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Bateman Bill Banning Microbeads Passed by Senate

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The Senate voted 38-0 to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman prohibiting personal care products that contain tiny particles known as microbeads from being sold or produced in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Senate voted to approve legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman banning the sale or production of personal care items containing microbeads, tiny plastic particles used in products including toothpaste, soaps and creams. (iStock)

Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products as an exfoliate.

“Microbeads pose a significant environmental concern as they can’t be trapped by most water filtration systems and as a result end up in rivers and lakes,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer. “The best way to keep these synthetic pieces of plastic from ending up in the drinking supplies that millions of New Jerseyans depend on is to keep the products they are used in off the shelves. This legislation puts New Jersey at the forefront of a national effort to address this important problem.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Praises Quick Signing of Sports Betting Bill

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement following the signing of legislation that removes state prohibitions on sports wagering at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) to remove state prohibitions on sports betting at racetracks, including Monmouth Park, and Atlantic City casinos was signed into law on October 17, 2014. (Ted Kerwin/Flickr)

“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly. Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days,” said Kyrillos, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Receives Oak Leaf Award from The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored with an Oak Leaf Award by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his years of work to protect the environment, preserve open space and farmland, and other important environmental initiatives.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his work to protect the environment and preserve open space. Pictured is Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve in Warren County, NJ, managed by The Nature Conservancy. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

“Preserving open space and working for clean water, air and land are initiatives that benefit everyone,” said Bateman. “Organizations like The Nature Conservancy do so much directly and in support of these important environmental efforts, making their recognition a true honor.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Committee Approves “Kimmie’s Law” to Establish Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, has been approved the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

Kimberly Goupil died from injuries sustained in a car accident in which police alleged the driver was under the influence of inhalants. Kimmie’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho, would make it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant.(Facebook)

The bill, S-358, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who died on August 11, 2007 from injuries sustained in a car crash a day earlier. Police alleged that the driver of the car in which she was riding was under the influence of inhalants.

“Kimberly’s death is a reminder that impairment caused by the inhalation of household chemicals can be just as dangerous for drivers as that caused by the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs,” said Oroho. “This legislation makes clear that we have zero tolerance for those who would abuse inhalants and get behind the wheel.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Lesniak & Kyrillos Urge Gov. Christie to Sign Sports Betting Bill

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Assembly Gives Final Legislative Approval to Measure Removing Prohibitions on Sports Betting at Racetracks & Casinos

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), prime sponsors of Senate legislation that would explicitly remove language in state law that prohibits wagering on sporting events, applauded the New Jersey General Assembly’s approval of the legislation (A-3711/S-2460) and urged Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.

Following Assembly action on S-2460, Senators Lesniak and Kyrillos urge Governor Christie to sign the legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park, pictured. (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

“We are a short step away from getting this done and a lot closer to bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said Lesniak. “It’s been a long, tough effort and we’ve gone up against powerful interests, but now there is an urgency because sports gaming will be a lifeline to the Atlantic City casino industry at a critical time. It will produce jobs, generate economic activity and be a long-term benefit to New Jersey. I urge the governor to sign it into law as fast as he can.”

“Sports betting can assist New Jersey’s struggling casino industry and with our challenges at Monmouth Park Racetrack,” said Kyrillos. “Both houses of the Legislature acted quickly to approve this critical measure, and I am confident Governor Christie will join our efforts to help protect Atlantic City and Monmouth Park jobs by signing the bill into law.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson & Rice Renew Call for Legislative Select Committee Investigation of Abuses at Newark Watershed

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Report Indicates Active Federal Investigation

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) renewed their call for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) to launch an inquiry into abuses of government power and cover-ups at the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC).

Senators Sam Thompson (R-12) and Ron Rice (D-28) held a joint press conference on Feb. 27, 2014 to urge a “Select Committee” investigation into the City of Newark.

An attorney for the NWCDC has confirmed in a published report that the watershed corporation, formerly chaired by current United States Senator Cory Booker, has provided documents to a federal grand jury and has been “assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office with their investigation.”

“The report by the State Comptroller into wrongdoing that occurred at the Newark Watershed while Cory Booker was Chairman detailed the likely abuse of millions of dollars of taxpayer and ratepayer funds,” said Thompson. “While the federal investigation looks into the possible violation of federal law, it is imperative that the Legislature use its investigatory powers to determine how we can strengthen state law to prevent abuses.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senate Approves Sports Betting Bill

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Measure Would Clear Legal Obstacles

Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly remove language in state law that currently prohibits wagering on sporting events.

The New Jersey Senate approved legislation to remove prohibitions in state law on sports wagering at casinos and racetracks, including Monmouth Park (pictured). (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

The move would reinforce the state attorney general’s attempt to lift the court injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Video: Beck Discusses NFL’s Long Inaction on Domestic Violence

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about dozens of arrests of NFL players related to domestic violence in recent years and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s long inaction on the issue.

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Senator Diane Allen

Video: Allen Talks About “Right to Try Act” and Allowing Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Drugs

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the “Right to Try Act,” which would allow terminally ill patients access to certain experimental drugs and treatments while they are still undergoing clinical trials. Allen is the primary sponsor of the legislation, S-2186.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Unveils New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at Bell Labs

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon and unveiled new legislation to create jobs by fostering innovation in New Jersey.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean toured the Murray Hill headquarters of Bell Labs with company President Marcus Weldon (right) after unveiling legislation on October 10, 2014 to promote innovation in New Jersey.

“Bell Labs is a tremendously successful asset for New Jersey and its economy, and I am proud to stand with Marcus and have his support as we seek to increase opportunities and create high-paying jobs with this new set of bills to foster innovation,” Kean said. “This legislation will help expand research and development efforts, as well as create greater avenues for success by linking higher education and business communities. These bills can open doors to help impressive employers like Bell Labs grow here and attract more job creators by showing that New Jersey is devoted to staying a force for innovation.”

“Bell Labs is a key innovation engine driving the global communications industry,” said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs. “This initiative aims to ensure that New Jersey continues to be a leading player on the global stage and that our heritage of invention continues at Bell Labs.”

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