Thank you to elected officials for supporting Alliance-backed legislation
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey supports a broad range of legislation that relates to brain injury. We appreciate those members of the State Legislature who support bills by registering as a cosponsor of or introducing legislation. We would like to publicly thank the following member(s) for sponsoring the following bills:
S-2999: Expands purpose of Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to support transportation costs incurred by eligible individuals in accessing support group meetings.
· Senator Holly Schepisi
Moving Forward in 2022
Tom Grady, Director of
Advocacy and Public Affairs
As 2021 comes to an end and 2022 is about to begin, there are to be endings and beginnings.
The current legislative session will end in early January and a new session will begin. Some members of the State Legislature will not be part of this new sessions. There will be new members. This will be an opportunity for brain injury advocates to educate these new members about brain injury, the challenges people with brain injury face, and the needs that should be implemented to maximize the quality of life for people with brain injury, the families/significant others, and providers of care.
The new legislative session is also an opportunity to educate veteran members of the State Legislature. Many in the Legislature are familiar with brain injury. However, new issues emerge which may require involvement of legislators – our elected officials – who are there to represent YOU in State government.
There will also be change in legislative leadership. In the State Senate, both Senate President Sweeney – a strong advocate for people with disabilities – and Senate Majority Leaders Loretta Weinberg, will not be part of the new legislative session. Republican Leader Tom Kean will not be returning as well.
As for legislative leadership in the General Assembly, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, having won election to the Senate to succeed Senator Kean, will not be returning to the Assembly. Appropriations chair, John Burzichelli, will not be returning as well in addition to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, who has been a supporter of brain injury issues, particularly with regard to concussion in youth; Joann Downey, chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee; and, Adam Taliaferro, chair of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
However, legislators who have led various brain injury-related causes WILL be returning to the State Legislature. This includes members of Senate: Anthony Bucco, Richard Codey, Kristin Corrado, Patrick Diegnan, Fred Madden, Holly Schepisi, Steve Oroho, Joe Pennachio, Ronald Rice, and Joe Vitale. Returning to the General Assembly include: Daniel Benson, Dr. Herb Conaway, Ronald Dancer, Aura Dunn, Roy Freiman, Tom Giblin, Louis Greenwald, Mila Jasey, Pam Lampitt, John McKeon, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Gary Schaer.
What does all this mean for you, the person impacted by brain injury, the advocate? It means that members of the State Legislature – your elected officials – are there to serve you, to be a resource to you, to be your voice in State government. Your elected officials can help you address a challenge you may be experiencing with an agency in State government. Or, they may work to advance a legislative concept that you bring to their attention. In either case, it is up to brain injury advocates to make their ideas and concerns known to elected officials. If you need assistance doing this, please
contact me at email@example.com or 732-745-0200.
Working together, we can maximize the quality of life for people with brain injury in New Jersey in 2022.
Let us start - today!