New Jersey lawmakers learned a lot of lessons when Sandy blew through last year. And today, they worked on a number of proposed laws to help New Jersey and its citizens prepare for the next Super Storm.
The NJ assembly put at least six different bills through dealing with wild weather preparation. One committee discussed new emergency response measures and even passed two bills that help protect power lines, utility infrastructure and other equipment.
Another bill requires utilities to communicate regularly with officials who are responsible for pruning trees to make sure utility lines are protected from storm damage.
During Sandy last year, drivers waited hours in long lines for gas. Another proposed bill calls for a website where people can get information about what gas stations are open in an emergency.
Another proposed bill that was sent out of committee would require storm or flood damage to be disclosed during vehicle sales.
Altogether six new bills were sent out of their committees and the full New Jersey Assembly could vote on them as early as late March.
If the State Senate passes the bills they’ll be sent to Governor Chris Christie who can sign them and they would become law.