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Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Downey, Mosquera, Lampitt & Benson Bill to Boost Domestic Violence Training at Local Level AdvancesLegislation 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.
Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Goes to GovernorLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Benjie Wimberly to restore previous certification requirements for school nurses to ensure they are aptly qualified to care for students received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
The bill (A-1256) was prompted by the State Board of Education's decision in 2013 to reduce the minimum requirements to apparently address the shortage in nurses. However, the New Jersey State Nurses Association contends the reason for the change was to reduce costs for school districts by hiring less qualified applicants at lower salaries.
"Lowering these requirements reduces salaries by using lesser skilled nurses, and jeopardizes the health of our students," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).
Greenwald, Jones and Singleton Bill to Strengthen Protections for A Person's Digital Assets Clears Assembly
Bill Enacts the "Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act," Cutting Red Tape in a Digital Age(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assembly members Patricia Egan Jones and Troy Singleton sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was recently approved by the full Assembly.
"This is a digital age we are living in. If a custodial party wants to guard their digital assets they should be able to without regulatory barriers. Digital property such as email accounts, social media accounts, and internet-based currency is just as important as any other asset a person may have," said Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington). "UFADAA is comprehensive legislation that will help individuals protect digital properties as they would their physical assets."
Singleton, Vainieri Huttle & Holley Bill to Provide Counseling for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Clears CommitteeLegislation 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."
Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Lampitt & Singleton Bill Package to Improve Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services in NJ Gains Assembly Panel ApprovalAn 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.
Singleton & Lampitt Bill to Help First-Time Home Buyers Realize Dream of Home Ownership Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) to help first-time home buyers better prepare for the financial obligations that come with purchasing a home was released Monday by an Assembly panel.
"The biggest challenge that most first-time home buyers face is coming up with enough money for a down payment," said Singleton. "This would help residents interested in buying a home save up the funds needed over time so they can comfortably reach their goal of home ownership..."
Singleton & DeAngelo Bill to Transform Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebate into a Direct Credit AdvancesAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Wayne DeAngelo that would transform the senior freeze property tax rebate program from a reimbursement program into a credit program for most eligible homeowners.
"By administering this rebate program the same way we do the homestead property tax credit program, not only will it deliver savings to eligible senior and disabled residents in their current tax year will, but it will also save taxpayer dollars by cutting administrative costs to the state," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Given the hefty burden that property taxes pose, real-time relief is what we need to be striving for..."
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."