29 Jan: Smith-Beach Bill To Ensure Affordable Housing Options For Veterans Now Law

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Bob Smith and Jim Beach that would help to combat the rampant homelessness within the veterans’ community and ensure New Jersey veterans access to affordable housing was signed into law yesterday.

“The men and women who have served heroically in our nation’s armed forces should not have to come back stateside to a situation where they do not have a roof over their head,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex. “This law is a big step to ensure that, no matter what their financial situation, veterans will have access to the American Dream that they have fought so courageously for – including renting a home, and establishing roots within a community.”

09 Dec: Whelan Statement On Assembly Committee Approval Of Gaming And Wagering Bills

TRENTON – State Senator Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, the Chair of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee and co-chair of the Legislative Gaming Summit held throughout the summer, issued the following statement today regarding the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee’s approval of a package of bills to stabilize and revitalize New Jersey’s gaming and wagering industries:

“Today, the Assembly took a significant step forward to put Atlantic City and New Jersey’s racetracks on a the fast track to economic recovery and fiscal stability. I applaud the Committee’s consideration of the package of bills advanced today, because I know they will make a difference in New Jersey’s economic future.

22 Jun: Vitale-Karcher Bill To Crack Down On Fraudulent Psychiatrists Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Ellen Karcher which would make it a crime for people to practice psychology without a license was unanimously approved by the Senate today.

“For people seeing a psychologist, there is an inherent trust there that they’re confiding in someone qualified to help,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “Based on that trust, the patient should establish an open relationship with their doctor, secure in the knowledge that the information they share is confidential. However, when someone abuses that trust, taking advantage of a title they did not truly earn, that can jeopardize a patient’s treatment, and lead them to wonder whether the sensitive information shared in confidence with someone they thought was a doctor is really all that safe.”