Lampitt, Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Regulate Embryo Storage Facilities Signed Into Law

Measure Requires License to Operate, Establishes Third-Degree Offense for Violators

In an effort to prevent a repeat of tragedies in other states where thousands of embryos were lost, a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday.

Prompted by disasters in California and Ohio where more than four thousand eggs and embryos were lost, the law (formerly bill A-4605) will require the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) to regulate and license embryo storage facilities. In certain cases, the loss of eggs and embryos was caused by improper monitoring of storage temperature fluctuations—an operational issue that could have been avoided. This new law will work to guard against such operational mishaps as well as long-term power outages during natural disasters or catastrophic storage system failures.

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McKeon, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey & Mukherji Bill to Provide Licensure to Drama and Dance/Movement Therapists Passes Assembly

Measure to Create Board for Holistic Oversight of Creative Arts Therapies

Moving to license all drama and dance/movement therapists in New Jersey, a measure to establish the State Board of Creative Arts Therapies for the oversight and regulation of all such therapeutic practices passed 62-11 in the full Assembly on Monday.

The bill (A-1220) further outlines defined and fair criteria for obtaining licensure to provide services as a drama and dance/movement therapist, in turn promising a higher standard of care in New Jersey as a result.

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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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