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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.
at ATMs Passes Assembly
"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."
Assembly OKs Bills to Deter Substance Abuse, Prevent Addiction & Promote RecoveryFour 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.
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.
"To show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in defending our nation's freedom, we ought to do whatever we can to ease New Jersey veterans' transitions to civilian life," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland), a disabled veteran who lost a leg during a grenade attack in Iraq. "By alleviating some of the financial hardship that comes with home modification, this bill will allow our state to express appreciation for those who gave so much of themselves for the sake of this country."
Moriarty & Benson Bill to Restrict Access to Motor Vehicle Recording Device Data, Protect Driver Privacy Clears AssemblyBipartisan 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 preservation of electronic data from any of these sources is becoming vital to the defense of litigation in accidents," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "These recordings may be the most reliable and objective source of information about the events that occurred just prior to a crash. This legislation is necessary to preserve the integrity of the recordings and protect what may be used as evidence in court."
Stender, Gusciora, Conaway, Eustace, Benson & DeAngelo Resolution to Again Invalidate Christie Effort to Dismantle Civil Service Approved by SenateLegislation 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.
"Gov. Christie and his Civil Service Commission can keep trying to amend the rule as part of their campaign to destroy Civil Service and all the good it's done for New Jersey taxpayers, but we're not going to give up, either," said Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset)...
Moriarty, Benson, Wimberly & Andrzejczak Bill Outlawing Unsolicited Text Message Ads Gets Assembly OKUpdated 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.
"Unwanted text messages not only tax consumers' patience, but they are a drain on cell minutes and bank accounts," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "Just as telephone customers have been able to close their homes to unwanted telemarketing calls, cell customers should be able to be free of unwanted text ads. What we're trying to do here is assist consumers in avoiding unnecessary charges as a result of receiving messages that are unsolicited and over which the user has no control..."
Andrzejczak, Lagana, Mazzeo & Benson Bill Permitting In-State Tuition Rates for Vets at State Colleges Gains Assembly OKLegislation 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.
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.
"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "We must do all we can to ensure missing individuals can return home safe and sound, especially when we have all the necessary resources already in place."
Assembly Approves Gusciora, Benson, Wilson, Andrzejczak, Pinkin & Lampitt 4-Bill Package to Crack Down on Animal CrueltyThe 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.
A-201, sponsored by Gusciora, Benson and Wilson, would authorize the courts to issue an animal protection order against any person found guilty of abusing an animal or otherwise violating the state animal cruelty laws. The animal protection order would require the person to refrain from interacting with an animal permanently or for a period of time specified by the court. The bill was approved by a vote of 76-0.
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by AssemblyThe 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.
"Children with special needs require specialized attention and care. Bus drivers and aides should be aware of behaviors associated with certain disabilities, and know how to effectively deal with them so to avoid any confusion and accidental mistreatment of these students,.." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex).