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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: No Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens

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Having voted against illegal aliens receiving in-state tuition and tuition assistance, the 9th District Delegation will be voting against providing driver’s licenses to persons in our country illegally if and when the bill is voted on by the State Legislature.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove (R-9) will vote against providing driver’s licenses to persons in our country illegally if and when the bill is voted on by the State Legislature. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have been sharply critical of the introduction of companion legislation A-1738 and S-1340 entitled the “New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act,” which would establish driver’s licenses for New Jersey residents who “cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Applauds Relocation of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

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Senator Robert Singer (R-30) commended the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The new embassy officially opened in Jerusalem today after decades of efforts to accomplish the move.

Sen. Robert Singer (R-30) commended the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Flickr)

“Today’s historic move of our embassy to Jerusalem reinforces the strength of the relationship between the United States and our ally, Israel,” said Singer. “I applaud President Trump for putting words into action and relocating the American embassy to its rightful location in Jerusalem.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting

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Decision Upholds N.J. Law, Paves the Way for Legalized Wagering on Sporting Events

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean applauded the United States Supreme Court for striking down a federal law that had prohibited most states, including New Jersey, from moving forward with efforts to offer legalized sports betting.

Sen. Tom Kean applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down a federal law that had prohibited New Jersey from moving forward with efforts to offer legalized sports betting.(©iStock)

“The Supreme Court’s decision is recognition that the federal government shouldn’t be in the business of helping one state to maintain a monopoly on sports wagering,” said Kean. “Now that the federal prohibition on sports wagering has been struck down, New Jersey businesses will have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Help Small Businesses Cut Through Government Red Tape Passes Committee

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Senator Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to help small businesses cut through government red tape has passed Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s (R-25) legislation to help small businesses cut through government red tape has passed Senate Economic Growth Committee. (©iStock.com)

“As a small business owner, I’ve dealt with unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles that prevent New Jersey’s ‘mom and pop shops’ from flourishing,” Bucco said. “Onerous rules and regulations that violate our state’s ‘Regulatory Flexibility Act’ should rightly be disputed by small business owners. Empowering our state’s entrepreneurs and job creators will incentivize local economies and revitalize Main Streets in every corner of New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation to Study High Rates of NJ Students Leaving for Out-of-State Colleges Approved by Higher Ed Committee

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New Jersey Exports More College-Bound Students than Any Other State

Legislation by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to study why so many New Jersey high school graduates choose to attend college in other states has been approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation to study why so many N.J. high school graduates choose to attend college in other states has passed the Senate Higher Education Committee. (©iStock)

“No other state sends more of its high school graduates to out-of-state colleges than New Jersey,” said Kean, a member of the Higher Education committee. “Once they leave, many never return to New Jersey to help build our workforce, support their families, or contribute to our communities. This brain drain really hurts New Jersey, and it’s something we must understand better if we are to counter it successfully.”

An analysis by the Washington Post of data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows New Jersey’s export of 31,510 graduates in 2008 was the most in the nation.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco’s Bill to Improve Teens’ Awareness of ‘Safe Haven Act’ Passes Committee

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Program Allows Newborns and Infants to Be Surrendered Safely, Anonymously & Legally

Senator Anthony Bucco’s (S-25) legislation to ensure that high school students are aware of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s (S-25) legislation to ensure that high school students are aware of the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee. (NJDCF)

“Teenage parents often hide pregnancies to avoid punishment from parents, and they’re among the most likely to abandon a newborn baby in an unsafe manner,” Bucco said. “New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has proven to saves lives by giving parents who may not want a child a safe, anonymous, and legal way to surrender a baby. We need to make sure that all of our students understand this option, which can protect a baby from harm and prevent teen parents from making extremely bad choices that may send them to jail.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Join Vicari in Calling for Restoration of Homestead Rebates Cut by Gov. Murphy

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Murphy Wants to Cut Property Tax Relief in Half, Costing Ocean County’s Seniors $250

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) joined Ocean County Freeholder Joseph Vicari in calling on Governor Phil Murphy to restore full funding to Homestead Benefit property tax credits for Ocean County’s seniors.

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin joined Ocean County Freeholder Joseph Vicari in calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to restore full funding to Homestead Benefit property tax credits for Ocean County’s seniors. (Pixabay)

Vicari sent a letter this week to the Governor explaining the harm this cut would have on Ocean County’s large senior population.

“Governor Murphy’s budget proposal would cut property tax credits under the Homestead Benefit program by $250,” said Holzapfel. “Our fixed income seniors don’t have the flexibility in their budgets to absorb such a big cut. The Governor’s plan will really hurt them. That’s why we’re joining Freeholder Vicari to call on Governor Murphy to fully fund the rebates like he promised to do.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer, Kean & Thomson Bill Renaming a Portion of I-195 In Honor of Trooper Marc Castellano Advances

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Bill Unanimously Passes Assembly & Senate Transportation Committees

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson to rename a portion of Interstate Highway Route 195 as State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway has been unanimously approved by key legislative panels in both houses today. The measure now awaits a final vote before the full State Senate and General Assembly.

Legislation by Sen. Robert Singer, Asm. Sean Kean and Asm. Edward Thomson to rename a portion of I-195 as State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway was approved by legislative panels in both houses. (NJSP)

The legislation, A3749/S470, would rename a section of the highway in Howell Township after Trooper Marc Castellano, a resident of Howell, who was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident while investigating an incident on the roadway.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Legislation Addressing Nuisance Deer Passes Senate Environment Committee

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Says Legislation to Improve Deer Management Will Help Reduce Car Crashes, Prevent Crop Damage

Senator Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation to improve deer management in New Jersey to reduce car crashes and crop damage was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to improve deer management in New Jersey to reduce car crashes and crop damage was approved by the Senate Environment Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s no secret that deer can be a nuisance in New Jersey’s rural and suburban communities,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Car accidents involving deer account for thousands of collisions a year across the state. Farmers in my district tell me that deer account for 70 percent of their wildlife crop damage. This legislation is practical, bipartisan, and will benefit New Jersey as a whole.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Advanced: Bateman Bill Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Chemicals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Christopher Bateman’s legislation to protect and manage stormwater infrastructure ensuring New Jersey families have access to clean, safe water. (Pixabay)

“Stormwater runoff carries debris, bacteria, and chemicals that can harm our drinking water,” said Bateman. “Appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management can protect New Jersey’s families by keeping harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline out of our tap water.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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