16 Mar: Madden Bill To Allow New Jersey To Receive Federal Stimulus Dollars For Unemployment Insurance Clears Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden which would amend the State’s unemployment insurance law to allow New Jersey to receive its share of the federal “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (federal stimulus package) received unanimous final legislative approval today from the full Senate.

“This measure would put New Jersey in position to receive $207 million from the federal government for our unemployment fund,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester, who chairs the Senate Labor Committee. “It’s no secret that we’re in tough economic times, and with more and more people out of work, the State would definitely benefit from these federal funds; however, the only way to receive them is to make sure that we’re in full compliance with all of the stimulus package’s requirements. Repealing this cap would put us in full compliance, by ensuring that the State’s additional unemployment benefits during training (ABT) programs are permanent.”

24 May: Sacco Bill To Force Motorists To Remove Snow From Vehicles

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas J. Sacco, to impose penalties on drivers who do not remove snow and ice from their vehicles before hitting the road, was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Every winter, drivers must watch out for snow and ice hazards, not just from accumulated snow on the roads, but also from the other cars and trucks that failed to take the time to clear the snow from their vehicles,” said Senator Sacco, D-Bergen and Hudson. “Law enforcement has expressed their concern they could not stop a vehicle simply for having failed to remove snow and ice. Also, when one vehicle was hit by snow or ice from another vehicle, it was up to the driver who was hit to try and identify which car or truck the snow or ice came from. This measure will allow law enforcement to intervene before something happens, simply by observing a vehicle creating a snow and ice hazard.”