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Senator Joseph Vitale

Democratic Caucus

569 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095
ph: (732) 855-7441
fax: (732) 855-7558

Senator Joe Vitale is a Democrat representing the 19th legislative district in Middlesex County. Currently serving in his third term, Senator Vitale is the Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and is a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. Senator Vitale also serves on the Board of Directors for the Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity and on the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurses Association of Central Jersey. Senator Vitale is a lifelong resident of Woodbridge Township and has been president of a family-owned company since 1985, founded by his late father in 1950. In the Legislature, Senator Vitale continues to work in support of various public health initiatives. He is a prime sponsor of legislation that would combat the spread of the deadly AIDS virus in New Jersey through pilot syringe exchange programs. He is also a sponsor of a package of bills that are designed to help alleviate New Jersey's nursing shortage and improve the quality of care in health care institutions. Senator Vitale was the prime sponsor of over forty bills that were signed into law, including bills establishing the KidCare and FamilyCare health care coverage programs, as well as a bill which would require nursing aides to undergo certified criminal background checks, a bill which would prohibit the use of mandatory overtime in health care facilities except in emergency situations, and the "New Jersey Health Care Access and Patient Protection Act," which requires the State to compile information on doctors, such as office location and medical malpractice history, in a database available to the public.

2008-09 Bills Sponsored:

Mandates testing for lead toxicity as condition for certain school, nursery school, or child care attendance.

Provides in-network benefits to patient with disability for services provided by out-of-network
provider under certain circumstance.

Provides for gubernatorial appointment without requiring advice and consent of Senate for teenage
members of Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy.

Provides for automatic enrollment in PAAD and Senior Gold programs under certain circumstances.

Requires dissemination of organ and tissue donation by State Treasurer, Personnel Commissioner,
State contractors, and preparers of advanced health care directives; designates April of each year as Donate Life Month.

Requires health insurers to provide coverage for hearing aids.

Establishes the "New Jersey False Claims Act."

Eliminates smoking ban exemption for casinos and simulating facilities.

Prohibits use of education and occupation as rating factors in automobile insurance underwriting.

Prohibits motor fuel wholesaler from increasing price more than once in 24-hour period.

Revises statutory mental health coverage requirements and requires all health insurers and SHBP to
cover treatment for alcoholism and other substance-use disorders under same terms and conditions as for
other diseases or illnesses.

Increases additional penalty assessment for drunk driving; dedicates revenue to VCCB.

Defines "mobile home park" as "multiple dwelling" for inspection purposes.

Creates an integrated State medical examiner system by increasing the authority of the State Medical Examiner regarding forensic investigations, establishing regional medical examiner offices, and eliminating the county medical examiner system.

Permits adopted person and certain others access to adopted person's original birth certificate and other related information.

Regulates expiration dates and dormancy fees for certain prepaid bank cards, such as mall gift cards. S613- Prohibits sale of certain flavored cigarettes.

Incorporates regional water resource management considerations within county master planning, site
plan and subdivision approval.

Exempts senior homeowners from municipal building permit fees.

Establishes "New Jersey False Health Claims Act."

Committee Membership:

Senator Loretta D. Weinberg (D37) — Vice Chair
Senator Diane B. Allen (R7)
Senator Bill Baroni (R14)
Senator Robert M. Gordon (D38)
Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (R21)
Senator Dana Redd (D5)
Senator Ronald L. Rice (D28)
Senator Robert W. Singer (R30)
Senator Jim Whelan (D2)