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.

Johnson, Coughlin, Wimberly & Benson Bill to Create a Dedicated Bureau of Probation & Strengthen Services Advances in the Assembly

An Assembly panel recently advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon M. Johnson, Craig J. Coughlin, Benjie E. Wimberly and Daniel R. Benson proposing a constitutional amendment would allow the creation of a Bureau of Probation within the State Parole Board and transfer all probation duties from Judiciary to this new entity.

Assembly Panel OK's DeAngelo & Benson Bill to Toughen Penalties under Megan's Law & Bolster Law Enforcement Surveillance & Monitoring of Sex Offenders

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo and Daniel R. Benson (both D-Middlesex) to revise certain provisions of Megan's Law to toughen penalties for offenders and provide law enforcement who supervise these offenders with advanced technology and training to better protect potential victims was approved Monday by an Assembly committee.

Bill to Help Returning Veterans Find Work Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nelson Albano, Gabriela Mosquera, Timothy Eustace and Daniel R. Benson to help veterans find work was signed into law today.

The new law (A-2882) requires professional or occupational boards that issue professional or occupational licenses or certificates to give credit towards its requirements for licensure or certification for training, education and experience received while serving as a member of the Armed Forces that is substantially equivalent to the training, education, or experience required for licensure or certification.

Assembly Democrat-Sponsored Measure to Help Save Lives Signed Into Law

A compromise measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Connie Wagner, Pamela Lampitt, Thomas Giblin, Upendra Chivukula, Angel Fuentes and Reed Gusciora to help save lives and prevent drug overdoses has officially been signed into law.

The compromise (S-2082) incorporates components of both the bill known as the "Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act" (A-3095), which was conditionally vetoed by Gov. Christie earlier this week and the "Good Samaritan Act" (A-578), which was conditionally vetoed by Christie last fall.

Bill to Grant College Credit to Students Completing Jersey Boys and and Girls State Programs Clears

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Republican Leader Jon M. Bramnick, Assemblyman Daniel Benson and Assemblyman Jerry Green to give students participating in the American Legion Jersey Boys State or the American Legion Auxiliary Jersey Girls State programs college credit for successfully completing the week-long course in government was approved 76-0 Monday by the General Assembly.