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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."
Eustace, Lagana, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle & Wimberly Bill to Protect Against Flooding & Boost Smart Development Advances in SenateLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Joseph Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Benjie Wimberly to help protect the public against flooding and facilitate smart development was released by a Senate panel on Monday.
"Accurate and up-to-date delineations of floodplains and flood hazard areas are essential to inform state and local officials and property owners of changing flood risks," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The ever-changing landscape of our state requires that we stay on top of these patterns to help residents and business owners avoid flood traps."
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..."
Mainor, Johnson, Wimberly & Mukherji "Marc Anthony's Law" Bill to Protect Police Officers Approved by Assembly(TRENTON) - The Assembly on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly and Raj Mukherji to make the use of a defaced or stolen firearm to injure a police officer a crime, and toughen the penalties for defacing a firearm.
The bill, designated Marc Anthony's Law, is named after Jersey City Police Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo who died from injuries sustained during a shootout with suspected robbers in 2009.
35th Legislative District Announces "Economic Development Roundtable and Key Opportunities Tour"(PATERSON) - Senator Nellie Pou and Assembly members Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly will host an event for businesses and firms that will provide an overview of incentives available, suitable turnkey sites and opportunities in the City of Paterson. The "Economic Development Roundtable and Key Opportunities Tour," will be held on Wednesday, September 17th at the Hamilton Club.
The event will begin with a guided tour of strategic sites and development opportunities. Key officials, current business owners and those who have participated in the NJ Grow Program and other economic development incentives will also be in attendance. Culminating the day's activities will be a roundtable discussion on strategic economic development opportunities available in Paterson.
Spencer & Wimberly Bill to Reduce Stormwater Runoff, Pollution Gets Green Light from Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats L. Grace Spencer and Benjie Wimberly aimed at reducing runoff and pollution by improving stormwater utility systems was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
"Rainwater that is not absorbed into the ground or evaporated carries contaminants from lawns, streets, buildings and parking lots and deposits them into our water sources," said Spencer (D-Essex). "Providing the tools to better manage this runoff will help us reduce pollution and protect our precious water bodies."
Wimberly Not Surprised by Veto of Public Employee Pension Contribution Credit(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) released the following statement on the Governor's recent veto of his legislation (A-3310) that would prevent the increased pension contributions made by public employees from being hijacked by current and future administrations to offset the contributions owed by the state:
"Unfortunately, the absolute veto is not surprising. As much as the Governor stresses pension reform, this administration has not shown any real concern or made any real attempt to protect pension contributions and meet the state's obligation.
"Hard-working, dedicated public employees have, for the last three years, contributed more to help restore solvency to their retirement systems under the pension and benefit reforms that were passed in 2011. This was an opportunity to protect their investment and secure the futures these contributions depend on.
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Tucker & Wimberly Bill to Train School Bus Drivers/Aides who Transport Children with Special Needs Approved by Assembly PanelAn Assembly panel on Thursday 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). "It makes their job easier and ensures that these students are being treated with the respect they deserve."