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Bill introduced this week requires school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into core curriculum
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has introduced “Erin’s Law” requiring school districts to incorporate sexual abuse prevention and awareness education into the core curriculum. Senator Bucco is working with local advocates and survivor Erin Merryn, for whom the law is named, to swiftly advance the measure.
“We teach our children not to talk to strangers, but for 93 percent of children who are sexually abused, the attacker is not a stranger – it’s a parent, a family friend, or someone else they trust,” Senator Bucco said. “We cannot allow children to feel ashamed and suffer in silence. Erin’s Law will empower kids to recognize the signs of abuse and speak out the moment an unsafe behavior occurs. I will continue to work with Erin, and the advocates fighting for victims in our community, until every child in every New Jersey classroom has access to this education.”
Senator Bucco’s bill requires all school districts to incorporate age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education in grades preschool through 12 as part of Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Senator Bucco introduced Erin’s Law (S-2145) on May 2. The legislation has been enacted in 27 states.
“Without Erin’s Law kids are often only going to be educated to be quiet on this matter and those are the kids that are being abused,” Erin Merryn said. “Had this law existed when I was a child I could have spoken up instead I stayed silent. I am thrilled Senator Bucco is sponsoring Erin’s Law in New Jersey and sees the importance in protecting kids from abuse.”
Analysis Shows NJ Transit Riders Pay Highest Fares in Nation
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new report showing that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation should prompt the rail agency to stand firm to a pair of rail worker unions that just voted to reject a new contract.
The fare analysis, conducted by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, compared the fares charged by the nation’s largest rail systems.
“It’s not surprising that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation,” said Beck. “After being hit with a 9 percent fare increase last October, commuters who depend on NJ Transit to get to work are at a breaking point.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.
“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”
Advanced: Doherty Bill Requiring MVC to Issue Windshield Certificates for Vehicles Exempt From Inspection
Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to require the Motor Vehicle Commission to issue certificates to vehicles exempt from inspection has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. This would include passenger vehicles from 1995 and older under a change coming to the state inspection program.
“Issuing these exemption certificates is a commonsense update to existing law that would have a positive impact on countless New Jersey drivers,” Senator Doherty said. “Preventing unnecessary motor vehicle stops enables law enforcement officials to save valuable time and police resources, and focus on keeping our roadways and communities safe.”
In the wake of recent news reports of FEMA contractors intentionally short-changing Superstorm Sandy victims on their claims, and making sure that claim reviews produced artificially low numbers, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) called for the swift passage of her legislation, “The Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Protection Act.”
“The FEMA claims process has not been easy to navigate nor has it produced fair outcomes for the many homeowners and residents in my district that were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy. I have written to members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation on this very issue and I am pleased that Congressman MacArthur has called for a congressional hearing on reports of possible fraud in the claims review process,” said Beck.
Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents.
The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.
“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”
Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.
Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.
When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.
“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”
Senator Gerarld Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) expressed his strong opposition to the Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s common-sense changes to New Jersey’s gun laws, calling the resolution a misguided measure that would put countless New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm.
“National statistics show that when a state chooses to become a ‘shall issue’ state, violent crime goes down,” Senator Cardinale said. “Blocking the Governor’s proposed regulations will discourage victims facing serious threats from applying for the permits they desperately need while allowing criminals to continue operating knowing that their victims won’t be able to defend themselves.”
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on his effort to help New Jersey’s non-profits while reducing the burden on state taxpayers was published in the Star-Ledger on April 24, 2016:
New Jersey’s nonprofit charitable organizations improve people’s lives every day, and offer much-needed support in times of crisis.
While our nonprofit groups have repeatedly risen to the task, including after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, they are facing new financial pressures that put at risk their future ability to respond.
A concerning new report by New Jersey’s Center for Non-Profits has shed light on just how difficult it has become for the state’s charities to meet growing needs.