State Senate Passes 9th District Bill to Exempt Disabled Veterans From Paying for Beach Buggy Permits

Jul 03, 2019

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by 9th District legislators to exempt an eligible disabled veteran from any fee to obtain, replace or renew a permit to operate a beach buggy. Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove had introduced the initiative at the request of a constituent who is a disabled veteran.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 57,000 veterans residing in New Jersey who receive disability compensation due to a service-connected condition. S-1703 would prohibit both the state and municipalities from imposing beach buggy permit fees on these individuals.

“Exempting disabled veterans from paying for beach buggy permits is a small yet meaningful gesture of appreciation to these brave individuals in recognition of their service and sacrifice for our nation,” the 9th District legislators said in a join statement. “Certainly, we’re pleased that our veterans’ proposal passed the Senate with unanimous and bipartisan support. On behalf of the disabled veterans that would benefit from this effort, we hope that the Assembly follows the Senate’s lead by passing this legislation as soon as possible.”

The identical companion measure, A-715, is awaiting action by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. —J.K.-H.

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