Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt talks about her efforts to reduce bullying in schools.
May 23, 2012
By Melissa Dipento
Just over 8 percent of Americans are unemployed – that’s the word from the U.S. Department of Labor as of April.
But New Jersey has a little work to do before catching up with the rest of the country. Even though unemployment has dropped in recent months, 9 percent of New Jersey residents are still without work.
But that hasn’t got everybody down.
Armed with a stack of resumes and a smile, Alyssa Yackle strolled around the Cherry Hill National Guard Armory last week hoping to make some professional connections at the Job and Resources Fair, hosted by the Sixth Legislative District’s representatives.
The Chews Landing native, who recently graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a master’s degree in public health, just returned from doing international fieldwork in Cuba.
She said she wasn’t discouraged by the hundreds of residents who were also vying for the same jobs at the event.
“A lot of people were taking resumes, which was encouraging,” Yackle said. “My aunt recommended the event to me, so I’m checking out all my possibilities.”
Abe Caceres said he came to the job fair in the hopes of finding a career he could transition into. He’s still employed, but said he was seeking a managerial business role.
As a veteran who served in the Armed Forces until 2006, Caceres said he is impressed with efforts to target veterans, specifically for employment.
February 20, 2012
By Hugh R. Morley
Bill to address male-female inequality failed to get Senate support in 2010.
New Jersey legislators are prodding Congress into addressing what they see as the stubborn inequality, and unfairness, between men's and women's pay.
The Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act., which is stalled.
The federal bill would make it tougher for employers to pay women less than men, and easier for female workers to seek legal remedies if it happens.
Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, D-Camden, who sponsored the bill, said U.S. census data show that women in New Jersey earn about 79 cents for every dollar earned by men.
"Even though we have women being educated at a much higher rate than men, the minute they walk out the [college] door, the minute they go for their first job, they are instantly paid less than men," Lampitt said.
A state Senate version of the bill is before the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
The federal Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced in 2009 and 2010, and failed to get the support of the Senate in November 2010, with most Democrats backing it and Republicans opposing it. Supporters reintroduced the bill last April, when President Obama said he would back it.
Opponents, including business groups, said the bill would hamstring employers in setting pay levels and make companies vulnerable to expensive and disruptive litigation over the issue.
By Senator Jim Beach
Sending our children off to school is traditionally a nail-biting experience for most parents. Entrusting their care and well-being to strangers is a difficult fact of life that all parents must come to terms. Now, imagine that you are the parent of a special needs child, whose health is so fragile that failure to provide immediate emergency intervention when needed may result in permanent damage or worse. Unfortunately, this scenario is being played out by hundreds of families in New Jersey who depend on individualized nursing care in order for their children to attend school.
One such family, Amy and Eric Sutter of Collingswood, recently contacted me and described the impact that cost saving measures have on the critical care needed for their son to attend school. Isaiah, one of three triplets born fifteen weeks premature, requires one-on-one nursing care to attend school due to a seizure disorder resulting in respiratory arrest. In the years since the birth of their triplets, the Sutter’s have relied on the services of over 200 nurses to help care for their children, and are extremely discerning of the skills needed to adequately care for their children’s special needs.
September 28, 2011
Tom Hester Sr.
“Sexting” for most children under age 18 will no longer be a crime in seven months but an issue that will be addressed through education, under a law signed by Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno.
The law (S-2700), would limit admission to the educational program to cases where the juvenile has not been previously convicted of sexually-related crimes; was not aware that his or her actions could constitute a crime and did not have the intent; the offense is related to a condition or situation that would be conducive to change through participation in the educational program, and the benefits to society in admitting the juvenile to the educational program outweigh the harm done to society by abandoning criminal prosecution.
The state attorney general, in consultation with the state courts, will develop the educational program. The program will include information regarding the legal consequences of “sexting”, the non-legal consequences, the long term impacts of engaging in the activity, and the possible connection between bullying and cyber-bullying and juveniles sharing sexually suggestive or explicit materials.
The law will take effect the first day of the seventh month following enactment.
Thursday, 18 August 2011
With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Christie today banned healthcare providers from billing rape victims for forensic evidence collection -- what is commonly known as a "rape kit" -- signing into law a measure sponsored by a group of Assemblywomen that ends the inhumane practice.
The costs of evidence collection and medical attention associated with sexual assault are required to be reimbursed to providers by the federal government.
However, medical facilities frequently have sent victims an invoice as a result of administrative error or in an attempt to collect payment from the victim's insurance provider.
The new law guarantees that providers seek reimbursement directly from the designated government agency.
“This is simply the right thing to do,” said Assemblywomen Annette Quijano (D-Union). “Sexual assault victims have already suffered enough.”
Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) said the law “will give common-sense support to victims when they need it the most."
The 10-year-old statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program provides for forensic sexual assault examinations to sexual assault victims -- conducted by physicians or certified forensic sexual assault nurse examiners – by each county.
The program’s intent is to ensure the needs of sexual assault victims are met in a compassionate manner and that forensic evidence is collected and handled appropriately so that it can be used in prosecutions.