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Lampitt Bill to Create Task Force to Recommend How to Integrate Engineering into K-12 Curriculum Heads to Gov's Desk

Assembly Majority Office
June 30, 2015
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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Pamela Lampitt and Marlene Caride to create a task force charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering into the K-12 science curriculum received final legislative approval last week and now heads to the governor's desk.

"STEM jobs are on the rise, but our colleges are not graduating enough engineering majors to keep up with the demand. If we want to compete in an increasingly global economy, we have to expand engineering education," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "Early introduction can encourage more students, especially women and minorities who are under represented in this field, to consider engineering as a career. The task force created by this bill would rely on the expertise of professionals in education, engineering and science to tell us how to best introduce engineering into the school curriculum."

Legislature Approves Greenwald & Lampitt Bill to Ensure Disbled Students are Not Denied Medical Marijuana Relief while at School

Assembly Majority Office
June 29, 2015
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The Senate granted final legislative approval on Monday to a bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure that students with debilitating illnesses and disabilities who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are not denied medicinal relief while at school or attending school functions.

New Jersey's medical marijuana law does not currently authorize the use of medical marijuana in schools or day programs serving developmentally disabled adults. In the absence of a state law on the subject, several school districts have specifically prohibited the use or administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

"We're talking about some of the state's most severely disabled students, some of whom suffer life threatening seizures and medical marijuana is the only thing that has helped ease their condition," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "We should be working with these families, not hindering relief. This change will lend more compassion to our program and help serve those who need it most."

Lampitt Bill to Make Cost-Effective Biological Drug Alternatives More Widely Available Gets Final Legislative OK

Assembly Majority Office
June 25, 2015
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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter, Angel Fuentes and Nancy Pinkin to make it easier for consumers to obtain more cost-effective, "generic" versions of biological medicines used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, psoriasis and various forms of cancer was approved 75-0 Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"The FDA has created a safe pathway to make alternative biological medicines more readily available on the market," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "If there is a more cost-effective option to treat and cure various illnesses, then by all means we should be helping patients pursue it."

"Substitution of these biologically similar products for their name-brand counterparts at the pharmacy level is expected to reduce cost by increasing competition," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Ultimately, this will allow more patients to access treatments."

While New Jersey has allowed chemically-synthesized generic drugs to be substituted for brand-name prescriptions for quite some time because the active ingredients are identical to their brand-name counterparts, biological medicines, on the other hand, are manufactured through biotechnology using living organisms and are much more complex than traditional, chemically-synthesized drugs.

Assembly Approves Greenwald & Lampitt Bill to Ensure Disabled Students are Not Denied Medical Marijuana Relief while at School

Assembly Majority Office
June 25, 2015
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The full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure that students with debilitating illnesses and disabilities who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are not denied medicinal relief while at school or attending school functions.

New Jersey's medical marijuana law does not currently authorize the use of medical marijuana in schools or day programs serving developmentally disabled adults. In the absence of a state law on the subject, several school districts have specifically prohibited the use or administration of medical marijuana on school grounds.

"We're talking about some of the state's most severely disabled students, some of whom suffer life threatening seizures and medical marijuana is the only thing that has helped ease their condition," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "We should be working with these families, not hindering relief. This change will lend more compassion to our program and help serve those who need it most."

Mosquera, Lampitt, & Greenwald Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Approved by Assembly

Assembly Majority Office
June 25, 2015
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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Lou Greenwald, Joseph Lagana, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms, before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that - strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

Among other provisions, the bill (A-4218) would:<
Require domestic abusers to surrender their firearms while a domestic violence restraining order is in effect, or when they are convicted of a domestic violence crime or offense;<
Require an abuser's firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun to be suspended during domestic violence restraining orders;
Require an abuser's firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun to be revoked if the individual is convicted of a domestic violence crime or offense; and