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Love/Lampitt/Wagner/Evans Bill to Regulate Credit Card Solicitation on Campuses Signed By Governor

Law Requires Credit Card Companies to Register with Colleges & Students to Complete Education Courses Before Credit Cards Could be Issued

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblywomen Sandi Love, Pamela R. Lampitt, Connie Wagner and Elease Evans sponsored to regulate how credit card companies solicit new customers on college campuses was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

“When used properly, credit cards can be a great financial tool,” said Love (D-Camden). “Unfortunately, many college students do not understand how credit works and wind up getting themselves and their parents into financial trouble by spending more than they can possibly pay.”

According to a 2004 study conducted by Nellie Mae, a national student loan company, nearly 76 percent of college students hold at least one credit card. The study found that credit card possession and credit card usage drastically increases as students progress through college. Fifty-six percent of seniors reported that they possessed four or more cards and carry an average total debt of $2,864.

“Casual, uninformed use of credit can have long-lasting financial implications,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Requiring credit card companies to ensure that college students understand how credit works before they apply for a credit card will go a long way toward making New Jersey undergraduates more savvy consumers.”

Oliver/Lampitt/Greenwald/Love/Cruz-Perez Bill Requiring State to Report Assaults & Deaths at State Psychiatric Hospitals Signed

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Sheila Y. Oliver, Pamela R. Lampitt, Louis D. Greenwald, Sandi Love and Nilsa Cruz-Perez to require the state to publicly report assaults and deaths at state psychiatric hospitals has been signed into law by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

The law (A-2949) is a direct response to delays in the release of statistics on assaults at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Camden County.

Lawmakers had requested the information following several high-profile incidents at the hospital, including a patient escape and several deaths.

“The well-being of patients at state-operated hospitals should never be in doubt and breaches in the safety net cannot be hidden from view,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “Any violent incident at a state hospital must be made part of the public record so health officials and legislators can take appropriate and immediate action.”

The law requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a system for reporting the number of physical assaults and unexpected deaths that occur at the state’s psychiatric hospitals: Ancora, Ann Klein Forensic Center, Greystone Park Psychiatric Center, Senator Garret W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Center and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

The report will be a public record, posted on the official DHS website and updated quarterly, but will not contain identifying information about patients or staff members.

Lampitt Honored for 'Sexting' Legislation

National Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication honors Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt with award for “being a leader in digital responsibility”

(Voorhees) – Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) was honored on Thursday July 23rd with the “Responsibility 2.1C Award of Excellence” by the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (I.R.O.C.2).

I.R.O.C.2, a group advocating digital responsibility, was prompted to recognize Assemblywoman Lampitt after she introduced a three bill package in the Assembly addressing Sexting – the practice of sending sexually explicit photographs via cell phones.

“We at the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication commend Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt for proactively raising the importance of digital responsibility and awareness at the statewide level.” Richard Guerry, the Executive Director of I.R.O.C2 said. “By starting and encouraging a dialogue regarding detrimental digital issues, such as sexting, and by proposing legislation intended to further spread awareness of their negative consequences, the Assemblywoman has become a leader of digital responsibility, or Responsibility 2.1C, in the great state of New Jersey.”

According to a 2008 survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, roughly one-in-five teens – including 11 percent of girls aged 13 to 16 – have sent a nude or semi-nude picture or video of themselves to friends or posted one on a Web site.

Fourth of July Events in Our District

To celebrate Independence Day, the towns in our district are holding many exciting events throughout the day. From fireworks to live music to house decorating contests, July 4th will surely be a day to celebrate!

On June 28:

1:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Maple Shade 4th of July parade at South Fellowship & Main Streets

9:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Fireworks at Maple Shade High School

On July 3rd:

Haddonfield Memorial High School will hold their annual fireworks display on July 3rd. (No rain date)

On July 4th:

9:00 a.m.
Berlin Twp
Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at the West Berlin Fire Station on Haddon Avenue and continues to Berlin Park via the White Horse Pike and West Broad Avenue. (Rain date July 5th)

10:00 a.m.
Haddonfield
Parade begins 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway(No rain date)

10:00 a.m.
Oaklyn
Oaklyn parade starting on the corner of East Beachwood & Johnson Ave. and ending at the Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Blvd.

10:00 a.m.
Hi Nella

Oliver/Lampitt/Greenwald/Love/Cruz-Perez Bill Requiring State to Report Assaults & Deaths at State Psychiatric Hospitals Gets OK

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Sheila Y. Oliver, Pamela R. Lampitt, Louis D. Greenwald, Sandi Love and Nilsa Cruz-Perez to require the state to publicly report assaults and deaths at state psychiatric hospitals has received final legislative approval.

The legislation (A-2949) is a direct response to delays in the release of statistics on assaults at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Camden County.

It was approved today 39-0 by the Senate. It was approved 77-0 in May by the Assembly. It now goes to the governor.

Lawmakers had requested the information following several high-profile incidents at the hospital, including a patient escape and several deaths.

“The well-being of patients at state-operated hospitals should never be in doubt and breaches in the safety net cannot be hidden from view,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “Any violent incident at a state hospital must be made part of the public record so health officials and legislators can take appropriate and immediate action.”

The bill would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a system for reporting the number of physical assaults and unexpected deaths that occur at the state’s psychiatric hospitals: Ancora, Ann Klein Forensic Center, Greystone Park Psychiatric Center, Senator Garret W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Center and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

The report would be a public record, posted on the official DHS website and updated quarterly, but would not contain identifying information about patients or staff members.