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Vainieri Huttle-led Bill Package Targeting Homelessness in New Jersey Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Seven-bill package, also sponsored by Benson, Muoio & Mukherji, is designed to aid domestic violence victims, reduce homelessness & help residents get back on their feet
The Assembly Human Services Committee on Thursday approved an expansive seven-bill package - spearheaded by Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle and sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Raj Mukherji - designed to reduce homelessness and help New Jersey residents get back on their feet.

In December, Vainieri Huttle and members of her committee visited the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, which provides a 24/7, year-round continuum of housing services designed to abate homelessness. Following the visit, the committee held a special hearing to receive testimony on current state programs designed to target homelessness, as well as effective, new strategies that could be implemented to further prevent and reduce homelessness in New Jersey. The majority of the bills approved today were born out of these efforts.

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Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Jimenez, Mukherji & Downey Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Advances in Senate

Legislation Honors Zackhary Simmons, 21-Year-Old Man Killed In June Accident
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Angelica Jimenez, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey sponsored to establish an emergency alert system to help more quickly apprehend drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents was released on Thursday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

The legislation commemorates the life of Zackhary Simmons, a 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.

"I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught," said Chaparro (D-Hudson). "I want to thank the Simmons family for working so hard on this bill and sharing their time and inspiring this legislation to honor Zack and encourage other drivers to stop and help an injured person instead of cowardly fleeing a scene."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Prohibit Suspension of Professional Licenses Due to Inability to Pay Student Loans Advances

Greenwald, Vainieri Huttle, Schaer, Mukherji, Holley, Mosquera, Muoio, Sumter & Mazzeo: Repealing State Law Would End 'Modern-Day Debtors' Prison' in New Jersey

Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary S. Schaer, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Muoio, Shavonda Sumter and Vince Mazzeo sponsored to rescind a law that jeopardizes the careers of professionals who have overwhelming student debt was advanced Thursday by a Senate committee.

"If someone earned a license to practice a profession, their performance should be the sole factor that affects their ability to retain that license," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Using a professional license as a bargaining chip when someone cannot pay his or her student loans is not only wrong but nonsensical. There is no logic in removing a borrower's ability to pay back a loan as a punishment for inability to pay in the first place..."

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Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, Tucker, McKnight, Mukherji & Wimberly Bill to Protect Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities Continues Advancing

'Stephen Komninos' Law' Would Put Measures in Place to Better Address Reports of Abuse and Neglect in State-Licensed Facilities

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gabriela Mosquera, Cleopatra Tucker, Angela McKnight, Raj Mukherji and Benjie Wimberly to better protect children and adults with development disabilities from potential abuse and neglect from caregivers gained approval from a Senate committee on Monday.

"After suffering the tragic loss of Stephen Komninos, our goal is to prevent future tragedies," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This bill will institute a major overhaul to our system to put protections in place to help uncover any incidents of abuse or neglect before they end in tragedy and ensure that these incidents are addressed as swiftly as possible and those responsible are held accountable. Ultimately, our goal is to create an environment that does not tolerate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals with developmental disabilities."

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Coughlin, McKnight & Mukherji Bill to Create Real-Time System to Track Available Psych Beds Continues Advancing

Legislation Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Craig Coughlin, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji sponsored to create a real-time system to track the number of psychiatric beds available statewide to treat mental health and substance use disorders was advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"In 2015, we hosted a number of roundtable discussions and meetings on issues related to behavioral and mental health care, and professionals in the field continuously raised the need for increased information sharing on bed availability across the state," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Therefore, this legislation is designed to help providers and emergency rooms to quickly place patients in need of behavioral health services for the appropriate treatment."

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Sumter & Mukherji Measure to Prohibit Sale of Damaged Tires Continues to Advance in Legislature

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Raj Mukherji sponsored to protect New Jersey motorists against the sale of unsafe used tires cleared the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

The bill (A-3896) would prohibit New Jersey retailers from selling worn and damaged tires.

"What initially seems like a good deal ultimately can be deadly in the market for tires," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Retailers who sell damaged tires to consumers endanger not only their customers but also everyone else on the road. Banning the sale of damaged tires simply is a common-sense matter of public safety."

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