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Greenwald, Eustace, Moriarty & Lampitt Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Approved by Assembly

June 16, 2014

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 approved Monday by the Assembly.

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

Under the legislation, 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."

Greenwald, Eustace & Moriarty Bill to Strengthen Auto Industry & Keep Tesla in New Jersey Released by Assembly Committee

June 5, 2014

Legislation New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assemblymen Timothy Eustace and Paul Moriarty sponsored to permit certain zero emission vehicle manufacturers to directly sell motor vehicles to consumers and require them to operate service facilities was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

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

Under the legislation, 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, but this bill fixes that wrong."

Assembly Approves Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Response to the Next Superstorm Sandy

May 23, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state's ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters was recently approved 78-0 by the full Assembly.

"Whether it is tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we will better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy."

The bill (A-2025) would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Sandy - the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments - by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.

"Not having this protection deters many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricts our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits."

Greenwald, Quijano, Eustace, Johnson & Jasey Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in NJ Goes to Governor

May 22, 2014

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Mila Jasey to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds in New Jersey was approved Thursday by the Assembly, sending the gun safety bill to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.

"This is a long overdue but welcome step toward the goal of preventing gun violence in New Jersey," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "Gov. Christie needs to do the right thing here and sign this bill. In fact, I urge Gov. Christie to put the safety of New Jersey's communities before presidential politics and sign this bill into law as soon as it hits his desk."

Greenwald added, "The data show that a 10-round limit will reduce high-capacity magazines in the hands of criminals. Moreover, these limits will save the lives of innocent victims and law enforcement officers who are confronted by criminals or unstable individuals. That's why law enforcement leaders from around the country have supported 10-round limits on magazine capacity, and it's why Gov. Christie must sign this bill."

Under current law, magazines capable of holding a maximum of 15 rounds of ammunition are legal in New Jersey. The bill (A-2006) would reduce the lawful maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The limit proposed by the bill would bring New Jersey's laws in line with the magazine limits contained in the original 1994 assault weapons ban.

Fourth Of July Events In Our District

To celebrate Independence Day, the towns in our district are holding many exciting events throughout the day. From fireworks to live music to house decorating contests, July 4th will surely be a day to celebrate!

On June 28:

1:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Maple Shade 4th of July parade at South Fellowship & Main Streets

9:00 p.m.
Maple Shade
Fireworks at Maple Shade High School

On July 3rd:

Haddonfield Memorial High School will hold their annual fireworks display on July 3rd. (No rain date)

On July 4th:

9:00 a.m.
Berlin Twp
Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at the West Berlin Fire Station on Haddon Avenue and continues to Berlin Park via the White Horse Pike and West Broad Avenue. (Rain date July 5th)

10:00 a.m.
Haddonfield
Parade begins 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway(No rain date)

10:00 a.m.
Oaklyn
Oaklyn parade starting on the corner of East Beachwood & Johnson Ave. and ending at the Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Blvd.

10:00 a.m.
Hi Nella