Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses Gets Final Legislative Approval
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Dan Benson to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
“This legislation ensures that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “What’s more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers.”
The bill (A-3690) would expand state law to allow students with disabilities to board a school bus with a service animal. Current law only permits students with disabilities to enter classrooms and school grounds with service animals. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in services provided by state and local government entities.
“For certain students with disabilities, service animals are required for optimal learning and development,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “If a student needs a service animal in school and is allowed to have that, it is common sense to allow the student to bring the service animal onto the school bus as well.”Read more
Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Mukherji, Mosquera & Gusciora Bill to Create Addiction Treatment Consumer Report Card Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter, Raj Mukherji, Gabriela Mosquera and Reed Gusciora to create a consumer report card on addiction treatment providers has been signed into law.
The new law (S-2373/A-3716) is part of a comprehensive 20 bill package that was introduced in September to address the growing opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
"Selecting the most appropriate treatment provider is often a difficult and overwhelming experience, compounded by the stress of the situation," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "We need to help empower consumers to make the choice that's best for them or their loved one and that power comes from the knowledge of knowing how successful each treatment provider is."