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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill Creating Pre-Trial Program for Veterans Coping With Mental Illness Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to provide greater support for veterans struggling with addiction or mental illness was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill will help veterans coping with mental illness. (©iStock)

“When they return from service, so many veterans struggle with health conditions like PTSD, addiction and serious depression,” Senator Allen said. “If these combat-related afflictions lead to some kind of criminal behavior, the person should have a chance to get the treatment they need rather than just sit in jail.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Pennacchio/Oroho Fight for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Steven Oroho were today joined by medical professionals and New Jersey Right to Life at a press conference calling on the legislature to pass their “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026 on December 5, 2016. (

The Senators’ bill, S-2026, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Medical studies have shown unborn children can feel pain in the womb at least by 20 weeks, if not before.

“This is the time of year when we reflect on how to protect the most vulnerable members of society,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “That is why we chose today to call on those who control the legislative agenda to stand up for the rights of innocent unborn children. For who is more vulnerable than a baby who can feel pain in the womb, but cannot cry out for help? It is time for our leaders to listen to these children’s silent screams and immediately pass our Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: We Need Sick Leave Reform, Now!

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) is calling for immediate action on legislation to end lucrative sick leave payouts for public employees following news that Englewood Cliffs will pay a former Deputy Police Chief more than $440,000.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale is calling for action on legislation to end lucrative unused sick leave payouts. (Flickr)

“Sick days are there to be used during an employee’s tenure. They aren’t some kind of retirement present from the taxpayers,” Senator Cardinale said. “A $440,000 check will get you a pretty nice boat, but if you want a new one you shouldn’t be buying it on the taxpayers’ dime.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Legislature Must Act to Provide Clarity on Affordable Housing

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Leaving Important Policy Determinations to Supreme Court Will Likely Hurt Taxpayers & Communities

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that it is imperative for the Legislature to provide clarity on affordable housing policy before the New Jersey Supreme Court rules on so-called “gap period” obligations for municipalities.

Sen. Steven Oroho called for the Legislature to clarify the state’s affordable housing policy, warning that New Jersey’s courts have a bad history of wasting billions of taxpayer dollars when important policy-making decisions are left in their hands. (©iStock)

“Absent clear guidance from the Legislature, the Supreme Court may rule that municipalities across New Jersey have a retroactive obligation to build hundreds of thousands on new units of affordable housing,” said Oroho. “While we believe such a ruling would conflict with prior legislative intent, the fact that this matter has reached our state’s highest court demonstrates the need for the Legislature to act quickly.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

MEDIA ADVISORY (12/5): Pennacchio/Oroho News Conference with NJ Right to Life on “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

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Will Be Joined by Doctors, Legislators to Discuss Bill Prohibiting Abortions After 20 Weeks

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) will hold a news conference on Monday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room 3 of the State House Annex to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would prohibit abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oroho will be joined by NJRTL and medical professionals at a news conference on 12/5 to discuss the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

They will be joined by New Jersey Right to Life, medical professionals and other legislators to discuss the legislation, S-2026.

WHO: Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life; Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26); Senator Steve Oroho (R-24); Senator Mike Doherty (R-23); Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12); Dr. Kyle Beiter, Central Jersey Ob/Gyn; Dr. Randy Knob, Retired General Surgeon; and Rev. Michael Fragoso, Retired Pediatrician.

WHAT: News conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

WHEN: Monday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Committee Room 3 in the State House Annex.

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Boost School Security Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to improve security at public and nonpublic schools, as well as community colleges, by creating a new class of special law enforcement officers was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s legislation creates “Class Three” law enforcement officers and allow them to provide security in New Jersey schools. (Flickr)

“Having trained, experienced officers in schools creates a safer environment for students and staff by deterring criminals from committing acts of violence,” Senator Bucco said. “I’m happy we could work together on this issue and make our schools safer for everyone.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Affordable Housing Must Be Decided by Legislature, Not Courts

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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments to overturn a July court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is calling for the legislature to advance his bill clarifying that forcing municipalities to meet “gap period” requirements violates established law.

With a Supreme Court case looming, Sen. Kip Bateman urges the legislature to advance his affordable housing reforms to protect taxpayers and municipalities. (©iStock)

“The time for litigation is over. Placing affordable housing decisions in the hands of the courts or agencies such as COAH has led to nothing but chaos, confusion and delays. The court agrees these decisions should be decided by the legislature. It is disappointing to see so-called ‘advocates’ continue to engage in frivolous lawsuits that only serve to block municipalities from understanding and fulfilling their housing obligations.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Applauds Governor’s Announcement of State House Renovations

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), a long-time member of the New Jersey State House Commission, applauded Governor Chris Christie’s announcement of plans to complete a long overdue renovation of the executive branch portions of the State House.

The New Jersey State House. (

“As one of the longest serving members of the Legislature, I’ve seen a lot of changes around the State House complex,” said Cardinale. “While much has changed, including the construction of new offices for legislative staff, the Governor’s portion of the State House has only deteriorated from the already poor state it was in when I first arrived.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Castro is Dead – Time for Cuba to Bring Back Cop-killer Chesimard

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In response to Fidel Castro’s death, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) has renewed his call for Cuba to extradite convicted 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)

“Joanne Chesimard brutally murdered a New Jersey State Police Trooper and yet she has been allowed to live comfortably in Cuba for more than 30 years. Even in the wake of Castro’s death, there cannot be real peace between our two nations as long as Cuba remains a safe haven for a convicted cop-killer.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Stands in Support of Port Authority Chairman John Degnan

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) today expressed his confidence in Port Authority Chairman John Degnan’s leadership regarding the construction of a new Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Sen. Tom Kean expressed his strong support of Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. Kean said he has no reason to doubt the chairman’s integrity as the agency moves forward with construction of a new bus terminal. (Flickr)

“I have complete confidence in Chairman Degnan’s ability to oversee construction efforts at the Port Authority,” Senator Kean said. “Time and time again John has demonstrated his capacity to lead with integrity and work tirelessly to advance improvements that will benefit commuters on both sides of the Hudson.

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