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Greenwald, Eustace, Moriarty, Lampitt & McKeon Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Signed into Law

March 18, 2015

Legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities has been signed into law.

The law (A-3216) keeps Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles had to be sold through franchises.

Under the law, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales will also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. That's why getting this bill signed into law was so important."

"As an electric car driver, I'm honored to be part of this effort to find solutions to keep a state-of-the-art product and the future of the auto manufacturing industry right here in New Jersey," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This will incentivize entrepreneurship, create jobs, promote environmental protection and address the important concerns of consumers in our state."

Greenwald Statement on Domestic Violence Roundtable with Gabrielle Giffords

March 18, 2015

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald issued the following statement on Wednesday after meeting with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with whom elected officials and domestic violence advocates discussed the need for laws that protect women and families from gun violence:

"Having survived the senseless act of violence that took place in Tucson four years ago, Congresswoman Giffords has displayed a sense of relentless resolve - both personally and as a staunch advocate for a safer nation - that inspires us all to continue fighting for commonsense measures to reduce gun violence.

"According to a 2014 report from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Center for American Progress, one in three women killed in our state was the victim of domestic violence homicide. Knowing this, it is only right and responsible that we work together to take action.

"As the sponsor of legislation to limit domestic abusers' access to firearms, I am honored to have Congresswoman Giffords support this cause in New Jersey. Every day, in homes right here in our state and nationwide, years of physical and emotional abuse come to an abrupt and tragic end. More often than not, the difference between a domestic dispute and a homicide is the presence of a gun.

"Our push for responsible gun laws is about protecting the fundamental right of every resident of New Jersey to live in peace. No one - whether they're outside the local grocery store or in the middle of the living room - should live with the fear of becoming a gun violence statistic."

Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Gets Final Legislative OK

March 16, 2015

Legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities received final legislative approval 30-2 by the full Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-3216), which now heads to the Governor's desk, would keep Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles must be sold through franchises.

Under the legislation, which was approved by the Assembly in June, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales would also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission's decision threatened to hamstring those efforts."

Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Advanced by Senate Panel

March 9, 2015

Assembly approved legislation New Jersey Assembly Democrats Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Timothy Eustace, Paul Moriarty and Pamela Lampitt sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities was advanced Monday by the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill (A-3216) would keep Tesla in operation in New Jersey. Under a Motor Vehicle Commission decision, automobiles must be sold through franchises.

Under the legislation, which was approved by the Assembly in June, Tesla will be allowed to sell directly to consumers at up to four licensed locations in New Jersey. Manufacturers engaging in direct sales would also be required to operate at least one retail facility in the state for vehicle service, thus addressing public safety and consumer protection concerns.

"Tesla is an innovative company that has produced a top-rated, environmentally conscious product," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Their commitment to innovation, job-creation and customer satisfaction is precisely the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we should be encouraging in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the Motor Vehicle Commission's decision threatened to hamstring those efforts."

Resolution Condemning Global Acts of Anti-Semitism Advanced by Assembly Panel

February 12, 2015

Legislation Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo, Gary Schaer, Joseph Lagana, and Tim Eustace sponsored condemning global acts of Anti-Semitism and calling for expansion of Holocaust education programs to combat prejudice was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The resolution (ACR-211) was advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

"We have seen a rising tide of disturbing anti-Semitic acts across the globe in recent years. Whether it is the vandalizing of houses of worship, attacks on families or the disgusting pronouncements of Holocaust-deniers, these acts deserve our strongest outrage and condemnation." said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) "This virulent strain of prejudice is an affront to the very notions of humanity that form the center of any civilized society."

"Throughout history, the Jewish people have endured horrific and unrelenting persecution because of their religion," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Anti-Semitism has no place in our state, in our nation or in our world. It is the duty of leaders in public service to stand up and speak out against this unacceptable prejudice."

A May 2014 survey by the Anti-Defamation League entitled, "The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism" surveyed residents of more than 100 countries about their attitudes toward Jewish people. The survey found that a majority of survey respondents had either not heard of the Holocaust or believed the Holocaust never happened.