Zwicker Bill to Expand Primary Voting Rights, Encourage Youth Participation in Elections Heads to Governor
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections recently received approval from both houses of the legislature. It now awaits the governor's consideration.
The bill (A-3591), the "New Voter Empowerment Act," would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the next succeeding general election.
"Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "More than 23,000 of them will have a birthday after the primary but before the general election. Under this legislation, they would be able to vote in both elections. It's an important step forward to fully empower thousands of new voters every year."
The Delaware River and Raritan River basins have a long history of flooding during storms. The most notable of these flood events in recent history occurred during Hurricane Sandy, and it caused millions of dollars in damage. In my District, Manville Borough was very severely impacted, and there are still homeowners there trying to figure out how to move forward. It is clear, however, that this problem is too big for one municipality to solve. I was glad to sponsor this bill because I believe the regional task force will create accountability and leadership to get this done.Read more
(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced two dates on which constituents who are unable to visit his District Office may seek in-person assistance from his legislative staff.
The off-site office hours will give constituents the opportunity to receive support in matters related to state agencies, voice their opinions on state issues and familiarize themselves with services available through Zwicker’s office.
“Our goal is to make ourselves accessible to constituents, no matter where they live in the district,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “I encourage residents to bring their questions and concerns to these mobile office hours.”
Hillsborough Office Hours
Wednesday, July 13, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hillsborough Public Library
379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Montgomery Office Hours
Thursday, July 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library
64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
For questions about the Mobile Office Hours, or for any other concerns, please contact Zwicker’s District Office by calling 609-454-3147 or by emailing AsmZwicker@njleg.org.
McKeon, Zwicker & Houghtaling Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals with Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Goes to Governor
"Many New Jersey residents employ the use of guide and service dogs to help them with daily tasks which increases their independence," said Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). "The only way to ensure service and guide animals are accepted in all places with their owners is to make it law."
Bill Stems From Christie Administration's Decision To Settle With Exxon For $225 Million Despite Asking For $8.9 Billion In Damages
Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon and Andrew Zwicker to ensure that money received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction gained approval from an Assembly panel on Monday.
The bill is in response to Gov. Christie's decision last year to settle with Exxon Mobil for a fraction of what the state asked for in damages for contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey. The decision has been chastised and many critics have accused the governor of quietly settling to use the money to balance the budget.
"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of money received from environmental lawsuits is reserved for damage restoration."
"Money from environmental penalties should go toward environmental cleanups," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Hunterdon/Middlesex). "This is a simple concept designed to protect residents."
The bill (A-2844) would amend the state budget to provide that one-half of all amounts of environmental lawsuit recoveries received by the state, in excess of $50 million, is deposited into the Hazardous Discharge Site Cleanup Fund and are appropriated for the direct and indirect costs of remediation, restoration and clean up.
These appropriated funds also would be available to cover consulting, expert, and legal service expenses incurred in pursuing claims for damages and grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to further implement restoration activities of the Office of Natural Resource Restoration in the Department of Environmental Protection. Without the enactment of this bill, all amounts of natural resource recoveries and associated damages recovered by the state in excess of $50 million during the fiscal year would be deposited in the State General Fund as general state revenue.
The bill was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.