New bills: Dredging Monmouth waterways, privately sponsored highway rest stops

TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers introduced a variety of bills this week, including ones dealing with private sponsorship of rest stops and dredging of Monmouth waterways.

 

A3461: This bill would allow the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and South Jersey Transportation Authority to enter into sponsorship agreements with private entities for the maintenance and upkeep of a rest area.

Sponsors could place signs on a highway ahead of the exit for a rest area and within rest area buildings.

It is sponsored by Third District Democratic Assembly members Celeste Riley and John Burzichelli.

 

A3442: This bill requires the Motor Vehicle Commission to make the driver’s license examination test available in Italian.

The bill, which states MVC has eliminated the test in several languages, including Italian, also states that obtaining an interpreter is a burden on the applicant.

Under the provisions of this bill, the MVC would be required to reinstate a driver’s license examination test in Italian.

The bill is sponsored by Burzichelli and 28th District Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.

 

A3451: This bill would appropriate $10 million in capital construction funds from the General Fund to dredge the Black Creek and Wreck Pond, which are in Spring Lake Heights, Spring Lake and Sea Girt, Monmouth County. 

The bill points out that during heavy rainfall, significant pollution from these drain into the ocean, causing beach closures in Spring Lake. 

The bill is sponsored by Republican 30th District Assembly members Sean Kean and David Rible.

 

A3455: This would appropriate $5 million from the general fund to provide grants to property owners who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011.

To qualify, owners’ properties must have sustained significant structural damage, represent imminent peril to public health and safety, and be a primary residence.

The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Republican 30th District Assembly members Sean Kean and David Rible, and Democratic 14th District Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo.

 

New bills: Dredging Monmouth waterways, privately sponsored highway rest stops