Assembly To Vote On Bills Promoting Electric Cars, Tightening Immunization Exemptions

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TRENTON – The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on bills that would promote electric car purchases, tighten immunization exceptions and restrict salaries and benefits at local and state authorities on Thursday.

The session is slated to begin at 1 p.m. with a Black History Month ceremony. It will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

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The Assembly will vote on two bills that would extend corporate and income tax credits to promote the purchase of electric vehicles and charging stations.

“We should be doing all we can to promote electric car usage and purchases in New Jersey,” said Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “These bills aren’t a cure-all, but they’re certainly a great stride toward making New Jersey a friendly state for electric cars, and that’s a great thing.”

The state Office of Legislative Services estimate that A-3651 will cost the state $34.7 million over three years to provide tax credits to customers buying electric cars. A-3650 will cost an estimated $1.4 million over three years to provide tax credits for purchasing and installing charging stations.

A resolution sponsored by Assemblymen Herb Conaway, M.D. (D-Camden) and John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) would make it more difficult for parents to claim a religious exemption to avoid having their children vaccinated if it is approved.

“By creating more exemptions, we expose more children to public health risks, as well as those with whom they come in contact with at school, at home and in the community, putting all of them at risk of contracting serious communicable diseases,” said Burzichelli.

Also on the agenda is a bill already approved by the state Senate that would prevent the executive director of any authority from having a higher salary than the governor and any authority employee from being paid more than a state cabinet officer without the approval of the Local Finance Board or state treasurer. It would also limit the number of holidays and cap accumulated sick time.

“This much-needed bill would align the salaries and benefits at the independent state authorities and local authorities with those of full-time state employees, helping put an end to the abuses that have become far too frequent,” said Assemblywoman Nelli Pou (D-Passaic).

Also on the agenda are bills intended to help the state’s horse racing industry, reduce business regulations, disqualify school board members from serving if they’ve been convicted of crimes and to extend “lemon law” protections to farm equipment.

The complete agenda can be found at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/legcal.asp


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