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Senator Diane Allen

Advanced: Allen Resolution Advocating for New Tanker Planes at Joint Base MDL

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The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker plans at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging the United States Air Force and Congress to bring a new mission to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – New Jersey’s second largest employer – was advanced by the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen urges the Air Force to station new tanker planes at Joint Base MDL. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“This base has helped protect America for almost 100 years,” Senator Allen said. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to bring in new missions and ensure it remains a viable military base for years to come.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Congress to Use bin Laden Reward Money to Benefit Returning Veterans

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The resolution calls for the $25 million reward for Osama bin Laden to be used to set up a fund to benefit veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to establish a fund to help returning veterans using money initially allocated to a reward for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s resolution urges Congress to establish a fund for returning veterans with unused bin Laden reward money. (©iStock)

“A courageous raid carried out by United States Special Forces on May 1, 2011, ended the life of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent lives,” Senator Oroho said. “However, there are countless veterans who made real contributions to our nation’s mission to fight terror overseas and, by extension, the search for bin Laden, who have struggled once they have returned home and are in dire in need of assistance.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Advanced: Kean Bill to Strengthen Partnerships Between Higher Ed and Businesses

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create the NJ Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships has been advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Kean’s bill creates a commission to facilitate partnerships between leaders in higher education and the business community. (iStock)

“Facilitating partnerships between the business community and higher education institutions will create game-changing opportunities for New Jersey’s workforce,” Senator Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) said. “A researcher developing a new treatment would now have a direct line to a pharmaceutical company that can produce a potentially lifesaving drug. That manufacturer would go on to create jobs for numerous employees. I have no doubt that this commission will spur economic development statewide.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Committee Passes Kean & Singer Bills to Protect Students with NJCLASS College Loans Overseen by HESAA

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The Senate Higher Education Committee has advanced two Senate Republican bills to protect students with NJ CLASS loans overseen by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA.)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Robert Singer sponsor legislation to protect students with NJCLASS loans overseen by HESAA. Both bills were advanced by the Senate Higher Ed Committee. (Flickr)

Senator Robert Singer’s bill would require HESAA to establish a new income-based repayment option and a loan rehabilitation program for NJ CLASS borrowers. Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill would require HESAA to obtain a court order prior to using certain collection practices for defaulted loans.

“College students should be focused on making the most of their degree by finding a career that will allow them to gain financial independence,” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “Instead, more and more graduates are using their hard-earned dollars to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Requiring HESAA to establish a fair, income-based loan rehabilitation program will enable recent grads to save for the future and funnel the money they can afford to spend on a starting salary back into the local economy.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Panel Approves Beck’s “Michael Massey’s Law” to Prevent Sanitation Worker Deaths

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) expanding the “Move Over Law” to prevent sanitation worker deaths has cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill is named for Michael Massey, a public worker from Freehold who was killed when he was hit by a car while loading a garbage truck in Ocean Township.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s “Michael Massey’s Law” expands the Move Over Law to protect sanitation workers. The bill is named for a Freehold man killed in an automobile accident while loading a garbage truck. (Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home)

“Law enforcement and emergency personnel are not the only public servants who have to perform their duties on dangerous, high-traffic roadways,” Senator Beck said. “Michael Massey’s tragic death reminds us that sanitation workers are also at risk. The “Move Over Law” has been incredibly effective. Motorists know they have to slow down and move over when approaching an ambulance or police car. Those who operate sanitation vehicles should receive the same protections.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Increasing Penalties for Deaths Caused While Drunk Driving Advances

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The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has approved 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 legislation increases penalties for deaths caused by drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. (Flickr)

The measure, S-2423, is entitled “Ralph and David’s Law” in honor of Ralph Politi, Jr. and David Heim, innocent victims who lost their lives to drunk drivers.

“Everyone knows the dangers of DUI, so there’s no excuse to spare those selfish individuals who drive when they shouldn’t from being held responsible for the deaths that they cause,” said Oroho. “Too many of these offenders are getting off with mere slaps on the wrist, while the families of victims are left suffering lifetimes of loss.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Hoboken NJ Transit Train Crash

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) stated the following on the NJ Transit train crash at the Hoboken Terminal.

Sen. Tom Kean extended his thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the Sept. 29 NJ Transit crash in Hoboken. (

“My thoughts and prayers are with the more than 100 passengers who were injured this morning in Hoboken, the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the heroic civilians who worked quickly to help those who were seriously injured in the train crash.”

“My heart goes out to the countless family members and friends who are anxiously awaiting news that their loved ones are safe, or who are now coping with a tragic loss of life. As a longtime representative of communities that are home to a wealth of NJ Transit commuters, I and my colleagues in the legislature stand ready to support anyone who needs our help in the wake of this tragedy. We will do everything we can to aid all affected in their time of need.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Committee Advances Addiego’s “Eileen’s Law” Allowing for Vehicular Homicide Charges for Deaths Caused by Failing to Maintain Lane

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) to make it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction of vehicular homicide against a driver who failed to maintain their lane has been approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Bruce and Eileen Lafferty testified in favor of S-2342 during a Senate Law & Public Safety Committee hearing on September 29, 2016. The legislation, Eileen’s Law, is named in honor of their late daughter, Eileen Marmino. (

The measure, S-2342, was introduced to address deficiencies in current law that were identified following the tragic death of Medford resident Eileen Marmino, who was a wife, a mother of young twins, and a special education science teacher at Burlington City High School.

“It’s almost inconceivable that a driver who recklessly swerves out of their lane can’t be held accountable for killing somebody,” said Addiego. “Unless we start to prosecute more drivers for the deaths they cause, more families will suffer as the Marminos have since Eileen was taken from them.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen to Introduce Legislation to Address Fentanyl Analogs & Expand Drug Recovery Program

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to codify proposals announced by Governor Chris Christie to increase penalties for crimes involving fentanyl derivatives and to expand New Jersey’s Recovery Coaches Program.

Sen. Diane Allen will introduce bills to ban fentanyl analogs and expand the Recovery Coach Program. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This legislation will codify the emergency order announced by Governor Christie to impose stricter punishments for people convicted of making, selling or possessing these lethal fentanyl derivatives,” Senator Allen said. “We’re also going to expand our mission to reach out to individuals suffering from addiction and help them get treatment.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Legislation Expands “Duty to Warn” Law to Help Practitioners Prevent Acts of Violence by Patients

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that would expand the state’s “duty to warn” statutes to help prevent more types of violent acts that practitioners believe a patient is likely to commit, including mass casualty attacks such as shootings and bombings.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation would expand the state’s “duty to warn” law to help prevent more types of violent acts. (Flickr)

“New Jersey’s ‘duty to warn’ law protects doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals from civil liability when they take steps to prevent a patient from committing an imminent act of violence that they believe is likely to occur,” said Beck. “The problem is that our current law is too narrow and only covers instances where the potential victim is known.”

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