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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Prevents Schools from Hiring Alleged Child Abusers, Sexual Predators

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Senate Republicans Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco have introduced a bill to prevent a person who has been investigated for child abuse or sexual misconduct from working at a New Jersey public or charter school.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco’s bill requires schools to review of an applicant’s employment history to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct. (Flickr)

“We cannot afford to take chances when it comes to protecting children from the lifelong scars of abuse,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Why should we prioritize a person who has been accused of such a heinous crime over the safety of innocent children? It is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice that this state is more concerned with protecting a job candidate’s reputation than keeping child predators out of our schools. This legislation is long overdue.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Praises Decision to Station New Tanker Planes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement in response to recent reports that the United States Air Force will station 24 of its new KC-46A refueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

New KC-46A refueling tankers will be stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Boeing)

“This is great news not just for the Joint Base, but for all of New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “The base is going to be an outstanding home for these new jets since it already has the infrastructure and facilities needed thanks to its existing contingent of older tanker aircraft.”

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would expand housing opportunities for veterans. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)

The 9th District delegation’s legislation, S-260, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) for grants to veterans. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in May of last year.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Trump Will Be an Ally in the Fight to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard

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Following statements made by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) said that he is hopeful New Jersey  will have an ally in Washington who will demand Cuba return cop-killer Joanne Chesimard.

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

Rex Tillerson on Wednesday told the Foreign Relations Committee that as President-Elect Trump’s secretary of state, he would demand that Cuba extradite Chesimard.

I have said it before – President Obama should have never opened relations with Cuba without first demanding the extradition of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard,” Senator Pennacchio said. “I applaud President-Elect Trump for nominating a secretary of state who has the courage and the capacity to right this wrong.

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District 9

Aquaculture Bills Sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove Signed Into Law

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Legislation prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will streamline the permitting approval process for aquaculture projects were recently signed into law.

Shellfish harvested from New Jersey waters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The first legislative measure, A-793, requires New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) to seek to establish with the United States Army Corps of Engineers a joint application process for aquaculture projects that require both State and federal permits, licenses, or approvals for aquaculture projects in the State.

The second measure, A-794, requires the Department of Agriculture and DEP to adopt coordinated permit application and review program for aquaculture projects.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Improve Storm Preparedness Passed by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to improve storm preparedness and mitigate the damage done by severe events, like Superstorm Sandy, was advanced by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill to establish a county storm preparedness program was advanced by a Senate panel. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

“Sandy was something that, sadly, we weren’t prepared for, and people in our shore communities are still trying to get things back to normal more than four years later,” Senator Singer said. “However, we’ve spent that time learning from our mistakes and finding ways to ensure we aren’t caught off guard by another superstorm. This bill has the potential to protect vulnerable communities from the kind of damage we saw in the aftermath of Sandy.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman/Allen Bill Expanding Varsity Letter Criteria Passes Senate Panel

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The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expand the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A varsity letter has become a universal symbol for school pride and student achievement,” Senator Bateman said. “Students who win science, debate or music competitions demonstrate just as much school spirit as those who score a game-winning goal. We need to show these kids that their victories are just as worthy of our praise and admiration.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Allow School Nurses to Administer Narcan Advances

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School nurses would be permitted to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and today advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation would allow school nurses to administer an opioid antidote, such as Narcan, to respond to overdoses by students or staff. (Adapt Pharma)

S-2635 would also require high schools, and permit any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride. The bill provides immunity from liability for a school nurse or trained employee who acts in good faith to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member.

“School nurses are battling the opioid epidemic right alongside our police and first responders, the only difference is they don’t have access to the only drug that can stop an overdose within seconds,” Senator Bateman said. “We can save lives by having Narcan on school grounds, or we can lose them waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It is time to arm the people we entrust to care for our children with the same lifesaving tool used by first responders in every county in this state.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

After Local Child’s Death, Addiego Acts to Improve School Bus Safety Statewide

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Senate Panel Approves Addiego’s “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation”

Senator Dawn Addiego’s bill to establish the “Task Force on Safety in School Transportation” has cleared the Senate Education Committee. Addiego first introduced the bill after a 6-year-old child from her district, Edmond Bock, was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bill to improve school bus safety was introduced after 6-year-old Edmond Bock was struck and killed by a school bus in Waterford. (Photo courtesy of Bock family)

“More than 23 million children ride a school bus year-round every year,” Senator Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) said. “Each and every one of these kids has a right to be transported to school safely, and their parents should expect no less than the highest level of protection from those who are charged with this responsibility.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel: We Must Improve Treatment for Addiction & Reduce Access to Opioids to Prevent Abuse

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said that he hopes the Governor’s desire to address New Jersey’s crisis of drug abuse as expressed in the State of the State address proves to be successful.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel said that New Jersey must do more to treat those suffering from addiction and enhance efforts to prevent opioids from becoming available for abuse. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Ocean County is ground zero for opioid abuse in New Jersey, and we’ve been fighting this battle against heroin and the diversion of prescription medications for years,” said Holzapfel. “We agree with the Governor that we need to do more to treat those suffering from addiction, but we also need to enhance our efforts to stop dangerous narcotics from ever becoming available for abuse.”

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