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Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Mukherji, Chiaravalloti & Wimberly Bill to Prevent Homelessness among Domestic Violence Victims Goes to Governor

Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Elizabeth Muoio, Raj Mukherji, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to provide emergency housing assistance for victims of domestic violence was approved 38-0 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
"There have been many times when victims of domestic violence have been denied emergency assistance because they voluntarily left a job where their abuser could find them or failed to plan for substitute housing - situations that are typically out of their control, especially for many who have limited means," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "Our number one priority should be ensuring their safety and getting them back on their feet, and that's what this bill will do."

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Wisniewski, McKnight, Chiaravalloti & Benson Bill to Crack Down on Reckless Driving Clears Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Angela McKnight, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Daniel Benson sponsored to make it easier for prosecutors to ensure justice is served in cases of reckless driving was approved 70-1-1 by the full Assembly on Thursday.

The sponsors noted that the 2015 death of Medford resident Eileen Marmino, a special education teacher and mother of two who died in a crash while riding her bicycle, was the impetus for the legislation. Although the driver had swerved into the bike lane and killed Marmino, the penalty was a considered a traffic violation punishable by a mere $300 fine and no jail time.

"Drivers have a responsibility to focus on the road and stay in their lane while behind the wheel," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "If a motorist isn't paying attention and ultimately causes someone's death, the prosecutor ought to be able to ensure that the motorist faces serious consequences."

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