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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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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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Caride, Singleton, Jasey & Wimberly Bill to Boost Certification Requirements for School Nurses, Ensure they are Well-Qualified Goes to Governor

Legislation 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).

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Caride, McKnight, Holley & Pintor Marin Bill to Connect English Language Learners to Gifted & Talented Programs in Schools Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Angela McKnight, Jamel Holley and Eliana Pintor Marin to help connect high-performing non-native English speakers to resources that can foster their academic potential was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

Because tests that screen for advanced intellectual ability typically are offered only in English, gifted and talented programs often inadvertently exclude gifted students who have not yet mastered the English language, the sponsors noted.

"Too often, students with exceptional intellectual capabilities are overlooked because of their limited ability to express themselves in English. The reality, however, is that these students typically can read and write at an advanced level in their native languages, excel at mathematics and are adept at learning a new language and culture..," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic).
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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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