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Singleton, Lampitt, Quijano & Pintor Marin Bill to Require State to Reveal Complete Property Tax Data Continues Advancing

March 17, 2015

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Pamela Lampitt, Annette Quijano and Elian Pintor Marin sponsored to require the state to annually post complete property tax data was approved 32-2 Monday by the Senate.

The bill comes after the Christie administration this year deleted property tax data traditionally found on the Department of Community Affairs web site. The information detailed Christie's cuts to property tax relief that have resulted in a net property tax increase of about 20 percent.

The bill (A-3223) would require the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs to post on its Internet web page a summary of property tax data for the current calendar year, and for each of the immediately preceding 10 calendar years.

In each year, the data provided must include, but not be limited to, the amount of the average residential property tax bill for each municipality, the amount of the average homestead credit payment credited against the average property tax bill and the net average residential property tax bill, which would be the remainder of the average residential property tax bill minus the average homestead credit payment.

Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Gets Final Legislative OK

March 16, 2015

Legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities received final legislative approval 30-2 by the full Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-3216), which now heads to the Governor's desk, would keep Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles must be sold through franchises.

Under the legislation, which was approved by the Assembly in June, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales would also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission's decision threatened to hamstring those efforts."

Bill to Create Task Force to Recommend How to Integrate Engineering into K-12 Curriculum Clears Assembly

March 12, 2015

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Pamela Lampitt and Marlene Caride to create a task force that would be charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering into the K-12 science curriculum was recently approved by the full Assembly.

"STEM jobs are on the rise, but our colleges are not graduating enough engineering majors to keep up with the demand. If we want to compete in an increasingly global economy, we have to expand engineering education," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "Early introduction can encourage more students, especially women and minorities who are under represented in this field, to consider engineering as a career. The task force created by this bill would rely on the expertise of professionals in education, engineering and science to tell us how to best introduce engineering into the school curriculum."

Democratic Bill to Promote Cost-Cutting Small Business Improvements Clears Assembly

March 10, 2015

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway Jr., Paul Moriarty, Jerry Green, Pamela Lampitt and Vincent Mazzeo sponsored to facilitate cost-effective environmentally friendly improvements for small businesses gained approval from the Assembly on Monday.

"Making their locations more energy efficient has the potential to save small businesses thousands of dollars each year," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "This legislation will go a long way toward helping to keep the costs of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other similar expenses at a minimum and increasing overall profitability for small businesses in New Jersey."

The bill (A-943) would permit small businesses to qualify for New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) loans to cover the costs of conducting energy audits and making energy efficiency and conservation improvements.

"Energy efficiency upgrades can reduce operating costs for small businesses while also making them eligible for the additional benefit of tax credits," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "In coupling the advantages for our economy and our environment, this bill presents a simple yet significant way to move New Jersey forward."

Bill to Create Alert System for Missing Disabled Persons Continues Advancing

March 10, 2015

Assembly approved legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Gabriela Mosquera, L. Grace Spencer and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to create an alert system for missing persons with mental, intellectual or developmental disabilities continues advancing.

The bill (A-2709) would require the Attorney General to establish the MVP Emergency Alert System, which would provide practices and protocols for the rapid dissemination of information regarding a person who is believed to be a missing vulnerable person.

A "missing vulnerable person" or "MVP" is defined to mean a person who is believed to have a mental, intellectual or developmental disability who goes missing under circumstances that indicate that the person may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

The program would be a voluntary, cooperative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies and the media.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in December and released Monday by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

"This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "We must do all we can to ensure missing individuals can return home safe and sound, especially when we have all the necessary resources already in place."