qualify for food assistance.

The bills were prompted by a series of reports this summer that detailed New Jersey's 'chronically poor performance' in administering the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, ranking 52nd out of 53 state agencies nationwide in terms of timeliness when it comes to processing applications for the food assistance program.

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Vainieri Huttle, Sumter & Mukherji Bill to Create Addiction Treatment Consumer Report Card Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter and Raj Mukherji to create a consumer report card on addiction treatment providers was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee at a special hearing at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.

The bill is part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.

“Selecting the most appropriate treatment provider is often a difficult and overwhelming experience, compounded by the stress of the situation,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen).  “We need to help empower consumers to make the choice that’s best for them or their loved one and that power comes from the knowledge of knowing how successful each treatment provider is.”

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Assembly Panel Advances Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Sumter Bill Package to Overhaul Delivery of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services in Prison

Assembly Panel Advances Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji and Sumter Bill Package to Overhaul Delivery of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services in Prison

Bills Would Address Underlying Problems, Boost Long-Term Outcomes, Break Cycle of Recidivism & Save Taxpayer Money

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Tuesday approved a package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji and Shavonda Sumter to overhaul the delivery of substance abuse and mental health treatment throughout the state’s prison system in order to improve long-term outcomes for the incarcerated and save taxpayer dollars.

The bills are part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.

The first bill (A-3721), sponsored by Vainieri Huttle and Mukherji, is designed to broaden Medicaid coverage in New Jersey to qualified individuals by reaching out to them through various stages of the state’s criminal justice system.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill "Innovative Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act" Advances

An Assembly panel recently released legislation sponsored by Assembly Human Services Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to encourage the establishment of innovative service arrangements for persons with developmental disabilities. 

The bill (A-2658) is designated as the "Innovative Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act." 

"It's time to think outside of the box when providing the best care for New Jersey's residents with developmental disabilities," Vainieri Huttle said, who is chair of the committee. "Individuals with developmental disabilities have a right to quality and appropriate treatment, services, and habilitation."

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Eustace, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Caride Legislation to Encourage Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Advances in Assembly


Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Marlene Caride to provide a safe way for New Jersey residents to dispose of prescription drugs was released recently by an Assembly panel.

"Disposing of unused prescription drugs properly is equally as important as taking them as prescribed," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Prescription drug abuse is prevalent in many communities, and much of that abuse begins at home where the drugs are easily accessible."

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Assembly Clears the Way for Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Excuse Nursing Mothers from Jury Duty

(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace to exempt prospective jurors who are nursing a child from jury duty was advanced by the full Assembly on Thursday. 

The bill (A-2162) would amend the law on jury service to include breastfeeding mothers among those not required to serve. 

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Vainieri Huttle & Jimenez Bill Banning Smoking at Parks & Beaches throughout New Jersey Gets Final Legislative Ok

Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to protect public health by prohibiting smoking in public parks and on a majority of every beach throughout the state received final legislative approval 63-8-5 by the General Assembly.

The measure expands New Jersey's role as a leader in the public health movement. The state first banned smoking in indoor public places and workplaces in 2006.

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Joint Statement by Stender, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera: Democratic Budget Prioritizes Women's Health, NJ Families

Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Pamela R. Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera issued the following statements on Thursday praising the Democratic Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which prioritizes women and families in New Jersey. The four lawmakers have sponsored legislation that would restore $7.5 million in funding for women's health care. The restoration of the funding in the budget, which the Assembly passed on Thursday, reflects the state's core belief that New Jersey cannot move forward if it leaves its women behind: 

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