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Lampitt Bill to Promote Flu Vaccination Among Seniors Clears Panel

January 14, 2015

Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt sponsored to promote seasonal influenza awareness among New Jersey seniors was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.

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.

"Given how quickly the flu can be transmitted in environments where many people regularly share a space, it's especially important that residents of senior housing communities get vaccinated and reduce the risk of the influenza virus spreading," said Lampitt.

Lampitt Bill to Boost Creation of Small, Women- & Minority- Owned Businesses Gains Assembly Panel Approval

January 12, 2015

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to expand the scope and reach of small, women- and minority-owned businesses throughout New Jersey by providing loans through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority was approved Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Statistics show that women- and minority-owned businesses generate noticeably less revenue than small businesses as a whole," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This isn't because they aren't as bright or innovative as other business owners. Many times it's because loans and investment capital are harder to come by, putting these businesses at a disadvantage from the get-go. Rebuilding our economy depends on our ability to invest in small, women- and minority-owned businesses in surrounding urban regions."

Under the bill (A-3168), when the Economic Development Authority makes direct loans to small, women and minority-owned businesses, manufacturers, redevelopers or nonprofit organizations in areas designated by the State Development and Redevelopment Plan as urban centers, it must also include such businesses located in "regional centers" surrounding these urban areas.

The Urban Plus Program provides financial support in the form of loans from the EDA with a below-market interest rate to qualified community and economic development projects, manufacturers, redevelopers and not-for-profit organizations in the following endorsed New Jersey municipalities: Camden, Trenton, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, East Orange, New Brunswick, and Atlantic City.

Lampitt, Greenwald, Mazzeo, Schaer, Lagana & Eustace Unveil Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism

December 18, 2014

Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace unveiled a resolution (ACR-211) on Wednesday condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for the expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice.

“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…”

Coughlin & Lampitt Bill to Help Forgive Taxes on Mortgage Debt for Beleaguered Homeowners Advances

December 9, 2014

An Assembly panel has approved legislation (AR-188) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin and Pamela Lampitt urging the federal government to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act so beleaguered homeowners are not stuck paying taxes on debt that has been forgiven.

In late 2007, in response to the emerging financial crisis, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act was signed into law to relieve homeowners of tax liabilities due to housing debt forgiven by holders of mortgage loans. While Congress has extended the Act twice, the latest extension expired on January 1, 2014, so unless Congress extends the Act again, homeowners will be forced to pay taxes on debts that are forgiven by financial institutions.

"This bad situation is even worse for some New Jersey homeowners who have been forced to take buyouts from the state because their homes are in flood-prone areas, which were heavily affected by recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "When the state makes buyout offers to these homeowners, it can only offer to purchase the homes at fair market value, which is often less than what the homeowners owe on their mortgages, due to the collapse of housing prices. If Congress fails to extend the act, these homeowners may be faced with large tax bills if they accept state buyouts, due to the debt which is typically forgiven by banks in buyout situations."

Measure to Strengthen New Jersey Families by Increasing Parental Involvement Continues Advancing

December 8, 2014

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to develop a "Responsible Fatherhood Initiative" in New Jersey geared towards strengthening the development of children throughout the state by promoting the positive involvement of both parents in their lives continues advancing.

The bill passed the Assembly in May and was released Monday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

"There are many different factors that might inhibit a father's involvement in their children's life," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Whether it's a strain in the relationship with a child's mother, somebody who never had a positive male role model in their life as a child, or simply somebody who hasn't learned to take responsibility, the goal of this initiative is to promote positive interactions between fathers and their children and identify obstacles that impede or prevent their involvement in the lives of their children.

The bill (A-945) would establish a 21-member New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood in the Department of Children and Families in order to promote the participation of both parents in the lives of their children, identify needs and priorities relating to fatherhood programs in the state, and support the contributions each parent brings to the family unit.