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Benson, Houghtaling & Moriarty Bill to Increase Penalties for Slamming Practices Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling, and Paul Moriarty to strengthen state law against energy "slamming" practices was signed into law today by the Governor.
Energy "slamming" is a practice that involves changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent.

"Changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent is unacceptable," said Benson (D- Mercer/Middlesex). "Residents should always be kept informed when any change on their energy bill takes place, especially if it results in a higher monthly payment. Raising penalties is a deterrent for these types of unfair, unscrupulous practices."

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Benson, Jones Statement on Reopening of Critical Rail Lines for NJ Commuters: Brings Us Closer to Being Back on Track

Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Dan Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Vice-Chair Patricia Egan Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester) issued the following statement on today's announcement that NJ Transit will re-open the Princeton Dinky and the Atlantic City Rail Lines on May 12:

"This is welcomed news for Atlantic City and Princeton residents who depend on these transit lines daily and have been waiting for their service to be returned. As summer quickly approaches, the early reopening of the Princeton Dinky and the Atlantic City commuter rail lines brings us closer to being back on track with more complete rail service in the state. For More             

Benson and Murphy Join AAA to Combat Distracting Driving

To raise awareness for the dangers of distracted driving, Assembly Democrats Dan Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) released the following statements on the launch of AAA’s “Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign aimed to encourage drivers to avoid cell phone use behind the wheel.

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At Assembly Budget Hearing, Benson Urges Action to Reduce NJ Pedestrian Fatalities

At Wednesday's Assembly Budget Committee hearing, Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) expressed concern for the rise in pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey during testimony from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, whose office includes the Division of Highway Traffic Safety:

"Pedestrian fatalities are at a 30 year high in this country. In New Jersey, there were 73 deaths over a six-month period at the beginning of last year. There are many reasons for the high number of fatalities. Distracted driving by texting is one of them."

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Democratic Assembly Budget Panel Members Respond to First Public Hearing

Today, the Assembly Budget Committee held the first of two public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget. The second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 27, 2019 in committee room 4 in the State House Annex at 9:30 a.m. Democratic committee members released the following statement regarding today's testimony:

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex), committee chair: "Today we began a months-long process to craft a fair and responsible budget. We heard from a variety residents and important groups and associations. We fully understand the importance of adequately funding schools, transportation, direct service providers who care for the most vulnerable, the arts and more. We also understand for every spending increase a corresponding cut is needed. This committee will give today's testimony the consideration it deserves as we work to produce a spending plan that reflects the priorities of our fellow residents.

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Benson, Zwicker & Lampitt Measure Creating Task Force to Study Autonomous Vehicles Now Law

Makes NJ 4th State to Establish Task Force - To ensure self-driving cars are safely integrated on New Jersey roads, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Andrew Zwicker and Pamela Lampitt to establish a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was signed into law by the Governor Monday.

"As major auto companies explore developing semi and fully autonomous cars, we need to prepare for the day when we'll see only self-driving vehicles on our roadways," said Benson (Mercer, Middlesex). "The goal of this task force will be to assess how we can introduce autonomous vehicles to our roadways while keeping drivers safe."

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Chiaravalloti, Benson Resolution Designating Second Week in March as "STEM Week" in New Jersey Approved by Assembly

Aiming to highlight the importance of New Jersey students participating in educational, internship and work study programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), a resolution to designate the second week of March as "STEM Week" in New Jersey was approved 80-0-0 by the full Assembly Monday.

Assembly Democrats Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson) and Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) are sponsors of the resolution (AJR-156) and released the following statement:

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Swain, Tully, Benson, Jones Bill Reinforcing School Bus Safety for Student Riders Clears Assembly

Continuing to strengthen state policies concerning school transportation, the Assembly approved legislation today, 80-0, sponsored by Assembly members Lisa Swain, Chris Tully, Daniel Benson, and Patricia Egan Jones that would expand current law to keep students safe on school buses.
The measure was part of a bill package introduced in response to the bus incident on Route 80 in Morris County last year involving Paramus students from the legislative district of Assembly members Swain and Tully. Each of the other measures in the package has become law.

"Student safety is our top priority. This bill is the next step in ensuring proper school bus protocols are in place to protect students," said Swain (D- Bergen, Passaic). "Parents, students and teachers should feel confident in the safety of our school buses whether as a way to get to school or for a school trip."

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Zwicker, Benson & Sumter Bill Establishing Disclosure Requirements for Independent Advocacy Groups Passes Assembly

"Dark Money" Organizations Would be Subject to Greater Transparency under the Measure
Under current law, 527 groups and 501(c)4 social welfare organizations are allowed to keep their donors secret. In an effort to provide greater transparency and accountability, a bill (A-1524), sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter passed the full Assembly on Monday, 60-1-17.

"Information is power and we need to arm voters with the most information possible," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). "More disclosure will inform residents about groups working to influence political and legislative processes. Greater transparency will lead to an increase in voter confidence and that's a good thing for New Jersey and for democracy."

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Full Assembly Approves Bill to Strengthen Equal Pay Protections for New Jersey Workers

Legislation Would Prohibit Discrimination Based On Salary History

Aiming to close the significant wage gap between women and men, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history in the application process was approved Monday by the full Assembly by a vote of 53-24-2.

“In an ideal world, your gender would not influence how much you earn at work. But that’s not the world we live in,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “This bill provides a means of narrowing the wage gap by making it less likely for employers to unintentionally perpetuate the gap by basing salary offers for new hires on their previous salary, which has a disproportionate impact on female hires.”

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Benson & Jimenez Bill to Cap Prescription Drug Costs Clears Assembly

Would Require Health Insurers to Limit Patient Cost-Sharing

To reduce the out-of-pocket burden faced by many New Jerseyans covered by certain prescription drug insurance policies or contracts, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson and Angelica Jimenez that would require health insurers to cap patient co-payments cleared the full Assembly Monday by a vote of 77-1-0.

"Now more than ever, the need for this bill is critical," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Increasingly, health plans are imposing a serious financial burden on patients whose diseases and conditions are treated by so-called 'specialty' medications. That burden usually comes in the form of coinsurance, which can leave enrollees of health care plans left to pay thousands of dollars for one month's supply of a specialty medication. It is absolutely unacceptable that nearly every health plan available on the Healthcare.gov marketplace features co-payments of between 40-50 percent for 'specialty' medications which are life-sustaining drugs for those who take them. We can and will do better for the people of New Jersey."

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