NJPSA Initiated Legislation to Provide Accidental Death Benefits Moves Forward

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Following the tragic passing of two NJPSA members due to COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, NJPSA’s Government Relations Department sought legislation to assist surviving families following their tragic loss.  Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) introduced legislation providing for accidental death benefits, similar to those provided to police and fire employees, if the death of the board of education employee was caused by COVID-19.  S-3284 (Greenstein) was unanimously voted out of the Senate State Government Committee on Thursday June 3.  NJPSA and NJEA submitted testimony in support of this important legislation.  The bill now proceeds to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration.