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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 We should never be in a situation where a review is needed because an outdated plan compounded a tragic situation.”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.

N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services Statement on H1N1 Influenza Cases

TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that samples sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday indicate that five New Jersey residents have confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza. All five individuals were listed as probable cases as a result of testing conducted at the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton.

“We have been on top of this from the start and will continue to be vigilant as long as the threat to public safety exists,” Governor Corzine said. “There is no need for alarm but we must all be aware of the situation. I want to assure the people of New Jersey that we are doing everything in our power to contain the spread of this flu virus.”

All five individuals had a mild case of H1N1 Influenza. None were hospitalized and all are recovering at home. The individuals with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza are:

A 43-year old Monmouth County female
A 22-year old Bergen County female
A 14-year old Burlington County male
A 10-year old Burlington County female
A 47-year old Burlington County male

The three Burlington County cases were members of the same family. The two Burlington County children did not attend school before becoming sick and have not returned to school.

Four of the five individuals recently travelled to Mexico. The fifth travelled to California.

Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Promote Event to Prevent Identity Theft

Urge Residents to Attend Camden County’s ‘Spring Shredding’ for Personal Documents

(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) today urged residents of the 6th Legislative District to attend a ‘Spring Shredding’ event hosted by Camden County to prevent identity theft.

“With identity theft still a serious threat to residents, it’s important for families and seniors to destroy documents that contain sensitive information, like bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and other identifying documents,” said Beach.

Sponsored by Camden County, the ‘Spring Shredding’ is scheduled for May 2nd. During the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to destroy their documents containing sensitive personal information that might be used by criminals engaging in identity theft. The event will feature industrial size shredder trucks on site.

“In these troubled economic times, identity theft can be a crushing blow to individuals and families,” said Greenwald. “Shredding private personal information can go a long way in foiling potential identity thieves.”

“It can take years for victims of identity theft to regain control of their financial lives,” said Lampitt. “In just a few minutes at ‘Spring Shredding,’ residents can avoid prolonged financial turmoil by destroying sensitive information before it falls into the hands of criminals.”

Chiappone/ Wisniewski/ Lampitt/ Barnes/ McKeon Package to Improve Teen Driver Safety Now Law

(TRENTON)–Measures sponsored by Assembly members Anthony Chiappone, John S. Wisniewski, Pamela R. Lampitt, Peter J. Barnes III and John F. McKeon to improve teen driver safety in New Jersey was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

The bills implement top recommendations of the state’s Teen Driver Study Commission.

“We need to give newly minted drivers the tools they need to become safe, responsible motorists,” said Chiappone (D-Hudson), who served on the commission. “Encouraging safe driving practices, enhancing penalties for bad driving and increasing the amount of time required behind the wheel will go a long way toward that goal.”

“The only way to become better at anything is through practice, and driving is no exception,” said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee. “Providing teen drivers with adequate behind-the-wheel time, standardized driver education and a healthy respect for the consequences of bad driving will help make them safer, more responsible motorists.”

“This package will help reinforce the message to teens that driving is a privilege, not a right,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “We need to better impress upon teens that getting behind the wheel carries with it real and tremendous responsibility for their passengers, other drivers and, most importantly, themselves.”