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  • Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic and Red Bank Superintendent Rumage joined Sen. Jennifer Beck for the Governor’s Budget Message at the New Jersey State House on Feb. 28. The superintendents have worked with Beck to secure additional state aid for massively underfunded districts like theirs. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego and Asm. Joe Howarth met Carter and Corbin Taylor to talk about their program, Science for Sick Days, for kids unable to attend school because of illness, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Commission of Education Kimberley Harrington visited schools in Asbury Park and Long Branch on Feb. 14. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego at the ribbon cutting of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County at Smithville Park on Feb. 8, 2017. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks to the Senate Transportation Committee in support of her “Antwan’s Law” bill to make roads safer for students, in Trenton, on Jan. 9, 2017. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks at a Jan. 7 Statehouse event recognizing a law she sponsored that took effect this month to allow New Jersey adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. on Jan. 4. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Dawn Addiego speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on Dec. 8, 2016 on bipartisan legislation she is sponsoring with Senate President Steve Sweeney (left) and Asm. Adam Taliaferro (right) to allow state pension funds to invest in TTF bonds. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017 on the weekend of Nov. 12 at the Institute’s conference in Arizona. (Full Story)

District 9

Assembly Passes 9th District Delegation Bill to Designate U.S. Constitution Week

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The State General Assembly passed legislation sponsored and supported by the 9th District Legislative Delegation that would designate the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” in order to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787.  This would correlate with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.

The General Assembly passed a 9th District bill to establish ‘Constitution Week.’ (National Archives)

The joint resolution (AJR-72) supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove passed the Senate in November of last year.  Having passed both Houses of the Legislature, the measure heads to the Governor’s desk.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Passed: Bucco Concussion Awareness Day Resolution

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to raise awareness about concussions was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution creating Concussion Awareness Day was passed by the Senate. (Flickr)

“Every year, we see more and more evidence about the dangers of concussions and the serious health problems they can cause,” Senator Bucco said. “Professional sports leagues have started taking them more seriously, but youth sports — where concussions can cause even more damage — still lag behind. Spreading knowledge about concussions can go a long way in preventing lifelong brain injuries.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Prevent Ex-Cons From Running for School Board Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to require school board candidates to swear that they have not been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from office.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would prevent ex-cons from running for school board, by requiring candidates to swear that they haven’t been convicted of a crime that would disqualify them from serving. (©iStock)

“In the last five years, dozens of school board members have had to give up their seats because they committed a crime that disqualified them from serving. This is a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money,” Senator Bucco said. “All school board candidates should be required to go on the record about their criminal background as soon as they decide to run for office. I really don’t think that is too much to ask.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Scutari/Bateman Bill to End Pet Trafficking Goes to Governor

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Bipartisan Bill Establishes Trafficking Stolen Pets as a New Third-Degree Crime

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22) that names pet trafficking a third-degree crime.

Bipartisan legislation by Sens. Nicholas Scutari and Kip Bateman would establish pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“Anyone who is cruel enough to traffic an innocent animal should be locked up, but the law doesn’t recognize pet trafficking as a crime. Stolen pets are seen as stolen property, and those offenders are punished in the same way,” Senator Bateman explained. “That’s just wrong. Our pets are family; not property. Selling an animal to a medical researcher or a puppy mill is as heartless as it gets. A slap on the wrist isn’t enough. We need a new law, so that pet traffickers get the punishment they deserve.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Passed: Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Secure $91 Million for Open Space Funding

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to appropriate more than $91 million to go to various open space, recreation and conservation projects were all passed by the New Jersey Senate.

All three bills use money from dedicated corporation business tax revenues to provide grants or other funding to develop or acquire land for use as open space.

A trio of bills to appropriate $91 million in funding for open space projects were passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“This money will go a long way in helping to develop land for recreation purposes in densely populated areas and counties,” Senator Bateman, sponsor of S-3352 said. “Because of this bill, more than $71 million in grants will go towards worthy projects throughout the state that will ensure our residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Encourage More Food Donations Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage more food donations to New Jersey non-profit organizations was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill encourages more food donations to help feed hungry families. (Flickr)

“The unfortunate reality is that many New Jersey families struggle to find their next meal,” Senator Oroho said. “They depend on food banks and other non-profits, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those kinds of organizations can continue to support these families.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Democrats Block Beck/Doherty Sick Leave Reforms

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Republican Measures Would Address Nearly $2 Billion Property Tax Liability

Democrats in the New Jersey Senate blocked the consideration of sick leave reforms sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would address a nearly $2 billion liability for property taxpayers.

Senate Democrats tabled Sen. Jennifer Beck’s sick leave reform effort during the Senate session on June 22, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Senators Beck and Doherty made motions to relieve S-2947 and S-572 from the committee process for consideration by the full New Jersey Senate.

“We’ve tried repeatedly to put an end to the outrageous six-figure payouts that drive up property tax bills statewide,” said Beck. “Democrats, however, continue to block our reforms that would end this abusive practice and make New Jersey more affordable. To be clear, this is more than a billion dollars of property tax relief that New Jersey Democrats have denied.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Help Families Receive Death Benefits Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to help families secure state and federal benefits after the death of a loved one was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill helps families receive benefits after the death of a loved one. (SenateNJ.com)

“People work hard their whole lives in order to provide for their families, and that includes earning death benefits,” Senator Oroho said. “There are often plenty of regulations and other bureaucratic hurdles to clear before they can receive those benefits. Our goal is to make that a little easier, especially at a time when people are grieving.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation to Lower Rates for Rural Electric Co-op Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to assist Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill will help lower rates for Rural Electric Co-op members. (Flickr)

“Helping entities, in this case a non-profit, navigate through the channels of state government in order to resolve an issue sometimes necessitates a change in the law,” Senator Oroho said. “This legislation will enable Sussex Rural to operate even more effectively for the community.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Moves to Bring Telemedicine to New Jersey

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to legalize telemedicine in New Jersey has passed the State Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would authorize healthcare providers who are licensed by the state to engage in telemedicine. New Jersey is one of the last states in the USA without regulations addressing telemedicine. (Flickr)

“Bringing telemedicine to New jersey will do a world of good for our residents, particularly for those who are homebound, or have a chronic condition that requires regular maintenance,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “We have not been immune to the nationwide doctor shortage. Expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare is the right thing to do, especially in these uncertain times. This bill could bring the cost down for millions of new patients.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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