It has been a busy summer working in my district office, and as I return to the Statehouse, I look forward to continuing a productive legislative session.
I am proud to be part of Politicker NJ Observer’s Elected Officials Powerlist 2016. As one of the few women on this list, I understand the importance of encouraging more women to get involved in the legislative process.
However, as a member of Politicker NJ Observer’s 30 Most Influential Women in Politics, I know that I am in good company with other women in the Statehouse.
Anti-BDS bill signed into law
After attending a legislative trip to Israel this past winter, I was determined to have A-925 become law. This legislation prohibits the investment of pension and annuity funds by state in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. It is designed to combat the 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions' movement targeted against Israel. I stood proudly as this landmark piece was signed into law in August. With the power of our pension funds, we're sending a statement that we will not stand for any global attempts to delegitimize our partner in democracy and freedom.
With our students returning to school, I am proud to report that two of my bills updating New Jersey’s education system were signed into law.
A-3790 prohibits the expulsion of students in kindergarten through second grade in public and charter schools except for certain exceptions. The curtailing of unnecessary suspensions and expulsions for minor misbehavior will provide a benefit to students who are not a threat to others as well as diminish school dropout and crime rate that often follow disciplinary removal from school.
A-2292 ensures substance abuse education in New Jersey schools includes the most up-to-date information available. We cannot effectively reach young people about the dangers of substance abuse with outdated information. Substance abuse among young people is a serious concern and, without proper intervention, can lead to lifetime addiction or worse. This will help ensure that the substance abuse education that our students are getting is reliable and useful.
In honor of National Concussion Awareness Day, I spoke at Teaneck High School about the need for our own concussion awareness day in New Jersey. I am proud to sponsor AJR-115, which will designate the third Friday in September as Concussion Awareness Day in the State of New Jersey. Our goals are to improve public understanding of concussion response standards and treatment methods, and to highlight the need for vigilance in recognizing and appropriately responding to the symptoms of a concussion in order to prevent further serious injury.
Around the District
Attending the Brief Babe’s Adult Care Brief Drive
Standing with Bergen County officials to celebrate Women’s Equality Day
Meeting with constituents at the Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic
Mayor Lizette P. Parker, forever on our street and forever in our hearts
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, ideas, or concerns. For more information, I invite you to visit my website at www.valeriehuttle.com
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle