By Mel Fabrikant Monday, March 28 2011 @ 11:03 AM EDT
“The NJ Safe Dating Bill” passed UNANIMOUSLY in the Full Senate Vote on Monday 3/21/11. Bi-partisan support and joint efforts were very visible with this Teen Dating Violence Education Bill. The next and last step is anxiously awaiting Governor Christie’s signature.
Not even 1 year ago, Chester Teen Dating Abuse Specialist & NJ State Action Leader for the national orgnization Love is Not Abuse, Dari Dyrness-Olsen proposed the Safe Dating Law to Assemblyman Bucco. She then worked with Assmeblyman Bucco and Assemblyman Wolfe to rewrite the current legislation that was being sponsored by Assemblyman Wolfe to make the bill stronger by “requiring” the Safe Dating Education and more user-friendly for the schools. Dyrness-Olsen testified to the Assembly Education committee last September 2010 and the Senate Education Committee in January 31, 2011 stressing the importance of passing this bill quickly both resulting in unanimous YES votes. She was also present on the voting floor in the Senate Chambers for Monday’s unanimous YES vote. What a great day for NJ Teens!