23 May: Buono Praises Assembly Committee Action On Bill To Require Community Votes On New Charter Schools

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) today praised the Assembly Education Committee’s release of legislation that would require local voter approval before a charter school could open in a community.

The bill (A-3852) is sponsored by Buono’s 18th Legislative District colleagues, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Peter Barnes (both D-Middlesex), along with Assemblymen John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Ralph Caputo (D-Essex). Buono is a sponsor of the measure’s Senate counterpart (S-2243).

04 May: Madden/Sweeney Bill Would Carve Out Exemption In Hand-Held Ban To Aid Truckers, Emergency Vehicles

TRENTON – The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden, Jr. and Senate Majority Leader Stephen M. Sweeney that would carve out an exemption for drivers of commercial and emergency vehicles in the state law banning the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. Under the proposed amendment, S2243, drivers of commercial and emergency vehicles would be allowed to use citizen’s band (CB) and two-way radios in order to assist law enforcement efforts and communicate vital information while on the job.

“New Jersey has invested significant training dollars in the private sector to educate the trucking industry on how to be an additional set of eyes and ears on our roadways when it comes to potential terrorist activity,” said Sen. Madden, (D-Camden and Gloucester). “This is about helping drivers remain vigilant and giving them the tools to assist in our law enforcement efforts.”