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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Prieto on Assembly Passage of Legislation to Fund the TTF and Reduce NJ's Sales TaxAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) issued a multimedia package Monday following the General Assembly's approval of an amended legislative package that would restore funding to New Jersey's beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and reduce the state's regressive sales tax.
The TTF, once regarded as a national model for transportation finance, runs out of money on July 1. The amended legislative package, sponsored by Speaker Prieto, sets out an eight-year, $16 billion capital transportation program for the state's highway and rail infrastructure (A-10) and secures dedicated funding for the plan while reducing the state's sales tax to six percent by 2018 (A-12).
McKeon, Zwicker & Houghtaling Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals with Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Goes to Gov(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon, Andrew Zwicker and Eric Houghtaling that would prohibit New Jersey Transit from denying individuals who need a guide or service dog access to any of its modes of transportation was approved, 78-0, by the full Assembly on Monday. The bill will now go to the Governor for further consideration.
NJ Transit previously had a policy that excluded guide dogs on sedans, including its Access Link fleet, which serves the disabled population. NJ Transit later changed its policy.
Downey, Houghtaling, Chiaravalloti, Coughlin & Greenwald Bill to Bar DUI Drivers from Operating NJ Transit Trains Heads to Governor's DeskLegislation Stems from Recent Report of NJT Engineer with Suspended License
Legislation Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Craig Coughlin and Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald sponsored to prohibit anyone whose driver's license is suspended for DWI from operating a New Jersey Transit train was passed Monday by the General Assembly.
"No one who is prohibited from operating an automobile should be in a position to transport passengers who take NJ Transit trains," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "This is the third largest transit system in the United States of America. For the sake of public safety, New Jersey must take action to ensure that no one whose license is suspended due to drunk driving is granted this level of responsibility."
Transportation Funding & State Budget Bills, Pension Payment Ballot Question, Personalized Handguns, Women's Health Care & Permanent Needle Exchange Program Top Monday Assembly SessionTransportation Trust Fund and state budget legislation, along with measures to ask voters to require annual state pension payments, require firearms retailers to sell personalized handguns, fund women's health care, extend Urban Enterprise Zones and make the needle exchange program permanent top Monday's Assembly voting session...
Lagana, Singleton, Wisniewski & DeCroce on TNCs: Fingerprint-Based Background Checks a Must for Public SafetyAssemblymen Joseph Lagana, Troy Singleton, Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chair John Wisniewski and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, sponsors of legislation aimed at protecting customers of Uber and other transportation network companies (A-3695), issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Uber's claim that the bill's fingerprinting requirement would force the company out of New Jersey:
"Uber's insistence on circumventing fingerprint-based background checks in New Jersey - a practice that is required for all drivers in New York City - is concerning. Passengers using the Uber app to hail rides in this state have a right to the same protections as those using the app to hail rides in New York," said Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic).
Eustace, Huttle, Weinberg, Gordon & Advocates Call For Improved Oil Train Safety In New Jersey
Call for Enactment of Legislation to Improve Transparency, Accountability of Rail CompaniesAssemblyman Tim Eustace, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Bob Gordon today called for improved transparency, accountability and safety related to trains carrying crude oil through Teaneck and other densely populated communities across northern New Jersey. The legislators were joined by a number of groups, including New Jersey Work Environment Council, Environment New Jersey, and New Jersey Sierra Club, in calling for passage and enactment of legislation that will be considered by the Senate on Thursday.
"Dozens of trains carrying millions of gallons of oil travel through Bergen County every week. It is unfair that the residents who would be impacted the most if something were to go wrong are being deprived of information that could help. This is not just about transparency, but ensuring that residents are well-prepared and can contribute to a coordinated response in the case of an emergency," said Assemblyman Eustace. "An educated public can make for a smoother response to an emergency situation, and help provide a safer outcome."