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Prieto, Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill Barring Discrimination in School Sports & Phys Ed Advanced by Assembly Panel

June 12, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey have an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"Every student deserves the chance to compete at the most competitive level possible," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "With the Special Olympics set to kick-off in Mercer County this week we're reminded that the only limitations we face are the ones we impose on ourselves."

Specifically, the bill (A-3152) would require each school district in New Jersey to:

- ensure that a student with a disability has an equal opportunity to participate in existing classroom activities that involve physical activity; and try out for and, if selected, participate in athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student ; and

- ensure the provision of reasonable modifications or aids or services necessary to provide a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs, existing classroom activities that involve physical activity, and athletic programs in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student.

"Competition breeds success," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Making sure students are competing at the highest level appropriate for them will hopefully inspire them to reach their true potential."

Bill Package to Fight Wage Discrimination, Bridge Gender Pay Gap Moves Forward

May 20, 2014

A two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera, Gordon M. Johnson, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Carmelo G. Garcia to help bridge the gender wage gap and fight discrimination in the workplace has received panel approval.

"Unfortunately, gender wage discrimination is alive and well in the 21st century," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington), chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee. "Hopefully, by empowering employees and holding employers more accountable, we can chip away at the remaining fragments of the glass ceiling."

The first bill (A-2345) would require employers contracting with the state to disclose demographic and other information about each employee, such as his or her gender, race, job title and total compensation. Upon request, the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety would be required to grant an employee access to the information. The bill, sponsored by Lampitt, Mosquera, Johnson and Watson Coleman, is to be known as the Wage Transparency Act.

"The bottom line is this - New Jerseyans should have a right to know that their tax dollars are not going to firms that engage in discriminatory wage practices against women," said Lampitt.

"New Jersey prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). "While we can't regulate private corporations, we can - and, rightfully so, will - regulate contractors doing business with the state."

Lampitt & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Create Gold Alert System Clears Assembly Panel

May, 15, 2014

Legislation introduced by Assemblywomen Pamela R. Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to facilitate the immediate circulation of information about missing persons with developmental disabilities was passed by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-2709) would establish the Gold Alert system, a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies and media outlets to broadcast emergency alerts about missing persons with developmental disabilities. The alerts would include physical descriptions and other pertinent details.

"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."

"When it comes to recovering a person who's gone missing, we know that time is of the essence and knowledge is power," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "By creating widespread awareness as soon as possible, we can maximize the likelihood that a missing person will be found alive and unharmed."

Under the legislation, a Gold Alert would be activated when a local law enforcement agency receives a missing persons report for an individual with a developmental disability. The State Police would aid in the investigation of the alert upon request from the local agency. In cooperation with law enforcement, participating media covering the missing person's broadcast service region would transmit the alert to the public.

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

10:00 a.m.
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

More news on Breakfast Programs

March 20, 2014

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics.

The package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Nancy Pinkin, Jason O'Donnell, Bob Andrzejczak, and Gilbert "Whip" Wilson.

The first bill (A-­­­679/2186), sponsored by Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt, Riley and Pinkin, would require the state to make every effort to assist school districts and nonpublic schools in increasing the participation rate of students, particularly low-income students, in the federal School Breakfast Program by establishing a "breakfast after the bell" program in the first-period classroom or during the first few minutes of the day. The bill was approved by a vote of 72-1-4.

The Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Education, would oversee the effort and also be charged with preparing and issuing an annual report to the governor and the legislature on the number and percentage of students participating in a school breakfast program, and the format used for providing breakfast.