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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. 

Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Gains Assembly OK

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo and Daniel R. Benson that would allow veterans attending a public college or university in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

The bill (A-3967) provides a veteran or covered individual attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey while living in New Jersey, regardless of the veteran's or covered individual's state of residence, to be considered a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.

Stender, Gusciora, Conaway, Eustace, Benson & DeAngelo Resolution to Again Invalidate Christie Effort to Dismantle Civil Service Approved by Senate

TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Reed Gusciora, Herb Conaway, Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to once again invalidate Gov. Chris Christie's efforts to dismantle Civil Service rules that protect New Jersey from corruption and cronyism was approved 23-13 Thursday by the Senate.

Moriarty & Benson Bill to Restrict Access to Motor Vehicle Recording Device Data, Protect Driver Privacy Clears Assembly

Bipartisan legislation Assemblymen Paul Moriarty and Daniel Benson sponsored to limit access to data from devices in certain automobiles that can capture information about the driver's activity received Assembly approval on Thursday.

The bill (A-3579), which passed unanimously, would give the owner of a motor vehicle the sole right to access information stored in its black box, also known as an "electronic control module" (ECM) or an "event data recorder" (EDR). Such devices are capable of recording information about vehicle speed, seatbelt use, airbag deployment and locations traveled.

Andrzejczak, Benson & Wilson Bill to Promote Home Accessibility for Disabled Vets Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation introduced by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson, and Gilbert L "Whip" Wilson that would exempt veterans with disabilities from certain fees for home adaptations that would facilitate mobility in their residences passed the full Assembly, 68-0, on Thursday.

The bill (A-2299) would require municipalities to exempt veterans with service-related disabilities or their caretakers from the entire cost of construction permit surcharge fees or enforcing agency fees for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement done in an effort to increase the home's accessibility.

Assembly OKs Bills to Deter Substance Abuse, Prevent Addiction & Promote Recovery

Four bills aimed at decreasing the rate of drug abuse and preventing addiction in communities across New Jersey received approval from the Assembly on Thursday.

Part of an ongoing effort to create awareness, prevent abuse and promote recovery, sponsors of the bills noted that the four measures collectively represent the state's effort to produce a comprehensive solution to a multi-faceted problem.

Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly

Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly

(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Benjie Wimberly to prevent accidental mistreatment of students with special needs by creating a training program for school bus drivers and aides.

Assembly Approves Gusciora, Benson, Wilson, Andrzejczak, Pinkin & Lampitt 4-Bill Package to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

The full Assembly on Monday approved a comprehensive four-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Daniel Benson, Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Bob Andrzejczak, Nancy Pinkin and Pamela Lampitt to crack down on animal cruelty.

Lampitt, Schaer, Mosquera, Benson & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Tax Relief to Those Caring for Elderly Relatives Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela R. Lampitt Gary S. Schaer, Gabriela Mosquera, Daniel J. Benson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to provide a tax credit to those who take in and support an older family member was released on Thursday by an Assembly panel.

Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) -- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sgt. Robert Andrzejczak, Joseph Lagana, Vincent Mazzeo 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-3967) provides a veteran or covered individual attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey while living in New Jersey, regardless of the veteran's or covered individual's state of residence, to be considered a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition.

Benson, Conaway & Eustace Resolution to Call on Congress for Limited Constitutional Convention on Corporate Involvement in Elections Advances

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel advanced on Thursday legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Herb Conaway and Tim Eustace sponsored to apply to Congress for limited constitutional convention to limit corrupting influence of money in politics and overturn Citizens United decision and related cases.

"A constitutional convention is clearly needed to correct the disastrous impact of recent Court decisions on the integrity of elections in New Jersey and throughout the nation," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) "Citizens United opened the door to unlimited spending by shadowy, well-funded groups with no transparency or accountability - spending that drowns out the voice of the American voter and threatens the fundamental fairness of our democracy."

Schaer, Singleton, McKeon, Spencer, Benson & Lagana Autism Awareness Bills Approved by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, John McKeon, Grace Spencer, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson and Joseph Lagana to compile Autism resources onto a website and allow residents to donate to Autism programs at tax time were released by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

New Jersey has the nation's highest reported rates of autism according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released earlier this year- one of out of every 48 children. The national rate is one in 68 children.

Singleton, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Conaway, Garcia, Riley, Mosquera & Caputo Legislation to Promote Donations to ALS Association Becomes Law

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Herb Conaway Jr., Carmelo Garcia, Celeste Riley, Gabriela Mosquera and Ralph Caputo to make it easier for taxpayers to donate to the ALS Association was signed into law today.

The new law (A-3290) will require gross income tax returns to include a provision to allow taxpayers to make voluntary donations to the Greater Philadelphia and Greater New York Chapters of the ALS Association for taxable years beginning on or after the date of enactment. It establishes the ALS Association Support Fund as a depository for the donations.

