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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill Dedicating Second Week of May as “Week of the Military Woman” Advances

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Senator Diane Allen’s (R- Burlington) legislation dedicating a week in May to honor women who have served in the United States Armed Forces has been approved by the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation dedicating a week to honor women who have served in the Armed Forces has been approved by the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee. (U.S. Navy)

“From the Revolutionary War through today’s War on Terror, women have played a critical role in defending America’s freedom,” said Senator Allen. “’Week of the Military Woman’ aims to pay homage to all women who have heroically served our country in both war and peace.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Legislation Prohibiting Pension Fund Investments in Superfund Shirkers Advances

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Senator Diane Allen’s legislation prohibiting investments by State pension funds in businesses that have shirked their responsibility to clean up Superfund sites in New Jersey has been approved by the Senate State Government Committee.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

“A business that has profited from polluting New Jersey’s environment and refuses its Superfund cleanup responsibilities shouldn’t be rewarded with the investment of State pension funds,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “There must be consequences to hold these bad corporate actors accountable.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation to Study Migration of NJ’s High School Graduates to Out-of-State Colleges Passes Committee

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Garden State Is Nation’s Top Exporter of College-Bound Students

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

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s bill directs the NJ Secretary of Higher Education to study why so many NJ high school graduates choose to attend college in other states. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey has more high school graduates head to out-of-state colleges than any other state in the nation,” said Kean, a member of the committee. “Many never return home after college to strengthen our workforce, build our economy, or to make civic contributions to our communities. This brain drain is a real loss to the Garden State, and it’s something that we must understand better to reverse.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer’s Legislation Helping College Students Save Time and Money Passes Committee

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Senator Robert Singer’s (R-Ocean, Monmouth) bill to save college students time and money through new credit transfer agreements between New Jersey and other states’ public institutions of higher education passed the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill to save college students time and money through new credit transfer agreements passed the Senate Higher Education Committee. (©iStock)

“Affording a college degree today is an economic burden,” said Senator Singer. “Allowing college credits from public institutions to transfer across state lines is a practical and overdue solution to reducing higher education expenses.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill Permitting Tax Exemption for Improvements to Sandy-Damaged Homes Passes Senate

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A Superstorm Sandy-related bill to permit a short-term tax exemption for improvements to certain homes damaged by natural disasters received the unanimous approval of the New Jersey Senate at a recent voting session.

Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe, and McGuckin would allow municipalities to provide short-term tax exemptions for home improvements in areas damaged by natural disasters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The sponsors, Senator James Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin, introduced the bill to ensure that property taxpayers aren’t penalized for increased value that may arise from raising their homes.

“Residents had no choice but to rebuild following Superstorm Sandy,” said Holzapfel. “They shouldn’t be penalized with higher property taxes for necessary improvements that will offer protection from future storms.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Pennacchio ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio to establish the “Lake Hopatcong Fund” has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio sponsor legislation to establish “The Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would dedicate $500,000 annually to preserve and maintain the lake. (Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

The measure, S-2389, dedicates $500,000 annually to the “Lake Hoptacong Fund” for the protection, preservation, restoration, maintenance, management and enhancement of New Jersey’s largest state-run lake. The funds would come from license fees required to operate power boats on nontidal waters.

“Lake Hopatcong brings in millions in revenue for the state each year,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Our economy will suffer if we don’t find a stable way to pay for annual weed harvesting and stormwater management. We shouldn’t have to scramble every year to find the money we need to keep boaters and swimmers safe. I believe that our bill is a fiscally-responsible solution to this problem. I will continue to do everything I can to get it signed into law.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Reiterates Call for Elimination of $10k Property Tax Deduction Cap

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During a New Jersey Senate session today, Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 property tax deduction limit. He made the following statement on the Senate floor:

“I, too, want to lend my name to the chorus of opposition to the removal of SALT deductions from our Federal tax returns. But at this point, it seems all we are doing is complaining. However, we do have comparable issues with non-deductibility of Federal taxes from our State returns. There are a myriad of deductions that New Jersey does not allow, such as charitable deductions, capital gains, and 401(k) contributions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio reiterated his proposal to abolish New Jersey’s $10,000 cap on its property tax deduction. (Flickr)

“The U.S. House of Representatives version of tax reform allows a $10,000 deduction for property taxes. Currently, there is no maximum. Unfortunately, there is a maximum on what our state allows us to deduct. New Jersey’s tax burden, I may add, is the highest in the nation. That deduction is no different than what Congress is proposing – a $10,000 maximum!

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Legislation Would Create Process for Towns without Local School Districts to Shift from One Regional District to Another

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation that will make it possible for towns that don’t have a local school district to exit from one regional school district and enter another. There is no process under current law that allows for such a transfer.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Kyrillos would create a process for towns without local school districts to shift from one regional district to another. (Wikipedia)

“We have a number of small towns in New Jersey whose non-operating school districts were eliminated during the Corzine Administration,” said Kyrillos. “Those towns may find new regionalization opportunities that provide a better fit for students and taxpayers. Unfortunately, State law requiring a local school district to approve such a move was never updated to reflect that some towns now have no local school district at all.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Receives Troast Award from NJBIA for Support of NJ Business Community, State Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) was honored with the “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award” by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) at the 2018 NJBIA Impact Symposium on December 5, 2017.

Sen. Steven Oroho (right) and Sen. Parl Sarlo (left) display their awards with NJBIA’s President & CEO Michele Siekerka. (SenateNJ.com)

The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, shared the honor this year with Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), who serves as chairman of the committee.

“The focus of NJBIA’s symposium this year is affordability and competitiveness, which were the very concerns that drove the tax reform effort that Senator Sarlo and I led last year,” said Oroho. “It’s an honor to share the Paul L. Troast Award with my partner on the state’s most comprehensive tax reform effort in decades. We’ve shown how reasonable public officials can bridge the partisan divide to enact good policy that helps businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Improve Community-Based Brain Injury Support Services Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would provide State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation provides State funding for community-based services that support and advocate for individuals affected by brain injury. (U.S. Army photo)

“Our understanding of the great impact that brain injury can have on the lives of people of all ages has increased tremendously in recent years,” said Bucco. “Still, we have much to learn about the role that everything from concussions to traumatic brain injuries play in long-term health and care needs. It’s imperative that skilled organizations have the resources they need to effectively advocate and care for New Jerseyans who have suffered brain injuries.”

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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

Kristin Corrado

District 40

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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