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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Pledges to Continue Fight to Preserve and Strengthen McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement reiterating her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s latest closure attempt and to enhance its economic and operational vitality.

Sen. Diane Allen reiterated her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s closure attempt. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“I have whiplash considering that just a year after visiting McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, looking the many dedicated service members in the eye and thanking them for putting their lives on the line, President Obama has resurrected a proposal that could close this joint base and put our state and military families at risk,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs. “We simply can’t allow this to happen. This President can’t be allowed to continue weakening our military and hurting our economy.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Statement Against Democrats’ Minimum-Wage Amendment

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) stated the following regarding the Democrats proposal to again constitutionally mandate minimum wage increases:

Senator Joe Kyrillos said New Jersey’s constitution shouldn’t be used as a tool to execute a national Democrat socialist agenda. (Flickr)

“Enshrining wage increases into the constitution is a dangerous policy that doesn’t take economic realities into consideration, and that fact is proven by the last Democrat minimum-wage constitutional amendment that they now admit was a failure.

“New Jersey’s constitution shouldn’t be used as a tool to execute a national Democrat socialist agenda. We should instead have a thorough discussion about increasing the minimum wage it should be done in a collaborative manner by elected officials. That’s our job.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Dems’ Taxing Hypocrisy at All-Time High

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on New Jersey Democrats’ hypocritical plans to raise job-killing taxes and costs on New Jerseyans:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Democrats’ job-killing taxes will hurt New Jerseyans. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Every day in New Jersey, Democrats publicize ways to take more of the people’s money and to kill the very jobs people need to earn money. They try to secretly obstruct Senate Republican tax cuts, even the ones with bipartisan support.

“Yesterday’s Democrat proposal to constitutionally raise the minimum wage by 79 percent after just raising it after the recession, and tomorrow’s Democrat push to mandate paid sick leave at the expense of jobs, employee wage increases and more flexible leave and benefit options are completely wrong for New Jersey. Their ideas would just make life more unaffordable for everyone in New Jersey.

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

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Jim Holzapfel

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