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Quijano, Lampitt & Stender Bill to Ensure Sexual Assault Victims Don't Pay for Forensic Exams Released by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Annette Quijano, Pamela R. Lampitt and Linda Stender sponsored to ensure victims of sexual assault aren’t responsible for paying for forensic sexual assault exams was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

“This is simply the right thing to do,” said Quijano (D-Union). “Sexual assault victims have already suffered enough. I see no reason why we should add to that suffering by essentially forcing them to pay for the investigation into their own assault. We must remember that these women are the victims, not the criminals.”

“The idea that we would make anyone pay for their own exam following a sexual assault is abhorrent,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “This bill will ensure that never happens and will give common-sense support to victims when they need it the most."

“With this bill, we would ensure victims won’t face the insult of having to pay for their own exams following a sexual assault,” said Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset). “It’s hard to believe that was ever even a possibility, but this bill makes it an impossibility.”

The bill (A-2597) was released 6-0 by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

A 2001 state law established the Statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. Under that statute, each county provides forensic sexual assault examinations to sexual assault victims. The examinations are conducted by physicians or certified forensic sexual assault nurse examiners.

Lampitt & Couthinho Bill to Help More Businesses Benefit from Urban Enterprise Zones Clears Assembly Committee

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assemblyman Albert Coutinho to spark economic development by increasing the number and types of businesses eligible to benefit from tax exempt purchases in Urban Enterprise Zones was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"In tough economic times, we must do everything we can to ease administrative burdens and red tape that have hurt struggling small businesses in UEZs," said Lampitt (D-Camden) "This bill will throw UEZ businesses a lifeline, promoting economic development and job creation by expanding the number and types of businesses that will benefit from tax exempt purchases at the point of sale, at a time when such aid is critical.”

“UEZs have been a successful program throughout our state, but with this change we can make them even more successful by easing back on burdensome rules and regulations that have limited economic growth and job creation,” said Coutinho (D-Essex), who chairs the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee that released the bill. “This can only benefit communities that rely on UEZs as a centerpiece of their redevelopment efforts.”

Under current law, sales of tangible personal property, except motor vehicles and energy, and sales of services, except telecommunications and utilities, to a qualified business for the exclusive use or consumption of that business within a UEZ are exempt from the sales and use tax at the point of sale if the business is a “small qualified business” with annual gross receipts of less than $10 million.

Lampitt & Coughlin Bill Allowing Commercial Advertising on Toll Plazas to Help Ease Burden on Taxpayers Advancing Toward Law

Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin sponsored to allow commercial advertising and sponsorship on the state’s toll plazas to help ease the burden on taxpayers is advancing toward law.

“With cuts to every part of the budget, government must find new and creative ways to fund transportation projects without going to taxpayers’ pocket books,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “Allowing advertisers to pay for space on New Jersey’s toll plazas does just that, without burdening New Jersey’s families.”

Under the bill (A-2407), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority would be authorized to allow the placement of commercial advertising and sponsorship signs on any equipment or materials related to the collection of tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.

“New Jersey is home to the nation’s first and third busiest toll roads,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Companies will jump at the chance pay for advertising access to the toll plazas and taxpayers will reap the benefits.”

The bill was recently released by the Assembly transportation panel and now goes to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if and when to post it for a floor vote.

Constituent Update: NJ SHARES expands eligibility

As of May 29th, constituents may apply for NJ SHARES if their gross monthly income ranges from 176% to 400% of the Federal poverty level (FPL) and they have not received a LIHEAP benefit this heating season. Our office will now refer to the USF chart in to determine income eligibility. For more information, contact our legislative office at 856-435-1247.

Attention Drivers: Construction Shift on 295 starting June 7

The NJ Department of Transportation today put out a letter announcing changes to the construction schedule on Route 295, between exits 45 and 57. For more details, see the letter below from Commissioner Simpson.


Dear Legislator,

I am writing to inform you of a significant change in an ongoing road reconstruction project that may affect your constituents. As you know, we are in the process of rebuilding a 12-mile section of Interstate 295 in Burlington County, from Interchange 45 (Rancocas-Mt. Holly Rd. in Westampton) to Interchange 57 (Route 130 in Bordentown).

We are accelerating the project schedule in an attempt to complete the work by the end of the year. This will cut about nine months from the project completion date and minimize inconvenience to motorists. It also will ensure a safe and smooth driving surface on all lanes before the return of harsh winter weather that would further deteriorate the roadway.

Starting on the morning of Monday, June 7 and continuing for approximately five days, NJDOT will close one southbound lane of the highway, reducing capacity from three lanes to two. We anticipate congestion for evening peak-period traffic.

For one week, from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, motorists will have the full complement of three lanes available to them for peak-period, peak-direction travel.