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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 Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Governor’s CV of S5 Shows More Consideration for Taxpayers’ Safety

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement following the Governor’s conditional veto of S5:

“Back in November, I wrote in an op-ed that I was rooting for our Governor to succeed. I said then that I would call him out when he mis-stepped but be with him when he did the right thing. This is me keeping my word.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon standing up for New Jersey taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

“I want to commend Governor Murphy and his policy staff for what appears to be their complete reassessment of the deeply flawed original version of bill S-5. To be clear, neither taxpayers nor unions are getting everything they wanted out of this conditional veto. However, a fair assessment of the language of the conditional veto demonstrates that there was a genuine concern for taxpayers, as well as of the goals of union leaders to have more control over their pension funds investment strategy.

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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 Kristin Corrado

Corrado Designates May as New Jersey “Small Business Month”

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Senator Kristin Corrado’s (R-40) resolution designating May of each year as “Small Business Month” in New Jersey was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Sen. Kristin Corrado’s resolution designating May of each year as “Small Business Month” in New Jersey unanimously passed the Senate Commerce Committee. (©iStock.com)

“Small businesses are the backbone of the New Jersey economy,” Corrado said. “As a small business owner myself, I understand the countless financial and personal sacrifices that entrepreneurs must make to build their business from the ground up. The designation of May as ‘Small Business Month’ will help us to recognize that hard work and highlight the enormous role that small businesses play in growing our state and local economies.”

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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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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Advanced: Cardinale Bill Calling for Congressional Assistance in Funding Positive Train Control Systems

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) which encourages the federal government to assist with implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on New Jersey railways.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s legislation encourages the federal government to assist with implementing PTC technology on New Jersey railways.  (SenateNJ.com)

“By repeatedly underfunding large scale train safety projects, Congress is placing the lives of New Jerseyans at risk,” Cardinale said. “With technological advances that remove human error, such as positive train control, we are able to safeguard passengers and our communities from future train derailments and crashes.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio & Bucco Call on NJEA to Offer Solutions to Prevent Disturbing Conduct Seen in Hidden-Camera Videos

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Encourage Teachers’ Union to Take Active Role in Upcoming Legislative Hearings

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony Bucco urged the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to offer solutions during upcoming legislative hearings to prevent the types of reprehensible conduct that was captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco urged the NJEA to offer solutions to prevent the reprehensible conduct captured on hidden-camera videos of local union leaders. (SenateNJ.com)

“I truly believe that most teachers are horrified by the hidden camera footage and don’t want their profession tarnished by the refusal of their own union to do what’s right,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “I hope those good teachers will urge the NJEA to accept a seat at the table to engage productively in the upcoming legislative hearings. They should see this as an opportunity to excise this cancer that exists among them that has led to the NJEA’s horrific policy that every teacher should be protected at any cost.”

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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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