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Coughlin, Johnson, Andrzejczak & Wimberly Bill to Exempt Vets' Organizations from State Filing Fee Goes to Gov(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig J. Coughlin, Gordon Johnson, Bob Andrzejczak and Benjie Wimberly to exempt veterans' organizations which organize as corporations under the "New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act," from paying the annual report filing fee clears the Senate, 39-0. The bill now goes to the Governor's desk for further consideration.
"Veterans' 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."
Coughlin, Schaer, Eustace, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration through MVC Heads to GovernorBy a vote of 54-24, the full Assembly granted final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person's voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver's license.
"This bill is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty."
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."
Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Coughlin & McKnight Bill to Create Real-Time System to Track Available Psych Beds Clears AssemblyLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Craig Coughlin and Angela McKnight to create a ¡§real-time¡¨ system to track the number of psychiatric beds available statewide to treat mental health and substance use disorders was approved Monday by the General Assembly.
"Last year we hosted a number of roundtable discussions and meetings on issues related to behavioral and mental health care and professionals in the field continuously raised the need for increased information sharing on bed availability across the state,¡¨ said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Therefore, this legislation is designed to help providers and emergency rooms to quickly place patients in need of behavioral health services for the appropriate treatment."