New Jersey State Assembly unanimously passed A3396, a Bill which would provide lemon law protection to emergency vehicles throughout the Garden State, including fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars.
We congratulate “Medic Doug” who has truly been the guiding force behind this Bill, and the Bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Jack Conners. Kimmel and Silverman has routinely represented police forces, fire companies and EMT units throughout the Northeast, but we have had to utilize Federal Laws such as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act to seek remedies for these organizations. If this Bill passes in the Senate, for the first time, there will be a concrete definition of a lemon emergency vehicle and we would hope other states such as Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio would take notice.
As Doug writes in his blog, the battle for protection is far from over, and we need to see if the Senate will pass the Bill prior to the holiday recess. Otherwise all lobbying efforts will once again start from scratch in the new year.
Attention New Jersey residents, if you live in one of the following areas, your Senator is on the Senate Commerce Committee and we need you to reach out to them and let them know why you feel the Bill is so important to you and your neighbors. Please make sure you let your Senator know that you vote and if you volunteer your time as an emergency provider, please also let that be known. We need to make our voices heard to make this Bill become a reality!
Our Senate Commerce Committee is made up of Senators from the following municipalities: Allendale, Allentown, Alpine, Bordentown, Bordentown City, Chesterfield, Clark, Clifton, Closter, Creskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Orange, Elizabeth, Emerson, Fanwood, Farmingdale, Fieldsboro, Glen Ridge, Green Brook, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Hohokus, Howell, Jackson, Kenilworth, Lakewood, Linden, Middlesex, Montclair, Montvale, New Hanover, New Milford, North Plainfield, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Oradell, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Plumsted, Rahway, Ramsey, Robbinsville, Roosevelt, River Edge, Rivervale, Rockleigh, Roselle, Saddle River, Scotch Plains, Union Township, Upper Freehold, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Washington (Bergen), Westwood, Winfield, Woodcliff Lake and Woodland Park (West Paterson).
For more information about the Bill and what you can do to support it, visit Medic Doug’s blog by clicking here.