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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) has sent letters to every member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation urging their efforts to help advance a full federal funding solution to combat the Zika virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe birth defects in infants, and is responsible for miscarriages and still births.
“The Zika virus poses a serious threat to women who are pregnant and their unborn children,” said Oroho. “It’s imperative that Congress put aside politics and approve the funding that national health experts say is needed to prevent the Zika virus from becoming a national public health crisis. With the impact of Zika already being felt here in New Jersey, I urge our state’s congressional delegation to take the lead in this effort.”
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that it would be a mistake to replace New Jersey’s complex and failed school funding formula with another convoluted formula that would be the likely result of a study commission proposed by Senate Democrats.
“New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation because our overly complex school funding formula tries to pick favorites, giving some districts hundreds of millions and others next to nothing,” said Doherty. “You can’t fix that inequity by punting the problem to a commission of bureaucrats who will produce another bad formula. The fair, simple and transparent solution is to treat all kids equally.”
Doherty will introduce Governor Christie’s proposed “Fairness Formula,” which would split the approximately $9 billion of direct school aid in the state budget into equal school aid for each student. Under the “Fairness Formula,” each public school district would receive $6,599 per enrolled student, along with aid for special needs students.
Beck: Democrats’ “New” 23 Cent/Gallon, $1.2 Billion Gas Tax Increase Plan Nearly Identical to Old, Failed Proposal
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new $1.2 billion gas tax plan announced by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker today is nearly identical to and just as bad for taxpayers as the original Senate plan that failed to advance last month.
“The tax plan announced by Democrats today would still raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, just as the last failed plan would have,” said Beck. “The cosmetic changes that the Senate President and Assembly Speaker have agreed to are just window dressing on the core $1.2 billion tax increase on drivers that remains largely unchanged from the previous version of the legislation.”
Beck has spearheaded the effort to oppose a gas tax, leading rallies attended by hundreds and an online petition that has been signed nearly 11,000 times.
Says We’ve Come Too Far to Allow Reform Effort to Stall
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the advancement of reforms to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including the approval of a new chief executive officer and the passage of legislation that would cement the position and other critical changes.
Kean’s action follows concerns expressed by Port Authority Chairman John Degnan that momentum to enact reforms is stalling. Degnan has asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve a new CEO from a shortlist of candidates produced by a search committee.
Kean is the sponsor of S-355 which provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms to the Port Authority.
“With the Port Authority so important to our region and economy, we must work to eliminate the structural deficiencies that have been identified,” said Kean. “The failure to adopt a new management structure, hire a CEO, and codify reforms is an invitation for continued abuse.”
State colleges and universities would be required to waive certain fees for veterans, under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon.) The bill has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
“There are more than 16,000 veterans and service members pursuing four-year college degrees in New Jersey and every single one of these brave heroes deserves our support,” Senator Bateman said. “Members of the military often face significant economic hardships following a term of duty. Waiving costly application fees will encourage more veterans to complete their college degrees and develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio simplifying the process to obtain a county veteran identification card has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. S-1771 also expands access to veterans who have served in the National Guard in other states.
“Simplifying this process will ensure more veterans have access to the discounts and services provided to veterans returning home to New Jersey,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Having a county ID card proving veteran status is more than just a convenience – it is a special designation that recognizes the heroic sacrifices made by the thousands of brave service men and women across New Jersey.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
The resolution, SJR-31, designates Sept. 17-23 of each year as Constitution Week and calls for special activities that will raise public awareness about the important role the Constitution plays in everyday life.
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges the United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
“Alice Paul is a national hero and someone whom I’ve always admired,” Senator Allen said. “She fought tirelessly her entire life to secure equal rights for women. Her legacy is something we treasure here in New Jersey, and I hope Congress sees that it is something worth honoring.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon) urging state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The resolution will be reported from the Senate on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
“Nearly 60 percent of municipal waste generated each year in New Jersey goes unrecycled, simply because many state and local facilities do not have the infrastructure to expand recycling efforts beyond collecting paper and plastic,” Senator Bateman said. “Raising awareness of cost-efficient, local opportunities to upcycle is essential to keeping tens of millions of tons of commonly-unrecycled items out of landfills and incinerators.”
Now Law: Bateman Bill to Provide Equal Protections to Domestic & Civil Union Partners of Homicide Victims
Legislation signed into law by Governor Christie expands eligibility to the benefits established under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to include the domestic or civil union partner of a homicide victim among those eligible to receive compensation, as well as certain protections and rights from the criminal justice system.
“A person who has lost their beloved partner to homicide should have access to the same benefits and protections afforded to spouses and relatives,” Senator Bateman said. “A victim’s domestic or civil union partner is no less deserving than any other loved one coping with such an unthinkable loss. New Jersey’s criminal justice laws must evolve to meet the needs of all families of homicide victims. I am pleased that the Governor has signed my bill to correct this major oversight in state law.”