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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
|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|
|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|
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.”