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Benson Bill to Enhance Awareness, Protect Children from Lead Poisoning Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to help prevent lead poisoning in children was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.
"This bill helps educate parents so they are able to recognize the symptoms of lead poisoning in children, which can have harmful, lasting health effects," said Benson.
Singleton, Schaer, Benson, Eustace & Mosquera Bill to Improve Reporting and Disclosure of State Tax Expenditures Continues AdvancingAssembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer, Daniel R. Benson, Timothy Eustace and Gabriela Mosquera sponsored to improve reporting and disclosure requirements on state tax expenditures and impose a seven-year limit on the duration of new state tax expenditure enactments was advanced Thursday by a Senate panel.
"The state does not authorize these tax expenditures lightly," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "They're authorized for specific goals such as creating jobs or boosting economic growth, so we need to make certain these benefits are working as intended. It's common sense to examine whether these expenditures are working. It's what the taxpayers deserve..."
Singleton, Vainieri Huttle & Benson Bill to Promote Donations to ALS Research Released by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Daniel R. Benson to allow gross income taxpayers to use their returns to make voluntary contributions to the Greater Philadelphia and Greater New York Chapters of the ALS Association for services provided to New Jersey residents was advanced on Thursday.
The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support through a nationwide network of chapters," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Making it easier for New Jerseyans to donate to support this cause is the right and moral thing to do..."
Assembly Panel Ok’s Bill Package Aimed at Making College More Affordable and Attainable for NJ Students
Four-Bills are Sponsored by Cryan, Riley, Giblin, Mukherji, Lagana, Moriarty, Eustace, Quijano, Diegnan, Benson, Garcia, Singleton, Jasey and FuentesThe Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday approved four key bills that are part of a larger 20-bill package aimed at addressing the systemic factors pushing more and more New Jersey students into the real world saddled with debt and without a college degree.
The package is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Celeste Riley, who chairs the committee, as well as Joseph Cryan, Thomas Giblin, Raj Mukherji, Joseph Lagana, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace, Annette Quijano, Patrick Diegnan, Daniel Benson, Carmelo Garcia, Troy Singleton, Mila Jasey and Angel Fuentes.
Andrzejczak & Benson Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Telemarketing Practices Gets OK from Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak and Daniel Benson sponsored to create an investigative section of the Division of Consumer Affairs dedicated to telemarketing abuses was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-986) would establish a telemarketing fraud investigation unit within the Division of Consumer Affairs that would investigate consumer complaints related to telemarketing practices.
"Unwanted telemarketing calls continue to interrupt the lives of New Jersey residents, regardless of whether they have deliberately expressed that they are not interested or perhaps even logged a complaint," said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "It's critical that we are proactive about cracking down on companies that casually break the law on a regular basis. The investigative unit that this bill creates will be essential as we fight back against the uncompromising telemarketers who pester New Jerseyans incessantly."
Conaway, Chivukula, Benson & Pinkin Bill to Allow Residents to Text 9-1-1 Clears First Legislative HurdleAn Assembly panel on Thursday cleared the way for legislation Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Upendra Chivukula, Daniel Benson and Nancy Pinkin sponsored to enable residents to text 911 in an emergency.
The sponsors said the ability to text 9-1-1 will be a vital service for New Jersey residents with communication disabilities and in emergencies where an individual is unable to talk or must be discrete.
"Some emergency situations require a less obvious call for help," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "It can be especially vital in domestic violence situations, or situations involving children and seniors. Expanding existing law to include the option to text 9-1-1 will protect more residents in more emergency situations."
Wimberly, Jasey & Benson 'Reader Privacy Act' To Upgrade NJ Book Privacy Laws Continues Advancing
Measure Would Extend Library Privacy Protections to Book Purchases, Including E-Books(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Benjie E. Wimberly, Mila M. Jasey and Daniel R. Benson sponsored to place readers and purchases of books and electronic books under similar protections as library records by expanding New Jersey's reader privacy law was released by a Senate panel on Monday.
The sponsors note the invention of digital books and e-readers has raised questions around the country about privacy and broadening protections to include these new literary mediums. California and Arizona enacted similar legislation in 2011 extending library privacy laws to include digital book records.
"E-books and online purchases have redefined the way we read, buy and borrow books," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "These new methods raise questions regarding privacy and disclosure of personal information. Current law is simply too antiquated to adequately provide for confidentiality in the digital age. Individuals should be allowed to read, shop without fear of intrusion. Just as with books you borrow at the library, your e-book preferences should also remain private."
Prieto, Lagana, Andrzejczak, Benson & Mazzeo Bill to Boost After-Hospital Care for Patients Continues AdvancingAssembly approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo to help boost the quality of care delivered to patients at home after they leave the hospital was advanced Monday by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
"The follow-up care required after a hospital stay can be incredibly complicated and overwhelming for the average person," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "By having hospitals work cooperatively with a patient's preferred caregiver, we can ensure that they're getting the level of care they need from the person they feel most comfortable with..."
Cryan, Benson, Singleton, Lampitt, Riley & Pinkin Bill to Boost Participation in School Breakfast Program Advances in Senate
Bill Would Create "Breakfast after the Bell" ProgramLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Cryan, Daniel Benson, Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Celeste Riley and Nancy Pinkin to boost breakfast programs in schools, particularly for underprivileged children, in order to help give them a leg up on academics advanced in the Senate on Monday.
The bill (A-679/2186) would require the state to make every effort to assist school districts and nonpublic schools in increasing the participation rate of students, particularly low-income students, in the federal School Breakfast Program by establishing a "breakfast after the bell" program in the first-period classroom or during the first few minutes of the day.
Moriarty, Benson & Wimberly Bill Outlawing Unsolicited Text Message Ads Continues AdvancingAssembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Daniel R. Benson and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to prohibit advertisers from sending unwelcome and unsolicited advertisements to consumers via text messaging was released Monday by the Senate Commerce Committee.
"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..."