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Lampitt & Mukherji Earned Sick Leave Bill Released by Assembly Committee

October 27, 2014

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require employers to provide earned sick leave to workers in the state was released Monday by the Assembly Labor Committee.

The bill (A-2354) would allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

New Jersey would follow Connecticut and California as states to pass legislation requiring employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

"Workers should not have to choose between caring for their health and keeping their paychecks or jobs," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "Guaranteeing workers the ability to earn paid sick days would help ensure workers do not have to choose between their health and their economic security. New Jersey should be a leader in the fight for this common sense, pro-worker policy."

"Earned sick leave is a sensible workplace policy that is good for business and will prove crucial to New Jersey's economic future, stability and strength," said Mukherji (D-Hudson). "Workers who can properly take care of themselves and their families will feel secure in their jobs and be better employees. In addition to improving morale and reducing the spread of illness in the workplace, this legislation will also help employers with compliance and predictability."

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) has said the bill was among his priorities.

Democratic Bill to Promote Cost-Cutting Small Business Improvements Gets Panel OK

October 24, 2014

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 was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"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 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."

Conaway, Lampitt, Pinkin & Benson Bill to Expand Life-Saving "Overdose Prevention Act" Clears Assembly Panel

October 23, 2014

An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway Jr., Pamela Lampitt, Nancy Pinkin and Daniel Benson to help save more lives by granting immunity to emergency responders and other critical frontline professionals who administer overdose antidotes.

"When seconds count, a well-meaning individual should not have to think twice about helping someone in need due to a fear that it ultimately may result in being held culpable for wrongdoing," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "This legislation is about making sure that more men and women who are willing and able to assist an individual during an emergency can do so without hesitation."

Specifically, the bill (A-3720) would extend the immunity provisions of the Overdose Prevention Act to certain professionals and professional entities that administer or dispense opioid antidotes, including sterile syringe access program employees, law enforcement officials, emergency medical technicians and other paid or volunteer emergency responders, safeguarding them from liability if they in good faith administer an antidote like naloxone, known also by its brand name Narcan, in the event of an emergency. Such antidotes counteract the depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system opioids cause and can prevent death during an overdose.

Bills to Make It Easier for Veterans to Get Services Released by Assembly Panel

October 22, 2014

Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Bob Andrzejczak, Vince Mazzeo, Cleopatra Tucker, Troy Singleton and Raj Mukherji sponsored to help New Jersey's veterans - especially women veterans - obtain the help and services they need was released Wednesday by an Assembly panel.

The Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee chaired by Tucker released the bills after a joint hearing with the Assembly Women and Children Committee chaired by Lampitt on issues facing women veterans.

Under A-3749, sponsored by Lampitt, Mazzeo, Andrzejczak and Mukherji, 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."