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Benson & Egan Jones Announce Public Meetings with DOT and NJ Transit to Discuss Current Line Suspensions, Service Improvement

Public Meetings Begin in Princeton Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm

In an effort to provide up-to-date information on restoration of service and respond to other concerns and issues commuters face, Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman Daniel Benson and Vice Chairwoman Patricia Egan Jones invites residents to join legislators and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti for public meetings held at several New Jersey Transit rail stations around the state beginning Tuesday, February 19.

"The public deserves answers and better communications on progress to restoration of an acceptable level of service. As a request of our Committee, we hope the Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT use these opportunities to not only truly listen to riders experience but use them to inform their action to resolve the continuing problems facing this agency," said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex).

"I am pleased that the Department of Transportation and NJ Transit are willing to come together and inform commuters about the much-needed resumption of these critical rail lines," said Vice-Chair Assemblywoman Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester). "Riders have far too long been kept in the dark about when they should expect to see a return to normal service, and this move toward transparency is a step in the right direction."

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Coughlin, Benson Bill to Establish Panel to Facilitate Gateway Construction Projects Approved by Assembly Panel

The Largest Amongst Them is the Hudson Tunnel Project

Setting the project guidelines in conjunction with the state of New York, legislation creating the Gateway Development Commission-- sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and the Assembly Transportation Chair Daniel Benson--cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday.

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Assembly Labor Committee Approves Employee Fair Wage Bills

Bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Daniel Benson, Wayne DeAngelo and Gordon Johnson

Continuing to make strides in protecting and promoting fair wages for employees in New Jersey, the Assembly Labor Committee approved a package of bills Thursday that would ensure working-and middle-class families are receiving the pay they deserve.

“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 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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Quijano, Benson, Chiaravalloti Bill to Create New Crime for Operating a Drone Equipped with a Weapon Clears Assembly Panel

Armed drones can now be successfully built by civilians. In an effort to deter the construction and flying of weapon-equipped drones, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Daniel Benson and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would create a fourth degree crime was approved today by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.

In 2015, several news outlets reported that an 18-year-old college sophomore built what was thought to be among the first armed civilian drones, and filmed the device flying on his family's property in Connecticut.

"The armed drone was a wake-up call for law enforcement," said Quijano (D-Union), the committee's chairperson. "Despite serious concerns for public safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told 'CBS This Morning' there appeared to be nothing illegal about it. That statement was a wake-up call for the legislature."

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