Rest-stop revenue bill released

TRENTON – A Senate panel unanimously released legislation that would require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to find ways to generate revenue at state rest stops.

The bill, S896, would direct the NJTA to study potential revenue generating services at rest areas and service plazas and complete a report on its findings. The bill was released from the Senate Transportation Committee following little discussion.

Sen. Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn, suggested the NJTA look into the possibility of having farmer markets in such areas along state roads.

Helmets for Hardhats

The committee also released legislation that would establish a pilot program in the state dubbed “Helmets for Hardhats.”

The bill, S1415, sponsored by Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City, seeks to aid former military members in finding employment in the state’s construction industry.

The bill was released from the panel with the intent that it will be tweaked in the coming weeks before going to the full Senate.

A representative from the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council of New Jersey said they have “a neutral” view on the bill at this time, adding Whelan has indicated he’s willing to “fine tune” the legislation before it hits the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill requires the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to establish the pilot program that mandates at least 20 percent of projected labor hours for future highway construction projects be awarded to contractors registered with the Helmets to Hardhats program.

The national program, established in 2003, is administered by the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment.

The pilot program would be conducted for 18 months.

The committee also released two other proposals:

S1666 would amend the time period during which complaints may be filed for certain motor vehicle violations.

A484 would designate a portion of U.S. Route 40 in Atlantic County as “Peter  ‘Pete’ Dandrea Section of the Harding Highway.”


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