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O’Scanlon statement on the end of NJ’s failed red light camera program

“A Victory for NJ Motorists”

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued a statement in.advance of the Statewide Red Light Camera pilot program coming to an end on December 16.

Declan O'Scanlon

“Merry Christmas, New Jersey motorists! It is a great day for the motorists of New Jersey, now that this failed program has come to an end. Problems are rampant not just with the New Jersey program, but with the concept of automated enforcement at its core. Every single competent, credible, unbiased study done to date indicates that automated enforcement doesn’t improve safety. Even in the studies that try to suggest a safety benefit; the cost benefit analysis is a disaster for the programs,” O’Scanlon said.

“The flaws and issues with the program are myriad. To highlight just a few: the program had to be shut down two years ago for failing to provide the proper yellow light timing methodology, camera companies didn’t notify 17,000 motorists of their infractions, and in some cases drivers have been ticketed for going through a red light when a police officer was directing traffic through the intersection – so much for the supposedly infallible review process!”

O’Scanlon continued, “Here in New Jersey for instance – even if we accept the dubious claims of some tortured, marginal safety benefit the ratio of saved cost versus fines issued is on the order of 30 to 1. That’s $30 in cost for every $1 of supposed savings. That is an outrageously bad deal for New Jersey motorists. The reason why this equipment doesn’t improve safety is that the folks causing accidents at intersections aren’t homicidal maniacs choosing to barrel through an intersection – they are you and me on a bad day with a sick kid in the back or worried about work. They just don’t realize the light has changed. If the prospect of death isn’t enough to eliminate those momentary brain lapses, hundred dollar tickets aren’t going to either. The ‘driver behavior’ that the camera companies’ trumpet isn’t contributing to accidents, it is drivers avoiding the intersections entirely because of this ticketing scam or simply refusing to ever make even perfectly safe right turns on red.”

The Red Light Camera pilot program will end at 11:59PM on December 16, 2014. In the five years the cameras have been operation, there has been no demonstrable record of reducing accidents or saving lives. As of the last Department of Transportation report, the “control” intersections in pilot program without cameras, fared better in terms of safety improvements and reduced accidents than the camera intersections. This is an indication that what we are seeing at these intersections is nothing more than random natural fluctuation in accident rates – or due to forces other than cameras.

“Towns have been blinded by the huge profits taken in at these intersections – upwards of $1 million per intersection. Of course, municipalities will try to contort the data so they are allowed to keep the revenue coming in.

“Towns often point to reduced citations as proof the equipment is working, deftly avoiding any discussion of accident rates” said O’Scanlon. “Why? Because we have intersection after intersection with citation reductions – where right angle accidents are increasing. That would be impossible if what the camera proponents are telling us was true. The bottom line is that there is no consistent safety benefit.

“Reducing the number of accidents is the only metric which proves whether these systems work or not. It proves what I have said all along: this program has been about the money, not safety – and today the motorists of New Jersey have won.” O’Scanlon concluded.

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General Assembly Approves Bucco & Angelini Bill to Improve Living Conditions in Residential Care Centers

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Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini sponsor legislation to improve conditions for residents of boarding homes and other shelters that moved closer to implementation after today’s approval from the General Assembly.

Bucco and Angelini’s bill (S-1856/A-3175) requires state and local officials to post on the internet the inspection reports from residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters that fail inspections for health or safety violations.

Anthony M. Bucco

“Increased accountability means better care,” said Bucco, R – Morris and Somerset. “Some facilities are poorly run, and opening inspection results to the public will increase transparency. It will apply pressure on the operators to make necessary improvements, resulting in better living conditions and enhanced care.”

Mary Pat Angelini

“Deplorable living conditions will no longer be hidden behind a curtain of secrecy,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “The problems and dangers in these homes, and the operators responsible for them, will be disclosed. Increased scrutiny will enhance the quality of life and safety for residents.”

Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials provide inspections of residential health care facilities, while local officials are responsible for emergency shelters for the homeless and rooming and boarding houses. Under the bill, the DCA’s commissioner will establish standard inspection practices.

