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

10:00 a.m.
Oaklyn
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.

Assembly Panel Approves Democratic Bill Package to Give Kids a Leg Up In School by Boosting Breakfast Programs

March 10, 2014

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive package of bills 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, Jason O'Donnell, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Bob Andrzejczak, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Gabriela Mosquera, Gary Schaer, L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin.

The first bill (A-­­­679/2186), sponsored by Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt and Riley, 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 school day.

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.

Assembly Panel OKs Lampitt Bill to Ensure Newborns are Covered Under Parents Insurance During First Few Critical Months of Life

February 25, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to ensure newborns are covered under their parents insurance during the first few critical months of life was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill (A-2682) would extend the time period in which newborn children are covered under their parent's health benefits coverage from the current 30 days to 90 days.

"With all that's going on when a child is first born, the 30-day deadline can be problematic for some parents to meet and may cause unnecessary stress," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will provide a longer period of time for children to be covered under their parents' health coverage in order to ensure that children have access to adequate health care during the critical first few months of life."

Current law limits the coverage of newly born children to 30 days from their birth. At the conclusion of 30 days, the child would be without coverage, unless parents enroll the child in a private health benefits coverage policy or in a state or federal program, such as FamilyCare.

Lampitt's bill was approved by the Assembly Women and Children Committee, which she chairs.