Legislation a Result of Governor’s Red Tape Review Group
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would simplify and stabilize the rulemaking processes for state agencies was signed into law today. A-2721/S-2013 extends the expiration date of state regulations to seven years from five and establishes a new procedure for the re-adoption of rules without substantive changes.
“The five-year sunset provision is an unnecessarily burdensome requirement for well-established rules, ” stated Oroho. “Under this requirement, agencies must undertake the full rule-making process for established rules, regardless of whether any issues have arisen or been identified with the current regulatory scheme.
Addresses Personal Battle with Cancer in Keynote Address to Head & Neck Cancers Conference
State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania Health System with Penn Medicine’s “Patient Advocacy Award”. Senator Allen was surprised with the award after delivering the keynote address at the hospital’s second annual Focus on Head and Neck Cancer’s Free Conference.
“Being asked to share my personal battle with oral cancer by the hospital that saved my life was honor enough,” said Allen, “but I am truly humbled to receive this award. While I was able to beat back the disease thanks to timely detection and aggressive treatment, too many go undiagnosed or lack access to care until it is too late. That is why I believe it is so important for survivors to get involved, because raising awareness among the public and policymakers will save lives.”
Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) today said he will submit legislation requiring public universities to “opt in” to student activities or events that carry fees.
His legislation comes in response to mandatory student activities fees at Rutgers University being used to fund a $32,000 speaking fee for Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
“Students ought not be forced to fund entertainment or events that they find objectionable,” said Kyrillos. “There were a great deal of Rutgers students who I am certain were uninterested or flat out outraged by Ms. Polizzi’s appearance on campus.”
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) today praised Governor Christie’s proposed changes to teacher evaluations and tenure for including the input of active classroom teachers:
“The Governor’s reform package should debunk several myths put forward by the educational establishment,” said Kyrillos. “First is that advocates of sweeping reform are anti-teacher. In reality, the Governor’s plan was written in close consultation with active public school educators because good teachers want the system to work better for our kids.”
Governor’s Plan To Be Commended for Substantial Teacher Input
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee, lauded Governor Christie’s newly announced teacher evaluation and tenure reforms.
“This plan is far reaching, fair, and most importantly rewards the best teachers for choosing public education as a career,” said Kean. “Basing pay and job security on seniority does nothing to encourage innovation, nor does it reward high performing teachers for achieving better outcomes for their students.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s announcement of new teacher evaluation standards:
“I welcome the Governor’s announcement of the new teacher evaluation standards. It recognizes what I believe are two fundamental truths concerning education in New Jersey and the United States.
Responding to a wave of outreach from concerned ratepayers, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District want constituents to know that they are vehemently opposed to and have voted against legislation that would deregulate telephone and cable industries in the state.
Legislation (A-3766/S-2664) entitled the “Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act” is currently pending before the State Legislature. The measure passed the Assembly on February 17, at which time Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted ‘NO.’ The 9th District Assemblypersons were two of only seven votes against A-3766 and the only two members of their Party to vote ‘NO.’
Doing Nothing Is the Worst Possible Option
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and sponsor of S-2705, issued the following statement regarding the delay in adopting pension and health benefits reform:
“Everyone agrees that reforming the public employee’s pension and health benefits allowances is critically necessary to returning New Jersey to fiscal health. The reforms that are ultimately adopted must address current budget shortfalls as well as projected shortfalls over the next several decades.
In a recent announcement, Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove has been appointed to join Senator Christopher J. Connors on the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” which will be charged with studying and evaluating, and developing recommendations relating to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.
Senator Connors was a prime sponsor of the legislation, which was also cosponsored by Assemblywoman Gove and fellow 9th District Legislator Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf.
Calling the Senate’s April agenda a “moment of truth for the Majority’s commitment to reform,” Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) has requested Senate action on four pieces of property tax relief and public safety legislation.
“The Senate President is to be commended for holding an unusual April session,” said Kean, “but that session needs to get something accomplished for the taxpayers of this state rather than allow legislators to look busy. We’re up against the clock to provide property tax relief to the most highly taxed people in America, and to repeal a misguided early release program that has resulted in tragedy for two families.”