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Elected in 2007, Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey is completing her second term in office. She is a member of the Assembly Education Committee, the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and Vice-Chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee.
“I have a responsibility to the citizens whom I am privileged to serve. Every resident is entitled to access to quality health care, a safe affordable place to call home and an excellent public education for their children. It is the role of government to provide for these basic needs.” — Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey
Through a demonstrated willingness to work in a bipartisan manner, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey has become a leader in the Assembly. A former school board member, she has made education her signature issue.
As a former public health nurse, wife, mother and grandmother, Mila understands the issues confronting all New Jerseyans and has concentrated her efforts on healthcare, housing and education.
Mila is a leading advocate for education reform. She has been the lead sponsor of the following legislation:
- A bill requiring local taxpayer approval for new charter schools.
- A bill permitting three public universities to serve as charter school authorizers, insuring increased oversight.
- A bill insuring that successful charter schools are supported, failing
- schools are closed and promoting collaboration between traditional public and charter schools.
- A law that addressed the critical shortage of math and science teachers by providing increased training and paths for certification. As a result, the number of new physics teachers has increased 400% statewide.
- Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Law.
- Created the Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force and sponsored a law to promote concussion prevention awareness and treatment for student athletes, their coaches and trainers.
- Fighting to prevent the closure of women’s health centers that provide preventive screenings to combat cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other lifesaving services.
- Organized a county wide forum to address the medical needs and challenges faced by our residents, including screenings not available from emergency rooms. The goal was to promote prevention and wellness.
- Sponsored the NJ HERO Act, promoting organ donation.
- Worked to insure that all residents have access to safe, affordable housing in New Jersey by sponsoring legislation designed to accomplish that goal which passed both houses but was vetoed by the Governor.
- Sponsored the Mortgage Stabilization and Relief Act and the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Law.
- Participated in a White House Summit addressing the needs of older suburbs and currently chairs the New Jersey implementation of this Federal and State initiative to revitalize infrastructure and renew our “first suburbs.”
Assemblywoman Jasey received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master’s degree from Pace University. She resides in South Orange with her husband Neil Jasey, Esq. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.