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Eustace, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Caride Legislation to Encourage Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Approved by Assembly

 Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana and Marlene Caride to provide a safe way for New Jersey residents to dispose of prescription drugs was approved 68-4-5 Thursday by the Assembly.

Drug Abuse Prevention Advocate Honors Assemblyman Benson Recognizes Efforts on Good Samaritan, Overdose Prevention Law

(Hamilton) – Paul Ressler, member of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug

Abuse and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, recently presented

Assemblyman Dan Benson with an honorary plaque for his work on a key drug overdose

prevention law, the Overdose Prevention Act, which included provisions known as the “Good

Samaritan Law” (see attached photo). Both were signed into law last year, with Assemblyman

Benson as prime sponsor of the Assembly Bill.

“I am so proud to accept this great honor and will continue to work in the Assembly to

help those dealing with addiction,” said Assemblyman Benson. He cited the law’s success in

helping save over 100 lives since it was enacted May 2013.

Benson Bill to Help Cover Cost of Environmental Infrastructure Projects in Mercer & Middlesex Counties Now Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to provide loans to help offset the expense of hundreds of environmental infrastructure projects throughout the state, including several in Mercer and Middlesex counties, has been signed into law.

The law (A-3265) authorizes the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust to expend up to $1.28 billion and any unexpended balances from previous authorizations to provide loans with an interest rate at or below the prevailing market rate for more than 200 eligible environmental infrastructure projects.

Benson Takes Local Students on State House Tour

Assemblyman Dan Benson recently took Steinert High School Government and Law-Related Experiences (GALRE) students on a tour of the New Jersey State House  Benson has made hosting the tour an annual event for local students interested in New Jersey Government and politics

 

Benson answered questions and gave students from Mrs. Quinn’s GALRE class a behind the scenes tour of the State House that included a trip to the Assembly Voting Chambers, which will coincide with senior year GALRE elective.

Wisniewski, Singleton, Benson & Lagana Bill Creating Transportation Infrastructure & Energy Banks Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Troy Singleton, Daniel R. Benson and Joseph Lagana that would establish a State Transportation Infrastructure Bank to leverage public and private investments for the long-term overhaul of New Jersey's transportation network received final legislative approval in the Senate on Monday, 35-1. 

"We can't ignore the underlying value that our infrastructure system holds for our economy," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who chairs the committee. "For too long, we have neglected this foundation of our economy while our competitors in the global marketplace have invested in state-of-the-art water, energy and transportation systems. New Jersey's economic recovery will be inherently linked to whether or not we create a more reliable and sustainable infrastructure system with better roads, bridges, tunnels and rail systems."

Assembly Advances Wisniewski, Singleton, Benson & Lagana Bill Creating Transportation Infrastructure & Energy Banks

 Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Troy Singleton, Daniel R. Benson and Joseph Lagana that would establish a State Transportation Infrastructure Bank to leverage public and private investments for the long-term overhaul of New Jersey's transportation network was approved 62-14 Thursday by the Assembly..


"We can't ignore the underlying value that our infrastructure system holds for our economy," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who chairs the committee. "For too long, we have neglected this foundation of our economy while our competitors in the global marketplace have invested in state-of-the-art water, energy and transportation systems. New Jersey's economic recovery will be inherently linked to whether or not we create a more reliable and sustainable infrastructure system with better roads, bridges, tunnels and rail systems."

Moriarty, Benson & Wimberly Bill Outlawing Unsolicited Text Message Ads Approved by Assembly

 Legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Daniel R. Benson and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to prohibit advertisers from sending unwelcome and unsolicited advertisements to consumers via text messaging was approved 77-0 Thursday by the Assembly.

"Unwanted text messages not only tax consumers' patience, but they are a drain on cell minutes and bank accounts," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Just as telephone customers have been able to close their homes to unwanted telemarketing calls, cell customers should be able to be free of unwanted text ads. What we're trying to do here is assist consumers in avoiding unnecessary charges as a result of receiving messages that are unsolicited and over which the user has no control."

Prieto-led Vocational Education Improvement Bill Package Approved by Assembly

A sweeping vocational education improvement package sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to enhance and expand vocational programs throughout New Jersey was approved Thursday by the Assembly.
The measures are also sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Joseph Lagana, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Mila Jasey, Angelica Jimenez, Eliana Pintor Marin, Pamela Lampitt, Carmelo Garcia, Daniel R. Benson, Ralph Caputo, Celeste Riley, Timothy Eustace, Charles Mainor, Gordon Johnson, Marlene Caride, Gabriela Mosquera, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Angel Fuentes.


Prieto had said when he became Assembly Speaker in January that improving vocational education would be one of his top priorities, citing it as key to making sure all New Jersey students are ready for work in today's ever-changing economy.
"While many focus on college without thinking about a technical career, we have to make it clear that there are also many well-paying careers that can be launched with an industry credential or an associate's degree," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "As we work to make sure our economy begins to grow again, employers will look to our county vocational-technical schools to meet this need. We need to make sure our students are ready to go."

Stender, Caputo, Lagana & Benson Bill to Toughen Drunken Driving Penalties Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Ralph Caputo, Joseph Lagana and Daniel R. Benson to toughen penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol in New Jersey - including allowing ignition interlock devices - was approved XX-XX Thursday by the Assembly.


"Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Innocent people are dying because of the irresponsible choices of others," said Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset). "Under this bill, if you get caught drinking and driving, you face having to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, having your driving privileges restricted or losing them all together."

Assembly OKs Prieto, Benson, Wimberly, Moriarty & Garcia Bill Targeting Creditors Who Fail to Keep Up Vacant Homes

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen Daniel R. Benson, Benjie E. Wimberly, Paul D. Moriarty and Carmelo G. Garcia that would empower municipalities to take action against creditors who fail to maintain vacant properties that are slated for foreclosure on Monday passed in the General Assembly. 

The bill (A-1257) would give municipal officials the authority to issue citations and impose fines to ensure that creditors fulfill their responsibility to maintain unoccupied residential properties on which a summons and complaint in an action to foreclose has been filed.