ASSEMBLY, No. 3749

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblyman  VINCENT MAZZEO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman  BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  RAJ MUKHERJI

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblywoman  NANCY J. PINKIN

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen Mosquera, Tucker, Assemblyman Wilson, Assemblywomen Spencer, Vainieri Huttle, Assemblymen Johnson and Danielsen

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes program to provide assistance to qualified veterans in in-patient and out-patient treatment programs to travel to counseling programs in State.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act establishing a program to provide travel assistance to certain veterans, and supplementing chapter 3 of Title 38A of the New Jersey Statutes and chapter 25 of Title 27 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs shall establish a program to provide assistance to qualified veterans in in-patient and out-patient treatment programs to travel to attend counseling programs within this State.

     The department shall also:

     a.    develop, in cooperation with the New Jersey Transit Corporation, a program to provide assistance to qualified veterans to travel to and from counseling within the State using any motor bus or rail passenger service conducted by the corporation, whenever possible, without charge or the payment of a fee by the veteran;

     b.    develop, in coordination with the New Jersey Transit Corporation, a form of identification that permits a qualified veteran to be identified as a participant in the program established by this section;

     c.    notify the general public and eligible veterans that the program established by this section is available to qualified veterans; and

     d.    adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 

     2.    The New Jersey Transit Corporation shall cooperate with the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs to permit veterans in in-patient and out-patient treatment programs who have been qualified to use any motorbus or rail passenger service conducted by the corporation without charge or the payment of a fee, pursuant to section 1 of P.L.     , c.    (C.     )(pending before the Legislature as this bill), to attend counseling programs within this State.

     The corporation, in coordination with the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, shall develop a form of identification that permits a qualified veteran to be identified as a participant in the program established by section 1 of P.L.     , c.    (C.     )(pending before the Legislature as this bill).

 

     3.    This act shall take effect on the 90th day following the date of enactment.


STATEMENT

 

     Under this bill, the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs is to establish a program to provide assistance to qualified veterans in in-patient and out-patient treatment programs to travel to attend counseling programs within this State.

     The department would also:

     1)    develop, in cooperation with the New Jersey Transit Corporation, a program to provide assistance to qualified veterans to travel to and from counseling within the State using any motorbus or rail passenger service conducted by the corporation, whenever possible, without charge or the payment of a fee by the veteran;

     2)    develop, in coordination with the New Jersey Transit Corporation, a form of identification that permits a qualified veteran to be identified as a participant in the program established by this section; and

     3)    notify the general public and eligible veterans that the program established by this section is available to qualified veterans.

     The bill also directs the New Jersey Transit Corporation to cooperate with the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs to effectuate the program.