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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.
"Disposing of unused prescription drugs properly is equally as important as taking them as prescribed," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Prescription drug abuse is prevalent in many communities, and much of that abuse begins at home where the drugs are easily accessible."
Burzichelli, DeAngelo, Moriarty & Benson Bill to Protect Consumers from Rebate Scams OK'd by AssemblyLegislation 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 approved 42-29 Monday by the Assembly.
"Some rebate refunds or payments have been mailed to customers as little checks attached to post cards," said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). "Refunds and payments sent in this way could easily be lost or stolen, or even confused for junk mail..."
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 DecisionBy 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.
"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."
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 OrdersLegislation 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.
"Simply seeing an abuser - whether he or she is a new acquaintance or an old friend - forces many sexual assault survivors to relive the trauma of having been violated, and current law says they have no option but to suffer in silence," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Every person in this state has a right to feel safe while going about his or her daily life. With this bill, we reaffirm our commitment to the notion that all residents of New Jersey should be able to seek the protection they need to live in peace."
Diegnan, Lagana, Eustace, Taliaferro, Mazzeo, Benson, Caputo & Jasey Bill to Defer Use of PARCC Test to Measure Student Achievement in NJ Schools Approved by AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Adam Taliaferro, Vincent Mazzeo, Dan Benson, Ralph Caputo and Mila Jasey to temporarily defer the use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment to measure student achievement was approved Monday by the Assembly.
"School districts are supposed to start administering the PARCC test next month, and yet there are more questions than answers about just how effective this new assessment will be in measuring student performance,..." said Diegnan (D-Middlesex).