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.
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Video: Chaparro on Assembly Approving Zackhary’s Law

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) discusses her legislation (A-4184) to establish a statewide hit-and-run-advisory program to facilitate the apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accidents.

The bill is known as Zackhary's Law in remembrance of Zackhary Simmons, who was killed in Hoboken by a driver who fled the scene and was later arrested in New York. His family was in attendance to watch Wednesday’s Assembly vote on the bill. It was approved 71-0.

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Wisniewski Statement on Testimony by Port Authority Chairman

Asm. John Wisniewski Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday following testimony from John J. Degnan, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners, concerning the Port Authority's draft 2017-2026 capital plan:

"Chairman Degnan seemed to walk into today's meeting with his mind already set on supporting a flawed plan for the future of the Port Authority. After two public hearings and 250 written comments, there is no plan to change the draft, which is disheartening, to say the least."

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Mazzeo & Johnson Bill to Honor Fallen Trooper Frankie Williams Gains Assembly Committee Approval

Asm. Vince Mazzeo 31-Year-Old Rookie Officer Died in Highway 55 Head-On Collision in December

Legislation Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo and Gordon Johnson sponsored to honor the memory of State Trooper Frankie Williams, who in December was tragically killed in the line of duty, was advanced Wednesday by an Assembly committee.

"Trooper Frankie Williams was a dedicated Atlantic County public servant who pursued a career in law enforcement and made the ultimate sacrifice while working to protect the people of New Jersey," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Every time anyone drives down Route 322 near his home, they should think of Trooper Williams and how many lives he touched in just 31 years."

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Land, Andrzejczak & Chiaravalloti Bill to Establish Roadside Accident Memorial Program Clears Committee

Asm. Bruce Land Legislation Assembly Democrats R. Bruce Land, Bob Andrzejczak and Nicholas Chiaravalloti sponsored to help families formally honor loved ones who died in a motor vehicle accident was advanced Wednesday by an Assembly committee.

"Family and friends will independently put together roadside memorials in honor of loved ones who died in an accident, but they sometimes can present a distraction that endangers drivers, especially if they're very close to the road," said Land (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "An official roadside memorial program run by the Department of Transportation will allow people to express their grief and commemorate a loved one without compromising public safety."

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Wisniewski, Pinkin & Chiaravalloti Bill to Launch Public Awareness Campaign for 'Move Over' Law Clears Committee

Asm. John Wisniewski 2009 Measure Requires Drivers to Slow Down, Change Lanes Upon Approaching Emergency Vehicles

Legislation Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Nancy Pinkin and Nicholas Chiaravalloti sponsored to help protect law enforcement officers, highway workers and others whose work requires them to exit a vehicle on New Jersey's high-speed roadways was advanced Wednesday by an Assembly committee.

"The loss of Trooper Sean Cullen last year was a tragic reminder of how important it is for drivers to slow down and change lanes as they approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "Only if drivers understand and abide by it can the 'Move Over' law serve its purpose, which is to keep men and women safe while they're on the job."

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Video: Wisniewski Expresses Concern about PANYNJ Capital Plan

Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski's (D-Middlesex) expresses concern about the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's capital plan for 2017-2026. The Assembly transportation committee heard testimony from PANYNJ Chairman John Degnan during a Wednesday hearing.

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Wisniewski Remains Skeptical on Capital Plan as Transportation Committee Awaits Port Authority Testimony

Asm. John Wisniewski Assemblyman John Wisniewski, chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, remains skeptical of the Port Authority's 10-year capital plan prior to receiving testimony from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman John J. Degnan, who is scheduled to testify before the committee Wednesday.

"We look forward to hearing directly from Chairman Degnan on the Port Authority's capital plan," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "This plan spends billions of dollars to help a few Wall Streeters get to Newark Airport a few minutes quicker rather than prioritizing a long-overdue bus terminal for the quarter-million working women and men who commute through the terminal every day. We need to hear how this plan will help the middle class residents of New Jersey get to work on time and at a reasonable cost."

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*** WEDNESDAY ADVISORY ***
Assembly Transportation Panel to Receive Testimony from Port Authority Chairman

The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee will meet Wednesday to take testimony from John J. Degnan, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners, concerning the Port Authority's draft 2017-2026 capital plan.

The committee will meet on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Committee Room 11 on the Fourth Floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

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Drug Addiction Insurance Coverage, Opioid Addiction Public Awareness Campaign, Gender Pay Equity at Biz that Get NJ Help, Gold Star Family Assistance & Life in Prison for Murdering Minor in Sex Crime Highlight Wednesday Assembly Session

Several Bills Opposing Trump Actions Also Set for Votes

Also on Tap: Veterans Diversion Program, Student Opioid Abuse Education, Expanded Infertility Coverage, Earn Your Way Out Act, Task Force on Adults with Autism, Statewide Hit-and-Run Alert System & Reader Privacy Act

Legislation to require health insurance coverage for substance abuse addiction treatment and place restrictions on opioid prescriptions, establish a public awareness campaign to educate about the dangers of opioid and heroin addiction, ensure gender pay equity for businesses receiving state financial assistance, help Gold Star families and require life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 in the commission of a sex crime highlight Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Several resolutions opposing President Trump's policies are also set for votes...

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