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Rumana speaks out against Fare Affordability and Ridership Empowerment (FARE) Act in committee

PolitickerNJ – Aiming to protect vulnerable populations from unreasonable transit fare hikes, the Assembly Transportation Committee today passed A-4755. Designated as the “Fare Affordability and Ridership Empowerment (FARE) Act,” A-4755 would place restrictions on the amount that the New Jersey Transit Corporation (corporation) may increase the cost of a discounted fare for a ticket or …

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Bramnick, Republicans plan campaign against proposed redistricting changes

Source: Politico New Jersey – Jon Bramnick, the Assembly’s top Republican, knows he’s unlikely to stop Democrats from putting a question on the ballot in November that would overhaul how New Jersey redraws its state legislative boundaries. So Bramnick and fellow Republicans plan a campaign to convince voters to reject it. “If you think the …

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Ciattarelli: Citizens and Families Are Moving Away; We need a plan that makes New Jersey a better place to live, work and retire

Assembly Republican Press Release – For the fourth year in a row New Jersey leads the nation with the highest percentage of citizens moving out of state, according to the latest National Movers study by United Van Lines. “The United Van Lines study is very telling. Once again, New Jersey leads the nation in out-migration,” …

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Dancer Bill Allows Towns to Charge Utilities for Traffic Control for Emergency Work

Press Release – Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation (A-4852) to help reduce property taxes by allowing towns to charge public utilities for traffic control services provided by local police departments for emergency utility work. “Providing traffic control for public utilities that are performing emergency work is a drain on municipal budgets that drive property …

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Brown commnets on A.C. PILOT bills without Lavin’s amendments

Atlantic City Press – The state Senate is scheduled to vote on three bills Thursday that call for sweeping changes to the way Atlantic City casinos pay property taxes. But those bills don’t include the suggested amendments made in a draft report by Atlantic City’s emergency manager, Kevin Lavin. The draft, obtained Monday by The …

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Dancer bill studies electronic driver’s license application

NJ 101.5 – There is a pilot program underway in Iowa to test a driver license smartphone app — and several New Jersey lawmakers want the Garden State to be the second state to offer it. A bill (S-2695) that passed the full State Senate in March of 2015 and is scheduled for a vote …

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Bucco Calls for Property Tax Relief New Year’s Resolution

Assembly Republican Press Release – Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco challenged Democratic legislative leadership to join him in a New Year’s resolution to make property tax relief for all New Jerseyans a priority in 2016. “As we turn the calendar to the new year and prepare to begin a new legislative session, it …

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Angelini bill for proper disposal of prescription drugs becomes law on Jan. 1

Source: NJ 101.5 – Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, pharmacies and prescribers will be required to give patients a Division of Consumer Affairs notice with available drug take-back programs and suggestions for the safe disposal of unused drugs. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill (A-709) into law in June and it officially takes effect on the …

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O’Scanlon resolves to fight return of red light cameras to New Jersey

Jersey’s red light camera pilot program was halted 12 months ago, but some fear the cameras could make a comeback in 2016. Source: NJ 101.5 – In the coming months the NJ Department of Transportation will complete a detailed analysis of red light camera intersection data, and then issue a report to the Legislature that …

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Carroll & Schepisi: Dem redistricting plan attacks voter rights [op-ed]

Source: Daily Record [op-ed] – Schemes hatched in lame-duck sessions of the Legislature should always give reason for pause, but changing voting rights without considerable public discussion is reckless. A proposed constitutional amendment with a significant but unknown impact on the voting rights of New Jersey’s citizens deserves more than the hasty, slapdash, non-transparent treatment …

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