Mulshine’s columns may spark new law

The State Assembly will consider a proposal on Thursday to restrict the towing of handicapped vehicles after the Star-Ledger’s Paul Mulshine publicized an incident in New Brunswick where the city towed the car of a Rutgers student even though the car had the proper handicapped parking placard. 

Sarah Brown parked in a spot that was reserved for a nearby handicapped homeowner, but the sign may have not been clearly marked.  Brown’s car was towed on a Saturday night; with the towing company closed on Sunday, she could not get her car back until Monday.

A-2254, sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Jersey City) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), restricts the towing of handicapped vehicles and requires 24-hour access to towed vehicles. 

“It’s unfortunate that we have to legislate matters like this, but unfortunately the rights of the handicapped and consumers are many times not respected,” said Quigley.

A-658 makes it illegal to mail unsolicited checks that once cashed enroll consumers in costly programs.  Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Washington Twp.) said he sponsored the legislation after a constituent showed him an unsolicited $8.25 check that if cashed would have enrolled them in an automotive roadside assistance program that costs $15.99 per month.

“These so-called free money offers are at their best deceptive and, at their worst, downright dishonest,” Moriarty said. “Right now, consumers are at their most vulnerable to fall for a scheme that appears to offer them instant cash but would end up costing them much more in the long-run.”

A-310, sponsored by Assemblyman Matthew Milam (D-Vineland) clarifies that both credit card and debit card account numbers must be truncated on sales receipts, including copies retained by merchants in order to prevent fraud.

“In this day and age, when identity theft is proving all too common, there’s no reason why a consumer’s credit or debit card number should ever be made available to others,” Milam said.

A-2076 would make it illegal to sell, distribute, import or manufacture jewelry in New Jersey that contains materials classified as unsafe, and includes stricter restrictions on materials used in children’s jewelry and body piercing jewelry.  Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) introduced the legislation after 55,000 “Princess and the Frog” necklaces were recalled because they may contain high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium.

 “Buying a necklace or a charm bracelet shouldn’t bring about fears of lead and mercury poisoning, yet the health and safety of New Jerseyans are at risk,” said Diegnan. “It’s time these harmful products are taken down from store shelves for good.”

Mulshine’s columns may spark new law