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  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing on Dec. 21, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick announced opposition to Democrat-proposed constitutional amendments that would lock in automatic tax increases and diminish voter influence in rigged New Jersey legislative elections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kevin O’Toole joined the family of a fallen Waldwick police officer on Dec. 16, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating a section of Rt. 17 in the borough the ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway.’ (Facebook/Kevin O’Toole)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Anthony Bucco was honored as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association on Dec. 3, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Jennifer Beck served as judges for the AT&T Civic App Challenge, a two-month hackathon to develop mobile applications that meet a community need. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Steven Oroho joined the Littell family on Nov. 13, 2015 to unveil signs dedicating Route 15 in Sussex County the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway.” Oroho sponsored the legislation honoring the late senator. (Facebook/Steven Oroho)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck at a press conference with Clean Ocean Action calling for N.J. Gov. Christie and N.Y. Gov. Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose LNG project. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Joe Pennacchio received the “Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award” at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” on October 6, 2015 to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across New Jersey. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman joined cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country on September 29, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Allen provided an assortment of sackpacks and pencil cases containing school necessities to kindergartners, first graders and second graders at the Elias Boudinot School in Burlington City on September 17, 2015. (Full Story)

New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
S86 Sch. security-estab class three officers 2/4/2016
S92 Overseas Resid Absentee Voting-revise 2/4/2016
S96 Gubernatorial election campaigns-finan. 2/4/2016
S180 Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights-revises 2/4/2016
S218 Firearm w/in access to minor-incr. penal 2/4/2016
S342 Loc. officials-trans. to St. Ethics Comm 2/4/2016
S708 PANYNJ Transparency Acct. Act 2/4/2016
S799 Sick leave, earned-concerns 1/12/2016
S816 Handguns, personalized-sell by retailers 2/4/2016
S976 Clinical labs.-reg. rules, qual control 2/4/2016
S984 Solar Roof Installation Warranty Prog. 2/4/2016
S987 St Oceanographer-estab. position 2/4/2016
S988 Wind energy proj., qual.-BPU approval 2/4/2016
S992 Women-concerns equal pay 2/4/2016
S993 Suppl. Nutrition Assist. Prog-time limit 2/4/2016
S995 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act 2/8/2016
SCR38 Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act 2/4/2016
SCR47 Suppl. Nutrition Assist Prog-time limits 2/4/2016
SJR11 Elections Tech. Study-13 memb task force 2/4/2016
SR19 Career and Tech Ed Mo.-desig. Feb. 2016 2/4/2016

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District 10

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Combat Rise in Fentanyl Deaths, Upping Penalties for Manufacturing, Dealing the Opioid

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) has introduced legislation to increase criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. The lifesaving measure has received support in the Assembly, with fellow District 10 legislators Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe sponsoring the Assembly version of the bill.

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Wolfe’s legislation increasea criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The evidence is undeniable – fentanyl is so dangerously potent that even one use can be an instant death sentence,” Holzapfel, a former Ocean County Prosecutor, said. “As we continue to wage war against this crisis, we must ensure that those who unlawfully place this deadly drug in the hands of our loved ones and neighbors face the same criminal penalties as those who manufacture or dispense heroin.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: DCA Sting Highlights Need for Legislation Cracking Down on Unlicensed Movers

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Urges Passage of Her Legislation, S-534

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs conducted a sting operation that resulted in citations being given to 21 unlicensed moving companies.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that a sting operation by the state Division of Consumer Affairs demonstrates the need for her legislation, S-534, which would help crack down on unlicensed moving companies. (©iStock)

“Unlicensed moving companies pose a consumer fraud risk to the general public, who often times have no idea that their moving company may be unlicensed and in some cases, uninsured,” said Beck.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale

Advanced: Cardinale, Bucco Bill to Provide Greater Aid to Military Members in College

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale and Senator Anthony Bucco to offer greater aid to members of the National Guard and Armed Services who are balancing military service and higher education was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale and Sen. Anthony Bucco would help members of the National Guard and Armed Services who balance military service and higher education. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation offers invaluable, duly-deserved support for the members of the military who risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear,” Senator Cardinale said. “Our pledge to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield. We can honor this promise by ensuring all of these heroes have the basic support they need to complete their college degree – an essential tool that will help them thrive here in the state they call home.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Child Advocacy Network Honors Bucco

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Senator Receives ‘I Am For The Child’ Award from CASA of NJ

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco was honored with the ‘I am for the Child’ award by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey. The award was recognition of Bucco’s long-standing commitment to New Jersey’s children and his strong, consistent support of CASA advocacy across New Jersey.

