Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) and Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) that would make it easier for businesses to operate in the Garden State was approved by the New Jersey Senate. The legislation, S-1783, would require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register and posted prominently on department websites.
Oroho and Addiego said that the legislation would increase government transparency and remove an obstacle that prevents businesses from operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Senators Joe Kyrillos, Kip Bateman, and Kevin O’Toole today attempted to provide tax relief to New Jersey residents by forcing votes on long-stalled legislation eliminating payments for unused sick leave for public employees, providing voters the opportunity to opt their community out of civil service rules, and implement accountability in the state’s numerous independent authorities and commissions.
Rebuffed by their colleagues, the Senators issued the following statements condemning the Majority’s reluctance to consider legislation that would save taxpayer dollars:
Singer Bill to Reinstate Death Penalty for Child Killers, Cop Killers & Terrorists Blocked by Trenton Dems
Senator Robert Singer issued the following statement regarding the parliamentary tactic used by the Trenton Democrats to block the consideration of legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities:
“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes, ” Singer stated. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”
Legislation that would increase the penalty for illegally passing a school bus has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure, S-400, is sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Diane Allen (R-7).
“We know from school bus drivers that people routinely ignore the flashing red lights that are meant to protect children when they are crossing to and from their buses,” said Singer. “It’s clear that the current monetary penalties, as low as $100, are simply not enough to discourage drivers from breaking the law and putting children at risk. This legislation is an important step that will help stop preventable tragedies from occurring.”
Republican Leaders Decry Wasted Opportunity in Lame Duck
With both the Senate and Assembly in session today and time rapidly running out on the current legislative year, Democratic leaders in Trenton have planned dozens of votes on bills of very little substance for taxpayers, said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.
Both chambers’ agendas have excluded consideration of substantive, unfinished reforms dealing with excessive terminal leave payments, the state’s antiquated civil service system, or capping state spending in order to build a better and more predictable business climate.
Dubbing today’s proceedings the ‘Seinfeld Session’- a legislative voting session about nothing of much consequence to taxpayers- Kean and DeCroce released the following statements decrying an opportunity wasted:
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement concerning the surprise snow storm that hit New Jersey on Halloween weekend:
“I am pleased that the Governor and FEMA were able to add Bergen and Passaic counties to the Federal Disaster Declaration for the Halloween storm. The Governor’s perseverance in ensuring that Bergen and Passaic will now permit these counties to access federal funds to recover more quickly from this damaging storm.
Pennacchio Legislation Reforming Public Worker Disability Pensions Conditionally Approved by State Panel
Legislation sponsored by state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris/Passaic) preventing abuse of the state’s disability pension system has was approved, pending minor changes, by the State Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, December 9, 2011. Responding to the panel’s vote, Senator Pennacchio issued the following statement:
“I’m pleased that the Commission has approved, with conditions, my legislation to address this very important issue. Disability pensions serve an important purpose for those injured in service to the public who incurred a legitimate disability that prevents them from continuing to work. However, this system should not become a haven for those seeking to cheat the system and collect lifetime benefits at taxpayer expense due to negligence or fraud.
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement of the nomination of Chief Counsel Jeff Chiesa as the next state Attorney General.
“Jeff Chiesa has brought his energy and attention to detail to the position of Chief Counsel to the Governor where he not only served the Governor with distinction but also members of the Legislature. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Jeff is more than qualified to serve the taxpayers, and our state’s law enforcement community, as our state’s next Attorney General.
General Dow Nominated to Superior Court
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Attorney General Paula Dow to the Superior Court:
“General Dow has discharged her duties well as a federal prosecutor, Essex County prosecutor and State Attorney General. I have no doubt that she will be a credit to the Superior Court bench.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Jeffery Chiesa to be the next state Attorney General:
“Jeffery Chiesa is eminently qualified to be the next Attorney General of the state of New Jersey. He has proven himself both in private practice and the public sector, most notably as a federal prosecutor and Governor’s Counsel.