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Quijano, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Benson, Singleton, Wilson, Lampitt Bill to Facilitate Financial Support to Local Libraries Receives Final Legislative Approval by Assembly

The full Assembly gave the final approval on Monday to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Whip Wilson and Pamela Lampitt to allow taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution in support of local libraries on their gross income tax returns with a vote of 77-0. 

"Budgetary constraints at the local and state level have made it difficult for many of our public libraries to operate effectively," said Quijano (D-Union). "This bill would help to bridge the gap in funding by allowing residents to make direct, monetary contributions come tax season."

Assembly Advances Benson, Riley, Wimberly & Garcia Bill to Establish Mold Exposure Limits in Residential Buildings

Legislation by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Celeste Riley, Benjie Wimberly and Carmelo Garcia requiring the state to establish standards for exposure limits to mold in residential buildings and certification of mold inspectors and abatement workers was approved on Monday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-1007) would require the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in consultation with the state Department of Health and Senior Services to establish standards for exposure limits to mold in residential buildings, and procedures for the inspection, identification and evaluation of the interior of residential buildings for mold.

Prieto, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill Barring Discrimination in School Sports & Phys Ed Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Daniel Benson to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey have an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs received was signed into law on Thursday

"Every student deserves the chance to compete at the most competitive level possible," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "With the Special Olympics taking place in Mercer County this week we're reminded that the only limitations we face are the ones we impose on ourselves."

Vainieri Huttle, Moriarty, Mosquera & Benson Bill Requiring Private Contracts to Save Money Gains Assembly Approval

Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Paul D. Moriarty, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to make cost savings a prerequisite for the privatization of public services received approval on Monday from the General Assembly.

The bill (A-2873) requires a bidding process and subsequent cost analysis proving definitively that privatization would be less expensive, allow for the same or better quantity and quality of services and cause no increased burden on taxpayers. 

Stender, Benson, Johnson, DeAngelo & Gusciora Measure to Prevent Christie Admin from Doing Away with Civil Service System Gains Final Legislative Approval

Measure Seeks to Prevent Nepotism & Cronyism by Keeping Time-Honored, Competitive Job Protection Practices in Place

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Daniel Benson, Gordon Johnson, Wayne DeAngelo and Reed Gusciora to prevent the Christie administration from doing away with time-honored, competitive civil service job protections received final legislative approval 46-30-1 by the full Assembly panel on Monday. 

The measure (SCR-116/ACR-155) seeks to halt the administration's efforts to replace the state's civil service promotional examinations with a "job banding program" by declaring the move unconstitutional. With both houses now approving the resolution, it will be sent to the administration, which will have 30 days to amend or withdraw the new rule or the legislature may, by passage of another concurrent resolution, exercise its authority under the constitution to invalidate the regulations in whole or in part.

Prieto, Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill Barring Discrimination in School Sports & Phys Ed Advanced Heads to Governor’s Desk

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Daniel Benson to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey have an equal opportunity to participate in physical education programs received final legislative approval 76-0-2 by the full Assembly on Monday.

"Every student deserves the chance to compete at the most competitive level possible," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "With the Special Olympics set to kick-off in Mercer County this week we're reminded that the only limitations we face are the ones we impose on ourselves."

Mainor, Benson & DeAngelo Bill to Clarify Amber Alert Use in Cases of Children Abducted by Family Members Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor, Daniel R. Benson and Wayne DeAngelo that would incorporate recommendations by the Attorney General on the proper use of an Amber Alert in cases involving child abductions by family members was approved Monday by the Assembly.


The bill is in response to the tragic case of Zara Malani-Lin Abdur-Raheem, a three-month old infant whose father abducted her from her grandmother and is accused of throwing her off the Driscoll Bridge. Under the Attorney General guidelines in effect at the time of Zara's abduction, it was not clear what criteria should be followed in cases of abduction by family members. This bill codifies changes to these guidelines recommended by the Attorney General in response to this case.

 

Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Clears Assembly Panel

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Celeste Riley, Vincent Mazzeo, Troy Singleton, Wayne P. DeAngelo 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-2622) provides that a veteran attending a public institution of higher education living in New Jersey or who seeks and obtains residency status by the third year of education at an institution of higher education, thereby enabling him or her to pay an in-state tuition rate. The legislation is referred to as the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America's Military (NJTEAM) Act. 

Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt, Riley & Pinkin Bill to Boost Participation in School Breakfast, Creates "Breakfast after the Bell" Program

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley, Nancy Pinkin to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics advanced in the Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-679) would require the state to make every effort to assist school districts and nonpublic schools in increasing the participation rate of students, particularly low-income students, in the federal School Breakfast Program by establishing a "breakfast after the bell" program in the first-period classroom or during the first few minutes of the day. 

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

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson, Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly and Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty that would empower municipalities to take action against creditors who fail to maintain vacant properties that are slated for foreclosure was released by an Assembly panel on Thursday. 

The bill (A-1257) gives 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.