Burzichelli, DeAngelo, Moriarty & Benson Bill To Tighten Rules on Mailed Rebates Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli, Wayne DeAngelo, Paul Moriarty and Daniel Benson sponsored to ensure consumers who are entitled to a manufacturer's rebate actually receive their check was recently approved by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-1876) would prohibit manufacturers, retailers or third-party rebate clearinghouses from mailing rebate checks to consumers, unless the refund is enclosed in a sealed envelope.

Bipartisan Bill Package to Prevent Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse Gains Panel Approval


Bipartisan legislation to help address the prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic plaguing New Jersey was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

Part of an ongoing effort to create awareness, prevent abuse and promote recovery, the five measures collectively represent a comprehensive solution to a multi-faceted problem.      

***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Eustace, Spencer, Andrzejczak & Benson on Environmental, Economic Impact of Monarch Butterfly Conservation in New Jersey

(CAPE MAY POINT) -- Assembly Democrats Timothy J. Eustace, D.C. (D-Bergen), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Robert Andrzejczak (D-Cape May) and Daniel R. Benson (D-Mercer) issued a multimedia package Monday on their recent field visit to a monarch butterfly conservation and tracking program in Cape May Point.

Prieto, Pinkin, Mosquera & Benson Bill to Help Diagnose & Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries in At-Risk Youth OK’d by Assembly

 

Bill Aims to Decrease Incarceration Rates by Capturing & Treating More Undiagnosed Cases

By a vote of 53-15-6, the full Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson to identify at-risk children and young adults with brain injuries in cooperation with the state's mental health and juvenile justice systems.

Pietro, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Boost After-Hospital Care Now Law

(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo to help boost the quality of care delivered to patients at home after they leave the hospital has been signed into law.

"The follow-up care required after a hospital stay can be incredibly complicated and overwhelming for the average person," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "By having hospitals work cooperatively with a patient's preferred caregiver, we can ensure that they're getting the level of care they need from the person they feel most comfortable with."

Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt, Riley & Pinkin Bill to Boost Participation in School Breakfast Program Becomes Law

New Law will Create "Breakfast after the Bell" Program

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley and Nancy Pinkin to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics has been signed into law.

Assembly Approves 7 More Bills Aimed at Making College More Affordable and Attainable in NJ

Comprehensive Package is Sponsored by Riley, Cryan, Benson, Garcia, Giblin, Eustace, Pinkin, Mazzeo, Burzichelli, Lagana & Stender

The General Assembly on Thursday approved seven more bills that are part of a larger 20-bill package aimed at addressing the systemic factors pushing more and more New Jersey students into the real world saddled with debt and without a college degree.

Assembly Approves Democratic Resolution to Again Invalidate Christie Effort to Dismantle Civil Service

Legislation Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Reed Gusciora, Herb Conaway, Timothy Eustace, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo sponsored to once again invalidate Gov. Chris Christie's efforts to dismantle Civil Service rules that protect New Jersey from corruption and cronyism was approved 46-28-0 Thursday by the General Assembly.

Benson, Moriarty & Wisniewski Bill to Help Prevent Consumers from Getting Roped Into Endless Contracts Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - A consumer protection measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Paul Moriarty and John Wisniewski was recently advanced in the Assembly, moving New Jersey closer to requiring notification to customers when a contract is to be automatically renewed.

"So many highly-used services out there today include automatic renewal clauses in their contracts," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "In an era of paperless billing and automatic charges to credit cards or bank accounts, consumers often get roped into extended and costly contracts. By requiring these terms to be clearly displayed and advance notice before renewal, this bill will give consumers the opportunity to make more informed choices for themselves."

Benson, Prieto, Caride & Quijano Bill to Set Clear Standards for Use of Drones in New Jersey Released by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Vincent Prieto, Marlene Caride and Annette Quijano introduced to protect the privacy of New Jersey residents by creating standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments utilizing drones was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

Stender, Caputo, Lagana & Benson Bill to Toughen Drunken Driving Penalties Continues Advancing

Bill Allows for Ignition Locks for Offenders

(TRENTON) - Assembly approved 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 advanced Monday by a Senate committee.
The bill was approved by the Assembly in June and advanced Monday by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Eustace, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Caride Legislation to Encourage Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Moves Forward

(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 continued advancing Monday

Assembly Panel Advances 7 More Bills Aimed at Making College More Affordable and Attainable in NJ

Comprehensive Package is Sponsored by Riley, Cryan, Benson, Garcia, Giblin, Eustace, Pinkin, Mazzeo, Burzichelli, Lagana & Stender

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved seven more bills that are part of a larger 20-bill package aimed at addressing the systemic factors pushing more and more New Jersey students into the real world saddled with debt and without a college degree.