Jasey, McKeon & Vainieri Huttle Bill Encouraging Mental Health Physicians to Work in Underserved Areas OK’d by Assembly

Measure Establishes Tuition Reimbursement Program for Psychiatrists, Addressing Shortage of Mental Health Care Access in Certain Parts of the State

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Oliver, Jasey, Tucker & Caputo Bill to Teach Students how to Interact with Law Enforcement Clears Assembly Panel

Bill would make instruction part of school curriculum


(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sheila Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic), Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) to instruct NJ students on how to interact with law enforcement was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-1114) would require school districts to provide instruction on interacting with law enforcement in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect, and on the rights of individuals when interacting with a law enforcement official as part of the implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

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Jasey Calls Out NJ Transit for Refusing to Meet with Legislators & Local Officials to Discuss M&E Line Disruption

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement on Tuesday criticizing NJ Transit for its refusal to meet with elected officials to discuss plans to suspend the Morris & Essex line’s Mid-Town Direct service this summer:


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Assembly Approves Eustace, Johnson, Muoio, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill Package Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran, & Disabled Residents

(TRENTON) – The General Assembly on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents and ensure they are being properly served by state resources.

“LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans often face discrimination and bias in the workplace and transgender individuals, in particular, are disproportionately unemployed due to discrimination,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).  “This legislation would help them overcome certain discriminations by providing access to business assistance programs that are currently provided to other minority communities in the state.”

 The first bill (A-3891) is sponsored by Eustace, Johnson, Jasey and Vainieri Huttle and would allow the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the state Division of Revenue to provide assistance to businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans, just as it does to other minority owned businesses in the state.

The bill establishes a number of vital assistance programs and services for LGBT, disabled and veteran-owned businesses, including:

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Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Now Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was signed into law on Thursday.

“Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education,” said Downey (D-Monmouth County). “School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing.”

“The will help ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to a public education,” said Houghtaling (D- Monmouth County). “Education is important to every child, and even more critical to a child who has endured homelessness and other unfortunate experiences in life.”

The state was required to pay the educational costs of any student who resides for more than one year in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility located outside the student’s district of residents.

This new law provides that, in addition, the state will pay the educational costs of a student who resides for more than one year in a homeless shelter located outside the student’s district of residence.

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Jasey Bill to Allow College Students/Staff to Identify Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity on Demographic Forms Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation would allow collection of information that can help public colleges and universities in the state better serve LGBT students

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Note from the desk of John Kennedy, Ph.D.


There has been a great deal of discussion the last year or so regarding a Manufacturing ‘resurgence’. While I agree on some fronts regarding this phenomenon, I also know what it really means is that our critical industry is back in the conversation for many reasons.

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Assemblywoman Mila Jasey Selected For Emerge NJ Political Panel on April 20

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey will speak at Emerge New Jersey’s Second Annual Building The Bench Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The premier political training organization will host its event at the New Jersey Education Association office on 180 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey.

“I have seen the results of Emerge New Jersey training first hand, and the caliber of elected officials it produces is simply outstanding,” said Assemblywoman Jasey. “I have been involved in the Emerge New Jersey effort since its beginning, and while I wish such an opportunity had been available when I first considered running for school board, I am gratified that women desiring to become part of the political process have a proven vehicle that will allow them to be the change they seek.”

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a broad package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson that will solidify New Jersey's position as a leader on transgender civil rights  

"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."

The package of bills approved today will help strengthen transgender rights by, among other things, establishing a task force to help advance equality for transgender residents, improving insurance coverage and raising awareness and support for the transgender community.

"Although we've seen greater awareness in recent years of the challenges faced by transgender individuals, they still often face fierce cultural and institutional discrimination," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's incumbent upon us as government officials to stand up for all of our constituents who are being ignored or discriminated against by ensuring that we enshrine equality in our laws."

The legislative package includes
  • A-4567 - Establishes the Transgender Equality Task Force to assess legal and societal barriers to equality and provide recommendations to the Legislature. The 17-member task force would look at the following areas: healthcare, long term care for the chronically ill and senior citizen transgender population, higher education, housing, including homelessness, employment, and criminal justice. (Approved 66-5-4)
  • A-4568 - Prohibits health insurers, SHBP, SEHBP, University Correctional Health Care, and Medicaid from discriminating in providing coverage and services based on gender identity, including: denying, cancelling, limiting, or refusing to issue or renew a contract or policy based on gender identity, demanding payments or premiums based on a gender identity, and designating gender identity as a preexisting condition for which coverage will be limited or denied. (Approved 64-6-5)
  • AJR-139 - Designates November 14 - 20 as "Transgender Awareness Week" in New Jersey to coincide with the national movement to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming persons and increase understanding of the prejudice, discrimination, and violence that they face. (Approved 61-5-8)
  • AJR-140 - Designates November 20th as "Transgender Day of Remembrance" in New Jersey to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. (Approved 61-3-9)
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