The State would be required to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“The needs of our children are certainly not one-size-fits-all,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Mercer) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this legislation will ensure school nurses are prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”
A resolution (SR-67) sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to help state and local governments fight the Zika virus was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“I’m very happy that Congress came through late last month and authorized more than $1 billion to combat the spread of the Zika virus,” Senator Oroho said. “However, I believe this resolution recognizes the vital importance of funding for our state and shows our commitment to the continued fight against this virus.”
The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker plans at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
A resolution (SR-64) sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging the United States Air Force and Congress to bring a new mission to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – New Jersey’s second largest employer – was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“So many New Jersey residents work at the Joint Base,” Senator Allen said. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to bring in new missions and ensure it remains a viable military base for years to come.”
The resolution calls for the $25 million reward for Osama bin Laden to be used to set up a fund to benefit veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
A resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to establish a fund to help returning veterans using money initially allocated to a reward for information leading to Osama bin Laden was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“A courageous raid carried out by United States Special Forces on May 1, 2011, ended Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror that claimed thousands of innocent lives,” Senator Oroho said. “However, there are countless veterans who made real contributions to our nation’s mission to fight terror overseas and, by extension, the search for bin Laden, who have struggled once they have returned home and are in dire in need of assistance.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to rename a stretch of I-195 in Upper Freehold Township after Anthony A. Raspa, a New Jersey State Police Trooper killed in the line of duty, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Whether it’s through violence or accidents, police officers risk danger every single day they go to work,” Senator Thompson said. “Trooper Raspa was a dedicated law enforcement officer who was loved by his family and community alike. Sadly, his life was cut short in a tragic accident, but hopefully this recognition of his service will live on for much longer.”
Democrats Stop Planned Vote on Bill Reducing Cost to Taxpayers for Public Employee Healthcare Benefits
Measure Mandates Efficiencies to Cut Cost of Government by Eliminating Expensive Redundancies
A planned vote on legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) to enact efficiencies protecting taxpayers from the exploding cost of public employee healthcare benefits was blocked today by the majority Senate Democrats. The bill was removed at the last minute from the agenda of today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.
The bill, S-979, would prohibit multiple coverage by public employees with more than one job, eliminates cross-coverage by spouses who are both public employees, and caps payouts for school employees who waive coverage.
“The rapidly rising cost of public employee healthcare benefits is strangling government budgets and hurting struggling taxpayers,” said Kean. “We cannot afford to ignore critical efficiencies that would lower the cost of government, especially when we can do so without impacting the healthcare that public employees receive. I am disappointed that Democrats wouldn’t allow a vote on this critical taxpayer protection to occur today.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether or not dredge spoils can be dumped on Burlington Island, which has been long-controlled by the people of Burlington.
“This is one of the jewels of the Delaware River, and we want to preserve it,” Senator Allen said. “We’re working with a number of groups, including the Board of Island Managers, to ensure that city residents continue to have the final call on what happens at Burlington Island.”
Beck Writes to State Law Enforcement & Military Officials to Halt Navy Plans to Open NWS Earle Housing to Civilians
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has sent formal correspondence to Governor Christie, Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, Brigadier General Michael Cunniff of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Director Chris Rodriguez of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security to enlist their assistance in halting the Department of Defense’s plan to allow civilians to reside on the active Naval Weapons Station Earle base.
“I am opposed, in the strongest possible terms, to the Navy’s plan allowing members of the general public to utilize Naval Weapons Earle housing. The current proposal is a dangerous one, and I will fight tirelessly against it,” said Beck. “The Department of Defense must abandon this proposal and ensure our area’s safety. Our Congressman, Chris Smith, is asking for a meeting with senior Navy officials on this proposal and I formally requesting that the State of New Jersey put its resources behind the effort to block this risky proposal from seeing the light of day.”
Allen to Introduce Bills to Permanently Lower Speed Limits in School Zones; Increase Penalties for Speeding
Legislation follows death of pedestrian 10th grader killed on Route 130 by Burlington City High School
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce a three-bill package to reduce speed limits in school zones, including Route 130, and increase penalties for drivers who put students at risk.
The legislation follows the death of Antwan Timbers Jr., a Burlington City High School tenth grader who was killed when he was struck by a car while walking along Route 130.
“More than 1,000 students each day cross Route 130 – one of the deadliest highways in the state for pedestrians,” Senator Allen said. “They are still in danger long after the speed limit reverts back at 4 p.m. After school activities require many kids to cross ‘death highway’ in the dark on their way home. We cannot lose another child the way we lost Antwan. Permanently reducing speed limits in school zones and holding drivers accountable for their dangerous behavior are the best way to save lives.”
23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase Takes Effect in Two Weeks
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) will join as a co-prime sponsor of legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that is set to take effect on November 1st.
The repeal legislation was announced by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) immediately following the Governor’s approval of the gas tax increase on Friday.
“I fought against the gas tax increase every step through the legislative process, and I’ll continue fighting against it now that’s it been signed into law,” said Doherty. “We’re not spending the gas taxes we already collect wisely, so it’s not fair to ask drivers to pay more.”