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Conaway, Benson, Pinkin, Wimberly, Downey & Mazzeo Bill Requiring Health Insurers to Cover New Abuse-Deterrent Pain Meds Advances

 Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Daniel Benson, Nancy Pinkin, Benjie Wimberly, Joann Downey and Vincent Mazzeo requiring health insurers to cover prescription pain relief medications designed to decrease abuse and addiction gained approval from an Assembly panel on Thursday.
Specifically, the bill (A-1833) would require health insurers to provide health benefits coverage for prescribed abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs.
"As it stands now, deaths from opioid addiction are at epidemic proportions," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician. "Pain treatment, similar to other courses of treatment, can have side effects - including the risk of addiction. As a doctor, my goal is to reduce those risks and make the patient well. Removing the cost barrier to abuse-deterrent opiates will increase the prescribing and use of these high-tech drugs, which have significant potential to reduce dependency and overdoses. We as policymakers should be encouraging the widespread use of abuse-deterrent formulations to protect consumers and lower costs to the health care system. That's exactly what this bill achieves."

Benson Bill to Help Residents with Eosinophilic Disorders Obtain Protein Formulas under Health Insurance Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson to require health insurance coverage for certain amino acid-based elemental formulas was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

Amino acid-based formulas are complete nutritional formulas used to treat individuals with eosinophilic disorders. Eosinophilic disorders affect children and adults, and are characterized by above-normal amounts of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, causing inflammation in one or more areas of digestive system.

The Assemblyman invited a constituent from Hamilton who has eosinophilic esophagitis to testify on the bill. Maggie, who is 8 years old, began her medical treatment formula when she was 2 years old and took it through a feeding tube until age 3. Through feeding therapy and the support of her family, Benson testified, she's been able to drink the formula since then even though the smell and tastes are very hard to withstand. 

Chaparro, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & Jimenez Bill to Establish Alert System for Hit-and-Runs Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Chaparro, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson and Angelica Jimenez sponsored to establish an emergency alert system to help more quickly apprehend drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents cleared an Assembly committee on Thursday.

The legislation commemorates the life of Zackhary Simmons, a 21-year-old man who died in Hoboken in June after being hit by a vehicle that subsequently left the scene.

Mosquera, Greenwald, Downey, Houghtaling, Sumter, Benson & Lampitt Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel R. Benson and Pamela Lampitt to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.
"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that, strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

Schaer, Jasey, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Muoio College Affordability & Preparedness Legislation Advanced by Higher Ed Panel

The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday advanced a four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Mila Jasey, Daniel R. Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Elizabeth Muoio aimed at helping New Jersey residents better navigate the college process before, during and after their time on campus.
"Too many students today are unprepared entering into a higher education system that leads them to incur crushing student loan debt," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "We need to provide a path forward for New Jersey students by allowing them access to college curricula in high school, opening higher education possibilities and exposing them to the academic rigor ahead, and then providing them an option for a debt-free future."

Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Heads to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained final legislative approval on Thursday. It now heads to the governor's desk. 

The bill (A-1946) would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991." In doing so, the bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment. 

"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."

Zwicker, Benson, Schaer & Holley Legislation Urging Congress to Ensure Students Access to Debt-Free Higher Education Clears Assembly

Legislation Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson, Gary Schaer and Jamel Holley sponsored urging Congress and the President of the United States to enact legislation ensuring students have access to debt-free higher education at public colleges and universities gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.

The cost of college has risen more than 250 percent over the last three decades while income for typical families grew by only 16 percent, making it difficult for a student to graduate without debt, as reported by the White House.

"A college education is one of the most valuable investments a family can make, but it has never been more difficult for families to afford the dream of a college education, as the cost has grown exponentially in decades," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "As a result, an increasing number of young Americans, including many from New Jersey, have been forced to assume significant student loan debt to afford the cost of higher education."

Assembly Approves Conaway, Vainieri Huttle, Benson & McKnight Bill to Help Increase Affordability of EpiPens Amidst Skyrocketing Costs

The full Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Angela McKnight to help increase the affordability of EpiPens by requiring them to once again be sold as single units rather than in multiples.

Specifically, the bill (A-4094) would prohibit manufacturers or distributors of epinephrine auto-injectors for patients in New Jersey from marketing or distributing the devices in a fashion that requires a patient to purchase multiple epinephrine auto-injectors in a single transaction. 

Schaer, Tucker, Benson & Caputo Bill to Increase Personal Needs Allowance Under Medicaid, SSI for Vets Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Cleopatra Tucker, Daniel R. Benson and Ralph Caputo to ensure that veterans on Medicaid and living in a facility, such as a nursing home or developmental center, have enough money to purchase personal items gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday. 

