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Taliaferro, Eustace, Benson & Mazzeo Legislation to Ban 'Flakka' Possession Clears Assembly CommitteeSynthetic Drug Associated with Cases of Hallucination, Attacks on Police
Legislation Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, Tim Eustace, Daniel Benson and Vince Mazzeo sponsored to help curb the use of a street drug often associated with violent and self-destructive behavior was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"Flakka has been linked to a number of psychotic symptoms and violent attacks, threatening the safety of communities across the nation," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "With this legislation, New Jersey will be proactive about preventing this dangerous drug from taking over in our state."
Benson Measure to Protect Health of First Responders Who Administer Opioid Antidote Clears Assembly CommitteeBill Aims to Help Emergency Personnel Assess Risk for HIV, Hepatitis
Legislation Assemblyman Daniel Benson sponsored to protect first responders who administer naloxone to save the lives of individuals experiencing an opioid overdose was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"Opioid antidotes have helped many people in New Jersey, giving those who struggle with addiction a second chance at life," said Benson (D-Middlesex/Mercer). "We must do all that we can to protect New Jersey's first responders as they do the difficult work of assisting these men and women during an emergency."
Quijano, Benson Bill to Create the Consumer ATM and Credit Card Act Clears Assembly Panel
Measure Requires Certain Operators of Publicly Accessible Payment or Withdrawal Systems to Take Certain Actions to Protect Customer Information(Trenton) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Annette Quijano and Daniel Benson aiming to confront the problem of "skimmers," or devices used to steal customer's personal information when they use their credit or debit cards at an ATM or other card payment machines cleared an Assembly panel on Monday.
"The unscrupulous use of these devices compromise residents' personal information," said Quijano (D-Union). "If a customer's credit or debit card information is stolen in this fashion, it can lead to financial disaster; there are reports of thieves using skimmers to empty entire bank accounts."
Conaway & Benson Bill to Ban Flavored Electronic Smoking Devices in New Jersey Advances
Separate Measure Would also Prohibit Use of Coupons & Promotional Offers on Tobacco & Vapor Products to Make Them Less EnticingAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Daniel Benson to outlaw the sale of flavored electronic smoking products in New Jersey in an effort to prevent the products from being targeted to young people.
A separate measure approved by the panel would also prohibit the use of coupons and promotional offers for both tobacco and vapor products.
"Going back to the days of 'Joe Camel,' we've seen how nicotine companies carefully market their products to young, impressionable consumers in the hopes of attracting life-long customers," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician. "The appeal of electronic smoking devices is just as bad, if not worse, because the products are available in almost every candy-like flavor imaginable. From a public health perspective, it makes sense to extend the ban on flavored tobacco products to electronic smoking devices, as well."
Muoio, Schaer, Coughlin, Benson, Holley, Wisniewski & Gusciora Bill to Protect Local Governments from Costs of Last Year's TTF Shutdown Advanced by Senate CommitteeLegislation Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Gary Schaer, Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson, Jamel Holley, John Wisniewski and Reed Gusciora sponsored to ensure local governments don't get hit with costs from Gov. Christie's transportation project shutdown was released Monday by a Senate panel.
"Local governments were not to blame for the lack of a TTF plan, yet they could be on the hook for potential costs resulting from the governor's executive order. That means local property taxpayers, who fund the bulk of local government spending, will have to bear these costs," stated Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This is not fair, and it is not in the best interest of our state..."
Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Mukherji & Downey Opioid Antidote Bill Advances
Measure Will Allow Pharmacies to Dispense Antidote without RxLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vince Mazzeo, Raj Mukherji and Joann Downey designed to ensure that opioid antidotes are available to help prevent overdoses was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
The bill (A-2334) would expand public access to opioid antidotes, such as naloxone hydrochloride, by amending the provisions of the "Overdose Prevention Act" (OPA) in order to authorize pharmacists to supply opioid antidotes to patients without prescriptions under a standing order that would be required to be issued by the Department of Health.