The Association continually monitors legislation that is of interest to our membership, and takes an active approach to advocating on their behalf. Here’s an update on bills of interest making their way through the New Jersey Legislature:
S2181/A3417 seeks to overhaul and modernize the operation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including its Board of Commissioners, in an effort to increase transparency and accountability at the agency. The bill passed in both Houses. Status: Absolute veto by Governor Christie in January 2015. Senate Democrats have indicated they will seek an override vote.
S2183/A3350 which requires the PANYNJ to be subject to the public record disclosure laws of both states, was unanimously approved by both Houses last year. Status: Conditional Veto by Governor Christie. Senate Democrats have indicated they will seek an override vote.
S2277/A3506 calls for the State of New Jersey to withdraw from the Waterfront Commission. Status: S2277 was passed unanimously by the Senate on December 18, 2014 and was referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A3506 was also referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further review.
A3886 calls for an increase to the gas tax in New Jersey in order to fund the ailing Transportation Trust Fund. The tax on gross receipts for petroleum products would increase from four cents per gallon to nine percent of the average retail price of unleaded regular gasoline. The bill requires that the tax be converted to a cents-per-gallon rate and adjusted semiannually by the Director of the Division of Taxation. The bill was referred to the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on November 13, where it awaits a public hearing. There is currently no Senate version of the bill.
CHANGES TO HOURS OF SERVICE RULE SIGNED INTO LAW: As of 12/17/14, the 34-Hour restart rule reverted back to the pre-July 2013 regulation. This has removed the need to take the required two 1:00AM-5:00AM off-duty periods as well as the 168 hour restart rule. This allows drivers to take the 34 hour restart more than one time per week if required. FMCSA studies will be conducted to monitor this rule change. To view new and updated regulations, visit the USDOT’s website http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov
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