"This allowance has stayed the same for years while the cost of living in this state has not," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This is an opportunity to help veterans continue to provide for themselves and their families in a changing economy. Requiring cost-of-living adjustments on the allowance is extremely important. New Jersey veterans will not have to wait for another increase in the future." 

The bill (A-1639) would increase the personal needs allowance for veterans and their spouses who are recipients of Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and reside in a nursing home or developmental center or are patients in a psychiatric hospital. The allowance may be used to purchase personal items, such as clothing, grooming aids, newspapers and other items not regularly provided by the facility in which they reside. 

Singleton, Gusciora, Benson, Zwicker & Danielsen Bill to Fight Christie Admin’s Attempt to Resurrect Cruel & Inhumane Hunting Practice Gains Assembly OK

The full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation (ACR-25) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Reed Gusciora, Daniel Benson, Andrew Zwicker and Joe Danielsen that would overturn the Christie administration's decision to resurrect a cruel and inhumane hunting practice that the Legislature outlawed over 30 years ago.

"This is yet another blatant attempt by the Christie administration to circumvent existing state law," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Enclosed foothold traps are cruel and inhumane. The Legislature made that clear in 1984 when it passed a law prohibiting the use of steel-jaw, leg-hold animal traps in order to improve animal welfare and prevent extreme cruelty."

"This is more about politics than it is about New Jersey's fishing and gaming policies," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This rule was first proposed when the Governor was pandering to right wing conservatives in battleground states during the presidential primary. We're not going to take a step backwards as a state in the wake of his failed presidential aspirations. This practice is barbaric, plain and simple."

Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Tucker, Wimberly & Downey Bill to Help Residents with Disabilities Access Services Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Cleopatra Tucker, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to increase awareness of the application processes for programs and services available to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities cleared the Assembly, 72-0, on Thursday.

"For many individuals with developmental disabilities, the ability to live independently and be economically stable depends on the ability to access the appropriate housing, transportation and the proper medical and behavioral care. Unfortunately, gaining that access can be a complex and confusing process," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This legislation will help ensure that residents of New Jersey who have developmental disabilities can get the services they need."

Sumter, Jasey, Muoio & Benson Introduce HESAA Reform Bill Package

Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Mila Jasey, Elizabeth Muoio and Daniel Benson have recently introduced a legislative package that would make comprehensive reforms within the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) in an effort to combat student loan debt in New Jersey.

"The only concern a college student should have after graduating is choosing which job will lead them closer to their goals," said Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic). "It has become the norm for families and students to take on an overwhelming amount of debt to pursue educational goals. This legislation package will reassess how we distribute state loans and inform families of their options when planning for college." 

"We must increase transparency under NJCLASS Loan Programs, better educate families on loan repayment options and requirements as well as help families understand how much they can realistically handle in student loans." 

Assembly Democratic Bill to Promote Equal Pay for Women Approved by Assembly Panel

 Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Troy Singleton, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Wayne DeAngelo to promote equal pay for women was released Thursday by an Assembly panel. 
Currently, in the United States, women earn approximately 21 percent less than men. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent. The gap between men's and women's wages remains even when taking into account factors such as career choice, experience and education. One study found that a decade after graduation, women earned 12 percent less than men after accounting for all other factors that could affect pay.
"In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that's not the world we live in," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "This provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires." 

Greenwald, Lampitt, Benson, Caride & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Increase Mobility for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Advances

Legislation Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel R. Benson, Marlene Caride and Nicholas Chiaravalloti sponsored to help better meet the transportation needs of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-3432) would establish the "New Jersey Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mobility and Support Services Task Force," an 11-member task force to study and make recommendations concerning the mobility and support services needs of New Jersey adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The task force would hold at least three public hearings concerning barriers adults with ASD face in using New Jersey's transportation infrastructure and in accessing other basic services in the state.

Singleton, Schaer, Benson, Eustace, Mosquera & Houghtaling Bill to Improve Reporting and Disclosure of State Tax Expenditures Clears Committee

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer, Daniel R. Benson, Tim Eustace, Gabriela Mosquera and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to improve reporting and disclosure requirements on state tax expenditures to help better ensure that tax incentives yield the impact desired was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee. 

State tax expenditures and preferences are special or selective tax relief or benefits authorized by law and designed to accomplish public goals. The relief provided through expenditures typically is intended to encourage investment, create jobs and facilitate economic development or to relieve the tax on products, services or financial decisions.

Mazzeo, Vainieri Huttle, Jones & Benson Bill to Help Combat Heroin Epidemic Deaths Advances

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Patricia Jones and Daniel Benson to help prevent heroin overdoses in New Jersey by ensuring that first responders and hospitals always have an ample supply of opioid antidotes to administer.

