Johnson, Zwicker, Benson, Kennedy, Vainieri Huttle & Mukherji Bill to Establish Fund for Emissions Reduction and Air Pollution Control Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly panel approved legislation on Monday sponsored by Gordon Johnson, Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson, James Kennedy, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Raj Mukherji to establish a fund with the money from the "Volkswagen Settlement Utilization Fund for Motor Vehicles Emissions Reduction and Air Pollution Control."

"Receiving the second settlement from Volkswagen is tremendous for New Jersey," said Johnson (D- Bergen). "Creating a special fund that aims to reduce exhaust emissions and air pollution will ensure that the money will be protected and used for its rightful purpose."

"Settlements fund from environmental lawsuits over the last eight years has been used to balance state budgets and other purposes that have nothing to do with the environment," said Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset). "This legislation will ensure that these settlement funds are used to address environmental priorities in the state."

Mazzeo, Benson, Moriarty & Danielsen Bill Honoring Parents of Fallen Heroes Moves Closer to Becoming Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Daniel Benson, Paul Moriarty and Joe Danielsen to honor the parents and guardians of fallen members of the armed forces passed a key Assembly panel on Monday and is now one step closer to becoming law.

The bill (A-458), to be known as the "County Identification Cards for Gold Star Parents Act," would permit county clerks or registers of deeds and mortgages to create a Gold Star Parent identification card. The card would serve to identify the holder as the parent or guardian of a member of the armed forces who died while on active duty and prove eligibility to receive any applicable discounts or other courtesies extended to military families. 

Benson Legislation to Ensure Good Samaritans Receive Free Emergency Medical Transportation Released by Assembly Panel

 Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson to ensure that individuals who are hurt while providing assistance during emergencies receive ambulance service free of charge was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.

Benson Homeowner Protection Bill to Educate Borrowers on Reverse Mortgages Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Daniel Benson to inform and educate borrowers about the benefits and consequences of reverse mortgages before a loan is closed was advanced by an Assembly Committee on Thursday. 

"To prevent lenders from misleading borrowers or misrepresenting the reverse mortgage process, we must set specific guidelines to ensure that borrowers are fully informed on reverse mortgage loans before they sign closing documents," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Many residents have lost their homes to the reverse mortgage loan process over the years as a result of misinformation or no information being provided at all. This legislation aims to educate borrowers and stop the practices of deceptive lenders." 

Under the bill (A-4753), a borrower is defined as any individual inquiring about or applying for a reverse mortgage loan, whether or not the loan is granted and any individual who has obtained a reverse mortgage loan. 
Prior to accepting a final and complete application for a reverse mortgage loan or assessing any fees, lender must complete certain responsibilities. First, the lender would be required to provide the borrower with a written checklist advising the borrower to discuss certain specific issues with a reverse mortgage counselor before a deal can close. 

Assembly Panel Advances Benson, Eustace & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Close Dangerous Opioid Prescription Loophole

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Tim Eustace and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to close a dangerous opioid prescription loophole. 

Specifically, the bill (A-4741) require practitioners to check prescription monitoring information before issuing certain prescriptions to emergency department patients and authorize medical scribes and licensed athletic trainers to access prescription monitoring information under certain circumstances.

"We've made great strides to reduce the availability of opioids when appropriate to limit the potential for addiction, but there's clearly more that needs to be done." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This bill will close a dangerous loophole that can be exploited by someone determined to fuel an opioid addiction."

Conaway, Benson, McKnight & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Treatment Options are Provided Hand-in-Hand with Opioid Antidote Advances

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Angela McKnight and Angelica Jimenez to make sure opioid treatment options are offered when someone receives an antidote for an overdose.

"Opioid antidotes have proven highly effective in preventing tragedies, but they're not the solution to the problem," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician and chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. "When coming face-to-face with someone obviously suffering from an addiction, we should seize that opportunity to discuss their options for treatment as a real, life-saving solution." 

Specifically, the bill (A-2430) would require that, when a health care professional or first responder administers an opioid antidote to a person experiencing a drug overdose, the person must be provided with information concerning substance abuse treatment programs and resources, including information on the availability of opioid antidotes.

Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Holley, Danielsen & DeAngelo Bill to Improve Hospital Oversight of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients Advances

An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Jamel Holley, Joe Danielsen and Wayne DeAngelo to ensure hospital staff is well informed to deliver proper care and oversight for patients suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. 

The bill (A-918) would require hospitals to clearly note on a patient's medical records whether they have dementia related disorders.

"From supervising my mother's health needs for years, I understand the unique level of care that Alzheimer's patients require," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This simple annotation will alert hospital staff to be more vigilant in their oversight of patients suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia or other related conditions."

Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio, Mukherji, Chiaravalloti & Wimberly Bill to Prevent Homelessness Among Domestic Violence Victims Continues Advancing

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 advanced Monday by a Senate committee.

"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."

Benson to Receive PBA’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award for his Efforts to Support Law Enforcement Community

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Chairman Daniel R. Benson has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), which will be presented at the Annual Valor Awards Banquet in Atlantic City on November 18.
In announcing Benson’s selection, the PBA noted, “You have been a true friend of law enforcement in general and the New Jersey State PBA in particular, especially with your support of our priority legislation. No one has sacrificed more or stood up for New Jersey’s first responders as you have and, in so doing, you have shown great strength and courage on our behalf.”

Benson Announces Mailing of 2015 Homestead Tax Benefit Applications


Assemblyman Daniel Benson is pleased to announce that Mercer and Middlesex County homeowners should be receiving their 2015 Homestead Benefit application packets from the New Jersey Division of Taxation by the end of September. Using the same schedule for printed packets, the Division will also send emails to homeowners who have requested electronic packets. 

"Every little bit helps when it comes to tax relief for residents, so I encourage all eligible homeowners to take advantage of this valuable Homestead Benefit Program," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex).