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Quijano, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Jones & McKeon Measure to Secure At-Risk Nonprofits Clears Assembly

Pilot Program Would Allow Vulnerable Entities to Receive Security Funding

Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Patricia Egan Jones and John McKeon sponsored to increase security at New Jersey nonprofit organizations determined to be at an elevated risk for attacks gained General Assembly approval on Thursday.

"As I discussed this issue with different nonprofits within and outside of my district, I began to see that members of these communities have a legitimate concern regarding their safety," said Quijano (D-Union). "As chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, I believe we have an obligation to ensure that they have personnel on-site who can prevent and protect New Jersey residents from acts of targeted violence."

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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji, Downey & Wimberly Opioid Antidote Bill Gains Assembly Approval

Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without Rx
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved unanimously by the full Assembly on Thursday.

The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone to any person, without a prescription, pursuant to a standing order issued by a prescriber or, upon request by the pharmacist, pursuant to a standing order issued by the Commissioner of Health or the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Services.

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Vainieri Huttle, Caride & Pintor Marin Bill to Help Protect the Vulnerable from Predatory Alienation Goes to Gov's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride and Eliana Pintor Marin to help the state protect vulnerable populations from the practice known as predatory alienation received final legislative approval by the Assembly, 74-0, on Thursday.

Predatory alienation usually involves the use of extreme undue influence, coercive persuasion or psychologically damaging manipulation that results in physical or emotional harm or the loss of financial assets, disrupts a parent-child relationship, leads to a deceptive or exploitative relationship, or isolates a person from family and friends.

"Predatory alienation is a type of coercive control that is often seen in domestic violence, human trafficking, and financial scams involving vulnerable populations, particularly those with physical or mental disabilities," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "It is heartbreaking and devastating for the victims and needs to be understood better so we can more effectively combat it."
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Video: Vainieri Huttle on her Transgender Rights Bill Package

Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) speaks on the Assembly floor Thursday on her four-bill package to solidify New Jersey’s position as a leader on transgender civil rights.

Watch the video here.

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a broad package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson that will solidify New Jersey's position as a leader on transgender civil rights

"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."

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Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Downey, Mosquera, Lampitt & Benson Bill to Boost Domestic Violence Training at Local Level Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joann Downey, Gabriela Mosquera, Pamela Lampitt and Daniel Benson to enhance domestic violence training at the local level gained unanimous approval Thursday from the full Assembly.

The bill (A-2185) would establish mandatory domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors.

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Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Muoio, Lagana, Lampitt & Mukherji Bill to Require Emergency Response Plans for High-Hazard Rail Clears Assembly

Measure Sets Emergency Preparedness Standards for Transport of Oil, Other Hazardous Substances
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride, Elizabeth Muoio, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require those transporting hazardous products by rail to develop emergency preparedness plans was passed by the full Assembly, 54-16-4, on Thursday.

"New Jersey has a strong history of environmental protection, and by working to mitigate the impact of an accident before it even happens, we can continue building on that history," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. "Those who own and operate oil trains and other locomotives transporting hazardous materials have a responsibility both to be proactive about preventing catastrophes and to be prepared to react swiftly if they do occur."

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Prieto & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Immediate Job & Economic Development Infusion through $400M in Transportation Projects Goes to Governor

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to provide an immediate job and economic development infusion through $400 million in infrastructure projects was approved Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"This is all about jobs, invigorating our economy and public safety," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who led the push last year for a renewed Transportation Trust Fund to rebuild the state's vital infrastructure. "We're going to see wide-ranging job and economic benefits for years to come from our new infrastructure improvement plan, but with this bill we'll be getting an even earlier start than expected...

