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The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus.
The legislation, S-211, establishes a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.
“Many of the children who are killed and injured in school bus related accidents are struck by drivers who illegally pass a bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended,” said Holzapfel. “The sad truth is that many drivers choose to break the law in such a dangerous manner because they think they can get away with it. Installing cameras to catch every driver who passes a school bus illegally will be an effective deterrent.”
Senator Diane Allen’s legislation (S-1257) to add protections from cyber-harassment for victims of domestic violence was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Cyber-harassment is now one of the most common ways that domestic abusers inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The damage and intimidation that can be accomplished through online channels, including websites, social media, and messaging platforms, is tremendous. It’s imperative that victims have the legal tools they need to fight back.”
The new law allows victims of cyber-harassment to obtain temporary and permanent restraining orders under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991.” There are currently 18 offenses covered under the act, including assault, stalking and robbery.
Establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders
Two bills sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s schools are now law after being signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Providing students with a safe place to learn is one of our most important missions,” Senator Addiego said. “All of the participating parties –- teachers, staff, law enforcement – must be well-trained in all of the most up-to-date procedures, and we must be proactive in order to prevent a tragedy.”
9th District Delegation Expresses Profound Sorrow at the Passing of Former Senator Leonard T. Connors, Jr.
“We’ve lost a great man.”
Former 9th District Senator and Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors Jr. passed away last night at the age of 87, surrounded by family.
Senator Leonard Connors served as Mayor of Surf City from 1966 to 2015 and began serving the first of his two terms as a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1977. He was a former director of the National Association of Coastal Mayors and served as a director for the United Way campaign.
A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is one step closer to final passage after it was advanced by the Assembly Health Committee.
The resolution was inspired by Nicholas Da Silva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. In the two years since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to make the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.
“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. “Six years after it was created, the Red Tape Review Commission is still finding ways to cut back the bureaucracy and make it easier for entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses in the state. This law will reduce the time it takes for drug companies to set up shop in New Jersey.”
In the face of a statewide drought emergency, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is urging New Jersey residents and state leaders to take action to prepare for the oncoming crisis.
Senator Bateman, a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, has introduced a resolution calling for an updated version of the Statewide Water Supply Plan.
“Much of the state is under a drought warning and we have no way of knowing how long these conditions will last,” Senator Bateman said. “The Statewide Water Supply Plan has not been publicly updated in 20 years. Until the report is released, it will be nearly impossible to implement strategies to address this potential drought crisis. The state must work quickly to enact a plan before we have a true emergency on our hands.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Leonard T. Connors, Jr.:
“Len Connors represented the very best of elective government. He was serious, no nonsense, and focused on delivering small, effective government. That he served for nearly 50 years as mayor and more than 25 years in the Legislature is a testament to the great admiration he earned from generations of constituents.
“I’ve had the honor to serve alongside Len’s son, Senator Chris Connors, and I know how proud he must have been to see Chris fill his shoes so completely.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol was advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.
“The state’s apiarists provide a vital service by supplementing our natural bee population with beehives raised on private properties,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create the New Jersey Commission on Higher education and Business Partnerships was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning and its business community already produce incredible opportunities for economic development activity,” Senator Kean said. “Just think of what they can do if we can create a direct line of communication and cooperation between both parties.”