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Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt talks about her efforts to reduce bullying in schools.
Women and Children Committee Chair Vows to "Keep Up the Fight" for
Equal Opportunity for Women
(VOORHEES)--Assembly Women and Children Committee Chairwoman Pamela
Lampitt (D-Camden) today released the following statement on the
upcoming three year anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair
Pay Act, which was signed into law on January 29, 2009. A response to
the U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co., the act expands the ability of individuals to sue their
employers for pay discrimination based on gender.
"When President Obama worked with Congress to enact the Ledbetter Act
three years ago, their message could not have been clearer--women in
the workplace deserve equal pay for equal work. This important law
ensures our economy works for all our citizens, but when it comes to
providing economic opportunity to women and families in New Jersey,
it's equally clear that our work is not yet done."
"With women representing over half of New Jersey's college students,
there's no doubt that New Jersey's highly-educated and hard-working
women deserve equal pay for equal contributions to the workforce.
Pay equity is a key issue we must address in the Legislature, as we
look to rebuild and strengthen New Jersey's struggling middle class."
"While New Jersey's unemployment rate is higher than both the national
average and that of our neighboring states, women continue to make up
a disproportionate number of those who have been hit hardest by this
Advocates, News Orgs Agree: Lampitt "Sexting" Law Is "Necessary", "Smart"; Gives Teens A "Needed Second Chance"
(CHERRY HILL)—A day after legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) to promote education over child pornography prosecutions in cases of teen “sexting” was signed into law, anti-“sexting” and anti-bullying advocates praised the measure. Assembly Bill 1561, now law, creates a diversionary program designed to educate teens on the dangers of “sexting” instead of automatically criminalizing the behavior.
“With advancing technology and smartphones bringing the world to kids’ fingertips, it’s important to educate teens who make a foolish decision, instead of labeling them as sex offenders and ruining their futures,” said Lampitt. “This law takes a common-sense approach and brings our laws into the 21st century.”
“Assemblywoman Lampitt’s law will help make sure that kids caught ‘sexting’ in New Jersey get the education they need, instead of being tagged as sex offenders,” said Allyson Pereira, an outspoken anti-“sexting” and anti-bullying advocate. “I’m proud to have worked with Assemblywoman Lampitt on this issue, and I hope this law becomes a model for states around the nation.”
Measure Creates Alternative to Prosecution for Youth Sending Sexually Explicit Photos, Implement Educational Campaign Through Schools, Cell Phone Retailers
(TRENTON) – Juveniles caught sending sexually explicit photographs via their cell phones will face intensive education rather than criminal prosecution under a bill now signed into law and sponsored by Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley and Valerie Vainieri Huttle.
The law (A-1561) aims to curtail a practice known popularly as “sexting,” a problem that has increasingly perplexed parents, school administrators and law enforcement officials because of ambiguities in child pornography laws.
“This takes a practical approach to a confounding problem, rather than slapping a one-size-fits-all punishment on teenagers whose motives may be entirely different than adults that face similar charges,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Teens shouldn’t necessarily be treated as criminals when they’re at that age where they don’t have a full understanding of the ramifications of their actions. Young people – especially teen girls – need to understand that sending inappropriate pictures is not only potentially illegal, but can leave an indelible mark on them socially and educationally. We need to create a path that places education and forgiveness before arrest and prosecution, and that’s what this law does.”
For Immediate Release
Contact: Senator Beach, (856) 429-1572
Assemblyman Greenwald & Assemblywoman Lampitt (856) 435-1247
Sixth District Legislators Bring Local Employers, Job-Seekers Together in Cherry Hill Event
(CHERRY HILL)—Today Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden), announced they will host a job fair for area residents. This event will bring together a diverse mix of local employers looking to hire, as well as helpful state services for unemployed individuals and struggling families.
The job fair will be held September 8, 2011 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the Cherry Hill Community Center at 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, 08002. For planning purposes, those wishing to attend are asked to register by calling (856) 435-1247, (856) 429-1572 or emailing AsmGreenwald@njleg.org .
“In these tough economic times, many New Jerseyans are struggling to find a job,” said Beach. “Our Sixth District job fair will feature a wide variety of employers looking to hire, as well as a number of state agencies that provide valuable assistance to families struggling to make ends meet.”
“With unemployment historically high, it is more important than ever that we bring local employers together with area residents looking for work,” said Greenwald. “We hope this event will bring some help to the middle-class families of the Sixth District who need it the most.”
FOR RELEASE: July 22, 2011
CONTACT: Senator Beach (856) 429-1572
Assemblyman Greenwald & Assemblywoman Lampitt (856) 435-1247
6th District Legislators Bring Convenient Constituent Services to Katz Jewish Community Center
(VOORHEES)—Senator James Beach, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (all D-Camden) announced today that members of their staff will be in the Lobby of the Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 8:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. to help local residents navigate a variety of State issues and services. This “mobile office” event will provide a convenient opportunity for local residents to receive direct assistance with State issues that affect them and their families.
This outreach event will be staffed by experienced constituent service representatives who will assist residents with questions or concerns on a variety of State issues including, but not limited to unemployment, taxation, utility assistance, financial aid and veterans’ affairs. Informational materials covering a broad range of topics will also be available.
This expanded service is the twelfth in a series of events started in 2010 hosted by Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt designed to make State services more accessible to and convenient for 6th District residents. It follows successful “mobile office” hours hosted in Berlin Township, Haddon Township, Pine Hill, Oaklyn, Haddonfield, Collingswood, Winslow Township, Voorhees, and Cherry Hill.