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Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wisniewski, Johnson & Mukherji Bill to Prohibit Enforcement of Trump's Immigration Ban Approved by General Assembly


Legislation Would Forbid Enforcement of Order by Port Authority Employees
Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, John Wisniewski, Gordon Johnson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to stop enforcement of a federal executive order restricting immigration to the United States was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Some of the world's most desperate people are fleeing their home countries to seek safety in the United States. President Trump's ban is founded upon falsehoods - from the suggestion that refugees haven't already been thoroughly vetted to the notion that they want to cause Americans harm," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "New Jersey is fundamentally opposed to this ill-conceived measure, and we must take steps to prevent its enforcement."
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Assembly Panel Advances Quijano & Vainieri Huttle Bill Creating NJ Hearing Impairment Task Force

ainieri Huttle establishing a task force to help aid New Jersey residents who suffer from hearing impairments was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

According to the sponsors, the Department of Human Services estimates that about 850,000 New Jersey residents have varying degrees of hearing loss ranging from mild to profound, including individuals who were born deaf and people who encounter late-stage hearing loss.

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Eustace, Karabinchak, McKeon, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill to Create "Water Quality Accountability Act" Clears Assembly Panel

Measure Enhances the Reliability and Safety of the State's Drinking Water, Would Apply to All Water Purveyors
(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace, Robert Karabinchak, John McKeon, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson to establish a proactive cybersecurity policy for all water purveyors in order to enhance the reliability and safety of the state's drinking water systems.

In March of 2016, the BPU adopted cybersecurity requirements applicable to the electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities that it regulates. This bill would apply those requirements to all water purveyors.

"We have seen many cybersecurity threats in recent years," said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Whether it is attacking our personal information online or threatening critical resources, the state must take steps to protect residents from cybersecurity breaches. This legislation would codify present cybersecurity requirements established by the BPU and strengthen protections of our water resources by extending these requirements to all water suppliers. "

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Vainieri Huttle, Caride & Pintor Marin Bill to Help Protect the Vulnerable from Predatory Alienation Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride and Eliana Pintor Marin to help the state protect vulnerable populations from the practice known as predatory alienation was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

Predatory alienation usually involves the use of extreme undue influence, coercive persuasion or psychologically damaging manipulation that results in physical or emotional harm or the loss of financial assets, disrupts a parent-child relationship, leads to a deceptive or exploitative relationship, or isolates a person from family and friends.

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Singleton, Vainieri Huttle & Holley Bill to Provide Counseling for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Clears Committee

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Jamel Holley sponsored to help children cope with exposure to domestic violence was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

"The collateral damage inflicted on children of domestic violence can be devastating and long-lasting. Boosting therapeutic services for them can help mitigate this damage," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "This legislation is part of an effort to increase support services statewide."

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Lampitt & Singleton Bill Package to Improve Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services in NJ Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter, Pamela Lampitt and Troy Singleton to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state.

The bills are the product of numerous roundtable discussions and meetings that Schaer held with professionals and stakeholders in the field of behavioral and mental health care.

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Quijano, Mukherji, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Measure to Secure At-Risk Nonprofits Advances

Pilot Program Would Allow Vulnerable Groups to Receive Security Funding

Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Raj Mukherji, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to increase security at New Jersey nonprofit organizations determined to be at an elevated risk for attacks was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

"As I discussed this issue with different nonprofits within and outside of my district, I began to see that members of these communities have a legitimate concern regarding their safety," said Quijano (D-Union)...

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Singleton, Mosquera & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Strengthen Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Advances

'Monica's Law' Would Establish Risk Assessments in Honor of Resident Killed by Estranged Husband

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gabriela Mosquera and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to strengthen legal protections for domestic violence victims.

"We've come a long way since the Domestic Violence Prevention Act was passed in the early '90s, but as we continue to examine this issue more closely, we find many new ways in which our legal and law enforcement system can work to better protect victims and their families," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The tragic death of Monica Paul is just one example of how we can create an additional safety net within our judicial system to prevent warning signs from being overlooked."

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Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill to Protect Transgender Persons from Discrimination in Health-Care Coverage Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson to prohibit health insurers from denying transgender individuals health care coverage based on gender identity was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."
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