Lampitt, Schaer, Mosquera, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Tax Relief to Those Caring for Elderly Relatives Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Daniel J. Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide a tax credit to those who take in and support an older family member was released on Thursday by an Assembly panel.

Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) -- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo and Daniel R. Benson that would allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates received approval from an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-3967) provides a veteran or covered individual attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey while living in New Jersey, regardless of the veteran's or covered individual's state of residence, to be considered a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.

Benson, Conaway & Eustace Resolution to Call on Congress for Limited Constitutional Convention on Corporate Involvement in Elections Advances

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel advanced on Thursday legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Herb Conaway and Tim Eustace sponsored to apply to Congress for limited constitutional convention to limit corrupting influence of money in politics and overturn Citizens United decision and related cases.

"A constitutional convention is clearly needed to correct the disastrous impact of recent Court decisions on the integrity of elections in New Jersey and throughout the nation," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) "Citizens United opened the door to unlimited spending by shadowy, well-funded groups with no transparency or accountability - spending that drowns out the voice of the American voter and threatens the fundamental fairness of our democracy."

Schaer, Singleton, McKeon, Spencer, Benson & Lagana Autism Awareness Bills Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, John McKeon, Grace Spencer, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson and Joseph Lagana to compile Autism resources onto a website and allow residents to donate to Autism programs at tax time were released by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

New Jersey has the nation's highest reported rates of autism according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released earlier this year- one of out of every 48 children. The national rate is one in 68 children.

Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Conaway, Garcia, Riley, Mosquera & Caputo Legislation to Promote Donations to ALS Association Becomes Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Herb Conaway Jr., Carmelo Garcia, Celeste Riley, Gabriela Mosquera and Ralph Caputo to make it easier for taxpayers to donate to the ALS Association was signed into law today.

The new law (A-3290) will require gross income tax returns to include a provision to allow taxpayers to make voluntary donations to the Greater Philadelphia and Greater New York Chapters of the ALS Association for taxable years beginning on or after the date of enactment. It establishes the ALS Association Support Fund as a depository for the donations.

Burzichelli, DeAngelo, Moriarty & Benson Bill To Tighten Rules on Mailed Rebates Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli, Wayne DeAngelo, Paul Moriarty and Daniel Benson sponsored to ensure consumers who are entitled to a manufacturer's rebate actually receive their check was recently approved by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-1876) would prohibit manufacturers, retailers or third-party rebate clearinghouses from mailing rebate checks to consumers, unless the refund is enclosed in a sealed envelope.

Bipartisan Bill Package to Prevent Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse Gains Panel Approval

Bipartisan legislation to help address the prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic plaguing New Jersey was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

Part of an ongoing effort to create awareness, prevent abuse and promote recovery, the five measures collectively represent a comprehensive solution to a multi-faceted problem.      

***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Eustace, Spencer, Andrzejczak & Benson on Environmental, Economic Impact of Monarch Butterfly Conservation in New Jersey

(CAPE MAY POINT) -- Assembly Democrats Timothy J. Eustace, D.C. (D-Bergen), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Robert Andrzejczak (D-Cape May) and Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer) issued a multimedia package Monday on their recent field visit to a monarch butterfly conservation and tracking program in Cape May Point.

Prieto, Pinkin, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Help Diagnose & Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries in At-Risk Youth OK’d by Assembly


Bill Aims to Decrease Incarceration Rates by Capturing & Treating More Undiagnosed Cases

By a vote of 53-15-6, the full Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson to identify at-risk children and young adults with brain injuries in cooperation with the state's mental health and juvenile justice systems.

Pietro, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Boost After-Hospital Care Now Law

(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo to help boost the quality of care delivered to patients at home after they leave the hospital has been signed into law.

"The follow-up care required after a hospital stay can be incredibly complicated and overwhelming for the average person," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "By having hospitals work cooperatively with a patient's preferred caregiver, we can ensure that they're getting the level of care they need from the person they feel most comfortable with."