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Members of New Jersey's 9th legislative district see positive traction in Trenton on their legislation that would exempt disable Veterans from having to pay beach buggy fees.
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.  |  January 13, 2020
The New Jersey Assembly could vote as early as January 13, 2020 on a new bill that would exempt disabled veterans from having to pay a beach buggy fee for surf fishing.

Legislation introduced by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove that would exempt disabled veterans from beach buggy permit fees was advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on January 6.

The legislation, S-1703 and A-715, already passed the Senate unanimously in June 2019.

The Connors, Rumpf and Gove team - which represents the 9th Legislative District spanning from Seaside Park south to Bass River, as far west as Washington Township - issued the following statement:

“The idea for this legislation was brought to our Delegation’s attention by a constituent, Mr. Joseph Dolobacs, to whom we are grateful not only for his service and sacrifice to our country but also for his advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans.

“Those disabled veterans, for whom this legislation has been introduced, have sacrificed much for the freedoms that we all in this great nation cherish, but who many in this world are unable to experience. Certainly, it is feasible within the State Budget and existing revenue sources to exempt disabled veterans from paying this fee.

“Most directly, paying no permit fee would allow this to become a more affordable activity for these individuals to continue enjoying. More broadly, it would represent a meaningful gesture of respect by the State to appropriately recognize the disabled veterans who would benefit for their service and sacrifice to this great country.”

“The hope is that the Committee’s action leads to our legislation being posted for a full Chamber vote in the Assembly prior to being sent to the Governor’s desk.”

Members of the 9th District Delegation serve respectively on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

The unanimously approved Senate version of the bill was also sponsored by James W. Holzapfel (District 10), with co-sponsors Anthony R. Bucco (District 25), Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (District 18), Fred H. Madden, Jr. (District 4) and Nellie Pou (District 35).

The Assembly version of the bill - A-715 – was listed as one of the bills up for consideration in the Assembly Session voting on Monday, January 13, 2020. Successful passage there would send the bill to the governor's desk for signature into law.

* A715/S1703 successfully passed both houses as of January 13, 2020.