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Democratic Bill to Promote Cost-Cutting Small Business Improvements Clears Assembly

March 10, 2015

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway Jr., Paul Moriarty, Jerry Green, Pamela Lampitt and Vincent Mazzeo sponsored to facilitate cost-effective environmentally friendly improvements for small businesses gained approval from the Assembly on Monday.

"Making their locations more energy efficient has the potential to save small businesses thousands of dollars each year," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "This legislation will go a long way toward helping to keep the costs of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other similar expenses at a minimum and increasing overall profitability for small businesses in New Jersey."

The bill (A-943) would permit small businesses to qualify for New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) loans to cover the costs of conducting energy audits and making energy efficiency and conservation improvements.

"Energy efficiency upgrades can reduce operating costs for small businesses while also making them eligible for the additional benefit of tax credits," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "In coupling the advantages for our economy and our environment, this bill presents a simple yet significant way to move New Jersey forward."

Bill to Create Alert System for Missing Disabled Persons Continues Advancing

March 10, 2015

Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Gabriela Mosquera, L. Grace Spencer and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to create an alert system for missing persons with mental, intellectual or developmental disabilities continues advancing.

The bill (A-2709) would require the Attorney General to establish the MVP Emergency Alert System, which would provide practices and protocols for the rapid dissemination of information regarding a person who is believed to be a missing vulnerable person.

A "missing vulnerable person" or "MVP" is defined to mean a person who is believed to have a mental, intellectual or developmental disability who goes missing under circumstances that indicate that the person may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

The program would be a voluntary, cooperative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies and the media.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in December and released Monday by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "We must do all we can to ensure missing individuals can return home safe and sound, especially when we have all the necessary resources already in place."

Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Advanced by Senate Panel

March 9, 2015

Assembly approved legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities was advanced Monday by the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill (A-3216) would keep Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles must be sold through franchises.

Under the legislation, which was approved by the Assembly in June, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales would also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission's decision threatened to hamstring those efforts."

Lampitt, Lagana, Jimenez, Eustace & Mazzeo Bill to Promote Flu Vaccination among Seniors Clears Assembly

March 9, 2015

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 was approved 76-0 by the full Assembly on Monday.

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)

Each CCRC in New Jersey would be required to post the information in a conspicuous public place in the facility.

Bill to Make it Easier for Veterans to Access Health Services Gains Full Assembly Approval

February 23, 2015

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Vince Mazzeo, Bob Andrzejczak and Raj Mukherji sponsored to help New Jersey veterans access much-needed health services was approved 74-0 by the full Assembly on Monday.

Under the bill (A-3749), the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs is to establish a program to provide assistance to qualified veterans in in-patient and out-patient treatment programs to travel to attend counseling programs within this state.

"Many veterans are unable to take advantage of helpful treatment programs in New Jersey because of the difficulty in arranging transportation," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will promote transportation assistance to veterans in order to ensure our veterans have the access to quality care they deserve."

"Counseling programs are vital for many of our veterans, who sacrificed so much serving our country," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Unfortunately, getting to these programs can prove difficult for many veterans, so the least we can do is create a program to ensure they can travel to attend these programs."

"Having programs for our veterans is important, but our veterans need to be able to travel to them for them to be of value, which can be a difficult task for many," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), who is a disabled U.S. Army veteran wounded in Iraq. "If we truly want to help veterans, we need to ensure they can take full advantage of the programs there to help them, so that's the goal of this bill."