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Beck reforms would reduce health benefits costs by 33 percent, provide more than $1 billion in savings to the state and $2.7 billion in local property tax relief.
The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, Oct. 21, reviewed Senator Jennifer Beck’s health benefits reform package and recommended that the New Jersey Legislature enact her legislation.
“I’m pleased that the nonpartisan Pension and Health Benefits Review Committee has recommended that the Legislature act on my proposals,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “New Jersey taxpayers and public employees in cost-sharing cannot afford platinum health coverage, when there are clearly more inexpensive alternatives available to use. My legislation would provide for a 33% reduction in health benefits cost to our State and local government units, leading to $1 billion in State savings and $2.7 billion in direct property tax relief. The time for legislative leadership to act is now, and I call on leaders in both houses to give my legislation a hearing in the most expeditious manner possible.”
MONDAY ADVISORY: Allen to Meet with Burlington Students to Discuss Combating Speeding in School Zones
On Monday, October 24, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will visit Burlington City High School to meet with school officials and the Burlington City High School students who started “25 Save Lives” campaign to discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. Official action will be taken on site at Burlington City High School, following a special announcement regarding the legislation.
When: 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Where: Burlington City High School, Route 130 North: 100 Blue Devil, Burlington, NJ 08016
Who: Senator Diane Allen, “25 Saves Lives” Student Advocates, Superintendent Patricia T. Doloughty Ed.D, and Principal James Flynn
Availability: Open. Senator Allen will be available for press inquiries following the event.
Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Burlington City High School, (609) 387-5800
Senator Joseph Pennacchio, (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex) a longtime advocate for reforming the Delaware River Port Authority, today renewed his call for the legislature to enact DRPA reform that will protect the thousands of commuters who utilize the DRPA every day.
“It is completely unjust that 100 percent of Senate Democrats’ efforts to enact transparency reforms have been directed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, while South Jersey commuters have been hung out to dry,” Senator Pennacchio said.
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) have officially introduced legislation to repeal the gas tax increase that will take effect on November 1.
The repeal legislation, S-2717, was introduced during the New Jersey Senate session on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
“Legislators who supported the gas tax increase see the momentum building behind our repeal effort, and they’re worried,” said Bateman. “They’re feeling the pressure and grumbling behind the scenes for us to stop. That’s a sign that our online petition effort is working and that our efforts on behalf of taxpayers to repeal the gas tax increase are not in vain.”
More than 11,300 people had signed the online petition to repeal the gas tax increase by Friday morning, less than a week after launching.
Doherty’s “Kaepernick Resolution” Condemns Professional Athletes Who Fail to Stand During National Anthem
Highlights Hypocrisy of Athletes Who Reap Millions from the Society They Protest
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) introduced a Senate resolution condemning professional athletes who fail to stand during the national anthem.
Doherty, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former Army officer, said that protests popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are hypocritical and worthy of condemnation.
“Standing for our national anthem is a sign of respect for the millions of Americans who fought and died for all of us, including Mr. Kaepernick, to live in a free nation.
“For Mr. Kaepernick and other professional athletes to protest while reaping all of the benefits of those sacrifices, including multi-million dollar salaries and lavish lifestyles, reeks of hypocrisy at the highest level.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) participated in New Jersey Domestic Violence Awareness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the NJ State Junior League.
“I’m proud to make sure that domestic violence remains a priority for legislators in Trenton. I remain dedicated to ensuring that victims of domestic violence are protected in our State, which is just one reason that I am proud to sponsor legislation crafted with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ input to restrict access to firearms by persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses. There is more work to be done, however, to rid our society of domestic violence. I urge anyone in need to call the National Domestic Violence help-line, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-SAFE, or visiting www.TheHotline.org.”
Pennacchio, Cardinale, Bucco, Doherty & Oroho Condemn Democrat Resolution Praising Planned Parenthood
Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Pennacchio, Steven Oroho, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco issued the following joint statement on why they voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.
“The members of this legislative body should not be bullied into collectively and unanimously supporting a ceremonial resolution that is so divisive.
“Surely, Senate Democrats knew that there were a number of staunch pro-life advocates in this house that could not in good conscience support an organization that performs abortions and illegally sells and transports human body parts, among other atrocities that violate the sanctity of human life.
The New Jersey Senate has advanced bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Robert Singer requiring HESAA to cease aggressive collection practices and establish programs that will enable borrowers to afford to pay back their student loans.
Senator Kean’s bill, S-2510, requires the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to obtain a court order prior to using certain collection practices for defaulted loans under the NJCLASS Loan Program.
“I have heard from far too many hardworking college graduates who fell victim to aggressive loan collection practices,” Senator Kean said. “We don’t want to discourage more students from applying to college. HESAA should not be able to engage in drastic measures, such as garnishing wages or revoking professional licenses, without some measure of accountability. Requiring HESAA to get a court order before taking these actions is the right and fair thing to do. ”
Protections for domestic violence victims, including restraining orders, would be extended to victims of cyber-harassment under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and advanced by the New Jersey Senate.
“Cyber-harassment is an easy and inexpensive way for a domestic violence perpetrator to continue to inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” Senator Allen said. “Cyber-stalkers can now use social media and other websites to locate their victims, send threatening messages or commit identity theft. We have to ensure that the domestic violence protections we currently have in place, including restraining orders, also extend to those who are being victimized online.”
Bills establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders
Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s schools was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“When it comes to protecting students, the best policy is to be proactive,” Senator Addiego said. “These measures will implement a set of best practices that will make our school buildings safer and help school staff to be prepared in the event of an emergency.”