NJ lawmakers pass several bills out of committee
State legislators recently passed several bills out of committee. The bills range from traffic signal safety to making it easier for you to pay cell phone fines. If you've been ticketed for not using a hands free cell phone device while driving, life may get a little easier for you. The Assembly Transportation Committee passed a measure that will allow you to mail the payment instead of going to court. The bill also sets the fine at $100. In another action, the committee passed on to the full Assembly a bill that would ban the use of devices that can change traffic lights. The devices were originally meant for emergency vehicles only, but motorists can get them online. The bill prohibits the devices and carries a stiff fine if you're caught using one. The state has also divvied up $1 million of grant money among nine domestic violence shelters. More than $300,000 of that money went to the YWCA of East Union County. An Assembly committee also discussed eight different bills that would create a position for a lieutenant governor. No action was taken on those eight bills.