Wednesday, November 28, 2012

NJ Senate to vote on two alternative-fuel vehicle bills

Two of 30 current pieces of legislation offering a variety of incentives to encourage the use of alternative-fuel vehicles in New Jersey are on Thursday's voting agenda in the state Senate.

S-2194, sponsored by Middlesex County Democrat Bob Smith and fellow Democrat Linda Greenstein of Mercer County, requires the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority to provide natural gas refueling and electric vehicle recharging stations at certain rest areas on New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

SR-81, also sponsored by Smith, urges automobile manufacturers to develop and sell natural gas vehicles in New Jersey.  

A third Smith bill, S-2250, co-sponsored by Republican Jennifer Beck of Monmouth County, was voted out of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on November 19 and referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The legislation requires use of constitutionally dedicated moneys to fund conversion of certain diesel vehicles to compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, or electric.

To see a full copy of any of the above bills, click on its number. 

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