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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco to authorize local governments to email permits, receipts and bills was unanimously passed by the state Senate.
“This legislation will modernize the way local governments do business to make sure there are no delays in job creation or economic development, and to ensure that taxpayers are not charged with unnecessary mailing, printing and employee work hours costs,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “While my colleagues and I continue to work on cutting nation-high property taxes at their root causes and eliminating burdensome regulations and red tape, we can enact common-sense measures such as this one to expedite jobs and make local government more efficient.”
Senator Bucco’s S-1079 requires the state Division of Local Government Services to establish a mechanism for municipalities to email property tax bills, construction permits, and receipts for payment of municipal fees and charges. Taxpayers, fee payers and applicants would have to request electronic delivery from local government officials.
Legislation is a key part of Senate Republican’s New Package of Jobs Bills Being Rolled Out Across NJ
The state Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a post-doctoral fellowship program that will enhance cutting-edge industrial research and development in New Jersey.
More specifically, the bill, S-2442, uses existing, underutilized funds to create a fellowship program to attract the next generation of innovators to New Jersey, helping to develop an innovative ecosystem and creative network.
The state Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.
“The people of New Jersey, our workforce and economy have a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, and the implementation of driverless vehicles will make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “This legislation sends a strong message to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators that New Jersey is not afraid to create waves of the future, and that New Jersey is the perfect home for them to develop and grow. I urge the state Assembly to immediately advance this legislation to Gov. Chris Christie for consideration.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.
“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.
“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”
Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped to Cuba from prison and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, and the New Jersey State Police and the FBI are offering up to $2 million for information leading to her capture.
“Joanne Chesimard’s long overdue return to U.S. law enforcement should have been a no-brainer for the President to execute during his negotiations with Cuban leaders,” Pennacchio said. “This is a woman who caused tragedy by ending the life of a man dedicated to protecting and serving New Jersey residents and our freedom. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and has been shielded from justice by adversaries, so we urge our President to demand this justice for New Jerseyans and America as he works to restore ties with Cuba.”
The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
|A304||Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A965||Pub. util. construction work-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|A1784||Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A1796||Sch. dist.-deny student lunch||2RS||12/1/2014|
|A3271||Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization||2RS||12/8/2014|
|A3391||Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|A3423||Hosp. transactions, cert.-concerns||2RAG||12/11/2014|
|A3628||Water Infrastructure Prot. Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|ACR192||Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S685||Voter serve as messenger-reduces number||SBA||12/11/2014|
|S734||Autonomous veh.-driv. lic. endorsement||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S770||Pub. svc priv contracts-estab procedures||R/S||8/11/2014|
|S801||Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1079||Prop. tax bills-auth. pymt. via e-mail||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1168||Tongue tie-newborn infant screening req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1770||TDI-estab. partial return to work prog.||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S1811||Pub. contracts-req. use of US made goods||2RA||12/11/2014|
|S1856||Emerg. shelters-post inspection reports||2RSC||12/15/2014|
|S1870||Cats or dogs purch.-estab. addl. req.||2RA||12/15/2014|
|S1940||Bd of ed, loc govt-exempt pub util pymts||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S1945||Pub. util. construction work-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S1998||Prescrip. Monitoring Prog.-revise prov.||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2000||Sch. dist.-deny student lunch||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S2078||Petition circulators-concerns resid. req||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2234||Landscape Irrigation Contractors-abolish||2RS||6/26/2014|
|S2238||Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2243||Drew’s Law-15 mph in or near pub. parks||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2265||Pension contrib.-St req to pay quarterly||R/S||7/10/2014|
|S2277||Waterfront Comm, NY Harbor-Gov. w/draw||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2284||Medicaid managed care org.-concerns||2RA||12/4/2014|
|S2364||Fed prop surplus-loc law enforcement use||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2365||Mil equip surplus-trans, law enforcement||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2367||Substance abuse instr. sch students-req.||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2373||Substance use treatment prov.-report req||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2377||Substance abuse recovery housing prog.||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2378||Overdose Prev. Act-extend immunity||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2380||Prison-based mental health prog-concerns||2RS||10/27/2014|
|S2412||Water Infrastructure Prot. Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2420||Electric power net metering-concerns||2RS||10/9/2014|
|S2438||St. songs; desig. five||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2442||Innovation, Research Fellowship Prog.||SBA||12/8/2014|
|S2469||Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|S2484||Sch. start times-DOE conduct study||2RS||12/1/2014|
|S2485||Religious entities-proh. cert. practices||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2489||Bldg./hwy. infrastructure proj.-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2508||Driv. lic. vet. desig.-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2551||Permit Extension Act of 2008-extend||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2572||Casino Prop. Taxation Stabilization Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2573||Casino-prov. emp.w/health care benf.||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2574||St. sch. aid, cert. dist.-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2575||Casino investment alter. tax-concerns||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2576||AC Alliance-remove provisions of law||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2578||Optometrists-continue prescribing meds||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2579||Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2609||Tax lien holder-in rem tax forclosure||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2627||R.17, Ramsey-Staff Sergeant T.McGill Hwy||2RS||12/8/2014|
|S2630||Tobacco sales, cert.-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2642||UEZ sales tax-concerns||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2647||Hackensack Meadowlands Consolidation Act||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2648||Rutgers bd. of trustees-reduces memb.||2RS||12/15/2014|
|S2649||Police Body Camera Task Force-estab.||2RS||12/11/2014|
|SCR132||Limited const. convention-apply to Cong.||2RS||10/16/2014|
|SCR147||Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid||2RS||10/16/2014|
|SJR65||Common Sense Housing Invest. Act-pass||2RS||12/11/2014|
|SR104||Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Act-extend||2RS||12/8/2014|
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.