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Senator Bob Singer

New Singer Bill Gives Police Instant Access to NJ Prescription Monitoring Program

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) has introduced new legislation to allow law enforcement officials to access New Jersey’s Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) without first obtaining a court order or a subpoena. Singer drafted the bill in conjunction with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill would permit law enforcement to access the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program without first obtaining a court order or a subpoena, allowing police to help people coping with addiction and investigate dealers without delay. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Physicians and pharmacists use the NJPMP on a daily basis to stop doctor-shopping and immediately connect people who are suffering with the treatment they need,” Senator Singer said. “Police officers who are tackling the opioid epidemic share those goals, but they don’t have the same, instant access to this lifesaving information. That has to change.”

“In light of the critical role intelligence plays in fighting the opioid epidemic, this bill loosens the restrictions for the collection and analysis of valuable information in the State’s PMP database.  Moreover, it provides law enforcement agencies with access consistent to that of other state regulatory agencies,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni explained. “The bill helps in identifying both users and medical professionals who may be abusing the current prescription system earlier on, perhaps before such abuse results in more fatal overdoses.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Predictably, Trenton’s School Funding Fairness Plan Was a Bust

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove all remarked on how, once again, Trenton power brokers ensured that the people of the 9th Legislative District will get severely shortchanged in terms of State school aid.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove remarked on how Trenton power brokers have ensured that the 9th Legislative District will get severely shortchanged in State school aid. (SenateNJ.com)

As part of its constituent outreach efforts, the 9th District delegation issued the following joint statement:

“Once again, the state’s school aid formula failed students, teachers and taxpayers in the 9th Legislative District, as several school district are targeted for aid cuts. Trenton outdid itself by not just continuing to underfund our schools but to go one step further and cut school aid, even to school districts in areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Space Welcome DOE Application Process To Help Restore Lost School Funding

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) welcomed the release of information by the New Jersey Department of Education on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space welcomed information from the NJDOE on a new application process to help restore funding to school districts that lost state aid in the recently enacted state budget. (Flickr)

“In response to school aid cuts that the Democrats forced through the Legislature, we worked with the administration to develop the new NJDOE program to help restore lost funding, protect students and teachers, and prevent property tax increases,” said Oroho. “I’m glad that school districts will now be able to start the process of recovering from the unexpected cuts that were imposed through the state budget.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Judge Made the Wrong Call. South Brunswick Deserved an Affordable Housing Retrial

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Following a Mercer County judge’s decision to deny South Brunswick’s demand for an affordable housing retrial, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman called for action to prevent future violations of the public’s trust in the judiciary.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for action to stop unethical judges and burdensome affordable housing mandates that put taxpayers and communities like South Brunswick at risk. (Pixabay)

“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling,” Senator Bateman said. “This should have been an easy call. Judge Wolfson ruled to mandate a drastic increase in affordable housing and then went on to work for a real estate developer shortly after. That seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest to me.”

“Judges should not be able to benefit financially from their own rulings. Even the appearance of impropriety has a devastating impact on the public’s trust in the bench. I hope that the New Jersey Supreme Court will take a hard look at what happened in South Brunswick and consider how we can hold judges to a higher ethical standard.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Now Law: Cardinale Bill Allowing More Retired Officers to Carry Handguns

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to expand the list of retired law enforcement officers who are eligible to receive a permit to carry a handgun is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (SenateNJ.com)

“We as a state have been stepping on people’s right to protect themselves for too long,” Senator Cardinale said. “These officers have already displayed the capability of carrying a firearm in the line of duty. Once they retire, this will give them the ability to keep protecting the public from acts of violence.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Signed by Gov.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects was given final approval after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The legislation, S-2991/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “We want to ensure that these historic sites are kept intact so future generations can enjoy them.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Hold Drivers Accountable After License Suspension Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to hold drivers accountable for proving they can act responsibly following a license suspension.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill hold drivers accountable after a license suspension, by amending current law so that they can still be charged with the crime of driving with a suspended license after the suspension, if they have not take the steps to restore their driving privileges. (Flickr)

“Right now, suspending someone’s license is the equivalent to putting a child in ‘time-out.’ All they have to do to get their privileges back is sit around and wait for it to be over,” Senator Bateman, a municipal prosecutor and longtime member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, said. “This bill will reduce the number of repeat offenders, by holding drivers legally accountable for taking the steps necessary to reinstate a suspended license.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Consolidation Bill Signed Into Law

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Senator Jennifer Beck’s consolidation legislation eases the financial burden of combining municipal services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to make the process of consolidating municipal services easier and more affordable was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation to make the process of consolidation easier is now law. (SenateNJ)

“Our towns and taxpayers have a chance to see savings through consolidations with other municipalities, but sometimes, the high costs involved in the process can scare local officials away from pursuing these opportunities,” Senator Beck said. “With this new law, they will be able spread those costs over a few years and decreases the immediate financial burden. It is my hope that this will encourage more towns to take advantage of these long-term savings.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman on Gov. Support of Bill to Give Back Pay to Public Workers Furloughed During Shutdown

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following response to Governor Christie’s remarks in support of legislation he sponsors to provide retroactive pay to public employees who were furloughed during the government shutdown.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s said he is relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing bipartisan legislation he sponsors to protect state workers that were furloughed during the government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

“I am relieved to see that Governor Christie is open to signing our bipartisan legislation to protect state workers,” Senator Bateman said. “Not one of the tens of thousands of public employees who were furloughed during the shutdown deserves to have their paychecks cut. They were ready and willing to go to work, even when the government was not. Hopefully, we will be able to take immediate action to ensure they do not suffer any more financial repercussions as a result of this unnecessary shutdown.” Continue Reading…

Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Weinberg & Gordon Request Appointment of a Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Anti-Semitism

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Senator Bob Singer, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Bob Gordon joined a bipartisan group of more than 60 Jewish state legislators from across the United States in a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism.

Sen. Robert Singer, Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Bob Gordon joined a bipartisan group of state legislators from around the country to call for the reappointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism. (SenateNJ)

“In recent months we’ve seen numerous threats of violence against Jewish Community Centers throughout the country,” Senator Singer said (R-Monmouth and Ocean). “We must do more to keep anti-Semitism from taking root in our country and the rest of the world. We cannot continue to effectively track the rise in anti-Semitism, or deter people from committing these vile acts, without reappointing a Special Envoy. I hope that the administration will heed our call and fill this vacancy as soon as possible.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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