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Bill Barring Discrimination in School Sports & Phys Ed Advanced Heads to Governor’s Desk

June 16, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Daniel Benson to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey have an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs received final legislative approval 76-0-2 by the full Assembly on Monday.

"Every student deserves the chance to compete at the most competitive level possible," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "With the Special Olympics set to kick-off in Mercer County this week we're reminded that the only limitations we face are the ones we impose on ourselves."

Specifically, the bill (S-2079/A-3152) would require each school district in New Jersey to:

- ensure that a student with a disability has an equal opportunity to participate in existing classroom activities that involve physical activity; and try out for and, if selected, participate in athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student ; and

- ensure the provision of reasonable modifications or aids or services necessary to provide a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs, existing classroom activities that involve physical activity, and athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student.

Lampitt Bill Bolstering Car Safety for Young Children Clears Assembly Panel

June 13, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to bolster car safety for young children cleared the Assembly Women and Children Committee on Thursday.

"With advances in research and car safety technology, recommendations to protect children in motor vehicles are always changing. Just look how different things were just a decade or two ago," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington), Chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee. "Incorporating the latest recommendations will help ensure that we're doing all we can to protect young children in automobiles."

The bill (A-3161) would amend the state's child passenger restraint system and booster seat law to implement the latest car seat safety recommendations.

Under current law, every person operating a motor vehicle equipped with safety belts (other than a school bus) who is transporting a child under the age of eight years and weighing less than 80 pounds must secure the child in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat.

The bill amends the law to specify that when being transported in a motor vehicle:

* A child under the age of two years and weighing less than 30 pounds must be secured rear facing in a child passenger restraint system equipped with a five-point harness.

* A child under the age of four years and weighing less than 40 pounds must be secured:

Prieto, Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill Barring Discrimination in School Sports & Phys Ed Advanced by Assembly Panel

June 12, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey have an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"Every student deserves the chance to compete at the most competitive level possible," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "With the Special Olympics set to kick-off in Mercer County this week we're reminded that the only limitations we face are the ones we impose on ourselves."

Specifically, the bill (A-3152) would require each school district in New Jersey to:

- ensure that a student with a disability has an equal opportunity to participate in existing classroom activities that involve physical activity; and try out for and, if selected, participate in athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student ; and

- ensure the provision of reasonable modifications or aids or services necessary to provide a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs, existing classroom activities that involve physical activity, and athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student.

"Competition breeds success," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Making sure students are competing at the highest level appropriate for them will hopefully inspire them to reach their true potential."

Bill Package to Fight Wage Discrimination, Bridge Gender Pay Gap Moves Forward

May 20, 2014

A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Gordon M. Johnson, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Carmelo G. Garcia to help bridge the gender wage gap and fight discrimination in the workplace has received panel approval.

"Unfortunately, gender wage discrimination is alive and well in the 21st century," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington), chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee. "Hopefully, by empowering employees and holding employers more accountable, we can chip away at the remaining fragments of the glass ceiling."

The first bill (A-2345) would require employers contracting with the state to disclose demographic and other information about each employee, such as his or her gender, race, job title and total compensation. Upon request, the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety would be required to grant an employee access to the information. The bill, sponsored by Lampitt, Mosquera, Johnson and Watson Coleman, is to be known as the Wage Transparency Act.

"The bottom line is this - New Jerseyans should have a right to know that their tax dollars are not going to firms that engage in discriminatory wage practices against women," said Lampitt.

"New Jersey prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). "While we can't regulate private corporations, we can - and, rightfully so, will - regulate contractors doing business with the state."

Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Create Gold Alert System Clears Assembly Panel

May, 15, 2014

Legislation introduced by Assemblywomen Pamela R. Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to facilitate the immediate circulation of information about missing persons with developmental disabilities was passed by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-2709) would establish the Gold Alert system, a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies and media outlets to broadcast emergency alerts about missing persons with developmental disabilities. The alerts would include physical descriptions and other pertinent details.

"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "We must do all we can to ensure missing individuals can return home safe and sound, especially when we have all the necessary resources already in place."

"When it comes to recovering a person who's gone missing, we know that time is of the essence and knowledge is power," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "By creating widespread awareness as soon as possible, we can maximize the likelihood that a missing person will be found alive and unharmed."

Under the legislation, a Gold Alert would be activated when a local law enforcement agency receives a missing persons report for an individual with a developmental disability. The State Police would aid in the investigation of the alert upon request from the local agency. In cooperation with law enforcement, participating media covering the missing person's broadcast service region would transmit the alert to the public.