On the final day of
’s two-year legislative session, lawmakers sent
a bill to acting Gov. Richard Codey that would
increase annual motor vehicle registration fees.
The Senate voted 35-4 Monday, Jan. 9, to advance the bill – A4584 – that would boost fees by $3 to pay for new medical evacuation helicopters and
to fund new state trooper classes. Assembly lawmakers approved the bill in
The increase would provide up to $14 million annually for the
helicopters and $7 million to train 200 new state troopers annually.
“The MedEvac helicopter program provides a
necessary service, and helps save the lives of New Jersey motorists by getting
them to the hospitals fast,” Sen. Bernard F. Kenny Jr., D-Hudson County, Newsday reported.
The MedEvac program has been supported by a
$1 vehicle registration fee since 1992. Additional dollars are needed for
upkeep on the four helicopters that average 15 years of service.
Of the $3 increase, $2 would go for the helicopters and $1 for the new