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  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) addressing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation on December 8, 2014, pictured with the Minority Statement and supporting documents produced by Republican members of the committee. (Press Release)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean discussed efforts to address chronic poverty through education and economic policies at the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ’s Annual Summit in Monroe on December 4, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was presented the 3rd Annual Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 for his strong support of the state’s business community. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) and Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) held a State House press conference on October 16, 2014 to unveil new legislation, S-2509, to provide financial assistance to New Jersey’s urban enterprise zones. (Facebook)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon (right) after unveiling legislation on October 10, 2014 to foster innovation and increase job growth in New Jersey. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of Drew Keough, following the Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law” on October 9, 2014. Lt. Pezzano, a Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of S-2243 to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) was a “celebrity reader” to the preschool children at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Little Sprouts Early Learning Center in Newton, NJ on October 6, 2014. (Photo Gallery)

  • Sen. Tom Kean (R-21) and NJMEP visited DESIRON’s furniture factory in Kenilworth, NJ on October 2, 2014 in honor of National Manufacturing Day. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) toured the manufacturing facility of Tri-Power Designs in Denville, NJ to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) was presented the “Patriot Award” by the New Jersey Food Council at the organization’s Good Government Breakfast on October 1, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) and a bipartisan group of New Jersey’s women legislators held a press conference in front of MetLife Stadium on September 30, 2014 to urge the removal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in light of the league’s long history of inaction regarding domestic violence during his tenure. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (right) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (left) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutton to mark the completion of the theater’s Main Lobby Building Project in Morristown, NJ on September 29, 2014. (Facebook)

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation to Honor Service Academy Enrollees with New Jersey Flags Advances

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New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be given a State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be provided a New Jersey State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco.

“Providing a State flag to New Jersey residents who have dedicated themselves to serving our nation is a small but meaningful gesture of appreciation,” said Bucco. “The flag will serve as a reminder of home and a symbol of our state’s recognition of the achievement, integrity and willingness to sacrifice that these individuals have demonstrated.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Codey & Kean Want to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline

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Bipartisan Senate Resolution Offered Opposing Environmentally-Dangerous Pipeline That Would Cross Five NJ Counties, 30 Towns

Acting to stop the construction of an environmentally-dangerous oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. have introduced a Senate resolution opposing the project.

Groups including the Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline have organized with the support of residents opposed to the pipeline’s construction.

The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would travel 178 miles and go through five counties and 30 municipalities in New Jersey, carrying highly-volatile shale oil extracted through fracking in North Dakota. The two parallel pipelines are expected to run along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County, through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic County, Riverdale and Pequannock in Morris County, then through Watchung, Scotch Plains and into Linden.

“I am very concerned as to the safety risks that the construction and operation of these pipelines might pose to the neighborhoods in my district and to the integrity of the natural resources throughout the region,” said Senator Kean.

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Senator Diane Allen

Video: Sen. Allen Discusses Programs to Help New Jersey’s Veterans

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss a pair of programs to help New Jersey’s veterans.

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Allen noted that veterans returning from service face special challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that may result in difficulties that aren’t well suited for the regular court system. She has proposed legislation allowing for the creation of special veterans courts that would be better prepared to address the unique problems facing veterans as a result of their military service.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space Introduce Legislation Establishing “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway”

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District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space announced the introduction of legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space would rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Sen. Robert E. Littell.

Under the identical bills (S-2656/A-4042), the Sussex County portion of Route 15 would be designated the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” in honor of the late District 24 legislator and Sussex County native who served in the state Assembly and Senate for 40 years.

“Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and dedication to bettering the lives of all New Jerseyans,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Remarkably, through his years in Trenton he maintained a humble nature and never strayed from his priority of personally responding to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. ‘Bob,’ as he preferred to be called, was a loving husband and father and a personal friend and mentor to me and many others. Renaming this highway in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has left such an important and lasting legacy in New Jersey, especially Sussex County.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Video: Beck Introduces Bill to Quickly Identify Pathways for Clinical Trials in NJ

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation to create the “Clinical Trials Working Group” to promptly identify ways for the pharmaceutical industry to find appropriate clinical trials in New Jersey.

“Historically, New Jersey’s robust pharmaceutical industry has been forced to spend valuable time and resources looking outside of this state to find appropriate clinical trials for drugs and medications that they develop and test,” Beck said. “Clinical trials should be a regular part of business in New Jersey. This legislation creates a diverse and collaborative professional working group to recommend how New Jersey and its universities and colleges can partner with the private-sector to facilitate trials, add jobs and grow that sector of the economy right here.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty on Pending Conclusion of NJ’s Red Light Camera Pilot Program

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Nearly 7,100 People Signed Online Petition to Ban the Cams

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation (S-626) to ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey, commented on the imminent conclusion of the state’s red light camera pilot program and warned that citizens must remain vigilant to prevent the program’s return.

Sen. Mike Doherty praised the work of the thousands of people who fought against New Jersey’s red light camera pilot program, saying their efforts helped prevent the program from being made permanent.

“Over the five years of the red light camera pilot program, we have shattered the myth that cameras protect drivers or make inherently dangerous intersections safer,” said Doherty. “We have proven that the only thing cameras are consistently good at is robbing drivers through expensive and questionable tickets to support the wasteful spending of local officials.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Encouraged by President Obama’s Scheduled Visit to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

Senator Allen said today she is hopeful the President’s visit to the the Joint Base is a sign he is willing to join her in doing everything that is needed to preserve and strengthen the base. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“I am encouraged by President Obama’s recognition of these service members, their families, all of their sacrifices and their importance to this country. This one-of-a-kind military base is truly the lifeblood of our region, as it keeps us safe and protects our freedom by air, land and sea. I hope the President’s visit is a sign that he will join me in doing whatever is needed to preserve the Joint Base and enhance its operations as our military continues to evolve.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Bill Allowing for Contributions to ALS Association on Tax Returns Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) creating an easy avenue for taxpayers to make donations to the ALS Association is now law after being signed by Governor Christie on Thursday.  Under the legislation, S2396, residents will be able to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association.

Legislation sponsored by Senator O’Toole allowing taxpayers to donate a portion of their refund to the ALS Association has been signed into law.

“I joined many across New Jersey and the nation this past summer in taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raising funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation creates a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to continue to demonstrate their generosity and to continue the fight against ALS.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Unveils New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at BCIT

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Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.

Sen. Diane Allen is shown a display of robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Photo Gallery)

“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Committee Passes Bucco Bill to Eliminate Harmful State Child Care Subsidy Penalty

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The Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to eliminate a burdensome and potentially harmful child care subsidy requirement.

Sen. Bucco’s legislation would prevent families that receive child care subsidies from having to reapply as new applicants if they move between New Jersey counties. (Jordan/Flickr)

Senator Bucco’s legislation, S-2343, would prohibit the state Department of Human Services from requiring a child care subsidy recipient to reapply for a subsidy, as a new applicant, following the recipient’s change of residence to another New Jersey county. He introduced the bill in August to help protect constituents who are trying to overcome this issue to provide for their families.

“The State of New Jersey should not be in the business of penalizing child care subsidy recipients just for moving, as that harmful state department regulation does,” Bucco said. “This legislation eliminates that regulation to protect and ensure that there is no disruption in child care subsidy benefits for qualified families, and it also protects their abilities to receive suitable affordable housing.”

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