ASSEMBLY MEETS MONDAY, CONSIDERS EVACUATION BILL

The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to consider legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matthew W. Milam (both D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) to improve evacuation plans in preparation for a catastrophic event or natural disaster, such as a hurricane or nor’easter.

            “We can’t afford to wait until after a disaster strikes to improve our preparedness,” Albano said.

            The measure (A-3224) stems from the final report of the Assembly Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force.

            “While our emergency management officials have done a great job, the state can do more to ensure residents have the tools, services and information they need to be protected if and when disaster strikes,” Milam said.

            The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will consider legislation (A-1958) sponsored by Assemblyman Jack Conners (D-Camden/Burlington), that would create a special license plate for the parents of soldiers killed on active duty.

            The bill authorizes a special Gold Star Parent license plate for the parents of servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States. Stepparents and foster parents could also be among those eligible.

            The design would include a gold star and the words “Gold Star Parent.”

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