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  • NJ A4648
  • Requires various State departments to provide linkages to information on "baby boxes" and safe sleep education on their websites.*
Introduced
(2/28/2017)
In Committee
(12/4/2017)
Crossed Over
(3/16/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill mandates that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) prepare and make available on its Internet website, in an easily printable format, information on infant mortality prevention devices, known as "baby boxes" and the program providing the devices to expecting and new parents. DCF would update the information whenever new information on the devices and program becomes available. DCF would also be required to post a website link to the program providing the infant mortality prevention devices or "baby boxes" on its website, and ensure that the link is easily accessible to the public, prominently displayed on the website, and updated as necessary. The bill stipulates that DCF would ensure, in consultation with all other State departments, that the information posted on its website is made available, and the website link to the program providing the infant mortality prevention devices or "baby boxes" is posted, on the website of every State department, and is updated as necessary. The Baby Box program was developed by The Baby Box Company to improve health outcomes for newborns and reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. "Baby boxes" are made of durable cardboard, filled with essential items for newborns, such as diapers and baby wipes, and are large enough to serve as a crib for the first few months of an infant's life. The use of "baby boxes" has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates. New Jersey is the first state in the country to offer a universal baby box program to its residents. New Jersey's program, a partnership between the State's Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and The Baby Box Company, provides all expecting and new parents with a free "baby box" after the parents complete an online parenting education course. The program is funded through a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is anticipated to distribute approximately 105,000 "baby boxes" throughout the State in 2017.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly, Women and Children
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading  (on 12/4/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
12/4/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/4/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (19:00 12/4/2017 *Revised 12/1/17 S-2420, S-3068/A-4567(1R) removed and S-3339/A-)
12/4/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (19:00 12/4/2017 )
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
3/16/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (73-1-0)
3/6/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
3/6/2017 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (19:00 3/6/2017 A-4670 Lampitt (pending intro & referral) Provides sales and use)
2/28/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/4/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported with Amendments 4 0 4
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 1 6
Detail 3/6/2017 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 1