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Assembly Bill to Reduce Foreclosures, Help Families Stay in their Homes Advanced by Assembly Panel

February 21, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Jerry Green, Wayne DeAngelo, Shavonda Sumter and Pamela Lampitt to create a pilot program to help distressed New Jersey homeowners stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"Behind every financially-troubled home is a family working feverishly to stay afloat," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "This pilot program would help these homeowners be able to afford to stay in their homes without encouraging homeowners who are current on their mortgages to default, reducing the foreclosures and short sales that are stifling the recovery of the housing sector."

The bill (A-955) would establish the "Mortgage Assistance Pilot Program" in the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJ HMFA). The three-year pilot program would allow homeowners, who have negative home equity and who are in default on an agency owned mortgage, to lower their principal balances by transferring shares of equity in the mortgaged property to the agency.

The sponsors noted that New Jersey's foreclosure inventory is still the second highest in the nation, and we are one of the few states in the nation where the foreclosure percentage rose over the past year.

Assembly Bill Designating February as 'Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month' Now Law

January 30, 2014

(TRENTON) -- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John F. McKeon, Pamela R. Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie E. Wimberly, which designates February as 'Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month' in New Jersey is now state law.

One in three adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds other types of violence affecting young adults. Nationwide, one in ten high school students has been deliberately hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and more than one in four teenagers have been in a relationship where a partner is verbally abusive.

"The prevalence of violence among our youth involved in dating is highly disturbing and can have serious negative repercussions on its victims including substance abuse, eating disorders and psychological and emotional trauma," McKeon (D-Essex\Morris) said.

"A recent White House report highlighted a stunning finding of the occurrence of rape on college campuses, with one in five female students being assaulted and one in eight victims reporting it. Teen violence is unacceptable and we need to stand up against it. The measure we sponsored will promote public awareness and help increase the prevention of violence in dating," he added.

Assembly Bill to Equip All New Police Cars in New Jersey with Cameras Gains Final Legislative Approval

January 13, 2014

(TRENTON) -- Legislation Assembly Democrats Paul D. Moriarty, Charles Mainor, Angel Fuentes, Gabriela Mosquera and Pamela Lampitt sponsored that would eventually equip all police cars in New Jersey with cameras received final legislative approval Monday by a vote of 54-17. The bill (A-4193) comes after Moriarty's own personal experience.

Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) was charged with drunken driving and other charges in July 2012 in Washington Township, but Moriarty told police he had nothing to drink that day. Dashboard camera video from the officer's car showed Moriarty did not cut off the officer, as the officer claimed, and showed Moriarty passing sobriety tests without problem.

The charges against Moriarty were dismissed in early May, and the officer who filed the allegations has now been indicted on 14 criminal counts accusing him of making a false arrest of Moriarty and lying to support his claims.

"Having a visual record of a traffic stop provides the best evidence for police to use in court," Moriarty said. "The video doesn't lie. It doesn't forget what is said. It is impartial and may, in fact, help reduce protracted court cases and litigation. To not have a visual recorder in police cars used for traffic stops is like having an office desk without a computer."

Lampitt: Christie Has Some Explaining to do to Haddonfield Women

(VOORHEES)--Assembly Women and Children Committee Chairwoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) issued the following statement Tuesday on Gov. Christie's town hall visit to Haddonfield:

"Now that Governor Christie has come to one of our 6th district towns, he has some explaining to do to the women and families of Haddonfield. Such as, why does he continue to prioritize massive tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires while at the same time slashing funding for critical women's health programs?

"And why has he remained curiously silent on the issue of pay equity? With a $15.8 billion annual gender wage gap in New Jersey that hurts all our families and our economy, the Governor hasn't said much about the issue, despite the advancement of nation-leading legislation to combat pay discrimination facing women in New Jersey workplaces.

"The Governor's reticence on this issue is eerily reminiscent of Mitt Romney, whose campaign answered 'We'll have to get back to you' when asked if Romney supported equal pay for women. I certainly hope the Governor will do the right thing today and announce his staunch support for our pay equity legislation--instead of playing national GOP politics with women’s livelihoods."

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Quijano, Lampitt, Riley & Vainieri Huttle Bill Requiring Distribution of Student Loan Payment Info Advanced by Assembly Panel

Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:54am

U.S. DOE Report on Cost of College Listing NJ Schools Among Costliest
in Nation Further Proof of Legislation's Importance

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano,
Pamela Lampitt, Celeste M. Riley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that
would require educational brochures on college loan repayment
schedules to be created and distributed to high school students was
released last week by an Assembly committee.

"Many college-bound students and their families fail to realize how
burdensome student loan debt can truly be until they receive their
first repayment book after graduation, which often has monthly
payments in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars," said Quijano
(D-Union). "Providing critical education before they sign loan
documents can help students graduate without being mired in debt."

The measure (A-1083) would direct the state Higher Education Student
Assistance Authority (HESAA) to create a document that will serve to
educate high school students about college loan repayment schedules.
The HESAA would be required to post the document on its website and
distribute it annually to public and nonpublic high schools. School
districts and nonpublic high schools would be required to disseminate
the document to high school juniors and seniors annually.

The sponsors said their legislation was especially necessary and
timely after an annual report issued in June 2011 by the U.S.
Department of Education listed several New Jersey public colleges as