I am again writing to urge anyone who is able, to attend the Senate Education Committee Hearings this Thursday, June 8th, IN TRENTON at 1pm. All you need to do is be present and wear a badge indicating your support of Senate Bill S79 (the senate equivalent to Assembly bill A961 amended 5/22/06). This hearing is the culmination of two years of hard work by FAAC-NJ (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Coalition of NJ) for all children in NJ Schools with food allergies. Our goals are simple: 1. risk reduction 2. accessibility to life-saving medication 3. delegates/designees for every food allergic child Sounds simple, but these basic needs are not currently being met as too many of you know first hand. Several persons are taking off work and/or taking their children out of school to be on hand and show their support. Please try to be there if you can. Trenton is only 1 hr from here and you'll feel like you made a difference! If you are able to attend, please plan to meet at 1pm at the State ANNEX Bldg...the Senate Education Committee Hearings will be held on the first floor, Room 6. You will need your ID and can follow the signs once inside. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Further, thank you for your phone calls and letters of support. If you have not called your senator, please refer to the list below. Locate your town and call your Senator urging them to support S79. All Support Group Leaders are asked to write a letter of support, addressed to the Senate Education Committee and either emailed to FAACNJ@yahoolcom or FAX'd to our lobbyist: PPAG (Princeton Public Affairs Group) Attention: Dale Florio at 609.396-4364. To constituents in Districts 5, 11, 15, 26 and 31 (see towns below): Senate Bill S.79 will be under consideration by the Senate Education Committee this Thursday, June 8, 2006. If you are a constituent from one of the district listed below, represented by members of the Senate Education Committee, please be sure to contact your Senator between now and this Wednesday, asking that they support the bill, as amended by the Assembly (A.961) when it is heard in Committee this Thursday. (Contact information appears below.) In addition, if you are from one of these districts, and you can be in Trenton this Thursday afternoon to advocate for support of this bill, please contact us at [email]FAACNJ@yahoo.com[/email], and we will give further details concerning meeting time and place. Shirley Turner, District 15 - [email]SenTurner@njleg.org[/email] - (609)-530-3277 District 15 - Ewing Township, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Pennington Borough, Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, Trenton City Joseph Doria, District 31 - [email]SenDoria@njleg.org[/email] - (201)-451-5100 District 31 - Bayonne City, Jersey City (partial) Wayne Bryant, District 5 - [email]SenBryant@njleg.org[/email] - (856)-757-0552 District 5 - Audubon Borough, Barrington Borough, Bellmawr Borough, Brooklawn Borough, Camden City, Deptford Township, Gloucester City, Haddon Heights Borough, Hi Nella Borough, Lawnside Borough, Magnolia Borough, Mount Ephraim Borough, Runnemede Borough, Somerdale Borough, Stratford Borough, Westville Borough, Woodbury City, Woodbury Heights Borough, Woodlynne Borough Robert Martin District 26 - [email]SenMartin@njleg.org[/email] - (973)-984-0922 District 26 - Bloomingdale Borough, Butler Borough, Chatham Borough, East Hanover Township, Florham Park Borough, Hanover Township, Kinnelon Borough, Lincoln Park Borough, Montville Township, Morris Plains Borough, Parsippany Troy Hills Township, Pequannock Township, Pompton Lakes Borough, Riverdale Borough, West Milford Township Joseph Palaia, District 11 - [email]SenPalaia@njleg.org[/email] - (732)-531-1303 District 11 - Allenhurst Borough, Asbury Park City, Atlantic Highlands Borough, Avon By The Sea Borough, Belmar Borough, Bradley Beach Borough, Brielle Borough, Deal Borough, Eatontown Borough, Highlands Borough, Interlaken Borough, Lake Como, Loch Arbour Village, Long Branch City, Monmouth Beach Borough, Neptune City Borough, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Rumson Borough, Sea Bright Borough, Sea Girt Borough, Spring Lake Borough, Spring Lake Heights Borough, Wall Township, West Long Branch Borough Senate Bill S.79 is an important bill for food allergy management in New Jersey schools. We are asking the Senate Education Committee to move the bill as amended in the Assembly (A.961). A.961 can be viewed at [url="http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp."]http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp.[/url] As amended by the Assembly, this bill would accomplish the following: 1. Clarifies that a self-administering student may carry their medication. 2. Replaces reference to
On Jun 7, 2006
Thanks, Susan. I'll email my rep today. #4 and #5 are a big issue with me. Our school nurse leaves the building when the regular school day ends. If kids have after-school activities, the principal and other teachers are still there, but there is never any clear protocol about emergencies - at least that I know about. Our school nurse is *not* happy about this, but the district has cut the budget, and we're just happy to have a nurse at all! ETA: I'm not in one of these districts, but I'll email one of the representatives anyway.
[This message has been edited by Kathy L. (edited June 07, 2006).]