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Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Natural Disaster Response Gets Final Legislative OK

July 1, 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 passed 35-0 by the Senate on Monday, giving it final legislative approval.

The bill (A-2025) would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Superstorm 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.

"Whether it's 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."

"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."

Assembly Approves Singleton, Conaway, Greenwald & Lampitt Bill Urging Feds to Keep Joint Base McGuire & Picatinny Arsenal Open

June 26, 2014

The General Assembly on Thursday approved bipartisan legislation sponsored on the Democratic side by Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D., Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt urging Congress to exclude Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal when considering future defense department budget cuts.

The measure (AR-110), approved by a vote of 78-0, comes in response to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense that it will propose reductions in the size of U.S. Armed Forces to pre-World War II levels, as well as in the bases that support military operations.

"The joint base is a huge economic engine for the surrounding area and any reductions or closures could have a devastating effect on the military and civilian personnel who have staked their livelihoods around these operations," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "I hope Congress will take these families and communities into consideration when deciding on future reductions or closures."

"Any reduction in the personnel or operations of either the joint base or the arsenal could have a catastrophic effect on the communities and businesses that surround them," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "For my district, in particular, the base is a huge employer, one that we simply can't afford to see shut down."

Bill to End Tax Break for Millionaires, Restore Earned Income Tax Credit for Working Poor Gets Assembly Approval

June 26, 2014

Measure Will Also Help Fund Critical Programs for Middle & Working Class Families

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald to eliminate the Christie tax break enjoyed by millionaires, restore the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the working poor and fund critical programs for middle- and working-class families was approved 48-31 by the General Assembly.

"This legislation will restore shared sacrifice, a notion that has been extinct since the first budget of the Christie administration," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "This is a responsible plan that meets our legally-mandated fiscal obligations and provides much-needed relief for those struggling the most by asking just a little more from the most fortunate among us."

"This plan enables us to live up to our responsibilities and do right by New Jersey's struggling working and middle-class families," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "We cannot afford to continue the governor's manic approach to protecting the mega-rich while praying that the economy improves. We have too many mounting financial obligations to continue praying the budget will blindly fix itself on its own."

The bill (A-3485) would change New Jersey's gross income tax rate from 8.97 percent to 10.75 percent for the wealthiest roughly 16,000 taxpayers with taxable incomes exceeding $1 million, restoring it to its 2009 level for a temporary three-year period over taxable years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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."