Coughlin, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill Establishing Gateway Development Commission Heads to Governor
Bi-state, Bipartisan Legislation to Create Oversight of Rail Line Improvement Projects
Between New Jersey and New York
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 projects due under the Gateway Program, Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation that saw 75-0 passage in the full Assembly on Thursday.Read more
Tucker, Pinkin, Vainieri Huttle Measure Encouraging DOH to Establish “My Life, My Plan” Program Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor
Measure Would Support Women of Childbearing Age in Developing Reproductive Plan
Recognizing that untended pregnancies can negatively affect maternal and child health outcomes because they do not always allow sufficient time for preconception healthcare, a bill that encourages the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a “My Life, My Plan” program was approved 67-8-1 Thursday by the full Assembly. It now heads to the Governor for consideration.Read more
Now Law: Benson, DeAngelo and Vainieri Huttle Bill “Sami’s Law” Requiring Rideshare Driver, Car Identification
Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Daniel Benson, Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to improve customer identification of rideshare drivers and their vehicles was signed into law by the Governor today.
In South Carolina, Samantha Josephson, 21, ordered an Uber and mistakenly got into a car she thought was her ride. The driver used the childproof locks in his car to imprison Josephson before killing her and leaving her about 65 miles from Columbia.
The new law (A-5321) addresses safety concerns raised as a result of this tragic occurrence.Read more
Assembly Panel Moves Democratic-Sponsored Bill to Require Health Coverage for Adolescent Depression Screenings
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. Children and adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) have been found to be at greater risk for recurrent depression in adulthood, along with other mental disorders and suicidal ideation.
A bill (A-1833), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Angelica Jimenez, Jamel Holley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, requiring health insurers to cover screenings for major depressive disorder in adolescents so long as such screenings continue to receive an “A” or “B” rating from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force cleared an Assembly panel Thursday. Treatment of MDD detected through screenings can alleviate symptoms of depression and improve a person’s quality of life.Read more
Houghtaling, Downey and Vainieri Huttle Statements on Bill to Prohibit Caller ID “Spoofing” Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) – After New Jersey residents received misleading calls from a falsified source last year, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation making it a consumer fraud act violation to “spoof” a call or text by intentionally altering a recipient’s caller ID information to reflect false or misleading origins.Read more
Moving to make birth control more accessible for women in New Jersey, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Thursday passed a bill (A-4503) sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to require health insurers to cover a one-year supply of female contraceptives.
Speight, Reynolds-Jackson, Vainieri Huttle Measure Requiring Registration of Vacant and Abandoned Properties Released by Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) – To help ensure that communities can enjoy their home’s surroundings, a bill that would require the responsible parties of vacant and abandoned properties to register them in the municipality where they are located was released by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Thursday.Read more
McKnight, Chaparro, Chiaravalloti & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Help Combat Child Trafficking Heads to Governor
Aiming to reduce incidents of child trafficking in New Jersey, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angela McKnight, Annette Chaparro, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to train public school teachers, staff and students to recognize the warning signs and identify victims of child trafficking recently received final legislative approval, passing the Assembly 77-0. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.Read more
Greenwald, Armato & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment for Medicaid Recipients Passes Senate
Legislation Would Lift Access Barrier of Prior Authorization Requirements
(TRENTON) – Continuing efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in New Jersey, which claimed the lives of an estimated 3,118 people last year, Assembly Democrats Louis Greenwald, John Armato and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored legislation to more quickly provide critical opioid addiction treatment for patients covered under Medicaid by removing prior authorization requirements. The measure passed the full Senate on Thursday, 38-0.Read more
(TRENTON) – 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 designate October 6th as “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day” was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday.