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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Announces $25 Million for Clean Water Initiatives in the 16th District

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Following the signing of legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) announced $25 million in funding for clean water projects in the 16th Legislative District.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced $25 million in funding to for clean water projects in the 16th District. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have to ensure that the people of New Jersey have access to clean water,” Senator Bateman said. “In order to do that, our infrastructure has to be upgraded and modernized throughout the state.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: 9th District Stands to Substantially Benefit from New Open Space & Clean Drinking Water Laws

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law. (SenateNJ.com)

Those legislative environmental initiatives are as follows:

  • S-3352/A-5045: Appropriates $71,700,224 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds to DEP for local government open space acquisition and park development projects;
  • S-3353/A-5046: Appropriates $12.3 million from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to DEP for State capital and park development projects; and
  • S-3354/A-5044: Appropriates $8,992,898 to DEP from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes

Correspondingly, bipartisan legislation (S-3240/A-4996) was also signed into law authorizing the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust to provide loans with an interest rate at or below the prevailing market rate to local governments, public authorities, or public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects, including clean drinking water projects.

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Senator Bob Singer

Sen. Singer Voices Concerns About Proposed Solid Waste Facility in Howell

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) wrote a letter to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to express his concerns about a proposed solid waste facility in Howell.

Sen. Robert Singer wrote a letter voicing his concerns about a proposed solid waste facility in Howell. (SenateNJ.com)

“This kind of facility could end up causing a lot of headaches for local residents,” Senator Singer said. “I have a lot of concerns regarding the environmental impact of the facility, as well as the potential traffic problems it could create. I hope the Freeholder Board considers these issues as they discuss the future of this project.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation Bill Designating U.S. Constitution Week Signed Into Law

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Legislation introduced by the 9th District legislative delegation that designates the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” in order to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787 has been signed into law. New Jersey law now correlates with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.

New Jersey will now celebrate ‘Constitution Week’ each year under a bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that was signed into law. (National Archives)

The joint resolution (AJR-72) supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship and was passed unanimously in both houses of the State Legislature. The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on the enactment of their measure:

“In working to establish U.S. Constitution Week in New Jersey, our thoughts were first and foremost with teaching our youth the immensity in which this sacred and living document has impacted not only on our country, but on the entire world.

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Senator Diane Allen

Now Law: Allen Legislation to Improve Access to Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to help monitor the availability of beds in New Jersey’s mental health and addiction treatment facilities is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

The Governor signed Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation to help improve access to addiction and mental health treatment. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Access to treatment facilities is vital to our mission of combating the opioid epidemic, as well as treating mental health in New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “This measure will ensure our residents and healthcare professionals have up-to-date access to information on how many beds are available at treatment centers across the state.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, Tom Komninos & Advocates on Gov. Christie’s CV of ‘Stephen Komninos’ Law’

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” her bipartisan bill to improve accountability and transparency at the 2,340 group homes, developmental centers and day programs statewide.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that she will accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to her bill, “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” which protects people with developmental disabilities from abuse and neglect at group homes and other types of care facilities. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Beck thanked Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Martha Cray, Gus Egizi, Senate President Sweeney, and all those who have advocated for this legislation over the past seven years.

“The advocates and I are ready and willing to accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to Stephen Komninos’ Law,” Senator Beck said. “I believe that our lifesaving legislation is so strong, that it could serve as a national model. This was a hard-won victory and I am grateful to the families and Senate President Sweeney for working with me to get this done.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Now Law: Bateman Bill Creating Pet Trafficking Crime

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) establishing pet trafficking as a third-degree crime.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill establishes pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“No one should be able to sell an innocent animal to a medical research facility or a puppy mill and walk away with a slap on the wrist,” Senator Bateman said. “I am pleased to see that the law finally recognizes that our pets are family, not pieces of stolen property. The penalties we have created for pet trafficking will ensure that anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal a pet gets the punishment they deserve.”

S-332/A-1761, establishes criminal penalties for an increasingly pervasive practice known as “dog flipping,” where pets are stolen and sold for a variety of reasons, including breeding, medical research, and dog fighting.

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Senator Diane Allen

Gov. Signs Allen’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Protect Service Dog Access to Public Spaces

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Governor Christie has signed “Charlie’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility.

Sen. Diane Allen’s “Charlie’s Law” creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility. (Flickr)

“Charlie’s Law” (S-2662) is named after a service dog who was denied access to an airport while assisting his owner, Ben Shore, a Cherry Hill teen who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from panic attacks.

Charlie was ordered out of the airport by an employee who did not believe that he was a service dog. That is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal. Just because a disability is ‘invisible’ doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Senator Allen said. “Charlie’s Law will empower law enforcement to respond immediately, so that people who are discriminated against in this way get the swift justice they deserve.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Bring Telemedicine to New Jersey

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to authorize healthcare providers who are licensed in the state to practice telemedicine in New Jersey.

Gov. Christie signed a law sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen authorizing the use of telemedicine in New Jersey. It takes effect immediately. (Flickr)

“Telemedicine is revolutionizing the way people access healthcare in other states around the country. It’s time for families here to have the same access to this technology,” Senator Allen said. “Many people live too far away or can’t afford to take time off of work to go see a doctor. That can be life-threatening for someone with a chronic condition. In this time of great uncertainty, bringing telemedicine to New Jersey is a sure-fire way to provide affordable, quality care for our residents.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Dawn Addiego

Gov. Signs Joan’s Law Amendment to Mandate Life Sentence for Murder & Sexual Assault of Minors

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Governor Christie has signed an expansion of “Joan’s Law” sponsored by Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco, to mandate life without parole for murdering a minor, of any age, during the course of a sex crime.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro testifies at a May 31, 2017 Senate Budget Committee hearing in support of Sens. Dawn Addiego and Anthony Bucco’s bill expanding the law named after her daughter. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to mandate life in prison for murdering and raping any minor. (SenateNJ.com)

For the past 20 years, “Joan’s Law” has mandated “no release” in cases involving a minor under age 14. S-607 extends Joan’s Law to protect victims between the ages of 14 and 18.

“This law cannot ease the pain of losing a child, but it can ensure that parents do not have to relive that trauma by having to appear before a parole board time and time again, just to keep a killer locked up where they belong.” Senator Addiego said. “Now, every minor who is brutally raped and murdered will receive equal justice under the law – and so will their family.”

“There is always more we can do to keep our children safe from sexual predators. Anyone who commits such an atrocious crime should, at the very least, spend their life in a jail cell,” Senator Bucco said. “There is no justification for releasing these monsters back into the general population. I am hopeful that this law will act as a deterrent. I believe it will save countless young lives for years to come.”

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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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