Bill Authorizing Kids to Offer Snow Shoveling Services Heads to General Assembly
The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval.
“It’s ridiculous to suggest that kids looking to earn a few bucks shoveling sidewalks and driveways might need expensive permits from their municipalities,” said Doherty. “This bill ensures that kids have the right to offer to shovel snow without fear of breaking the law.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to allow motorists to choose to pump their own gas.
Under Senate Bill 2944, New Jersey gas stations would allow voluntary self-service but be required to retain at least one full-service island for the next three years as well as provisions for serving those unable to pump their own gas. Gas stations would be allowed to discount the price of self-service gas but would have to provide full-service at the same cost for those with disabilities. The bill is also sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen).
After TerraCycle Visit, Senate Republicans Introduce Resolution to Spark Statewide Recycling Initiative
After visiting TerraCycle, a Trenton-based recycling operation, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and ranking Republican Environment Committeeman Christopher “Kip” Bateman introduced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep out of landfills hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials.
“We thank TerraCycle for hosting us today and for being a wonderfully innovative asset for New Jersey’s environment,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “It shows there are local recycling programs that state facilities, parks, libraries, museums, beaches, destinations and rest stops, as well as county governments, local governments, schools and businesses can implement to greatly reduce environmental impacts. Many of them are cost-free and will take just about any nonperishable piece of waste.”
“Before such programs, e-waste and items like used snack bags, cigarette butts, coffee pods and shoes were never considered to be recyclable,” said Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon). “We are encouraging all New Jersey entities to use programs like this, because just about everything we use can and should be recycled. There is no more excuse to continue amassing these hazardous materials in landfills.”
Senate Republican Robert Singer announced new bipartisan legislation that would upgrade current law to better protect those with developmental disabilities from being victimized by the acts of others that are dangerous and potentially deadly.
The bill would better define reckless endangerment laws and increase punishment and penalties for putting others at risk, with the strongest penalties for those with cognitive impairments.
“It is important that as a legislature and as a society as a whole that we take a stand to protect those who might be less able to protect themselves,” said Senator Singer. “Bullying or taking advantage of anyone, especially those whose judgment might be challenged, is clearly wrong and with this legislation New Jersey’s laws will now reflect that. This legislation should send a strong message that the victimization of those with disabilities won’t be tolerated in New Jersey.”
Seeking to close a legal loophole that currently benefits those who threaten public safety on our roadways, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling for action on this legislation that would prevent convicted drunk drivers from receiving workers’ compensation.
Specifically, the 9th District delegation’s legislation (A-779) would amend New Jersey’s workers’ compensation law to provide that if an employee was intoxicated when the injury or death occurred, it is presumed that the injury or death was caused by the intoxication and the employee will be barred from receiving workers’ compensation.
The legislation, which has been introduced in the past several legislative sessions is in response to the recent New Jersey Supreme Court case of Tlumac v. High Bridge Stone, 187 N.J. 567 (2006), in which the Court reaffirmed a long-standing rule that held intoxication must be the “sole cause” of an accident in order to deprive an employee of workers’ compensation benefits.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that will expand certain redevelopment programs to all counties in the state has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Under Senate Bill 1677, the Department of Community Affairs will be able to designate one municipality per county, with the approval of the NJ Redevelopment Authority board, for inclusion in financing programs administered by the NJRA in counties where no municipality currently meets the technical requirements of a “qualified municipality” yet the need is very pronounced. To qualify, the municipality must rank within the top 20 percent of the Municipal Distress Index.
O’Toole, Russo, Rumana Bill Designating Portion of Rt. 17 ‘Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway’ Signed by Christie
Legislation (A-3582/S-2321) sponsored by District 40 legislators Sen. Kevin O’Toole and Assemblymen Dave Russo and Scott Rumana that designates a section of Rt. 17 in Waldwick the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway” in memory of the fallen hero was signed into law today by Gov. Christie.
Waldwick Police Officer Goodell, a former U.S. Marine, was killed in the line of duty last July, when a tractor trailer struck the 32-year-old while he was conducting a radar operation on Route 17.
“It’s impossible to accept a senseless tragedy taking the life of a true hero like Christopher, who family, fiancée, colleagues and community will always keep in their hearts,” O’Toole said. “But this sign will instill the lasting honor that Christopher and his family deserve due to his selfless service and sacrifices for us all.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman raising awareness of the value of horticultural therapy has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Under Senator Bateman’s legislation, SJR-12, the third full week in March of each year will now be designated as “Horticultural Therapy Week” in New Jersey.
“Designating a week each year to raise awareness of Horticultural Therapy will hopefully expand opportunities for more people to take advantage of the many benefits it offers,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex).
Legislation sponsored by District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell was signed into law today by Governor Christie.
“The Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway will now be a permanent and visible reminder of Senator Littell’s tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and commitment to personally respond to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. Senator Littell has left a lasting legacy and I’m pleased that future generations will be reminded of that legacy through the renaming of this highway.”
Pennacchio to Introduce Resolution Urging Jets, Other NFL Teams to Donate Money Received for Patriotic Promotions
Senator Joe Pennacchio said he will introduce a resolution urging the New York Jets and all NFL teams to donate the millions of dollars in public funds the teams have been paid for patriotic in-game events and displays to veterans organizations.
According to a Star-Ledger article, the Jets were paid $377,500 between 2011 and 2014 for patriotic festivities, including segments in which soldiers were featured on the big screen, thanked for their service and given tickets to the game. The bulk of the tab was picked up by the New Jersey Army National Guard.
“It is a shame that these teams that get so many public subsidies and tax breaks are using patriotism as a money grab,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “For-profit patriotism is slap in the face to the men and women in military who risk everything to fight for the freedoms we all enjoy. The Jets’ stadium is built on public land and is afforded a hefty property tax discount. There’s no excuse for now charging the National Guard for these in-game promotions.”