Bi-state, Bipartisan Legislation to Create Oversight of Rail Line Improvement Program
Between New Jersey and New York
(TRENTON) – New Jersey commuters have long relied on rail lines into and out of New York, and will continue to do so in the years to come. With growing numbers of rail passengers reliant on safe and trusted service, the urgency to address the severe deterioration of these lines has been ever-increasing. In an effort to improve the momentum of reconstruction program due under the Gateway Program, Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation that was signed into law on Monday.Read more
Earlier this week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced plans for toll and fare hikes to balance their checkbooks. Once again, we are reminded of the agency’s insensitivity to commuters.
In response to these proposals, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement:Read more
A measure to ensure private homeowners – particularly at the Jersey Shore – will not be subject to a 2018 law that extended New Jersey’s sales and occupancy tax to short term rentals received final legislative approval on Thursday, passing the full Assembly 74-0. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk.Read more
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle & Assemblywoman Carol Murphy Bill to Assess Value of Later Start Times in NJ High Schools Receives Final Legislative Approval
As New Jersey high schools continue to rank top in the nation, legislators are hoping to encourage even better academic outcomes with more emphasis on student health. Given the connection between more sleep and improved academic performance, Assemblywomen Mila Jasey, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Carol Murphy have sponsored legislation to assess how pushing back high school start times to 8.30am could be beneficial. The bill was given final legislative passage by a 72-0-3 vote in the full Assembly Thursday.
The bill (A-4865) establishes a four-year pilot program to study the issues, benefits and options for implementing later start times across New Jersey high schools. To participate, school districts would submit an application to the Commissioner of Education. Five schools would then be selected so as to represent the northern, central and southern regions of the state as well as a combination of urban, suburban and rural areas.Read more
Carter, Chaparro and Vainieri Huttle Bill Establishing Maternal Healthcare Pilot Program Signed into Law
(TRENTON) – A legislative package was introduced earlier this year as part of a statewide effort to reverse New Jersey’s ranking as one of the worst states in terms of maternal mortality — with 37.3 deaths per 100,000 births. One of the bills establishing a maternal healthcare pilot program, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Carter, Annette Chaparro and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, was signed into law by Governor Murphy Monday.Read more
Vainieri-Huttle, Armato & Mazzeo Bill Permanently Designating October 6 as "Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day" Clears Legislature
Day to Bring Awareness to Dangers of Opioid Abuse and Encourage More Educational Programming
Abuse of opioids -prescription painkillers – is a “growing, deadly epidemic” according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In hopes of combating this growing crisis in New Jersey, legislation seeking to permanently designate October 6th as “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day” was given final passage 76-0 in the Assembly Thursday and now goes to the Governor’s desk for consideration.
Carter, Chaparro and Vainieri Huttle Bill to Establish Maternal Healthcare Pilot Program Passes the Assembly
A legislative package was introduced earlier this year as part of a statewide effort to reverse New Jersey’s ranking as one of the worst states in terms of maternal mortality — with 37.3 deaths per 100,000 births. One of the bills establishing a maternal healthcare pilot program, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Carter, Annette Chaparro and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, passed the full Assembly Thursday, 75-0-0.Read more
Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Jimenez, Mukherji & Downey Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Clears Full Assembly
In order to establish a more effective emergency alert system for hit-and-run accidents, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Angelica Jimenez, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey was unanimously advanced by the full Assembly Thursday.
The legislation commemorates the life of Zackhary Simmons, a 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June of 2016 after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.Read more
Pinkin, Sumter, Vainieri Huttle Bill to Restrict Use of Solitary Confinement in N.J. Prisons Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor's Desk
Legislation Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Shavonda Sumter and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s prisons cleared the full Assembly 49-24 on Thursday giving it final passage in the Legislature.
“There is significant proof that solitary confinement can have a severe, long-term negative impact on an inmate’s mental health,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “The overuse of isolation in New Jersey’s correctional facilities can cause irreparable psychological damage that affects people while they are in prison and detracts from former inmates’ ability to make positive contributions to their communities thereafter.”
The measure (A-314), known as the “Isolated Confinement Restriction Act,” would prohibit the use of isolated confinement in correctional facilities unless there is reasonable cause to believe that it is necessary to reduce the risk of serious harm to the inmate in question or others. A facility would be responsible for justifying the use of isolated confinement.
Assembly Approves Johnson, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill Encouraging Development & Use of “Smart Guns” in NJ
Establishing performance standards for personalized handguns, also known “smart guns” and “child-proof guns,” legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly cleared the full Assembly on Thursday 51-23.
A personalized handgun is a handgun incorporating technology which automatically limits its operational use and which cannot be readily deactivated, so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user.
Under current New Jersey law, three years after personalized handguns are available for retail purposes, it would be illegal for a firearms manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer a handgun unless that handgun is a personalized handgun. The bill (A-1016) creates the Personalized Handgun Authorization Commission to be responsible for approving and maintaining a roster of personalized handguns authorized for sale to the public. It will also require all licensed retail firearm dealers, with limited exception, to offer for sale at least one personalized handgun.Read more