District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space announced the introduction of legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
Under the identical bills (S-2656/A-4042), the Sussex County portion of Route 15 would be designated the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” in honor of the late District 24 legislator and Sussex County native who served in the state Assembly and Senate for 40 years.
“Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and dedication to bettering the lives of all New Jerseyans,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Remarkably, through his years in Trenton he maintained a humble nature and never strayed from his priority of personally responding to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. ‘Bob,’ as he preferred to be called, was a loving husband and father and a personal friend and mentor to me and many others. Renaming this highway in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has left such an important and lasting legacy in New Jersey, especially Sussex County.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation to create the “Clinical Trials Working Group” to promptly identify ways for the pharmaceutical industry to find appropriate clinical trials in New Jersey.
“Historically, New Jersey’s robust pharmaceutical industry has been forced to spend valuable time and resources looking outside of this state to find appropriate clinical trials for drugs and medications that they develop and test,” Beck said. “Clinical trials should be a regular part of business in New Jersey. This legislation creates a diverse and collaborative professional working group to recommend how New Jersey and its universities and colleges can partner with the private-sector to facilitate trials, add jobs and grow that sector of the economy right here.”
Nearly 7,100 People Signed Online Petition to Ban the Cams
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation (S-626) to ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey, commented on the imminent conclusion of the state’s red light camera pilot program and warned that citizens must remain vigilant to prevent the program’s return.
“Over the five years of the red light camera pilot program, we have shattered the myth that cameras protect drivers or make inherently dangerous intersections safer,” said Doherty. “We have proven that the only thing cameras are consistently good at is robbing drivers through expensive and questionable tickets to support the wasteful spending of local officials.”
Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:
“I am encouraged by President Obama’s recognition of these service members, their families, all of their sacrifices and their importance to this country. This one-of-a-kind military base is truly the lifeblood of our region, as it keeps us safe and protects our freedom by air, land and sea. I hope the President’s visit is a sign that he will join me in doing whatever is needed to preserve the Joint Base and enhance its operations as our military continues to evolve.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) creating an easy avenue for taxpayers to make donations to the ALS Association is now law after being signed by Governor Christie on Thursday. Under the legislation, S2396, residents will be able to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association.
“I joined many across New Jersey and the nation this past summer in taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raising funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation creates a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to continue to demonstrate their generosity and to continue the fight against ALS.”
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.
“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”
The Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to eliminate a burdensome and potentially harmful child care subsidy requirement.
Senator Bucco’s legislation, S-2343, would prohibit the state Department of Human Services from requiring a child care subsidy recipient to reapply for a subsidy, as a new applicant, following the recipient’s change of residence to another New Jersey county. He introduced the bill in August to help protect constituents who are trying to overcome this issue to provide for their families.
“The State of New Jersey should not be in the business of penalizing child care subsidy recipients just for moving, as that harmful state department regulation does,” Bucco said. “This legislation eliminates that regulation to protect and ensure that there is no disruption in child care subsidy benefits for qualified families, and it also protects their abilities to receive suitable affordable housing.”
O’Toole, Carroll, Handlin, Schepisi Issue 119-Page Statement on GWB Inquiry; Deliver to AG for Review
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation minority members — Senator Kevin O’Toole, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Holly Schepisi — issued a 119-page Minority Statement during the Select Committee meeting on December 8, 2014.
Their Minority Statement, with 403 footnotes and 4,262 pages of exhibits, is available at www.sciminority.com.
It has been delivered to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for review.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-2505 and A-3794) that would repeal the Transfer Inheritance Tax. Currently, New Jersey imposes a Transfer Inheritance Tax on beneficiaries for the receipt of assets from a New Jersey resident decedent and certain New Jersey assets of nonresident decedents, as determined by the value of the assets transferred and the beneficiary’s relationship to the decedent.
Correspondingly, the 9th District delegation has also cosponsored companion legislation (S-353 and A-329) that would phase out New Jersey’s estate tax over a five-year period. The legislation states its purpose is to simplify New Jersey’s taxation of decedent estates, while allowing for an orderly adjustment to the associated revenue loss through the bill’s five-year phase out.
The state Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.
In June 2013, Senator Kean introduced Senate bill 734 to make New Jersey the third U.S. state — and the first in the densely populated, fast-paced North East Region — to permit the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.