Schaer and Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Crime of Terrorism Approved by Assembly Panel

The crime of terrorism would be expanded under New Jersey law to include crimes committed to influence or incite an act of terror against a person or group of people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or creed under legislation approved Monday by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.

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Conaway, Murphy and Vainieri Huttle on Legislation Banning Flavored Vape Products and Menthol Cigarettes

In an effort to reduce the growing number of minors using electronic smoking devices, including 25% of high schoolers, three Assembly Democrats have sponsored legislation to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in New Jersey. The bill (A-3178) would also ban the sale of traditional menthol cigarettes. The sponsors released the following statements:

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Vainieri Huttle Praises Fort Lee High School for Being Chosen to Participate in Lady Gaga Foundation’s Mental Health Program

On Monday, November 4, Fort Lee High School in collaboration with the Bergen County Division on Mental Health, formally announced their partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) pilot program. Fort Lee High School was chosen as one of 35 schools nationwide to participate in this groundbreaking program.

In response to this news, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

“This news comes at a crucial time, as New Jersey experienced 100 documented suicides amongst 15- to 24-year olds in 2017 alone, the highest number and rate since the 1990s. As teens in New Jersey and across the nation report alarming rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, it is evident that now, more than ever, we must do more.

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Vainieri Huttle & Deangelo Bill to Expand Grant Program to Benefit Homeless Veterans Advances in Assembly

With the goal to ensure every veteran in New Jersey has a roof over their head, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Wayne DeAngelo to expand a grant program to rehabilitate homes for veterans in need was approved Thursday by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“In 2018, there were 555 veterans facing homelessness in New Jersey. This is completely unacceptable,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “No one who sacrificed so much to serve our country should ever be without a place to live. We must do everything we can to help our veterans have the forever home they deserve.”

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Vainieri Huttle: “Judge Rules Planned Supervised Injection Site Does Not Violate Federal Drug Laws”

Yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Philadelphia’s proposed overdose prevention center does not violate the Controlled Substances Act.

This decision only strengthens my belief that overdosed prevention centers are essential to New Jersey’s response to the opioid crisis.

While this is not the end of this fight, it is a landmark achievement; giving hope to harm reduction advocates that this life-saving measure may soon be within arms-reach for their communities, including our own.

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Vainieri Huttle on Securing New Jersey’s Election System

(TRENTON) – After receiving a briefing on election security alongside her colleagues in the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness and State and Local Government Committees, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) released the following statement:

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Vainieri Huttle Commends Efforts of Bergen County to Ensure Safety of Jewish Community during High Holidays

 (TRENTON) – In advance of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle(D-Bergen) released the following statement:

“As the Jewish High Holidays approach, I would like to convey my appreciation to Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton and Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella on their commitment to keeping our communities safe.

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Vainieri Huttle on Remembering 9/11

On the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, released the following statement:

Every American remembers where they were on the day our country was changed forever. We remember the horror, heartbreak and overwhelming loss.

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, we witnessed the true power of the American spirit. Around the nation, we emerged stronger and more unified than before – we grieved for those who were lost and together we resolved to preserve our freedoms and to fight against hatred, ignorance and violence.

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Vainieri Huttle, Assembly Homeland Security Chair Statement on NJ Bias Crimes Report

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) statement on recent report of bias crimes escalating in the state over the last few years:

 “Amidst a rising tide of bias and hate crimes throughout the United States, the Attorney General’s yearly Bias Incident Report shows that New Jersey is unfortunately not immune from this trend.

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Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin and Kennedy Bill to Increase Robustness of New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act Becomes Law

Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin and Kennedy Bill to Increase Robustness of New Jersey’s

Global Warming Response Act Becomes Law

Measure Identifies Need to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Sets Benchmarks to Better Assess Progress on Reaching Environmental Objectives

(TRENTON) – As the complexity of addressing the world’s climate crisis grows, Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Nancy Pinkin and James Kennedy sponsored legislation to increase the robustness of New Jersey’s environmental protection strategies. The measure, given final passage by the full Assembly 65-9-1 on May 23, was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.

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