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Assembly Approves Coughlin Bill to Exempt Veterans' Organizations from Certain State Filing Costs(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Craig J. Coughlin to exempt veterans' organizations, which qualify as a corporation under the "New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act," from paying the annual report filing fee cleared a legislative hurdle on Monday with its passage in the state Assembly.
Under current law, nonprofit corporations must pay a $25 annual report filing fee. Under the bill (A-3733), veterans' organizations which organize as nonprofit corporation must still file the annual report required, but are exempted from the fee.
"Veteran organizations' provide valuable services to our military returning home," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "Removing some of government's red tape is the least we can do to help them help others."
Vainieri Huttle, Burzichelli, Singleton & Coughlin Bill to End Organ Transplant Discrimination Based on Mental, Physical Disability Gets Final Legislative OK
Measure Stems from Stratford, NJ Family's Troubles Securing Kidney Transplant for Disabled Three-Year-Old DaughterLegislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John J. Burzichelli, Troy Singleton and Craig Coughlin sponsored to prohibit discrimination against organ transplant candidates because of physical or mental handicaps was granted final legislative approval by the full Assembly on Monday.
"Refusing to allow a viable candidate for an organ transplant to receive one, simply because they have a preexisting mental or physical disability that has no impact on their transplant suitability should not be allowed to occur," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), the Human Services Committee Chair. "We wouldn't allow discrimination based on race or religion, and we shouldn't allow it based on non-medically relevant disabilities."
Riley, Burzichelli & Coughlin Measure to Allow Private Sponsorship of Highway-Related Services As a Cost Saving Measure Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Celeste M. Riley, John J. Burzichelli and Craig J. Coughlin to allow private entities to sponsor the operational activities of certain state transportation agencies, as well as highway-related services in order to help alleviate the burden on taxpayers was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"This legislation authorizes a simple move that would potentially offer a great benefit to taxpayers," said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Covering the cost for upkeep of state highway rest areas and other services may be minimal in ways but it is money that can add up over time. In this economy, every little bit we save would make a big difference in the long run..."