21 May: Madden/Van Drew Measure To Require Flags Purchased With State Funds To Be Manufactured In The U.s. Clears Senate

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Jeff Van Drew which would require United States and State of New Jersey flags purchased with State funds to have been manufactured in the United States was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.

“These flags represent our State and our Nation, and it is only fitting that they are manufactured with U.S. manpower and purchased with U.S. dollars,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “It is no secret that these are difficult economic times, and bills like this allow us to do our part to help keep Americans and U.S. businesses afloat. This is a win-win situation for all of us.”

“The final passage of this bill has been a long time coming after a bit of a long journey” said Senator Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic. “I first sponsored this bill when I was in the Assembly, after noticing an American flag that had been manufactured in China. These flags add a sense of state and national pride to local municipal and county buildings, and even our State House. This legislation would help to keep American dollars at home.”

11 Dec: Buono Bill To Make It Easier To Get An Accident Report Approved By Assembly

TRENTON – The State Assembly gave final legislative approval today to a measure sponsored by Senator Barbara Buono that would make it easier for drivers to obtain an accident report by facsimile or mail.

“It makes little sense that in a world where electronic communications are second nature, that people must to go in person to the police department to get a copy of an accident report,” said Senator Buono, D-Middlesex. “We are used to conducting business from the comfort of our own home and it’s far past time that police departments offer the option to get a report by mail or fax.”