"Last year Atlantic County had the highest per capita rate of fatal heroin overdoses in the entire state," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "The administration of Narcan has proven highly effective in saving lives, but it's only effective if we have adequate supplies on hand in the event of an emergency. We've lost too many young lives to this terrible epidemic, and we need to make sure first responders and hospitals are always ready and able to save lives."

Conaway, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill to Help Increase Affordability of EpiPens Amidst Skyrocketing Costs Advances

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel Benson to help increase the affordability of EpiPens by requiring them to once again be sold as single units rather than in multiples.

Specifically, the bill (A-4094) would prohibit manufacturers or distributors of epinephrine auto-injectors for patients in New Jersey from marketing or distributing the devices in a fashion that requires a patient to purchase multiple epinephrine auto-injectors in a single transaction. 

"Since 2009, the price of the EpiPen has increased more than 500 percent, resulting in the inability of some families to afford this life-saving drug," said Conaway, Chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee (D-Burlington). "Until more affordable, generic versions reach the market, this will help make this critical device more accessible."

Schaer, Tucker, Benson & Caputo Bill to Increase Personal Needs Allowance Under Medicaid, SSI for Vets Clears Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Cleopatra Tucker, Daniel R. Benson and Ralph Caputo to ensure that veterans on Medicaid and living in a facility, such as a nursing home or developmental center, have enough money to purchase personal items was released by an Assembly committee on Thursday. 
"This allowance has stayed the same for years while the cost of living in this state has not," said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This is an opportunity to help veterans continue to provide for themselves and their families in a changing economy. Requiring cost-of-living adjustments on the allowance is extremely important. New Jersey veterans will not have to wait for another increase in the future." 
The bill (A-1639) would increase the personal needs allowance for veterans and their spouses who are recipients of Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and reside in a nursing home or developmental center or are patients in a psychiatric hospital. The allowance may be used to purchase personal items, such as clothing, grooming aids, newspapers and other items not regularly provided by the facility in which they reside. 

Singleton, Mosquera & Benson Sponsored 'Lisa's Law' to Electronically Monitor Domestic Violence Offenders Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gabriela Mosquera and Daniel Benson that would establish a pilot program for the electronic monitoring of domestic violence offenders in New Jersey was advanced by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
"Our current system, it is far too easy for domestic violence offenders to get close to their victims again after an initial attack has occurred," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "When the Governor recently vetoed a bill that would have barred domestic violence offenders from owning a firearm he tried to justify it by saying he was recommending a 'comprehensive plan to combat domestic violence.' This is a chance for him to live up to that promise and have his actions match his rhetoric. Letting domestic violence victims literally see when trouble is heading their way will help them stay one step ahead of attackers hell bent on becoming repeat offenders." 

Singleton, Gusciora, Benson, Zwicker & Danielsen Bill to Fight Christie Admin’s Attempt to Resurrect Cruel & Inhumane Hunting Practice Approved by Assembly

An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation (ACR-25) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Reed Gusciora, Daniel Benson, Andrew Zwicker and Joe Danielsen that would overturn the Christie administration's decision to resurrect a cruel and inhumane hunting practice that the Legislature outlawed over 30 years ago.

"This is yet another blatant attempt by the Christie administration to circumvent existing state law," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Enclosed foothold traps are cruel and inhumane. The Legislature made that clear in 1984 when it passed a law prohibiting the use of steel-jaw, leg-hold animal traps in order to improve animal welfare and prevent extreme cruelty."

Mosquera, Greenwald, Downey, Houghtaling, Sumter, Benson & Lampitt Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Clears Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel R. Benson and Pamela Lampitt to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"For victims and their children, domestic violence turns a chance to live the American Dream into a horrific nightmare. I know, because I've lived that nightmare," said Mosquera (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Too many victims are killed at the hands of abusers who have easy access to firearms before they ever have a chance to get out. This legislation will change that, strengthening our gun violence laws in order to protect victims of domestic violence."

Democratic Bill to Ensure Safety of Students Transported on School Buses Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Reed Gusciora, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Daniel R. Benson, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to prevent individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked from operating a school bus was recently approved by the full Assembly. 

"Individuals who've had their driving privileges suspended or revoked have no business being on the road, never mind transporting children to school," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Losing your driving privileges is no small infraction. This will keep irresponsible individuals from transporting school children, and ensure the safety of students who depend on school bus transportation."

"The road is already a dangerous place. Parents should be assured that the person charged with safely transporting their children to and from school is qualified to do so," said Gusciora (D-Hunterdon/Mercer). "This ensures that those individuals who knowingly drive a school bus despite not being allowed to drive are punished and are never allowed behind the wheel of a school bus."

