Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities

The Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state transportation, including bridge and highway construction, motor vehicle inspections, expansion of light-rail train systems, and management of the toll road authorities.
Democratic Research Aide:  Jillian Dempsey   
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Wisniewski Statement on Penn Station Derailment

Assemblyman John Wisniewski Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), the chairman of the Assembly transportation committee, released the following statement Friday on the derailment of an Amtrak Train in Penn Station Friday morning:

"As the investigation into this accident begins, it must provide to the thousands of commuters who are in and out of Penn Station every day a complete and thorough understanding of what exactly went wrong..."

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Eustace, Vainieri Huttle, Caride, Muoio, Lagana, Lampitt & Mukherji Bill to Require Emergency Response Plans for High-Hazard Rail Clears Assembly

Measure Sets Emergency Preparedness Standards for Transport of Oil, Other Hazardous Substances
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride, Elizabeth Muoio, Joseph Lagana, Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require those transporting hazardous products by rail to develop emergency preparedness plans was passed by the full Assembly, 54-16-4, on Thursday.

"New Jersey has a strong history of environmental protection, and by working to mitigate the impact of an accident before it even happens, we can continue building on that history," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. "Those who own and operate oil trains and other locomotives transporting hazardous materials have a responsibility both to be proactive about preventing catastrophes and to be prepared to react swiftly if they do occur."

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Prieto & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Provide Immediate Job & Economic Development Infusion through $400M in Transportation Projects Goes to Governor

 Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to provide an immediate job and economic development infusion through $400 million in infrastructure projects was approved Thursday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.

"This is all about jobs, invigorating our economy and public safety," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who led the push last year for a renewed Transportation Trust Fund to rebuild the state's vital infrastructure. "We're going to see wide-ranging job and economic benefits for years to come from our new infrastructure improvement plan, but with this bill we'll be getting an even earlier start than expected...

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Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Wisniewski, Johnson & Mukherji Bill to Prohibit Enforcement of Trump's Immigration Ban Approved by General Assembly

Legislation Would Forbid Enforcement of Order by Port Authority Employees
Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Annette Quijano, John Wisniewski, Gordon Johnson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to stop enforcement of a federal executive order restricting immigration to the United States was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Some of the world's most desperate people are fleeing their home countries to seek safety in the United States. President Trump's ban is founded upon falsehoods - from the suggestion that refugees haven't already been thoroughly vetted to the notion that they want to cause Americans harm," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "New Jersey is fundamentally opposed to this ill-conceived measure, and we must take steps to prevent its enforcement."
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Moriarty, Coughlin & Mukherji Bill Requiring Advance Notice Prior to Remote Disabling of Automobiles Signed into Law

Asm. Paul Moriarty Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Craig Coughlin and Raj Mukherji that would require sufficient warning before a consumer's vehicle is disabled remotely for failure to make a payment was signed into law on Wednesday.

"These devices are akin to having a predatory debt collector riding in the car with the borrower, ready to strike at the slightest mistake," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden)...

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Transgender Rights, No Secret Public Whistleblower Settlements, Police & Fire Manage Own Pension & Banning PANYNJ from Enforcing Trump Muslim Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Help for Ocean Grove Fire Victims, Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants, County Storm Preparedness, Freight Rail Safety & Domestic Violence Prevention & Response

A transgender rights bill package, no secret public whistleblower lawsuit settlements, giving police and firefighters control of their own pension fund, requiring firearms seizure when mental health professional determines a threat, prohibiting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from enforcing President Trump's Muslim ban top Thursday's voting session...

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New Jersey Legislative Leaders Urge New York Senate & Assembly To Reject Cuomo's Push for NY Port Authority Inspector General

The Democratic and Republican leadership of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly today sent a letter to their New York counterparts urging them to reject New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's effort to unilaterally establish a New York Port Authority Inspector General.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) joined Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson), Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) and Jon Bramnick (R-Union) in urging New York legislative leaders to oppose New York bills S.2010 and A.3010...

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