Bucco and Angelini’s bill, approved unanimously by the Senate in June, moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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Muñoz Bill to Alleviate Chronic Flooding Wins Assembly Approval

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Legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors that will help reduce flooding in many of the state’s flood-prone areas by making it easier for local officials to clean streams won unanimous approval today from the General Assembly.

Nancy Munoz

“Residents in numerous towns in Union, Morris and Somerset counties and throughout the state live under the constant threat of flooding every time we have a major storm,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Removing accumulated sediments, debris, garbage and vegetation from streams helps reduce flooding risks in our communities which can be devastating and costly. Restrictions on sediment removal in current law make stream cleaning difficult for local officials yet it is vital to keeping our waterways flowing which helps prevent flooding.”

The bill, A-3507, allows municipalities and counties to de-snag more streams by increasing the number of streams eligible for cleaning without obtaining a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit. Under current law, only stream beds 15 feet or less in width may be cleaned without DEP approval. Muñoz’s bill increases the width to 30 feet.

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Assembly Approves Webber Bill to Prevent Chronic Flooding

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The General Assembly today unanimously approved legislation Assemblyman Jay Webber sponsors that will help alleviate chronic flooding in flood-prone communities by making it easier for municipal and county officials to clean stream beds.

Jay Webber

“Clogged streams contribute to flooding in the Passaic River Basin and waterways throughout the state,” said Webber, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic. “This bill allows local authorities to take the initiative in clearing snagged or blocked waterways. That will help those waterways handle the volume and force of water during torrential rains, and mitigate the flooding so many of our neighbors endure all too often.”

The bill, A-3507, allows municipalities and counties to de-snag more streams by increasing the number of streams eligible for cleaning without obtaining a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit. Under current law, only stream beds 15 feet or less in width may be cleaned without DEP approval. Webber’s bill increases the width to 30 feet.

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Fiocchi Bill to Improve Safety and Living Conditions in Boarding Homes and Shelters Approved by the General Assembly

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Sam Fiocchi

Sam Fiocchi

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Sam Fiocchi to improve living conditions at residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters earned approval today from the General Assembly. The bill (S-1856/A-3175), passed unanimously by the Senate in June, now awaits Governor Christie’s review.

Fiocchi’s legislation, requiring inspection reports from residential facilities to be published for public review on the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) website, will increase scrutiny of homes with substandard conditions.

“There are residential facilities that chronically fall below acceptable standards. We are pulling back the curtain to expose these conditions,” said Fiocchi, R — Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland. “The increased accountability from posting inspection details on the Internet will improve living conditions and safety in substandard homes.”

DCA officials provide inspections of residential health care facilities, while local officials are responsible for emergency shelters for the homeless and rooming and boarding houses. Under the bill, the commissioner of DCA will establish standard inspection practices.

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Brown Bill Providing College Scholarships for the Children of Fallen Military Heroes Earns Assembly Approval

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Chris J. Brown

Assembly Republican Christopher J. Brown sponsors legislation, approved today by the General Assembly, to provide college scholarships for the children of military men and women who died or were permanently disabled in recent armed conflicts around the globe.

The bill (A-2849), the “Military Dependents Scholarship Fund Act,” provides higher education funding for spouses and children of military personnel who were casualties of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn.

“We have family members who have paid a horrible price with the death of a loved one,” said Brown, R-Burlington,Atlantic,and Ocean. “The educational opportunities created by this bill will launch these survivors to rewarding careers and fulfilled potential.

“These are the families left behind by heroes who gave their lives for our country. As Americans, it is our duty to provide meaningful support and assistance,” continued Brown. “It is appropriate that the promise of the future memorializes the self-less sacrifices of the past.”

Brown’s bill establishes the Military Dependents Scholarship Fund in the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Scholarships will pay for undergraduate study at a public or private institution.

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Kean “Paper Terrorism” Bill Wins Assembly Approval

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Kean that establishes criminal penalties for individuals filing fraudulent financing statements won overwhelming approval in the Assembly today. The bill, A-2481, increases the penalties for knowingly filing a false claim against the real or personal property of a public official, his or her family, or estate.