DeAngelo, Lagana, Pinkin, McKnight & Benson Bill to Include All Disabled Vets Under NJ Transit Discount Program Continues Advancing

Legislation Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Lagana, Nancy Pinkin, Angela McKnight and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to include more disabled veterans in the New Jersey Transit discount program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities gained approval from the Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Under current law, the New Jersey Transit Corporation provides reduced fares for senior citizens over the age of 62 and persons with disabilities. A disabled veteran is only eligible for the program, however, if the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that the veteran has a disabled rating of 70 percent or greater. This bill (A-2228) provides that all disabled veterans are eligible for the reduced fare program. 

"This is a little adjustment of current law for the great sacrifice and service made by our disabled veterans," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice-chair of the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. "All New Jersey veterans should be able to take advantage of this discount program. They have earned it."

Muoio, Schaer, Coughlin, Benson, Holley, Wisniewski & Gusciora Bill to Protect Local Governments from Costs of TTF Shutdown Gains Assembly Approval

By a vote of 52-13-8 the full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Gary Schaer, Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson, Jamel Holley, John Wisniewski and Reed Gusciora to ensure the continuation of vital transportation projects and protect local governments from costs incurred by delays as a result of Gov. Christie's initial executive order (210) issued in June shutting down transportation projects until the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) crisis is resolved.

"Local governments are not to blame for the lack of a TTF plan, yet they could ultimately be on the hook for the potential cost overruns resulting from the Governor's executive order. That means local property taxpayers, who fund the bulk of local government spending, will have to bear these costs," stated Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "To add insult to injury, local governments willing to front the costs to ensure these projects get finished in a timely manner are being told they may not be reimbursed with the TTF funds promised to them. This is not fair, and it is not in the best interest of our state."

Lampitt, Benson, Jasey, Johnson, Mosquera, Muoio, Pinkin & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Safe Return to School for Students who have suffered Concussions Approved by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Nancy Pinkin and Angelica Jimenez to ensure students who have suffered a concussion are properly vetted by a licensed health care professional before they can return to school was unanimously approved Thursday by the full Assembly. 

"Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves."

Quijano, DeAngelo, Giblin, Benson, Zwicker, Danielsen, Houghtaling & Sumter Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Striking Workers Heads to Governor’s Desk

By a vote of 49-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Wayne DeAngelo, Thomas Giblin, Daniel R. Benson, Andrew Zwicker, Joe Danielsen, Eric Houghtaling and Shavonda Sumter to extend unemployment benefits to workers on strike for more than 30 days due to unresolved labor disputes.

The measure (A-3819), which now heads to the governor's desk, would have, for instance, benefited workers in strikes against Verizon and Trump Taj Mahal.

"Going on strike is a measure of last resort, but sometimes it's necessary for workers who must stand up for their rights," said Quijano (D-Union). "That's why we must ensure that workers who have no choice but to go on strike are eligible for unemployment benefits."

Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Continues to Advance

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained approval from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday. 

The bill (A-1946) would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991." 

In doing so, the bill would allow temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment. 

Barclay, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Help More Police Departments Combat Heroin Overdoses Gains Committee OK

Legislation Assembly Democrats Arthur Barclay, Vince Mazzeo and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to facilitate the bulk purchase of the life-saving heroin and opioid antidote Narcan by the state for distribution to local first responders was advanced Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"In Camden County alone, police officers have saved hundreds of lives because they had Narcan available on the scene," said Barclay (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Our law enforcement officers need to have this antidote on hand so that they are equipped to combat the state's opioid epidemic."

The bill (A-4025) would authorize the attorney general to negotiate directly with drug companies to secure the most favorable price for the bulk purchase of a heroin antidote - the most common of which is naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan - on behalf of all law enforcement entities, emergency response entities and other public entities statewide. 

Lampitt, Benson, Jasey, Johnson, Mosquera, Muoio, Pinkin & Jimenez Bill to Ensure Safe Return to School for Students who have suffered Concussions Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Nancy Pinkin and Angelica Jimenez to ensure that students who have suffered a concussion are properly vetted by a licensed health care professional before they can return to school concussion was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves."

McKeon, Benson & Kennedy Clean Vehicle Task Force Bill Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Daniel R. Benson and James J. Kennedy sponsored to evaluate the use "clean" vehicles in New Jersey was approved by the Assembly Environment panel on Monday. 

The bill (A-3295) would establish the Clean Vehicle Task Force, whose 11 members would evaluate issues related to the promotion, development and use of clean vehicles in New Jersey. The body would submit a report with recommendations to the governor and the legislature within a year of organizing. 

"Knowing that vehicle emissions are a major contributor to air pollution, it's critical that we find ways to get more vehicles with lower emissions on the road," said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). "This task force will help us find ways to protect the environment and advance our goal of slowing climate change."