PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By ARep | February 11th, 2013 - 3:32pm
| More

AMODEO/DiMAIO/McHOSE AGRICULTURAL DRIVER’S LICENSE EXEMPTION BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans John Amodeo, John DiMaio and Alison Littell McHose that removes the requirement that drivers of agricultural equipment between the ages of 16 and 20 must be in the company and under the supervision of a licensed driver over the age of 21, was approved today by the Assembly Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee.

“The restriction of operating a vehicle while under the supervision of a licensed driver over the age of 21 makes the agricultural driver’s license for teens virtually useless,” said Amodeo, R-Atlantic. “Lifting this restriction for this very specific population will help ease an undue burden on our farmers.”

“New Jersey has long been known for its diverse and rich agricultural heritage,” stated DiMaio, R-Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset. “Today, the farming industry remains an important part of our landscape and economy. Just as with any business, we need to assist our farmers by eliminating undue regulations that make their jobs more difficult.”

“Traditionally, farming is a family business. As such, our farmers often rely on their teenage children to help farm the land,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “In order to do that, they need to be able to operate a variety of farm equipment, including tractors and trucks. Often, it isn’t possible or practical to have an adult available to supervise them. Farming is a very difficult and challenging business. The last thing farmers need is to be bogged down with burdensome regulations.”

Since 1942, New Jersey has issued agricultural driver’s licenses and permits allowing16-year-olds to operate farm equipment and vehicles, when engaged directly and exclusively in agricultural activities.

Under the 2001 Graduated Driver License, 16-year-old permit holders were required to be in the company and under the supervision of a licensed driver over the age of 21.

The Amodeo/DiMaio/McHose bill, A-498, would exempt agricultural driver’s licensees from that restriction, provided they successfully complete an approved minimum six-hour behind-the-wheel driver training course. It also eliminates the special learner’s permit decals requirement established in 2009 under Kyleigh’s Law.

####
On the Net:
www.NJAssemblyRepublicans.com
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter

Contact Info: 

Assemblyman John Amodeo / 609-677-8266
Assemblyman John DiMaio / 908-684-9550
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose / 973-300-0200

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

Poll

Who is a better field general for his party as both try to win governor's races around the country?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources