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.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."