Britnee Timberlake's Record as an Elected Official
State Laws, written and sponsored by Timberlake:
|A15||Raises, over time, hourly minimum wage to $15.00.|
|A931||Directs the development and posting of notices containing information for victims of human trafficking.|
|A2592||Requires applicants for commercial driver license to complete training course on handling and responding to suspected human trafficking.|
|A3040||Requires newborn infants be screened for spinal muscular atrophy.|
|A3115||Provides that AG handle investigation and prosecution of crime involving person's death by law enforcement officer while acting in officer's official capacity or while in custody; requires trial in venue outside county where incident occurred.|
|A3119||Provides forbearance of residential mortgage foreclosures under certain circumstances; places additional requirements on attorneys, residential mortgage lenders, and courts, as part of foreclosure process.|
|A3385||Requires informational posters about safe placement alternatives for newborn infants be posted in public restrooms used by females.|
|A3819||Legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.|
|A3820||Creates presumption that certain firefighters who develop cancer are eligible for workers' compensation and accidental disability pension.|
|A3821||Requires electric public utilities to install smart meters and associated infrastructure at the request of customer.|
|A3822||Provides for reduction in suspended sentence, probation, or parole based on compliance with conditions of sentence; requires report on effect on recidivism.|
|A3823||Concerns State-administered retirement savings plan; establishes "Garden State MEP."|
|A3824||Establishes system for portable benefits for workers who provide services to consumers through contracting agents.|
|A3825||Establishes surplus revenue reserve account in the Property Tax Relief Fund if certain levels of unanticipated gross income tax revenue are collected.|
|A3918||Requires school districts to provide instruction on interacting with law enforcement as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies.|
|A3919||Permits reimbursement of COBRA health benefit costs of survivors of certain deceased public safety employees; appropriates $750,000.|
|A3956||Imposes time constraints on submission and analysis of rape kits.|
|A4038||Authorizes local contracting units to establish joint venture and set-aside programs.|
|A4132||Imposes $0.10 per fluid milliliter tax related to sales of liquid nicotine.|
|A4143||Establishes a pilot program in DOE to increase the length of the school day and school year and provides tax credits for corporate contributions to fund the program.|
State laws co-sponsored by Timberlake:
|A123||Bars sex offenders from jobs which primarily consist of contact with children.|
|A259||Permits application for PERS accidental disability benefit for injury sustained after January 2003 while employed at State psychiatric institution or correctional facility immediately prior to PERS membership.|
|A392||Permits certain physical therapists to perform dry needling.|
|A764||"Alyssa's Law"; requires public school buildings to be equipped with panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.**|
|A878||"Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act"; requires Internet-connected devices to have blocking capability in certain circumstances.|
|A1274||Establishes certain benefits for Class Two special law enforcement officers; allows arson investigators to carry a firearm at all times.|
|A1320||Extends duration of urban enterprise zones for 10 additional years; specifies permissable use of funds.|
|A1346||Creates grant program for business accelerator and incubator networks; transfers $1 million in societal benefits charge revenues to EDA to administer program.|
|A1414||Requires financial literacy instruction to pupils enrolled in grades six through eight.*|
|A1431||Establishes the "Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights."|
|A1666||Provides for civil actions against persons or entities profiting from commission of human trafficking offenses, or maintaining victims of such offenses.|
|A2031||Enhances enforcement and oversight of behavioral health parity laws.*|
|A2115||Establishes the "New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act."|
|A2773||Requires State Board of Education high school graduation requirements include instruction on tuition assistance programs and student loan debt; requires high school students to meet with guidance counselor to discuss tuition assistance and dual enrollment.|
|A2903||Concerns law regarding failure to pay wages.|
|A3096||Directs certain unclaimed electric and gas utility deposits in Unclaimed Utility Deposits Trust Fund and societal charge revenues to be paid to Statewide nonprofit energy assistance organizations meeting certain eligibility criteria.*|
|A3185||Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts and higher education institutions.|
|A3383||Requires installation of baby-changing stations in certain public restrooms.|
|A3502||Requires school district to report at least biannually to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch.*|
|A3503||Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in "Community Eligibility Provision" of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.|
|A3504||Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.|
|A3549||Reinstates and extends duration of certain UEZs; requires DCA to study UEZ program and report recommendations to the Legislature.*|
|A3664||Concerns arbitration for certain non-teaching school staff.|
|A3766||Requires public officer or employee to forfeit pension upon conviction for corruption of public resources, sexual contact, lewdness, or sexual assault when offense involves or touches upon public office or employment.**|
|A3797||Permits municipal land banking in conjunction with online property database development.|
|A3828||Revises and expands list of debilitating medical conditions for medical marijuana program to include new qualifying conditions and remove restrictions on certain current conditions.|
