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Muoio, Schaer, Coughlin, Benson, Holley, Wisniewski & Gusciora Bill to Protect Local Governments from Costs of TTF Shutdown Gains Assembly Approval
Bill Will Also Ensure Continuation of Vital Projects & Shield Property Taxpayers from Shouldering Costs for Governor's ShutdownBy a vote of 52-13-8 the full Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Gary Schaer, Craig Coughlin, Daniel Benson, Jamel Holley, John Wisniewski and Reed Gusciora 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. This is not fair, and it is not in the best interest of our state."
Coughlin & Holley Bill to Permit Municipalities to Create, Maintain Emergency Special Needs Registries Clears AssemblyLegislation Would Facilitate Administration of Assistance to Vulnerable Individuals During Emergencies
Legislation Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin and Jamel Holley sponsored to advance disaster preparedness by helping ensure that New Jersey's seniors, people with disabilities and others in need of special assistance receive aid during emergencies gained approval Thursday in the General Assembly.
"In an emergency situation, time is of the essence. The faster authorized personnel can find and assist those who need help, the better," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "If they have a directory with the names and addresses of individuals in need of special assistance, municipal police, fire and first aid and rescue units will be better equipped to locate these members of their community quickly, deliver the necessary services and save lives."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Continues to AdvanceLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey gained approval from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday.
The bill (A-1946) would add cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991."
"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."
Moriarty, Coughlin & Mukherji Bill to Require Two Days' Notice Prior to Remote Disabling of Automobiles Continues AdvancingLegislation Assemblymen Paul Moriarty, Craig Coughlin and Raj Mukherji sponsored requiring sufficient warning before a consumer's vehicle is disabled remotely for failure to make a payment was approved Monday by a Senate panel.
The bill (A-756) would require automobile dealers and lenders to provide a consumer with at least 72 hours' notice before remotely disabling a motor vehicle via a payment assurance device. The bill defines a payment assurance device as a device, installed pursuant to a consumer's financing agreement or lease agreement on a motor vehicle with GPS capability or starter interrupt capability, that allows for the remote enabling or disabling of the vehicle.