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Lampitt Honored for 'Sexting' Legislation

National Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication honors Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt with award for “being a leader in digital responsibility”

(Voorhees) – Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) was honored on Thursday July 23rd with the “Responsibility 2.1C Award of Excellence” by the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (I.R.O.C.2).

I.R.O.C.2, a group advocating digital responsibility, was prompted to recognize Assemblywoman Lampitt after she introduced a three bill package in the Assembly addressing Sexting – the practice of sending sexually explicit photographs via cell phones.

“We at the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication commend Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt for proactively raising the importance of digital responsibility and awareness at the statewide level.” Richard Guerry, the Executive Director of I.R.O.C2 said. “By starting and encouraging a dialogue regarding detrimental digital issues, such as sexting, and by proposing legislation intended to further spread awareness of their negative consequences, the Assemblywoman has become a leader of digital responsibility, or Responsibility 2.1C, in the great state of New Jersey.”

According to a 2008 survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, roughly one-in-five teens – including 11 percent of girls aged 13 to 16 – have sent a nude or semi-nude picture or video of themselves to friends or posted one on a Web site.

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 July 3rd:

Haddonfield Memorial High School will hold their annual fireworks display on July 3rd. (No rain date)

Haddon Twp High School will begin events and live music at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium, with fireworks at dusk. (No rain date)

On July 4th:

9:00 a.m.
Berlin Twp and Berlin Borough
Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at the West Berlin Fire Station and goes to Berlin Park for fireworks, live music, and a bike decorating contest. (Rain date July 5th at 12:30 pm)

9:00 a.m.
Gibbsboro Parade begins at fire hall—Route: Hillards Rd to Kirkwood Rd to Lambert Lane to Winding Way to Cedarcroft Rd to Haddon Ave to Lucas Blvd—ends at Cricket Field. (Rain dates July 5th or July 12th, for weather information call 856-783-6655)

10:00 a.m.
Audubon Park
Annual parade begins at 10 p.m. (No rain date)

10:00 a.m.

Oliver/Lampitt/Greenwald/Love/Cruz-Perez Bill Requiring State to Report Assaults & Deaths at State Psychiatric Hospitals Gets OK

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Sheila Y. Oliver, Pamela R. Lampitt, Louis D. Greenwald, Sandi Love and Nilsa Cruz-Perez to require the state to publicly report assaults and deaths at state psychiatric hospitals has received final legislative approval.

The legislation (A-2949) is a direct response to delays in the release of statistics on assaults at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Camden County.

It was approved today 39-0 by the Senate. It was approved 77-0 in May by the Assembly. It now goes to the governor.

Lawmakers had requested the information following several high-profile incidents at the hospital, including a patient escape and several deaths.

“The well-being of patients at state-operated hospitals should never be in doubt and breaches in the safety net cannot be hidden from view,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “Any violent incident at a state hospital must be made part of the public record so health officials and legislators can take appropriate and immediate action.”

The bill would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a system for reporting the number of physical assaults and unexpected deaths that occur at the state’s psychiatric hospitals: Ancora, Ann Klein Forensic Center, Greystone Park Psychiatric Center, Senator Garret W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Center and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

The report would be a public record, posted on the official DHS website and updated quarterly, but would not contain identifying information about patients or staff members.

Love/Lampitt/Wagner/Evans Bill to Regulate Credit Card Solicitation on Campuses Clears Assembly

Measure Would Require Credit Card Companies to Register with Colleges & Students to Complete Education Courses before Credit Cards Could be Issued

The Assembly today passed legislation Assemblywomen Sandi Love, Pamela R. Lampitt, Connie Wagner and Elease Evans sponsored to regulate how credit card companies solicit new customers on college campuses in New Jersey.

"When used properly, credit cards can be a great financial tool," said Love (D-Camden). "Unfortunately, many college students do not understand how credit works and wind up getting themselves and their parents into financial trouble by spending more than they can possibly pay."

According to a 2004 study conducted by Nellie Mae, a national student loan company, nearly 76 percent of college students hold at least one credit card. The study found that credit card possession and credit card usage drastically increases as students progress through college. Fifty-six percent of seniors reported that they possessed four or more cards and carry an average total debt of $2,864.

"Casual, uninformed use of credit can have long-lasting financial implications," said Lampitt (D-Camden). "Requiring credit card companies to ensure that college students understand how credit works before they apply for a credit card will go a long way toward making New Jersey undergraduates more savvy consumers."

Lampitt/DeAngelo/Coutinho Bills to Green New Jersey Schools & State Offices Clears Assembly Panel

Measures Will Create ‘Green Teams’ To Advance Energy Conservation & Efficiency in Government Offices and Public Schools

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly members Pamela Lampitt, Wayne P. DeAngelo and Albert Coutinho sponsored to further promote the state’s efforts to conserve energy and improve efficiency in state buildings and public schools today was released by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

The lawmakers crafted measures (A-3082 and A-3596) as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency, conservation and increase environmental sustainability.

Last year, New Jersey was at the helm of national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring a portion of all energy to come from renewable resources, it became the third state in the nation to enact the law preceding federal efforts to cut greenhouse gases.

“New Jersey must lead by example, by ensuring State buildings are making the most efficient use of energy resources,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “We must take the initiative to implement green practices in state buildings which potentially can save New Jersey countless dollars in energy and water bills. Going green will not just save the state money – it has direct impacts on the health, well-being and productivity of state employees.”