|A3853||Establishes loan redemption program for teachers in certain fields to redeem loan amounts received under New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students Loan Program through employment in certain failing schools.|
|A3955||Limits patient information behavioral health care providers may disclose to health insurance carriers.|
|A4076||Requires school districts to provide daily recess period for students in grades kindergarten through 5; permits denial of recess for violation of code of student conduct but student must be provided restorative justice activities.|
|A4239||Clarifies and expands landlord registration procedures; creates certain rights for tenants; makes certain changes concerning tenant notifications, inspections, and maintenance in multiple dwellings; permits percentage of affordable housing obligation to be satisfied by certain rehabilitation projects.|
|A4342||Requires public school student to carry identification card at school-sponsored, off-campus activities and requires principal to keep list of students on school buses used for school-sponsored activities in case of emergencies.|
|A4345||Requires safety education training twice per calendar year for school bus drivers and school bus aides.*|
|A4346||Requires school bus drivers to submit medical certificate to employer to prove continuing physical fitness and to submit to medical examination that includes certain screenings.*|
|A4352||Revises health care levy adjustment for school districts; makes various changes for health care benefits for school employees; requires certain information in school budgets; imposes cap on contributions by public employees for health care benefits.|
|A4447||Requires suspension of school bus endorsement on driver's license for certain number of motor vehicle moving violations in certain time period.|
|A4521||Authorizes Secretary of Higher Education to impose a fine against an institution of higher education that fails to appropriately respond to a student's allegation of sexual assault by another student.|
|A4605||Requires DOH to regulate and license embryo storage facilities.|
|ACR10||Adopts a new policy governing discrimination and harassment for use by the Legislature.|
|S846||Reinstates and extends duration of certain UEZs; requires DCA to study UEZ program and report recommendations to the Legislature.**|
|S847||Requires school districts to provide daily recess period for students in grade kindergarten through 5; permits denial of recess for violation of code of student conduct but student must be provided restorative justice activities.*|
|S1895||Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in "Community Eligibility Provision" of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.|
|S1896||Requires school district to report at least biannually to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch.*|
|S1897||Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.|
|S2848||Requires school bus drivers to submit medical certificate to employer to prove continuing physical fitness and to submit to medical examination that includes certain screenings.*|
|S2914||Requires suspension of school bus endorsement on driver's license for certain number of motor vehicle moving violations in certain time period.|
County laws, written and sponsored by Timberlake:
Economic Development: Wrote and unanimously passed an Affirmative Action law, O-2017-00005 establishing a set-aside and joint venture program to increase economic opportunity for women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.
Job Creation: Wrote and unanimously passed the Essex County Clean Jobs Initiative. The law has the goal to lower the unemployment rate by establishing both career training and job placement for Essex County’s unemployed and underemployed residents while creating healthier communities by riding them of lead, asbestos, and contamination.
Combating Foreclosures: Wrote and unanimously passed a law establishing an ordinance called the “Essex County’s Banking Review Program” to reduce foreclosures, provide loans to entrepreneurs, assist low- to moderate- income communities, and maintain vacant homes they own (N.J.S.A. 40:41A-38(n) (N.J.S.A. 40:41A-36(i);
Timberlake's County Honorable Mentioned Resolutions and Ordinances:
- Minimum Wage Increase: First elected in NJ to sponsor and pass a resolution requesting the State increase the minimum wage to $15/hr. Now, County non-seasonal employees are paid $15/hr. although the State still has not done this.
- Environmental Protection: Sponsored a resolution to reduce the County’s carbon footprint for a better environment.
- Homelessness: Helped the Essex County Registrar advocate for the creation of the Essex County Homeless Trust Fund Act (52:27D-287a) to combat homelessness;
- Gun Control: Assisted in the draft of legislation for strengthening County purchasing parameters to encourage stricter gun purchasing laws (N.J.S.A. 40:41A-38(q) C.C.E &2-11(c) which was passed unanimously.
Timberlake's Advocacy Accomplishments:
- Public Safety: Successfully advocated for the sheriff police officers to obtain and wear body cameras.
- Home Ownership: Ensured more people can qualify for down payment assistance on homes;
- Parks: Initiated improvements in Watsessing and Orange Parks (new track and playground surfaces, and splash park);
- Immigration: Created a Citizenship Immigration Services committee to welcome those from other nations to Essex County better.
- Better Public-Private Partnerships: Held a roundtable with banks to brainstorm about how they could better serve the community by way of investing in small businesses;
- International Relations: Represented Essex County internationally during an official visit to the Parliament of Ghana, West Africa;
- Partnership: Partnered with Congressman Payne, Jr. to raise awareness about the issue of Boko Haram;
- Celebration of Diversity: Essex County celebrates diverse cultures throughout Essex County year round. However, for the first time, Essex County celebrated the African and Caribbean culture by way of an annual festival.
