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McKeon & Gordon Statement on FRA Stating it would have Canceled NJ Transit Meeting to Allow NJ Transit to Testify before LegislatureAsm. John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic), chairman of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, released the following statement Friday after learning the Federal Railroad Administration stated it would have canceled its meeting today with NJ Transit to allow the agency to testify before their committees on its safety and operations:
"It's disheartening to hear that the Federal Railroad Administration would have gladly rescheduled its meeting with NJ Transit today to allow the agency to testify today before the joint legislative committee. Commissioner Hammer certainly made it seem like the FRA meeting could not be rescheduled, so once again we question whether the commissioner was misleading legislators. We do not appreciate it..."
McKeon, Chaparro, Johnson & Muoio NJ Transit Investigation Opening Statements VideosClick here for video clips of Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Annette Chaparro, Gordon Johnson and Elizabeth Muoio making opening statements as the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee began its investigation into NJ Transit safety and operations:
Assembly Approves Giving Judiciary Committee Subpoena Power to Investigate NJ Transit
Asm. McKeon will Lead Assembly Investigation into NJT Safety & Financing Operations; Judiciary will Work with Senate Legislative Oversight CommitteeThe Assembly on Thursday voted 71-0 to launch an investigation into the safety and financial practices of NJ Transit, giving the Assembly Judiciary Committee subpoena power to conduct the inquiry.
The Judiciary panel will work on the inquiry with the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, starting with a 10 a.m. Friday hearing.
Lagana, Singleton & Wisniewski Bill to Establish Standards for Ride-Hailing Companies Clears Assembly
Legislation is Aimed at Protecting Consumers Via Insurance, Recordkeeping RequirementsLegislation Assemblymen Joseph Lagana, Troy Singleton and John Wisniewski sponsored to protect customers of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services was approved 61-11-3 by the full Assembly on Thursday.
"New Jersey has no safety and insurance standards whatsoever to govern an industry that has the potential to affect all motorists - regardless of whether or not they have a direct affiliation with a transportation network company. I admire the modernization these companies bring to transportation, but that does not excuse them from an obligation to conduct business safely," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Residents of our state who take advantage of ride-hailing services must be able to do so without compromising their own well-being or that of other drivers on the road."
NJ Transit Investigation, Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, Regulating Transportation Network Companies, State Spending Transparency & Zika Virus Action Plan Top Thursday Assembly SessionAlso Possible - Override Votes on Voter Registration & Healthy Food Vetoes
Combating Scrap Metal Theft, Banning Animal Foothold Traps, Restricting Isolated Confinement in Jails & Combating Personal ID Theft Also on Tap
The Assembly on Thursday will consider legislation to give the Assembly Judiciary Committee subpoena power to investigate NJ Transit safety and finances, the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, regulate transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, increase state budget and debt transparency, restrict the use of isolated confinement in correctional facilities and create a plan to combat the Zika virus…