FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Life-long Franklin Township resident, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) had three bills become law and has been chosen to lead a committee focused on reducing "red tape."

Wednesday afternoon Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) selected Danielsen to lead the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee, according to a news release. 

“I am grateful to Speaker Coughlin for his trust and for this opportunity,” Danielsen said. “Bureaucracy and mismanagement erodes the public trust that is so vital to government. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee on policies that will help ensure that government works effectively and efficiently for the people we represent.”

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The committee is responsible for ensuring that the Executive Branch implements laws as intended by the Legislature; and liaises with counterparts at the federal level on laws and issues that impact New Jersey, according to a news release. 

“Assemblyman Danielsen has a history of service to the community, not just as an elected official, but as an Army reserve and a volunteer firefighter,” Coughlin said. “I trust that his experience and dedication to public service will help guide this committee in the right direction.”

Danielsen has children in Franklin Township's school district, and recently appeared at Franklin Townships Board of Education's reorganization meeting earlier this month, where he announced he was tapped to serve on the Education Committee. 

Danielsen will also serve on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committees as well, according to news releases. 

Earlier this week Danielsen saw bills to ensure students travel safely on school buses, disabled veterans receive property tax exemption and a ban on chewing tobacco and snuff at public schools become law, according to a news release. 

“Our military members overseas face constant threats that, while not technically in a theater of war, still put them at risk for serious, permanent injuries," Danielsen said, speaking of a newly signed law granting 100 percent property tax exemption for disabled veterans. We need to honor their commitment to protecting our freedoms in every way possible."

The law (A-3150) authorizes any veteran of military service in any branch of the armed forces of the United States who became 100 percent disabled as the result of that military service to receive a 100 percent property tax exemption, without a requirement that the disability be connected to service in a theater of war or in a foreign country, on board any ship or naval vessel, or in any foreign airspace, according to a news release. 

Law A-597 was approved this week, and its purpose is to establish that a person who knowingly operates a school bus transporting one or more students while his or her driving privileges have been suspended or revoked is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, according to a news release. 

The law also establishes that a person knowingly operating a school bus while his or her driving privileges have been suspended or revoked who is involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to another person is guilty of a crime of the third degree, according to a news release. 

“The road is already a dangerous place. Parents should be assured that the person charged with safely transporting their children to and from school is qualified to do so,” Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) said. “This ensures that those individuals who knowingly drive a school bus despite not being allowed to drive are punished and are never allowed behind the wheel of a school bus.”

Danielsen also saw a bill banning tobacco products from schools, law A-493 prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco in any area of any building of, or on the grounds of, any public school, according to a news release. 

“Young people might see smokeless tobacco as a safe alternative to cigarettes without realizing the health risks associated with these products,” Danielsen said. “This makes it clear to students that using any form of tobacco comes with serious health consequences.”

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