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Democratic Bill to Toughen Penalty for Strangulation in Domestic Violence Cases Clears Assembly

Assembly Majority Office
June 11, 2015
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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Troy Singleton, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt, Liz Muoio, Marlene Caride, Grace Spencer, Gabriela Mosquera, Cleopatra Tucker and Whip Wilson to raise the penalty for the crime of strangulation in domestic violence cases gained the approval of the full Assembly on Thursday.

While strangulation cases are not limited to domestic violence situations, studies show a high incidence of strangulation in domestic violence cases. According to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, a program of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. In fact, one study showed that "the odds of becoming an attempted homicide increased by about seven-fold for women who had been strangled by their partner."

"This is a violent tactic often used against domestic violence victims by their abusers. It can have a debilitating psychological effect on the victim, and at worst, lead to her death," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "The fact that the harshest punishment for this crime is up to six months in jail and a fine is ludicrous. The risk of serious injury or worse from a strangulation assault warrants a higher penalty."

Lampitt Bill to Make It Easier for Women Veterans to Access Services Gains Assembly Approval

Assembly Majority Office
June 11, 2015
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Bills Come After Special Joint Hearing on Issues Facing Women Veterans (TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Cleopatra Tucker, Bob Andrzejczak, Troy Singleton and Gabriela Mosquera sponsored to help New Jersey's women veterans obtain the help and services they need was approved 71-0-3 by the full Assembly on Thursday.

Specifically, the bill (A-3750) would require the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to create a public webpage with vital information specifically tailored for female veterans.

"We know that dedicated programs and information to assist female veterans returning from service can prove extraordinarily helpful for female veterans transitioning to civilian life," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This legislation ensures that this information is easy to find and provides one stop for all the essential information they need."

"The webpage must include, but is not limited to, veterans' legal rights, benefits, medical and insurance issues, education and the transition from active service to civilian life," said Tucker (D-Essex). "This web site should be easy to accomplish and would surely prove immensely helpful to women veterans."

Lampitt Bill to Promote Flu Vaccination Awareness among Seniors Gets Final Legislative Approval in Assembly

Assembly Majority Office
June 11, 2015
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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Joseph Lagana, Angelica Jimenez, Tim Eustace and Vince Mazzeo to promote seasonal influenza awareness among New Jersey seniors cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday.

The bill (A-3890) would require the Department of Health to prepare and publish online printer-friendly information about the flu vaccine for older adults.

"Older New Jerseyans are far more susceptible to serious flu-related complications. Because their immune systems are weaker, the flu can result in hospitalization or even death among seniors," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Supplying members of this specific population with the information they need to protect themselves and those around them can keep older residents healthy and save lives."

The information would include items such as:
How vaccination can help prevent the flu in older adults;

The availability and efficacy of the flu vaccine for older adults;
A recommendation that seniors consult with their physicians regarding the flu vaccine; and
The particular individual and community benefits of vaccination among older adults sharing close quarters, such as residents of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

Lampitt & Greenwald Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism Approved by Assembly

Assembly Majority Office
June 11, 2015
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(TRENTON) -- Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace sponsored condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice was approved 74-0Thursday by the Assembly.

The resolution (ACR-211) was previously advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

"We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years. Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation." said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) "This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society."

"Throughout history, the Jewish people have endured horrific and unrelenting persecution because of their religion," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Anti-Semitism has no place in our state, in our nation or in our world. It is the duty of leaders in public service to stand up and speak out against this unacceptable prejudice."

Lampitt Bill to Make Cost-Effective Biological Drug Alternatives More Widely Available

Assembly Majority Office
June 8, 2015
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A Senate panel on Monday continued advancing legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter, Angel Fuentes and Nancy Pinkin to make it easier for consumers to obtain more cost-effective, "generic" versions of biological medicines used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, psoriasis and various forms of cancer.

"The FDA has created a safe pathway to make alternative biological medicines more readily available on the market," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "If there is a more cost-effective option to treat and cure various illnesses, then by all means we should be helping patients pursue it."

"Substitution of these biologically similar products for their name-brand counterparts at the pharmacy level is expected to reduce cost by increasing competition," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "Ultimately, this will allow more patients to access treatments."

While New Jersey has allowed chemically-synthesized generic drugs to be substituted for brand-name prescriptions for quite some time because the active ingredients are identical to their brand-name counterparts, biological medicines, on the other hand, are manufactured through biotechnology using living organisms and are much more complex than traditional, chemically-synthesized drugs.