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Coughlin, Quijano & Riley Bill to Crackdown on Electronic Impersonation AdvancesLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Annette Quijano and Celeste Riley to crackdown on criminal impersonation by electronic communications or the Internet was advanced Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Frankly, technology has progressed so rapidly that our laws simply have not kept up. Unfortunately, we have seen nationwide instances of impersonation and identity theft that have impacted individuals and families both financially and emotionally," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This legislation simply clarifies that criminal impersonation extends to the Internet and it shall be subject to criminal penalties..."
Senate Advances Stender, Conaway, Benson & Quijano Bill to Save Money, Improve Health of Public Employees with Chronic ConditionsLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, Herb Conaway M.D., Daniel R. Benson and Annette Quijano to establish a pilot program that would encourage better health care practices by employees with chronic health conditions was approved by the Senate Budget Committee on Thursday.
The bill (A-1214) would require the State Health Benefits Commission and the State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee to create a three-year pilot program to provide benefits coverage to select employees with chronic health conditions using a value-based benefit design under the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP). The following chronic health conditions would be targeted under the value-based benefit design: diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and asthma.
Burzichelli, Eustace, Albano, Barnes & Quijano Bill to Broaden Protections for Crime Witnesses Advances in SenateMeasure Would Require Crime Witnesses to be Notified of Defendant's Release or Change in CustodyAssembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats John J. Burzichelli, Timothy J. Eustace, Nelson T. Albano, Peter J. Barnes III and Annette Quijano sponsored to require a crime witness to be notified when the offender is released from custody was advanced Thursday by a Senate panel.
"The witness of the crime has just as much right to be notified of changes in the defendant's status as the victim of the crime," said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). "Especially in the case of violent crimes or domestic violence, both the victim and the witness may be at risk..."