- Community Recognition: Gave over 250 proclamations to deserving community groups, organizations, and individuals;
- Meeting Attendance: Britnee Timberlake has perfect attendance at every Freeholder meeting.
Awards Presented to Timberlake:
- The “Community Leadership Award” from H.A.N.D.S (Housing & Neighborhood Development
- Services, Inc.);
- The “Community Development Champion Award" HCDNNJ;
- The “Donald Payne, Sr. Award” from the Montclair NAACP;
- The "Breaking Glass Ceilings Award" from New Leaders Council;
- The "2017 Danny Glover Power of Dreams Award" from Danny Glover Goodwill Ambassador to the UN;
- The "Community Service Award" from Dorson Community Foundation;
- The "Amiga Award" from LUPE Fund, Inc.
- The"Women's History Month Proclamation" Irvington Town Council;
- The "Community Service Award" from Guyanese American Heritage Foundation;
- The "Community Service Award" from Social Etiquette Club, East Orange;
- The “Coretta Scott King Award” from Essex County;
- The "Young CEO Award" from United Nations Sustainable Development Goals-UNESCO Education Support Initiative.
Who is Britnee? Where did she come from?
The Early Years:
Britnee Timberlake is a millennial. In 1983, her father (a basketball player at Upsala College at the time) enlisted in the Military at the Army headquarters located on Central Avenue in East Orange. Born on the road, she grew up traveling the world with her family. Her mother was an educator of the mentally and physically challenged and found work in each place the family lived. Following her parent's example, Britnee naturally developed a deep need to serve people. She would spend hours discussing solutions to social issues of poverty at the dinner table. Each year, as a child, her family returned home to spend their summers with family and friends in Essex County.
The College Years:
In 2005, Britnee came home to Essex for good. She moved to East Orange upon acceptance to Seton Hall University where she acquired a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies and obtained a Masters in Public Administration.
Britnee was the past housing chairperson for the Montclair NAACP, an AmeriCorps member in Union County, and was a very active member of Calvary Baptist Church in East Orange. While at Calvary, she had the opportunity to journey to Jamaica for missionary work.
In her sophomore year at Seton Hall, while talking about how to better the community at a fundraiser, she met the great Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin who took her under his wing as a daughter. ASM Giblin mentored and introduced Britnee to the Essex County Democratic Party.
The More Recent Years:
In 2011, Britnee established the Essex Community Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation responsible for strengthening communities by providing permanently affordable housing and financial empowerment opportunities for working families and individuals throughout Essex County. She raised over $2MM in affordable housing dollars towards the creation of affordable homeownership in suburban areas.
Through the years, Assemblyman Giblin continued mentoring Britnee which later resulted in her also meeting and being mentored by Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Jr. and the Lieutenant Governor, Assembly Speaker Emeritus, Sheila Y. Oliver.
The Elected Years:
Upon the retirement of Freeholder Carol Y. Clark, in 2014, Britnee ran and won as a Democrat for public office. In 2015, Britnee was sworn in as the Essex County District 3 Freeholder and on the same day unanimously elected as President, a title she has been reelected to by her colleagues each year of her first term. As Freeholder she has wrote three significant pieces of legislation which wage war on systemic issues of poverty. She advocated for policy changes to open economic opportunities to all and has built a base of grass-roots partisan and nonpartisan community support. She presided as the legislative leader over Essex from 1/2015-1/2018, which is one of the largest Counties in the State with a budget of over $700MM. She was the youngest Freeholder elected in the State and was at the time the only African-American Female Freeholder President in New Jersey. In January 2018, Timberlake was sworn in to replace Sheila Y. Oliver after she was selected to be Lieutenant Governor. LG Oliver is a fellow resident of East Orange who had been the first African American woman to serve as speaker of the General Assembly and the first to be elected to a position covering the entire state.
As the 34th District Assemblywoman, Britnee N. Timberlake represents Clifton, East Orange, Orange, and Montclair. At the Assembly, Timberlake has voted in favor of the common-sense gun legislation, equal pay for equal work for women, and earned paid sick days. Assemblywoman Timberlake has participated as various sponsors of bills and resolutions regarding foreclosure prevention, special prosecutor mandates for public safety, student loan forgiveness, anti-sexual harassment, business incubator funding, free/reduced school meal program expansion, and Medicaid coverage of birthing doulas for pregnant women. Timberlake was responsible for reigniting the discussion to raise the minimum wage and for successfully restoring $15MM to the housing trust fund. Timberlake is a representative on the following state committees: Education, Science, Innovation and Technology, and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.
See above for Britnee's full record of accomplishments in elected office. Read Britnee’s extensive bio here.