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McKeon, Kennedy & Vainieri Huttle Legislation Allowing Municipalities to Issue Bonds for Passenger Cars Using Renewable Power Sources Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) – Promoting the State’s clean energy goals, Assemblymen John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris), James Kennedy (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union), and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) sponsor legislation approved Monday by the full Assembly 57-18-1 that would allow towns to purchase passenger cars and station wagons driven by municipal employees fueled by renewable energy.

The bill (A-2208) would permit counties and municipalities to issue bonds to acquire passenger cars and station wagons that are fueled by battery or equivalent energy storage devices that can be electrically charged. It would allow local governments to spread out the costs of acquiring new passenger vehicles while simultaneously promoting the State’s clean energy goals.

Upon Assembly approval, McKeon, Kennedy, and Vainieri Huttle issued the following joint statement:

“Our state is moving in the positive direction toward using clean energy and more efficient vehicles through renewable power.  This bill will allow local governments to acquire new passenger vehicles driven by municipal employees while broadening our aspiration for a cleaner and healthier environment.”