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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Praises Award of County Recycling Enhancement Grant to Morris County

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Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) today said he is pleased with the Christie Administration’s award of $259,600 in County Recycling Enhancement Grant Act funds to Morris County.

“Recycling Enhancement grants are an important means of preserving the financial viability of county-wide and municipal recycling programs,” Bucco said. “Encouraging participation in recycling programs is all about convenience for the consumer, and grants such as this one help Morris County and its municipalities provide superior service to residents and business owners.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Supports Governor’s Call for Constitutional Amendment on Bail Reform

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10), a member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s proposal to modify the right to bail through an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution. Holzapfel, a former county prosecutor, has long supported reforms to prevent violent criminals from having the opportunity to continue preying on the public.

“Anyone who has worked in law enforcement or the courts knows that we have a virtual revolving door for violent offenders who are arrested, charged and released back to the streets where they often commit more crimes before they reach trial,” said Holzapfel. “Governor Christie is 100 percent right that we need to provide judges the discretion to deny bail to those who are most likely to threaten public safety before trial.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio and Kyrillos Submit Resolution Urging White House to Reverse Contraception Mandate for Religious Organizations

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Senators Joseph Pennacchio and Joe Kyrillos have formally submitted for the Senate’s consideration a resolution urging the Obama Administration to reverse its controversial health care mandate that would force Catholic institutions to violate their beliefs and pay for birth control.

“The so-called accommodation announced by the White House last week changes nothing, as Catholic hospitals and charities would still be forced to underwrite the cost of providing medical services that violate their beliefs,” said Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic). “This is a violation of a founding principle of this country that guarantees religious freedom and liberty to all creeds irrespective of the majority’s opinion about their beliefs.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Hold “Meet Your Legislators” Event for Galloway and Port Republic Constituents on 2/21

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, will hold a “Meet Your Legislators” event on Tuesday, February 21 to meet with constituents from Galloway and Port Republic. Both towns became part of the 9th Legislative District following last year’s legislative redistricting.

The 9th District Legislators offered the following remarks regarding the scheduled event:

“The purpose of this event is to provide our delegation with the opportunity to meet and speak with our new constituents. To more effectively represent our district, we have always actively solicited input from constituents on those issues most important to them.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Present “Fair School Funding” Plan to Morris County School Boards Assn. on 2/16

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will present his “Fair School Funding” plan to the Morris County School Boards Association at a meeting in Montville on Thursday, February 16.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state – urban, suburban and rural. The new formula would be implemented by a constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by voters.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: Gay Marriage Bill Actually Is About “Marriage”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) voted Monday against legalizing gay marriage, calling for the centuries-old tradition of marriage between a man and woman to be preserved.

“Throughout human history, marriage has been a term used to describe a specific human relationship – the union of humans of different genders,” Cardinale said.

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District 9

9th District Delegation-Supported “VETeach” Pilot Program Initiative Passes Senate

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Legislation that would establish a pilot teacher preparation program at Richard Stockton College for veterans who served in the armed forces on or after September 11, 2001 was passed today by the Senate. Senator Christopher J. Connors is a prime sponsor of S-1026 along with Senator James Whelan. Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are cosponsors of the identical companion measure (A-1294), which has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.

Under the legislation, the 36-month teacher program would lead to a baccalaureate degree and completion of the requirements necessary to apply to the State Board of Examiners for a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing, which would authorize the veteran to seek employment as a teacher in grades K through 8, and in certain secondary education fields. Educational expenses incurred by these eligible students will be covered under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Dawn Addiego

Senate Approves Singer/Addiego Bill to Require Study of State’s Looming Doctor Shortage

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) which would require the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to convene a planning summit to examine an expected shortage of physicians practicing in the Garden State has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

“A recently completed report predicts that within the next decade, New Jersey will face a shortage of thousands of physicians practicing in family care and important specialties,” said Singer. “Unless we get to work now to prevent that shortage, many New Jerseyans may soon find themselves without doctors or unable to obtain appointments or treatments when they need them.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: “Democrats’ ‘Top Legislative Priority’?”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) issued the following statement in advance of the Senate’s consideration of S-1, the “Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act”:

Today, the Senate will consider a piece of legislation that has zero chance of becoming law.

The bill’s sponsors have told us that public opinion justifies the Senate passing a bill that will not become law. If poll data is now driving the Senate’s agenda, Senator Bateman’s constitutional amendment placing same sex marriage before the voters should be scheduled for a vote, as it enjoys majority public support.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio to Submit Resolution Urging Obama Administration to Restore Religious Exemption to Contraceptive Mandate

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Essex/Passaic) has announced that he will submit a resolution urging President Obama to exempt all religious institutions from a federal requirement to offer insurance coverage that conflicts with their beliefs.

“The Obama Administration, with its ruling, has launched an unconscionable assault on religious liberty,” said Pennacchio. “This is not just an issue for Catholics; it is an issue for people of every faith who are guaranteed the right under the First Amendment to practice their religion without interference from the government.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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