The Telecommunications and Utilities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of the telecommunications and utilities industry in New Jersey. The panel oversees issues affecting cable television, the Internet, public utilities, telecommunications technologies, and the energy industry.
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DeAngelo: BPU Nominations will Provide Varied Experience to Utility Oversight AgencyCongratulates Colleague Assemblyman Chivukula on Appointment to BPU
Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), vice chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, on Thursday congratulated Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula; Rick Mroz and Joseph Fiordaliso upon their nominations to the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU):
"These three gentlemen provide a vast array of experience in professional and public service that will offer a balance and depth of knowledge to the Board of Public Utilities. As we saw during and after Superstorm Sandy, it's critical that our state's telecommunications and utility services are able to withstand any test that they may face. These commissioners also will need to continue to move our state forward in clean energy at reasonable rates for consumers..."
Prieto Statement on Fox & Chivukula NominationsAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday on appointments made by Gov. Chris Christie:
"I applaud Gov. Christie's selection of Jamie Fox as the next Department of Transportation commissioner. We know from past experience that Mr. Fox is a problem solver, and New Jersey certainly has many transportation problems that need solving..."
Conaway, Chivukula, Benson & Pinkin Bill to Allow Residents to Text 9-1-1 Clears First Legislative HurdleAn Assembly panel on Thursday cleared the way for legislation Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Upendra Chivukula, Daniel Benson and Nancy Pinkin sponsored to enable residents to text 911 in an emergency.
The sponsors said the ability to text 9-1-1 will be a vital service for New Jersey residents with communication disabilities and in emergencies where an individual is unable to talk or must be discrete.
"Some emergency situations require a less obvious call for help," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "It can be especially vital in domestic violence situations, or situations involving children and seniors. Expanding existing law to include the option to text 9-1-1 will protect more residents in more emergency situations."
Tuition Freeze & More Higher Education Reform, 911 Texting & New Consumer Protections Top Thursday Assembly Committee MeetingsCombating Metal Theft, Expanded Use of DNA Evidence, Lead Hazard Control & Job Training Also Among Bills on Tap
Prohibiting colleges and universities from hiking tuition and fees for nine continuous semesters following a student's initial enrollment and other higher education reform bills, requiring 911 facilities to handle text messages and new consumer protections top Thursday's Assembly committee meetings.
Combating the scourge of metal theft, authorizing courts to order law enforcement to submit DNA evidence to national databases to determine whether the evidence matches a known individual or a profile from an unsolved crime and lead hazard control are among the bills also on tap…