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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Pennacchio Legislation Establishing “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell moved forward today after being unanimously passed by the Senate.

Legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Sen. Robert E. Littell was approved unanimously by the NJ Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“The overwhelming support shown today for this legislation is a testament to the integrity, compassion and dedication that marked Senator Littell’s decades of service in Trenton,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Renaming Route 15 in his honor will be a permanent and visible reminder of his tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Adopts Cardinale, Bucco Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Gerald Cardinale and Anthony Bucco requiring colleges and universities in New Jersey to adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations. (SenateNJ.com)

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “A service member who has to miss class because of obligations like training or enactment should be given a fair chance to make up the work they missed. Helping these heroes juggle college and their military obligations will help them to succeed both in the classroom and in uniform.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Kids Could Offer to Shovel Driveways Under Legislation Introduced by Doherty

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that blocks municipal ordinances from preventing the ability of kids to offer snow shoveling services within 24 hours of an expected snowstorm.

The legislation was drafted in response to recent reports of a pair of high school seniors who were stopped by Bound Brook police and told they could not go door to door without a permit to hand out flyers in an attempt to solicit snow shoveling business for a snowstorm the next morning.

“That teenagers looking to make a few bucks shoveling driveways can be at risk of breaking the law is a sign of how overbearing government has become,” said Doherty. “Instead of learning the value of entrepreneurship and hard work, today’s kids are being taught that the effort isn’t worth it.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Christie Signs Kyrillos’ Job-Creating ‘Water Infrastructure Protection Act’

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) to help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades and create thousands of private-sector jobs was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” formerly S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Students from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Senator O’Toole’s legislation, signed into law by Gov. Christie on Feb. 5, 2015, requires schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and to administer treatment to any student having an anaphylactic reaction. (kiwinky/Flickr)

The new law, formerly S-801/A-304, requires public and nonpublic New Jersey schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and authorizes school nurses or a trained designee to administer the life-saving treatment to any student who is having an anaphylactic reaction.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Signs Bateman Legislation Extending Special Appraisal Process for Highlands Land Owners

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Governor Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman continuing the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area.

The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. With today’s signing of Bateman’s S1050, the appraisal process will now be renewed until 2019.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Ensuring Highlands Landowners Receive Fair Value Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to continue the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Christie signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho to continue a special appraisal process for open space and farmland preservation programs to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the Highlands Act in 2004. Pictured is the Long Valley preservation area. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. The legislation, S1050, renews the appraisal process until 2019.

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Bill “Pet Purchase Protection Act” Signed Into Law

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Animal Advocates Praise New Protections of Senate Bill 1870

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin requiring pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

“After years of dedication to this legislation, we are pleased this measure to protect the purchaser from buying sick pets for their families is now law,” said Holzapfel. “By requiring a pet store to disclose the history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Thursday, February 5, 2015

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
A709 Prescription drugs, unused-safe disposal 2RS 1/13/2015
A1368 DUI viol., cert.-revise penal. 2RS 10/27/2014
A1674 Halfway houses-atty. visit clients 2RS 1/15/2015
A2305 Blue roofs, green roofs-DEP adopt rules 2RSG 12/15/2014
A2313 Nonprofit Vet Org vol contrib-tax return 2RS 10/23/2014
A2316 Checkpoints-proh limited, cert veh types 2RS 10/27/2014
A2479 Elevators, new bldgs.-certain size req. 2RSG 10/9/2014
A2859 Proj. Medicine Drop-codifies 2RS 10/27/2014
A3161 Car seat safety-implement recommendation 2RS 9/18/2014
A3223 Loc Govt Svc Div-incl prop tax, web page 2RS 12/8/2014
A3690 Disab. student-allow svc animal, sch bus 2RS 1/29/2015
A3951 Angelie’s Law-exempts cert. veh. 2RS 1/13/2015
S162 Students w/mil obligations-instit assist 2RS 9/22/2014
S165 Teacher certification-concerns 2RS 12/1/2014
S385 DUI viol-ignition interlock device 2RS 10/27/2014
S903 Betsy’s Law-animal supervision after hrs 2RS 12/11/2014
S994 Halfway houses-atty. visit clients 2RS 1/15/2015
S1447 Law off. info-proh cert internet posting 2RS 12/11/2014
S1614 Checkpoints-proh limited, cert veh types 2RS 10/27/2014
S1670 Nonprofit Vet Org-income tax vol contrib 2RS 6/19/2014
S1760 Amer Sign Language-HS graduation req. 2RS 1/29/2015
S2026 Car seat safety-implement recommendation 2RS 9/18/2014
S2056 Loc Govt Svc Div-incl prop tax, web page 2RS 12/8/2014
S2085 Mortgage foreclosures-concerns filings 2RS 12/8/2014
S2166 Comprehensive Reg Grease Recycling Act 2RS 1/13/2015
S2201 Epinephrine-youth camps maintain supply 2RS 12/15/2014
S2254 Fire hydrants-snow removal req. 2RS 1/13/2015
S2313 Automatic standby generators-concerns 2RS 10/27/2014
S2369 Proj. Medicine Drop-codifies 2RS 10/27/2014
S2370 Prescription drugs, unused-safe disposal 2RS 1/13/2015
S2372 Opioid drug use-coordinate police effort 2RS 10/9/2014
S2414 Unemp. claims receipt-concerns access 2RS 10/9/2014
S2434 Credit card-fuel dealers not responsible 2RS 12/8/2014
S2596 Angelie’s Law-exempts cert. veh. 2RS 1/13/2015
S2601 Disab. student-allow svc animal, sch bus 2RS 1/29/2015
S2656 Senator Robert E Littell Mem. Hwy.-Rt.15 2RS 1/13/2015
S2711 Wind energy proj., qual.-BPU approval 2RS 1/29/2015
SCR86 N Plainfield Somerset Co-assign ZIP code 2RS 12/11/2014
SCR129 Bus svc.-prov. in Boro of Helmetta 2RS 1/13/2015
SJR25 St. Commission on Urban Violence-estab. 2RS 10/16/2014
SJR26 Crossing Guard Appreciation Day-Oct. 9 2RS 10/16/2014
SR77 Zohydro ER-FDA reconsider approval 2RS 12/8/2014
SR112 Wind energy proj., offshore-adopt reg. 2RS 1/29/2015

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos and Beck Request Information on State’s Plan for Fort Monmouth as Ebola Quarantine Site

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Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, along with Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, today sent a letter to state Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez requesting information and further consideration of the state’s reported plan to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine location for travelers that may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.

“There are a lot of questions about how this decision was made and whether it is even necessary, or in the best public interest to use Fort Monmouth as a quarantine site,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “It’s certainly important for the state to make plans on how to protect residents from this urgent public safety threat. I know New Jersey has thousands of empty hospital beds that would seem to be more suitable for the task.”

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