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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             

Jones on Cultural Sensitivity Training for Police Officers

Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester) issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding her discussion with the New Jersey Attorney General on implicit bias and cultural awareness training for police officers during the Assembly Budget Committee hearing:

"There are many things we must train our police officers to do nowadays. I agree with the Attorney General on the need for implicit biased training and cultural awareness and extending that to how we train police officers.
"Every once in a while we see in the news how someone with autism is treated, or others with disabilities. So there is a need here for this type of training.

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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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Kennedy, Egan Jones, Pinkin Bill Establishing Innovation District Designation Program Approved by Assembly

As part of an effort to promote innovation and the development and redevelopment of an area through public-private partnerships, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats James Kennedy, Patricia Egan Jones and Nancy Pinkin establishing the "Innovation District Designation Program" within the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology was approved 77-0-0 on Monday by the full Assembly.

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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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