Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and Andy Ciesla (R-Ocean) that requires the Department of Education to develop a school district dating violence policy and require districts to provide dating violence education in the health curriculum was signed into law today.
“This common sense legislation will help prevent dating situations from becoming unsafe and help educate young people on constructive ways to resolve conflicts in personal relationships,” Bucco said.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to establish a 15-member Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission was released today by the Assembly Health and Senior Citizens Committee.
The Commission’s duties would include, but would not be limited to, studying the current impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among residents and make projections on the future impact on the state’s population, study the state’s role in long-term care for persons with early stage and early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and consider the capacity of public safety and law enforcement to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and the Monmouth County Library will co-sponsor the district’s second Employment Resource Fair on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Headquarters of the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This event envisioned as a way to connect job seekers with the local, county and State resources available in their job search, and with the success the February 26th Employment Resource Fair, the legislators are pleased to hold a second one for residents of the western part of the district. This fair is also being held on a weekday, for those jobseekers with have young children in school.
Following a hearing on Governor Christie’s FY 2012 proposed budget appropriations for healthcare, Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today praised the administration for maintaining quality healthcare services for those in need:
“The Administration’s proposed budget maintains New Jersey’s commitment to providing access to quality healthcare for those most in need. No amount of politically heated rhetoric can change the fact that this budget proposal increases Charity Care funding by $10 million to $675 million, fully funds PAAD for seniors, or invests $90 million in Graduate Medical Education for our next generation of healthcare providers.
Says Politics Blocking Economic Progress
In remarks delivered to the Greater Atlantic City Chamber in Mays Landing, Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) said that the Legislative Majority’s failure to enact needed property tax and budget reforms are hindering New Jersey’s economic recovery.
“Some leaders in the Legislature are doing everything they can to preserve the status quo, regardless of the consequences to our economy,” said Kyrillos. “It is time for those who set the agenda in the Senate and Assembly to put aside any rivalry or politics with Governor Christie and get to work. Voters are being denied the change they demanded two years ago by the Majority in the Legislature for purely political reasons.”
Commissioner Testifies That No Woman Has Been Denied Health Care
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and a health care provider issued the following statement regarding assertions by Senate Democrats that people are being denied health care services:
“I have been a student and a professional health care provider for almost 40 years. I take great exception to contentions by Senate Democrats that Governor Christie’s budget denies people health care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
100% of Morris County Districts Stay Under Cap
Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco commented today on the effects of the 2 percent property tax cap enacted by the Legislature in 2010:
“Last summer the Senate and General Assembly enacted a 2 percent property tax cap on school districts and municipalities statewide. Many naysayers thought that this cap would have little or no effect; they were wrong.
Senator Kevin O’Toole, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, today urged residents of the Garden State to donate to organizations coordinating the relief efforts for the victims of the Tornado outbreak in Alabama. Senator O’Toole has donated $1,000 to help the relief efforts.
“The news coming out of Northern Alabama is heartbreaking. The largest outbreak of tornadoes in more than 50 years spawned twisters that killed more than 300 people and leveled entire towns including Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth/Mercer), Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth/Mercer), Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth/Middlesex) and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) are pleased with the deal announced this morning by Governor Chris Christie to have Anne Patterson fill the State Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto.
“As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Beck, “I have a constitutional role to vet gubernatorial nominees. For the past year we have been advocating that the committee be given a chance to fulfill that responsibility in regard to Anne Patterson’s nomination to the State Supreme Court. I am very happy to be moving forward. The kind of stalemate we have seen over this nomination doesn’t serve the best interests of New Jersey, and I am happy to finally have a chance to speak with this exemplary nominee.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today after it was announced by Governor Christie that Anne Patterson will be nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto when his term expires in September. Last year, Governor Christie used his constitutional authority to nominate Ann Patterson to replace Justice John Wallace but the Democrat majority refused to hold a hearing.
“I said last year, when Governor Christie first nominated Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court to replace Justice John Wallace, that she was an extraordinary person who is eminently qualified to serve on our state’s highest court and I still hold that feeling today.