These frivolous actions are usually filed by “sovereign citizens.” Sovereigns contend that an illegitimate federal government has taken control and they resist all forms of authority, including their refusal to pay taxes. Their “paper terrorism” is intended to tie defendants up in court for years which has significant consequences. Sovereigns claim they are fighting perceived enemies, usually public employees, by filing these phony lawsuits.

Sean Kean

“The bogus claims made by sovereigns damages a person’s reputation, can negatively impact their credit rating and cost thousands of dollars in legal fees to correct,” said Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Their intent is either to protect themselves from legal action or create havoc for public officials who they view as the problem. They are not as clever as they think.

“This legislation puts teeth into the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) by imposing significant jail term and financial penalties,” continued Kean. “The backlog of sham lawsuits clogs courts and is costly to taxpayers. These meritless claims put the onus on the defendant to disprove them. These penalties will make sovereigns think twice about making baseless and vengeful accusations.”

The bill amends the UCC by imposing a jail sentence between five and 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. It also permits the filing of a civil action as a remedy for the victims of fraudulent financing statements.

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Assembly Approves Bucco & Angelini Bill to Improve Living Conditions in Residential Care Centers

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini sponsor legislation to improve conditions for residents of boarding homes and other shelters that moved closer to implementation after today’s approval from the General Assembly.

Bucco and Angelini’s bill (S-1856/A-3175) requires state and local officials to post on the internet the inspection reports from residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters that fail inspections for health or safety violations.

Anthony M. Bucco

“Increased accountability means better care,” said Bucco, R – Morris and Somerset. “Some facilities are poorly run, and opening inspection results to the public will increase transparency. It will apply pressure on the operators to make necessary improvements, resulting in better living conditions and enhanced care.”

Mary Pat Angelini

“Deplorable living conditions will no longer be hidden behind a curtain of secrecy,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “The problems and dangers in these homes, and the operators responsible for them, will be disclosed. Increased scrutiny will enhance the quality of life and safety for residents.”

Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials provide inspections of residential health care facilities, while local officials are responsible for emergency shelters for the homeless and rooming and boarding houses. Under the bill, the DCA’s commissioner will establish standard inspection practices.

Bucco and Angelini’s bill, approved unanimously by the Senate in June, moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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Rible Permit Extension Bill Helps NJ Economy Grow

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Dave Rible

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that helps create jobs and spur economic development was released today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The measure, A-3815, extends the “Permit Extension Act” for one year (Dec. 31, 2015). Under current law, the extension granted in 2012 expires at the end of 2014.

Extending permits for one year helps our economy by creating jobs,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “The process of obtaining permits is time-consuming and costly which deters economic growth. Job creation did not expand as much as we hoped over the last year, though the 16 percent increase in small business loans during this time indicates optimism by New Jersey companies.

“The bipartisan measure helps businesses by enabling new or delayed development projects to move forward and create good-paying jobs,” continued Rible. “Combined with the pro-business Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, New Jersey is positioned to affirm the confidence expressed by businesses that our state will experience a construction boom over the next several years.”

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Panel OKs McHose & Space Bill Authorizing Sunday Bow Hunting to Help Control Run-Away Deer Population on Military Bases and Other Federal Lands

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Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Parker Space to help control skyrocketing deer populations on federal property earned approval today from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bill (A-394) authorizes Sunday bow hunting on certain federal lands such as military bases, subject to approval from officials of the installation. It was also amended to include the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center property in Pomona.

Alison Littell McHose

“The deer population continues to explode at an alarming rate across New Jersey,” said McHose, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Weekend bow hunting on the vast acreage of our federal instillations over-populated with deer will help reduce dangerous collisions with automobiles, environmental damage to the land caused by excessive numbers of hungry deer, deer on the runways of air strips, and the spread of potentially life-altering Lyme disease.”

McHose and Space’s bill expands the acreage available for Sunday bow hunting, which in 2009 was authorized for private property and state wildlife management areas.

Parker Space

“It is an important step for efficient wildlife management as well as the opening of more opportunities for residents to partake in hunting,” said Space, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Deer in New Jersey are not threatened by any natural predators, and the population has grown to dangerous levels. Responsible hunting is crucial to maintaining a sustainable ecological balance on our federal lands.”

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