Archive for Author: jpeacock

Rooney bill would provide car buyer protections against subscription-based features

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Monday advanced a bill that prohibits motor vehicle manufacturers and dealers from requiring subscriptions for some motor vehicle features. Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, a sponsor of the bill (A4519), says consumers have been blindsided when purchasing vehicles with features...

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Committee advances bill that supports renewable natural gas investments

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz’s bill that directs the Board of Public Utilities to establish a program that encourages renewable natural gas procurement advanced Monday. The bill (A577), heard in the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, would also urge gas public utilities to make investments in renewable natural...

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Guardian bill calls for ocean energy study

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Don Guardian wants the state to explore the possibilities of ocean energy to keep New Jersey’s lights on. The up-and-down motion of waves, and push-and-pull of ocean tides, creates kinetic energy that can be converted into usable electricity. Most popularly, floats or buoys moved by...

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Umba’s bill would force State Board of Education to resume in-person meetings

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brandon Umba says the state Board of Education has denied the public its voice concerning children’s education well beyond any reasonable claim of ongoing public health concerns. With local and state governing bodies safely back to working in person for months with public participation, the...

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Matsikoudis recovers $280K for constituents

TRENTON, N.J. – Freshman Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis is celebrating a record day and successful year in helping constituents get funds that are rightfully theirs. Since taking office in January 2022, Matsikoudis and her team have recovered nearly $280,000 for residents of her legislative district covering parts of Morris, Somerset...

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NJ Transit should provide Wi-Fi on passenger trains, DePhillips says

TRENTON, N.J. – With the pandemic over and more commuters returning to their offices in New York City and elsewhere, Assemblyman Chris DePhillips wants free Wi-Fi mandated for NJ Transit customers. The assemblyman on Monday introduced a bipartisan-backed bill (A4874) that would require the taxpayer-supported NJ Transit to provide...

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Farmers can sell firewood without penalty under Space, Wirths bill passed by Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that protects farmers’ rights to sell firewood obtained from another property. The bill (A111) is sponsored by LD 24 Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths. “Farming has evolved through the years, and farmers have had to adapt to those...

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IRS just raised tax brackets 7% for inflation, it’s time NJ do the same, says Munoz

TRENTON, N.J. – The Internal Revenue Service adjusted tax brackets for 2023 by about 7% in an attempt to counter rapid inflation, the IRS said in a statement on Tuesday. But state tax brackets haven’t changed since 1996. That could mean New Jersey workers whose wages haven’t kept pace...

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Assembly Republicans score victory for service-disabled veterans

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans successfully pushed through an amendment to include service-disabled veterans in a bill targeting economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee convened Thursday to consider a bill (A2146) that would help such businesses win state contracts for construction, architecture and...

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