17 Feb: Beach Bill Increasing Aid To Disabled Veterans Clears Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Beach (D – Camden) that would increase the amount of aid given to blind and paralyzed veterans has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“It has been years since there was any change in the amount these wounded veterans — heroes actually — have been given. That is unacceptable. With the property tax burden having increased 20 percent in the past two years, not to mention the expensive cost of living in New Jersey in general, our veterans need help. This legislation does the right thing and provides the increase in funding these veterans need and deserve,” said Beach, chair of the committee.

03 Mar: Gill Measure To Prevent Life Insurance Discrimination For Foreign Travel Receives Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – The Senate gave final legislative approval today to a measure sponsored by Senator Nia Gill that would prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against individuals seeking to purchase a life insurance policy based on their intent to travel abroad.

“Insurance rates should be based upon sound actuarial principles and not perceived notions about which foreign countries are ‘dangerous,’” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “It is of critical importance that all insurance decisions are based in fact and not colored by any form of discrimination.”