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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No Standardized Tests in Teacher Evaluation, Helping Local Governments during Transportation Funding Crisis, Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers & Student Concussion Safety Top Thursday Assembly Session


Improving Farm-to-School Program, Addressing Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles, Help for Residents in Need during Emergencies & Veterans Programs Also on Tap

The Assembly on Thursday will vote on bills to eliminate the use of standardized testing for teacher evaluations, require the state to compensate local governments for project delays during the ongoing transportation funding crisis, allow striking workers to receive unemployment benefits, improve student concussion safety, enhance the Farm-to-School program and boost school bus safety...

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Chaparro Introduces Zachary's Law to Help Law Enforcement in Pursuit of Hit-and-Run Drivers

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro introduced a bill (A4184) that would establish an alert system in cases of hit-and-run incidents where someone has been seriously injured or killed. The aim of the bill is to aid law enforcement in pursuit of a fleeing hit-and-run driver by publishing information on road signs, to state employee and law enforcement cell phones, and to the media (similar to AMBER and Silver Alerts). The bill was inspired by the efforts of the family of 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, who was tragically killed due to a hit-and-run collision in Hoboken in late June.

"I hope this bill reminds drivers thinking of fleeing an accident that the whole state will be looking for you, and you will be caught," Chaparro said. "I want to thank the Simmons family for working so hard on this bill and sharing their time and inspiring me to craft this legislation to honor Zack and encourage other drivers to stop and help an injured person instead of cowardly fleeing a scene..."

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Muoio Bill to Protect Local Governments from Costs of TTF Shutdown Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Bill Will Also Ensure Continuation of Vital Projects & Shield Property Taxpayers from Shouldering Costs for Governor's Shutdown
An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio to ensure the continuation of vital transportation projects and protect local governments from costs incurred by delays as a result of Gov. Christie's initial executive order (210) issued in June shutting down transportation projects until the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) crisis is resolved.

"Local governments are not to blame for the lack of a TTF plan, yet they could ultimately be on the hook for the potential cost overruns resulting from the Governor's executive order. That means local property taxpayers, who fund the bulk of local government spending, will have to bear these costs," stated Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "To add insult to injury, local governments willing to front the costs to ensure these projects get finished in a timely manner are being told they may not be reimbursed with the TTF funds promised to them."

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Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) introduced a bill (A4165) this week aimed at educating new drivers on the correct ways to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians in an effort to curb injuries and accidents.

"As more and more residents in New Jersey opt to use a bicycle through share programs or just buying one for personal use, specifically in our urban areas, it's necessary to ensure that our driver education classes, tests, and manuals are updated to reflect the changing landscape of the roads," Chaparro said.

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Banning Real-Looking Toy Guns, Firearms Seizures When Patient Poses a Threat, Handgun Micro-Stamping & Database, Restricting Isolated Confinement & State Help for Local Transportation Funding Delays Highlight Thursday Assembly Committees

Distracted Driving Discussion Also on Tap

Bills banning the sale of toy guns that appear to be genuine firearms, requiring firearms seizure when a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat, requiring newly manufactured handguns to be micro-stamped and establishing a handgun database, along with legislation to restrict isolated confinement in jails and require the state to compensate local governments for transportation funding delays top Thursday's Assembly committee hearings…

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