Bucco was presented with the “I Am For The Child” Award by CASA of NJ for his long-standing commitment to New Jersey’s children. (SenateNJ.com)

“No government entity or agency can ever provide the care, advocacy, commitment and oversight that CASA volunteers and staff do every day for our youth,” said Bucco. “This remarkable network is a model for public-private partnerships, helping the state to better protect abused and neglected children, reducing public costs and enriching our society as a whole for generations to come.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Committee Advances Pennacchio Bill to Help Homeowners with Home Elevation Costs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help homeowners afford home elevation projects was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senator Joe Pennacchio’s legislation would help homeowners to afford home elevation projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

The legislation, S-122, would utilize existing funding generated through Realty Transfer Fees to help homeowners pay off of the interest payment on a loan taken out to finance a home elevation project.

“In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the continued flooding issues around the Passaic, Raritan and other rivers across the state, thousands of New Jersey families need to elevate their homes to protect against flooding and future storm damage,” said Pennacchio. “This legislation provides some badly needed financial relief to homeowners that need to take on this costly project to safeguard their families and property.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Advanced: Trio of Bateman Bills Advocating for Solar Power, E-Waste Recycling, Clean Vehicles

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles have cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Bateman’s legislation would enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles. (©iStock)

Senator Bateman’s bill, S-984, encourages New Jersey business owners to invest in solar technology by establishing the “Solar Roof Installation Warranty Program.”

“Business owners across New Jersey are eager to help cement our state’s legacy as a trailblazer in solar power,” Senator Bateman said. “We can do more to encourage a new crop of entrepreneurs to join us in this effort. This new and innovative warranty program targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology that will save our environment and enrich our economy.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Addresses NJ School Choice Summit, Unveils Plans to Expand Quality Education Opportunities for All Students

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In commemoration of National School Choice Week, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean served as a speaker at the New Jersey School Choice Summit at Saint Peter’s University. As a distinguished panelist, Senator Kean highlighted New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean highlighted New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live, at the NJ School Choice Summit on January 29, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“For a child in a chronically failing school, every day that goes by is an opportunity lost, a future sacrificed, and a community torn apart,” Senator Kean said. “My Senate Republican colleagues and I are working tirelessly to replicate successful schools that give trapped students new opportunities to achieve and succeed. We can accomplish this goal in part by expanding charter schools statewide and passing legislation to empower all parents to send their children to quality schools of their choice for a fraction of the current cost to tax payers.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Protect School Children, Communities Clears Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a new class of special law enforcement officers to provide security at public and nonpublic schools was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation would create “Class Three” law enforcement officers and allow them to provide security in New Jersey schools. (©iStock)

“In moments of grave danger, every minute that our children and teachers go unprotected brings us one step closer to an unfathomable tragedy,” Senator Bucco said. “By passing this bill, we can meet today’s school security challenges and save lives without overburdening taxpayers. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for demonstrating their continued support of this important issue.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Taxpayer Abuse in Paterson Proves Need for New Reforms

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Senate Republican Gerald Cardinale is renewing his call for sick-leave, pension and public employment reforms in light of recent reported taxpayer abuses in Paterson.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale is renewing his call for sick-leave, pension and public employment reforms in light of recent reported taxpayer abuses in Paterson. (Flickr)

Paterson’s governing body just gave its police chief a big salary raise to $210,631, redoing his contract that expires in a couple weeks. This allows him to collect a bigger pension, a bigger, $150,000 payout for unused sick and vacation days. The governing body also gave the chief, who must retire within a year, a 12 percent pay increase dating to 2012 and a series of four 2 percent hikes after that.

“This pension- and boat-check padding maneuver is an abhorrent abuse of taxpayers in Paterson, as well as state taxpayers, who annually send about $25 million in aid to this cash-strapped city,” Cardinale said. “This is the kind of billion-dollar deal struck in a smoke-filled backroom in the dark of night that destroys the public trust.”

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