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Benson Bill to Make Homeowners' Associations Subject toOpen Public Meetings Act Clears Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) to require local Homeowner's Associations meetings adhere to the rules and regulations of the Open Public Meetings Act was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
Benson said he introduced the legislation to require newly developed communities that have yet to establish a homeowner's association and of which the developer is currently serving as the executive board to maintain public transparency in all dealings and decisions on behalf of the property.
"It is important for governing bodies of residences, whether it is one person or ten members, to display complete transparency and accountability for the duties performed on behalf of current and future residents," Benson said.
Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Tucker, Wimberly & Downey Bill to Help Residents with Disabilities Access Services Signed into LawLegislation 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 has been signed into law.
"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."
DeAngelo, Lagana, Pinkin, McKnight & Benson Bill to Include All Disabled Vets under NJ Transit Discount Program Continues AdvancingAssembly-approved 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 was advanced Monday by the Senate budget panel.
"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..."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Becomes Law(TRENTON) - 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 was signed into law on Monday.
The new law (formerly A-1946) adds cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991." In doing so, the law allows 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."
Singleton, Conaway, DeAngelo & Benson Bill to Implement Fast-Track Job Training Program Clears Assembly CommitteeLegislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway, Wayne DeAngelo and Daniel Benson sponsored to help unemployed and underemployed New Jersey residents acquire the job skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"Advancing in the job market without post-secondary education or training is now more difficult than ever before. As such, implementing programs that help people gain the skills they need is a crucial part of strengthening New Jersey's workforce," said Singleton (D-Burlington)...
Assembly Panel Ok's Egan, Benson & Sumter Bill Requiring Health Insurers to Use Standard Explanation of Health Benefits Forms(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Egan, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter that would create a standard written explanation of benefits form to be used by all health insurance providers in New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Monday.
The bill (A-2140) requires health insurance carriers issuing health benefits plans in New Jersey to provide a standardized written explanation of benefits form (commonly referred to as an EOB) to a covered person whenever a claim is generated under the covered person's health benefits plan.
"Using standard forms can help make confusing EOBs, which can vary in length and detail, more user friendly," said Egan (D-Middlesex/Somerset). "It is important that people be well-informed about their benefits, especially what services are covered since they would be footing the difference."
Benson & DeAngelo Laud Appellate Court Ruling on Christie Effort to Dismantle Civil Service RulesCourt Decision Upholds Legislative Push to Defeat Christie Administration Effort to Weaken Protections
Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson and Wayne DeAngelo (both D-Mercer/Middlesex) issued the following statement Thursday after the Appellate Division upheld the legislature's push to overturn the Christie administration's effort to weaken Civil Service rules in New Jersey.
Benson and DeAngelo were lead sponsors of legislation invalidating the Civil Service Commission's proposed rule establishing a job banding program:
"The changes the Christie administration proposed would have taken New Jersey backward by eliminating competitive examinations and instead relying on job banding, unabashedly taking merit out of the equation," said Benson. "The court's decision supports the fundamental notion that putting forth your best effort every day can - and should - result in success in the workplace. A promotion ought to be a product of what you know and how you perform, not who you know and how much they like you." …