9th District Bill Would Exempt Disabled Vets From Beach Buggy Permit Fees

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Jan 15, 2020

Trenton, NJ — Legislation introduced by state Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to exempt disabled veterans from beach buggy permit fees was recently advanced by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bills, S-1703 and A-715, passed in the Senate unanimously in June 2019.

“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,” the 9th District lawmakers said in a joint statement.

Members of the delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

As they remarked, “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.”

They added, “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 legislators hope to see the measure posted for a full chamber vote in the Assembly and then sent to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. —J.K.-H.

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