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Lampitt Bill Bolstering Car Safety for Young Children Continues Advancing

September 18, 2014

Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Pamela Lampitt to bolster car safety for young children was released Thursday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

"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), chairwoman 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:

Lampitt, Garcia & Mukherji Bill to Account for Cultural Preferences in School Menus Gains Panel Approval

September 11, 2014

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo Garcia and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require public school districts to consider making their breakfast and lunch menus more culturally sensitive was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3360) would require superintendents in public school districts containing a middle or high school to establish a district-wide food services advisory committee to recommend breakfast and lunch menu options that reflect the student body's cultural, traditional and overall dietary preferences if the student population suggests such a need exists.

"Consistency in teaching New Jersey's children about embracing cultural diversity requires us to ensure that they know everyone is welcome in the classroom as well as in the cafeteria," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "School menus that respect students' dietary preferences will send a message of inclusion that is central to our state's value system."

"One of the greatest aspects of living in New Jersey is our multiculturalism," said Garcia (D-Hudson). "Honoring that diversity involves making sure no student feels like his or her cultural background is a limiting or ostracizing factor in any regard, and lunchroom options are no exception."

Assembly Panel Approves Comprehensive Legislative Strategy to Combat Domestic Violence

September 11, 2014

Five-bill Package is Sponsored by Quijano, Gusciora, Spencer, Tucker, Caputo, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Riley, Burzichelli & Mosquera

An Assembly panel on Thursday unanimously approved a comprehensive legislative strategy sponsored by Assembly Democrats to combat domestic violence by expanding protections for victims and providing law enforcement with better tools to deal with offenders.

The five-bill package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Reed Gusciora, L. Grace Spencer, Cleopatra Tucker, Ralph Caputo, Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, John Burzichelli and Gabriela Mosquera.

The package includes the following bills:

* A-1310, sponsored by Quijano and Gusciora, would require that defendants convicted of a domestic violence offense who are placed on probation or have their sentence suspended must attend domestic violence counseling.

"In order to effectively combat domestic violence, there needs to be a twofold approach: cracking down on offenders while also enhancing protections for victims," said Quijano (D-Union). "Counseling for offenders is a good start to systemically tackling the root of the problem."

"Counseling will essentially help us treat the disease, rather than just masking the symptoms," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This is a smart component to a comprehensive strategy to tackle domestic violence."

* A-1579, sponsored by Spencer, Tucker and Caputo, would create a self-defense justification for victims of domestic violence.

Lampitt: Averted Tragedy in Woolwich Shows Need for "Gold Alert" Legislation

August 20, 2014

Assembly Women and Children Committee Chairwoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Wednesday, after CBS reported that a man with cognitive disabilities was safely returned to his living facility after wandering off Monday in a rural section of Gloucester County:

"I am deeply thankful that this individual was found quickly and was safely returned to his living facility. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending, but in such situations, that is not always the case. That's why New Jersey needs the legislation I have proposed to create a 'Gold Alert' to assist the public and public safety officers in finding missing persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"My legislation is modeled on the already successful 'Silver Alert' system, which provides the public with information to help find missing senior citizens in similar situations. These recent events show the importance of such a system to assist in finding missing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New Jersey should act on this common-sense legislation without delay."

Lampitt's bill, A-2709, passed the Assembly Human Services Committee in May by a vote of 5-0.

Lampitt Bill Bolstering Car Safety for Young Children Clears Full Assembly

June 23, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to bolster car safety for young children unanimously cleared the full Assembly on Monday.

"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: