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


(TRENTON) - 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, 69-3, Monday by the Assembly. The measure has passed both houses and will now go to the Governor's desk for further consideration.

Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, McKeon, Benson & Sumter Bill to Protect Sexual Assault Victims Clears Full Assembly

Legislation Would Permit Victims without Ties to Offenders to Seek Protective Orders

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gabriela Mosquera, John McKeon, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter to allow more victims of sexual assault to seek protective orders against their perpetrators was unanimously approved by the full Assembly on Monday.

Assembly OKs Benson, Conaway & Eustace Measure Calling for Constitutional Convention to Limit Corporate Influence on Elections

Measure Would Pave the Way to Overturn "Citizens United" Supreme Court Decision

By a vote of 44-25-2, the full Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Tim Eustace applying to Congress for a constitutional convention to rein in the corrupting influence of money in politics and overturn the controversial Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Benson & Gusciora: Permanently Bar those Convicted of Government Contracting Fraud

Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson and Reed Gusciora sponsored that would debar permanently from government contracting any person convicted of crimes involving government contracts was recently advanced by an Assembly panel.

"There have been too many instances of fraud and abuse in relation to government contracts," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This bill will help to improve the integrity of the contracting process and protect taxpayer dollars by permanently barring the award of contracts to individuals who have committed forgery and/or fraudulent activity in the past..."

Moriarty & Benson Bill to Restrict Access to Motor Vehicle Recording Device Data & Protect Driver Privacy Continues Advancing

Assembly approved legislation Assemblymen Paul Moriarty and Daniel Benson sponsored to limit access to data from devices in automobiles that can capture information about the driver's activity cleared a Senate panel on Thursday.

"The preservation of electronic data from any of these sources is becoming vital to the defense of litigation in accidents," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester)...

Benson, DeAngelo, Sumter & Wisniewski Bill to Emphasize Dangers of Road Rage to New Drivers Advanced by Assembly Committee

Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Wayne DeAngelo, Shavonda Sumter and John Wisniewski sponsored to teach new drivers about the dangers of engaging in road rage was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"We know road rage is a real danger," said Benson (D-Middlesex/Mercer). "We teach new drivers about all the many dangers they'll face on the roadways, so it makes sense to emphasize the negative consequences of engaging in road rage..."

Mazzeo, Andrzejczak, Wilson, Mukherji, Moriarty & Benson Bill Package to Boost Care for “Wounded Warriors” Advances

Four-Bill Package is Aimed at Assisting the Growing Number of Family Members Caring for Wounded Veterans in Post-9/11 Era

An Assembly panel on Thursday unanimously approved a four-bill package sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Raj Mukherji, Paul Moriarty and Daniel Benson to boost assistance for "wounded warriors" and their caregivers, an ever-growing demographic that faces unique challenges in the post-9/11 era.

The lawmakers were inspired by a number of unsettling statistics regarding the care of wounded veterans in the post-9/11 era, most notably that an estimated 1.1 million civilians are providing volunteer care-giving services to wounded veterans. Meanwhile, a Rand Corporation study conducted last March found that 53 percent of post-9/11 voluntary caregivers have no support network and as many as 40 percent do not have their own health care.

Andrzejczak & Benson Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Telemarketing Practices Continues Advancing

Legislation Assembly Democrats Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak and Daniel Benson sponsored to create an investigative section of the Division of Consumer Affairs dedicated solely to telemarketing abuses continues advancing.

"Unwanted telemarketing calls continue to interrupt the lives of New Jersey residents, regardless of whether they have deliberately expressed that they are not interested or perhaps even logged a complaint," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland)...

Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Mosquera, Spencer & Wimberly Bill to Create Gold Alert System Advances in Senate

Bill Would Create Alert System for Missing Persons with Developmental Disabilities Similar to Amber Alert

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Gabriela Mosquera, L. Grace Spencer and Benjie Wimberly to facilitate the immediate circulation of information about missing persons with developmental disabilities was approved by a Senate panel on Monday.

"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington).

Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses Gets Final Legislative Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Dan Benson to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.

"This legislation ensures that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "What's more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers."

Democratic Bill Creating Commission to Study, Recommend Ways to Make NJ Colleges More Affordable Now Law

A bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Paul Moriarty, Benjie Wimberly and Carmelo G. Garcia to create a task force charged with studying different ways to help make college more affordable for New Jersey students has been signed into law.

"Rising tuition costs are placing unbearable financial burdens on New Jersey college students and families," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "The findings of the commission have the potential to open doors for students who otherwise could not afford a college education. Making higher education more affordable not only helps these students, but the state, which benefits from a well-educated workforce."

DeAngelo, Benson, Garcia & Andrzejczak Bill to Honor Veterans with Special License Plates Gains Panel Approval

Legislation Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Daniel Benson Carmelo Garcia and Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak sponsored to honor veterans by establishing special license plates was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"Men and women who have served in our armed forces deserve the opportunity to convey their pride in being veterans," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "No matter where they go - regardless of whether they're traveling here in New Jersey or out of state - these military plates will be a tribute to their service..."

Stender, Caputo, Lagana & Benson Bill to Toughen Drunken Driving Penalties Gains Final Legislative Approval

Bill Allows for Ignition Locks for Offenders

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 - gained final legislative approval in the Senate on Thursday.

The bill (A-1368) was approved 29-4 by the Senate and now goes to the governor's desk.

"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."

Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo, Johnson & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at NJ Colleges Gains Final Legislative OK

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo, Gordon Johnson and Daniel R. Benson that would allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates gained final legislative approval in the Senate on Thursday.

The measure now heads to the governor's desk.

Conaway, Lampitt, Pinkin, Benson, Sumter & Wimberly Bill to Expand Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Act Now Law

Measure Extends Immunity Provisions of Opioid Antidote Law

A bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway Jr., Pamela Lampitt, Nancy Pinkin, Daniel Benson, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to help save more lives by granting immunity to emergency responders and other critical frontline professionals who administer overdose antidotes has been signed into law.

"When seconds count, a well-meaning individual should not have to think twice about helping someone in need due to a fear that it ultimately may result in being held culpable for wrongdoing," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "This law is about making sure that more men and women who are willing and able to assist an individual during an emergency can do so without hesitation."   

DeAngelo, Benson & Wisniewski Bill to Rid Red Tape for Towns Encouraging Roadway Safety in Local Business Districts Now Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Daniel Benson and John Wisniewski sponsored to allow counties and municipalities to employ traffic calming measures, they deem necessary, in local businesses districts was recently signed into law.

The new law will allow a municipality or county to construct to construct traffic calming measures in business districts on streets under municipal or county jurisdiction without approval of the Commissioner of Transportation. However, the Commissioner will still need to approve the construction of a speed hump or other traffic calming measure which places any impact on a state roadway.

"These are local traffic issues that can be handled more quickly and efficiently if addressed by county and municipality traffic departments," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "This law allows them to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their roads without having to cut through unnecessary red tape to do so."

Benson Appointed to Assembly Leadership Role as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has appointed Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to serve in the leadership role of Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore for the General Assembly.

"Dan has demonstrated himself to be a very thoughtful, dedicated and insightful member of our caucus since he joined the Assembly," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "I know these characteristics will suit him well as he takes on this leadership position."

Benson will serve as Deputy to Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green. The duties of Speaker Pro Tempore, which means "temporary speaker," are primarily to fill the role of the presiding officer of the Assembly in the absence of the Speaker, often times presiding over voting sessions when the Speaker is temporarily unavailable.

Vainieri Huttle, Lagana, Mosquera, Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson & Spencer Bill Package to Protect Domestic Violence Victims Clears Full Assembly

A three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson and L. Grace Spencer to bolster protections for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained approval by the full Assembly on Thursday.

The first bill (A-3655), sponsored by Vainieri Huttle, Lagana and Mosquera, is designed to enhance the protections offered under the "New Jersey Safe Housing Act" by prohibiting a landlord from terminating a tenancy, failing to renew a tenancy, or refusing to enter into a rental agreement due to a tenant's or prospective tenant's status as a domestic violence victim. 

Democratic Bill Creating Commission to Study, Recommend Ways to Make NJ Colleges More Affordable Gains Final Legislative Approval

The Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Dan Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Paul Moriarty, Benjie Wimberly and Carmelo G. Garcia to create a task force charged with studying different ways to help make college more affordable for New Jersey students, giving it final legislative approval.

Having received amendments to concur with a previous conditional veto, the bill (A-2236) now returns to the governor's desk.

"Rising tuition costs are placing unbearable financial burdens on New Jersey college students and families," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "The findings of the commission have the potential to open doors for students who otherwise could not afford a college education. Making higher education more affordable not only helps these students, but the state, which would benefit from a well-educated workforce."

Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Allow Service Animals to Board School Buses Advances

(TRENTON) - Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson sponsored to allow students with disabilities to bring service animals onto school buses in New Jersey continued advancing on Monday.
"This legislation ensures that New Jersey aligns with what federal law prescribes," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "What's more important, however, is our commitment to ensuring that students with disabilities can have the highest quality of life possible and access the same opportunities as their peers."
The measure was approved by the Assembly in November and advanced Monday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Benson Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Hotels from Interfering with Guests’ Wireless Networking Services

Assemblyman Daniel Benson has introduced legislation that would prohibit hotels from interfering with wireless networking services in light of recent attempts by large hotel chains to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices.

Benson, Jimenez, Lampitt & Caride Bill to Protect Quarantined Health Care & Public Safety Workers Advanced by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation protecting first responders who are quarantined or placed in isolation as a result of a health condition sustained on the job was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Daniel R. Benson, Angelica Jimenez, Pamela Lampitt and Marlene Caride, requires an employer to pay a health care worker or first responder regular compensation for any period of time that the health care worker or first responder is placed in isolation or quarantine and unable to work.
It comes after concerns about the treatment of health care workers amid the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

Assembly Democratic Legislation to Spur Creation of Small Businesses Advanced by Assembly Panel

Singleton, Eustace, Mosquera, Sumter, Benson, Quijano & Wimberly Bill Would Provide Funding and Training for "Microenterprises"

An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Tim Eustace, Gabriela Mosquera, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel Benson, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly to help spur the creation of small businesses and empower individuals with the tools to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs.

Specifically, the bill (A-953) would provide funding, training and assistance to help support "microenterprises," which are commercial enterprises that have five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business.

Benson, Lagana, Mosquera & Eustace Bill to Help Curb Financial Fraud and Exploitation of Elderly Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel released legislation on Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera and Timothy Eustace to revise current law in an effort to train agents of money transmitters how to properly recognize financial abuse and exploitation of elderly residents.

The bill (A-3948) revises the "New Jersey Money Transmitters Act" to require money transmitters to provide to their authorized delegated training materials on how to also respond appropriately if the delegate suspects that the delegate is being asked to engage in the business of money transmission for a transaction in which an elder adult is the victim of financial abuse or exploitation.

Prieto, Schaer & Benson Bill to Prohibit Hidden Balance Inquiry Fees

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer and Assemblyman Daniel Benson sponsored to require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fee was recently approved in the Assembly, 74-0.

"As they struggle to make ends meet in a New Jersey job climate that remains less than ideal, residents of our state need defense against the deceitful banking practices that burden their already-tight budgets," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "This legislation is simply about making sure that people have the information they need in order to make the best decisions about what to do with their hard-earned money."

Wisniewski Reminds Residents to Remember Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Christmas Tree Burned to Demonstrate Potential Fire Hazard as Fire Safety Commission Chair Offers Safety Tips for Celebrating the Holiday Season

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chairman of the New Jersey Fire Safety Commission, today joined fire safety officials at a demonstration Christmas tree burn to highlight the fire safety hazards people may encounter during the holiday season. The demonstration was conducted at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Moriarty, Benson, Wimberly & Andrzejczak Bill Outlawing Unsolicited Text Message Ads Gets Assembly OK

(TRENTON) - Updated legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Daniel R. Benson, Benjie Wimberly and Bob Andrzejczak sponsored to prohibit advertisers from sending unwelcome and unsolicited text advertisements to consumers was approved 76-0 Thursday by the Assembly.

Lampitt, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Mosquera & Spencer Bill to Create Gold Alert System Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Gabriela Mosquera and Grace L. Spencer to facilitate the immediate circulation of information about missing persons with developmental disabilities was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

The bill (A-2709) would establish the "Gold Alert System," a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies and media outlets to broadcast emergency alerts about missing persons with developmental disabilities. The alerts would include physical descriptions and other pertinent details. Under the bill, consent must be obtained prior to disseminating information about the person who is believed to be missing.