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Senator Kip Bateman

Sen. Kip Bateman Announces Memorial Service for his Father, Senator Raymond H. Bateman at Raritan Valley Community College

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced that all are invited to attend a memorial service for his father, Raymond H. Bateman, at Raritan Valley Community College. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

A memorial service will be held for Raymond H. Bateman on Saturday, July 9 at Raritan Valley Community College.

“It is my honor to invite the public to a memorial service for my father, Raymond Bateman, at his beloved Raritan Valley Community College,” Senator Bateman said. “My father’s passion for expanding access to affordable, quality higher education touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey students. It is fitting that we honor his legacy of dedicated public service at the institution he was proud to support for more than 40 years. On behalf of our family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the RVCC community for helping us celebrate his life in such a special way.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Work on Transportation Projects Will Begin Shutting Down Due to Bankrupt TTF

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Action Needed Now to Prevent Property Tax Explosion

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said that New Jersey residents and property taxpayers will start to see the effects of a depleted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) as transportation projects statewide grind to a halt, and local road and bridge repair and maintenance begin to fall on municipal and county governments.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that New Jersey residents and property taxpayers will soon start to see the effects of a depleted Transportation Trust Fund. (SenateNJ.com)

Without the passage of a TTF reauthorization and funding solution, Governor Christie issued Executive Order 210 yesterday requiring plans for an orderly shutdown of TTF projects to be prepared by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

“The Governor’s executive order shows that the possibility of work on roads and bridges stopping without a new TTF plan is not merely hypothetical,” said Oroho. “It’s happening now.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill to Celebrate National Park Service Centennial Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service this year. (NPS)

“Establishing and protecting our beautiful national parks has been one of our country’s greatest achievements,” Senator Kean said. “But you don’t have to go to Yosemite or Yellowstone to see our National Park Service at work. You can find some fantastic natural and historic wonders right here in New Jersey.”

In New Jersey, the National Park Service oversees three national historical parks – Morristown, Paterson Great Falls and Thomas Edison; two national recreations areas – Delaware Water Gap and Gateway-Sandy Hook Unit; two national trails – Appalachian and Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route; one national monument – Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island;  five wild and scenic rivers – Great Egg Harbor, Middle Delaware, Lower Delaware, Maurice and Musconetcong; one national heritage area – Crossroads of the American Revolution; and the nation’s only national reserve – the New Jersey Pinelands.

“We are so lucky to have these magnificent places right in our backyard,” Senator Kean said. “If you haven’t had the chance to explore places like the Delaware Water Gap or the Appalachian Trail, go out on Aug. 25, to celebrate our state’s natural beauty, as well as the National Park Service on its centennial.”

The National Park Service has helped preserve more than 400 sites covering more than 84 million acres of land in every state, as well as Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition to national parks, they oversee sites like battlefields, monuments and recreation areas.

Senator Diane Allen
Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Passes Allen/Beck Bill to Establish “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Jennifer Beck to raise awareness about shelter pet adoption passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill to Study Industry-Wide Systems to Track & Return Stolen Jewelry Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and fellow District 10 legislators creating a task force to study industry-wide systems for tracking stolen jewelry has passed the New Jersey Senate. The “Secondhand Valuables Transaction Reporting Task Force” would also make recommendations for implementing the system for retail and law enforcement use.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill creates “The Secondhand Valuables Transaction Reporting Task Force” to study systems to track and return stolen jewelry.

“We currently have excellent record-keeping systems in place to track and recover stolen jewelry from pawnshops,” Senator Holzapfel said. “As we saw during the rash of burglaries in Monmouth County, criminals are circumventing these systems by selling stolen goods to jewelry stores who do not have access to the same program. This task force will investigate how to arm all retailers with cutting edge systems to track stolen valuables, report crimes to law enforcement, and return these treasured items to the rightful owner.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Measure Honoring 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the National History Preservation Act of 1966.

Sen. Kip Bateman helped celebrate the addition of new open space to the Princeton Battlefield on September 16, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve always been inspired by the many historic places that can be found in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman said. “I’m so thankful that efforts like the National Historic Preservation Act have protected these treasures and allowed people like me, as well as our future generations, to learn from them.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Remove Red Tape from Pharmaceutical Industry Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to make the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies passed the New Jersey Senate. The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would remove red tape from drug manufacturing industry. (©iStock)

“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. “Six years after it was created, the Red Tape Review Commission is still finding ways to cut back the bureaucracy and make it easier for entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses in the state. This bill reduces the time it takes for drug companies to set up shop in New Jersey.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senate Passes Sweeney-Kyrillos Bill to Cut Red Tape, Create Casino Jobs in Atlantic City

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Job-creating legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to encourage small-scale and boutique casinos to set up shop in Atlantic City has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos’ bill encourages boutique casinos to set up shop and create jobs in Atlantic City.

“The closure of Atlantic City’s four largest casinos put nearly 8,000 residents out of work and far too many are still struggling to get back on their feet,” Senator Kyrillos said. “Cutting red tape is critical to encouraging boutique casino owners to invest in Atlantic City. By passing this legislation, we can shore up the city’s fragile economy, put hardworking locals back to work, and generate huge benefits for New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Calls for Taxpayer Protections in Wake of $2 Million Paterson Police Officer Pension Abuse Scandal

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In the wake of a Paterson legal case that will cost taxpayers $2 million, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Passaic, Bergen) today renewed his call for swift passage of taxpayer-protections to end pension abuses and million-dollar payouts.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale calls for passage of his taxpayer protections in the wake of a Paterson police officer pension abuse scandal that will cost taxpayers $2 million. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It is unconscionable that Paterson, a city that receives $430 million in state aid every year, would waste millions of taxpayer dollars to keep a police officer accused of such a heinous crime on the payroll,” Senator Cardinale said. “Now Manuel Avila will be eligible for lifetime Cadillac health benefits and thousands of dollars in extra pension payments – all on the backs of hardworking taxpayers.”

Manuela Avila, a suspended Paterson Police Officer who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in custody, collected $900,000 in pay during the nine years he was suspended, according to recent reports. Despite accusations of wrongdoing, city officials allowed Avila to remain on the job long enough to be eligible for lifetime health benefits and extra annual pension payments.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty & Cardinale Reiterate Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), and Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) were joined by anti-tax advocates today in releasing a statement reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. The General Assembly approved a 23-cent gas tax hike last evening, with a half-cent sales tax reduction starting January 1, 2017 and another half-cent reduction on January 1, 2018.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerry Cardinale were joined by anti-tax advocates in reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Flickr)

Click here to sign the “No Gas Tax Increase” petition.

“I have heard the residents of New Jersey loud and clear and I remain steadfast in my opposition to a billion dollar, 23 cents per gallon increase in our gas tax,” said Senator Beck. “New Jersey residents see right through the fiscal shell game that is being played. Literally in three days, this Friday, July 1st, all 7 million New Jersey drivers will be faced with a billion dollar tax increase that will be imposed every time they take a trip to the beach, commute to work, or bring their kids to school. Without question, lowering the sales tax a penny over two years will not stop Democrats from raising it again as they have done before.”

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