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Lampitt 'Great Friend' of S.J. Business Community

Courier Post
May 11, 2009
By Kristy Davies

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt has represented New Jersey's 6th Legislative District since 2006 and has been selected as the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey's recipient of the Public Service Award.

"When running for the assembly she came to our chamber and wanted to understand what the business issues are," said Kathleen Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the chamber. "Since she was elected she comes to us a lot and asks for our input. She has such a great open-door policy for all of our members. That's why we chose her for this award."

Lampitt serves as vice chairwoman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and as a member of the Commerce Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.

"She understands the link between education and the business community," Davis added. "She's committed to hearing directly from the business community and she's been a great friend of our chamber."

Lampitt is a long-time resident of Cherry Hill where she lives with her husband of 25 years. Her two children are both in college.

"I think any time you're recognized for just the work that you do because you feel it's the right thing to do is an honor," Lampitt said on Friday. "I'm humbled by it. Over the last four years I've really tried to reach out to them and hear their concerns and when the time comes to understand their challenges or opportunities and represent them well when making my
vote."

Lampitt Receives "Public Service Award"

Regional Business Organization Praises Lampitt’s Leadership, Commitment to Innovation

(VOORHEES)—The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey last night presented Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) with its “Public Service Award” at its 2009 Pinnacle Awards Dinner, held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. Each year, the Chamber presents this award to a public servant who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the regional business community.

“Upon her election, Assemblywoman Lampitt immediately championed the mission and activities of the Chamber, and works with us on our public policy agenda in support of our members and the regional business community. Pam has provided an open door to the Chamber and our membership, seeking our input on a variety of issues and listening to our concerns including those relating to the State budget and state spending,” said Debra DiLorenzo, President & CEO of the Chamber. “In particular, she has been a champion for small businesses and for innovative legislation to help grow New Jersey’s budding ‘green’ jobs sector. In these economic times, we need more hardworking legislators like Assemblywoman Lampitt, and we’re proud to honor her.”

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award,” said Lampitt “As a former councilwoman in Cherry Hill, I led the push for economic development and a more business-friendly climate. I’m proud to have continued that work in the Assembly.”

Scalera & Lampitt Bill to Require School Security Improvements Released by Senate Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Fred Scalera and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to require school security drills to improve emergency preparedness was released today by a Senate committee.

State law requires most public schools to conduct two fire drills per month, but their bill (A-3002) aims to improve readiness at public and private schools by requiring one monthly fire drill and one monthly security drill.

The measure recently passed the Assembly 78-0 last year and was released today by the Senate Education Committee.

A security drill would practice procedures that respond to emergencies such as a lockdown or an active shooter.

“Many schools haven’t practiced their security plans because there’s no law to require them to do so,” said Scalera, (D-Bergen, Essex, Passaic) chairman of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. “That’s a problem. History has taught us that school security drills can be vitally important and lifesaving.”

The bill would direct the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in consultation with state education, fire safety, emergency management, state police and attorney general’s office officials to develop and disseminate curriculum to each school district and nonpublic school to help them prepare and conduct school security drills.

Lampitt Campus Security Bill Clears Senate Panel

Measure Would Create Uniform System for Comprehensive Campus Security Reviews

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt sponsored to ensure that the state’s college and universities have plans in place to address on-campus emergencies such as a violent attack or disease pandemic was released today by the Senate Education Committee.

“We cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking that our college campuses are sheltered islands of safety in a sometimes violent world,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Comprehensive reviews will ensure the safety of students and faculty is always a top priority. We should never be in a situation where a review is needed because an outdated plan compounded a tragic situation.”

The Lampitt measure (A-634) would require schools to file with state homeland security and higher education officials comprehensive five-year campus security plans that identify a baseline of preparedness for all potential emergencies. Among its provisions, the legislation would require security protocols to spell out a clear delegation of authority and lines of administrative succession, identify and provide for the protection of vital records, and spell-out procedures for periodic tests.

A security plan would undergo an immediate review in the event of an on-campus incident. State homeland security and higher education officials also would be authorized to work directly with a school and other agencies to augment any areas of a plan they find to be deficient.

Hearing Reassures New Jerseyans of States Efforts to Prevent Spread of H1N1 Flu

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Health and Senior Services Committee Chairman Herb Conaway, MD (D-Burlington) released the following statement following the first special hearing today held jointly by the Assembly Health and Senior Services and Homeland Security and State Preparedness committees on the H1N1 flu and what it means for New Jerseyans:

“In light of today’s closing of a school in Hainesport Township due to two children with flu-like symptoms - raising concern over the possibility of H1N1-Swine Flu infection - this hearing could not have happened at a better time.

“The hearing reassured the public that they are receiving the most up-to-date information and New Jerseyans should feel confident that public places across the state including hospitals, schools and airports are implementing precautionary measures to better protect the safety of all residents.

“Governor Corzine and Health Commissioner Heather Howard should be commended for their quick response and vigilant efforts to ensure that all levels of government are working together to reduce the spread of this respiratory illness.

“The plans shared at today’s hearing detailing the measures being used to stop the spread of this flu should further strengthen the confidence of all New Jerseyans in the state’s swift response in continuing to protect their health, safety and welfare.