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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Applauds Supreme Court for Taking Up NJ Sports Betting Case

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for agreeing to hear arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments to legalize sports betting in New Jersey.  (Flickr)

On Tuesday, June 27, The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a court decision that blocked New Jersey’s efforts to bring sports betting to its casinos and race tracks, including Monmouth Park.

Senator Kyrillos is the prime sponsor of legislation repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, and a staunch advocate for New Jersey’s equine industry.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Concerned Bill Transferring NWS Earle Students Fails to Fix Property Tax Problem

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Offers Comprehensive Statewide Solution Eliminating Local Financial Burden for Educating Military Children

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) expressed concern that legislation (A-4453) transferring military-connected children living on Naval Weapons Station Earle from one school district to another fails to address the underlying problem of how to fairly fund the education of children living on military bases across New Jersey.

Sen. Jennifer Beck urged her colleagues to consider her legislation providing additional State aid to all school districts for the military-connected students they serve. (Google Maps)

“I’ve opposed this legislation because it is too narrowly focused and doesn’t represent a real funding solution for all of the host communities across the state that bear the responsibility of educating the children living on New Jersey’s military bases,” said Beck. “The issue at Earle is part of a much broader property tax problem that impacts all of the communities surrounding the military installations across the state. All of those communities that provide services to support our military families deserve additional property tax relief.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck’s Legislation to Remove Firearms When Threat Exists Blocked by Senate Democrats Again

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Senate Democrats blocked a second attempt by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to move legislation (S-2615) she sponsors which requires the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat of harm to themselves or others.

Senate Democrats blocked a second attempt by Sen. Jennifer Beck to move legislation she sponsors which requires the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat of harm to themselves or others. (SenateNJ.com)

“Time after time, we’ve heard that the perpetrators of horrible acts of violence, like James Holmes in Aurora and Adam Lanza in Newtown, had serious, known mental health issues,” said Beck. “Still, despite long histories of mental illness, they were able to obtain the firearms used to assault and kill others. Those crimes illustrate a clear gap in the law that needs to be closed to prevent similar tragedies from occurring here in New Jersey.”

A motion by Beck to relieve her bill from committee for consideration by the Senate was tabled by Senate Democrats during today’s Senate session in a 21-11 vote.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Democrats Block Beck’s Bill to Protect Victims of Gender-Based Wage Discrimination

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New Jersey Senate Democrats blocked the consideration of legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that would offer financial protections to the victims of gender-based wage discrimination.

Senate Democrats voted to table Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation offering financial protections to the victims of gender-based wage discrimination. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck attempted to move her legislation, S-2458, that would protect from taxation any awards or settlements related to claims of unlawful gender-based wage discrimination.

“New Jersey has one of the most aggressive, progressive wage discrimination statutes in the nation,” said Beck. “When such discrimination has been resolved, either through a trial or settlement agreement, our State furthers the victim’s mistreatment through aggressive income taxation of damages that have been awarded. I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats voted against the interests of women today.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Oroho’s ‘Ralph & David’s Law’ to Up Penalties for Drunk Drivers Who Kill

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The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to update the state’s vehicular homicide statutes to increase penalties for deaths caused by drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan “Ralph and David’s Law” establishes harsher punishments for drunk drivers who cause a fatality. (Flickr)

“Ralph and David’s Law” is named in honor of David Heim and Ralph Politi, Jr., innocent victims who lost their lives to drunk drivers.

“The pain of losing a loved one to a drunk driver never goes away. Families never get to walk away from that tragedy, but when a drunk driver does, and only gets a slap on the wrist, it acts as a double tragedy,” Senator Oroho said. “Harsher punishments can act as a deterrent and ensure that reckless drunk drivers who kill receive a punishment that reflects the magnitude of their crime.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Remove Age Restriction for Testifying Via CCTV in Sex Crime Cases Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to expand protections for survivors and witnesses, by removing the age restriction for testifying via closed circuit television in certain sex crime, domestic violence, and child abuse cases.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would expand protections for survivors and witnesses, by removing the age restriction to testify via closed-circuit-television, also known as CCTV. (©iStock)

Currently, only those 16-years-of-age or younger are permitted to testify via CCTV.

“It is unconscionable to force someone to confront a violent criminal face-to-face when we know that this will only increase their pain. They shouldn’t have to live with that trauma or cope with a constant fear of retribution,” Senator Oroho said. “No one should be blocked from testifying via closed-circuit television, just because of their age. All survivors and witnesses should be treated with compassion and respect in a court room.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Passed: Kyrillos/Cunningham Resolution to Open 9/11 Museum for All American Families

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (R-Hudson) urging Congress to designate the September 11 Memorial and Museum as a national memorial was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos resolution urges the President and Congress to designate the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a “national memorial.” (Flickr)

“It has been almost 16 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 9/11 Museum honors the memory of those we lost and the heroism of so many on that horrific day,” Senator Kyrillos said. “It can cost upwards of $200 to buy tickets for a family of four, which makes it extremely difficult for many people to visit this solemn place. We must remember those we lost, and making the 9/11 Museum a National Memorial will ensure that everyone can visit and pay their respects.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Bill to Allow Drug Donations Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to help the uninsured or underinsured through the use of donated prescription and over-the-counter drugs was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill will allow private organizations to establish medication donation programs to help the uninsured and underinsured. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We already have a number of programs in place to collect unused medication so it can be destroyed, but just because it’s unused doesn’t mean it’s not useful,” Senator Addiego said. “Unexpired medication can and should be going to individuals who need it but otherwise might not have access to it because of how much it costs.”

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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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Michael Doherty

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Kevin O'Toole

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Steven Oroho

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