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Democratic Legislation to Promote Donations to ALS Association Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel R. Benson, Herb Conaway Jr., Carmelo Garcia, Celeste Riley, Gabriela Mosquera and Ralph Caputo to make it easier for taxpayers to donate to the ALS Association passed 77-0 on Thursday in the Assembly.
"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 support this cause is the right thing to do."
Assembly Approves DeAngelo, Quijano & Benson Bill to Protect Consumers by Improving NJ’s Public Utility Infrastructure
Bill Would Create Energy Infrastructure CommissionThe Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Annette Quijano and Daniel Benson to begin minimizing the impact of severe weather on consumers after the vast power outages that affected millions of homes and businesses in New Jersey during Superstorm Sandy.
"More than two million homes and businesses lost power during the storm. While we can't prevent another storm from coming, we can try to lessen the impact by proactively improving our energy system," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee chair.
Eustace, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Lagana & Caride Legislation to Encourage Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Approved by AssemblyLegislation 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 68-4-5 Thursday by the Assembly.
"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..."
Prieto, Mukherji, Benson, Garcia & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Mammogram Insurance Coverage for Adopted Women OK’d by General AssemblyLegislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Daniel Benson, Carmelo Garcia and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to expand access to mammograms for adopted women in New Jersey was approved 76-0 on Thursday by the General Assembly.
"Women with a close relative who has had breast cancer are at twice the risk of having it themselves, which means family history is an essential element in the process of diagnosing and treating the disease," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "For the adoptees and children of adoptees who are without access to that information, this legislation has the potential to be life-saving."
Prieto-led Vocational Education Improvement Bills Approved by SenateBills Also Sponsored by Diegnan, Lagana, Oliver, Jimenez, Pintor Marin, Lampitt, Garcia, Benson, Caputo, Riley, Eustace & Mainor
Five bills sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to enhance and expand vocational programs throughout New Jersey were approved Tuesday by the Senate, giving four of the bills final legislative approval.
"We have to make clear that there are many well-paying careers that can be launched with an industry credential or an associate's degree," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "As we continue to work to revitalize our economy, employers will look to county vocational-technical schools to meet this need. This bill package will make sure our students are ready to go..."