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Assembly Panel Considers Holley, Wimberly, Benson & Mukherji Bill to Help End Lead Paint Threat by Requiring Inspections During Home Sales & Rental Turnovers

Opening a dialogue with a goal of helping to end the lead paint threat in New Jersey homes, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee discussed legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel Holley, Benjie Wimberly, Dan Benson and Raj Mukherji that would require lead paint inspections prior to home purchases and tenant turnover on Monday.

“This is one of the most crucial steps we can take to decisively put an end to the pervasive threat of lead in our home environments,” said Holley (D-Union). “By mandating inspections on all home sales or rental turnovers, we can systematically remove this threat once and for all.”

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Benson & Wimberly Bill to Establish Mold Exposure Limits in Schools & Residential Buildings Gains Committee Approval

Taking a significant step forward in tackling the issue of mold in New Jersey, an Assembly panel approved legislation Monday sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson and Benjie Wimberly that would require the state to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential and school buildings as well as certification of mold inspectors and abatement workers.

“Given the increased number of severe weather events in our state, now more than ever, we must ensure protection of public health and safety against mold in our homes and schools,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This legislation creates much-needed rules and regulations that currently don’t exist. We must ensure protection of overall public health and safety against mold.”

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Benson, Zwicker Statement on Joint Hearing Discussion on Self-Driving Vehicles

Studying Safety a Key Factor before Moving Forward

The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities and the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee met jointly Monday morning to receive testimony from invited guests concerning the development of autonomous vehicles and the regulation of autonomous vehicles operating in New Jersey. Chairmen Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) issued the following statements after the hearing:

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Legislation Improving Concussion Management Clears Committee

Raising awareness of the effects concussions can have - especially on student athletes, two measures sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Dan Benson, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Gabriela Mosquera, Nancy Pinkin, Angelica Jimenez, and Benjie Wimberly were approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday.

“Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly. When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “This bill will help ensure the utmost caution is taken during their return to school in order to ease their transition back into the classroom and avoid further injuring themselves.”

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Sumter, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Houghtaling & Wimberly Bill Requiring Companies that Offshore Jobs Out of State to Return State Aid Advanced by Assembly Panel

In an effort to bring jobs to New Jersey, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Dan Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Eric Houghtaling and Benjie Wimberly to require employers that offshore call center jobs overseas to return any state aid or business incentives they may have was approved Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee.

“Outsourcing jobs contributes to unemployment which hurts the economy,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “These incentives are meant to support businesses that are committed to the state. Moving jobs overseas threatens our economy. This bill helps protect our investment and economic vitality.”

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Assembly Democratic Bill Package Requiring Suspension for Moving Violations & Safety Education Training for School Bus Drivers, Aides Advances

Bill Sponsored by Assembly Members Tully, Swain, Benson, Jones & Downey

(TRENTON) - Continuing to strengthen protections for New Jersey student bus riders, an Assembly panel approved two measures Thursday mandating suspension of school bus drivers with multiple motor vehicle moving violations in a three-year period and creating a safety education program for bus drivers and aides.

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Quijano & Benson Bill to Ensure First Responders Get Health Care for Work-related Injuries Clears Committee

In order to protect employees who are injured at work, the Assembly Labor Committee approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assemblyman Dan Benson to ensure public safety workers who suffer a disability or death due to their often extreme work requirements are covered by workers’ compensation.

“These workers are our first line of defense. Their jobs are not only stressful, they are dangerous,” said Quijano (Union). “This bill ensures that public safety workers are adequately covered if they suffer a debilitating illness or worse related to their duties at work.”

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Benson Statement on Discussion of Bill Calling for Mandatory Mold Checks in Schools

Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) issued the following statement on Thursday’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee’s discussion on his bill which would require the evaluation for, and abatement of, mold hazards in school buildings:

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