Archive for Tag: Ned Thomson

Thomson says energy tax receipts must offset employee health care hikes

TRENTON, N.J. – With the State Health Benefits Commission approving health care rate hikes of 23% for local government employees, Assemblyman Ned Thomson is demanding that energy tax receipts be paid in full to municipalities to offset the expected property tax increases. “The state has essentially been playing Judas...

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Thomson bill allowing county airports to more easily expand, boost economy becomes law

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ned Thomson’s bill that allows county airports to operate independently was signed into law on Friday. The legislation (A2861) permits county governments to manage an airport as a public utility, which would separate it from other county accounts and aid in expansion and economic development....

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Assembly green lights Thomson and Kean bills addressing school bus driver shortages

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed two bills, sponsored by Assemblymen Ned Thomson and Sean Kean, giving school districts more tools to tackle bus driver shortages by streamlining the licensure process and allowing non-CDL drivers to transport students on certain buses. Under the first bill (A3564), school...

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Assembly passes Thomson bill creating online training option for planning and zoning board members

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly on Thursday passed a bill creating an online option for members of planning and zoning boards who must currently complete required training in person. Sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Thomson, the bill (A428) makes it easier for current planning and zoning board members to complete...

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Letter to Acting AG suggests state’s response to shore pop-up parties based on rhetoric not reality, calls for consequences

TRENTON, N.J. – In a letter to New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, eight Republican lawmakers say Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is refusing to proactively prevent destructive mobs at local shore towns, because of the rhetoric that strategy supposedly supports. They urged the state’s top law enforcement...

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Online course could soon satisfy in-person planning and zoning board training

TRENTON, N.J. – The State and Local Government Committee passed a bill on Thursday to allow members of planning and zoning boards to complete required training online rather than in person. Sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Thomson, the bill (A428) makes it easier for current planning and zoning board members...

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Thomson and Kean bill would allow school districts to take the wheel in training bus drivers

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill that would streamline the school bus driver training and licensure process was released from the Assembly transportation committee Thursday. The bill (A3564), sponsored by LD 30 Assemblymen Ned Thomson and Sean Kean, would allow school districts to administer the commercial driver license exam and most...

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Committee advances bill allowing non-CDL drivers to transport students on certain school buses

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee moved a bill alleviating the pressure on schools to hire drivers with commercial driver’s licenses to transport students on nine-seat passenger buses. Under the bill (A3565), sponsored by Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson, a driver with a valid...

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Committee passes Thomson bill allowing county airports to more easily expand, boost economy

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee passed Assemblyman Edward Thomson’s bill on Thursday to allow county airports to operate independently, which would aid in expansion and economic development.  The bill (A2861) permits county governments to manage an airport as a public utility, separating it from...

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Legislature advances new standards for home bakers and cottage food operators selling products in N.J.

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Edward Thomson’s bill establishing health standards and other requirements for home bakers and cottage food operators who sell their cakes, candy, jams and more in New Jersey passed the Legislature on Monday. The bill (A4580/S73) requires residents selling their homemade food products to obtain a...

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