Laws Contain Antiquated, Demeaning Language Towards Women
A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Jennifer Beck which would repeal certain obsolete, antiquated statutes containing demeaning language to women was approved by the Senate by a vote of 37-0.
The bill, S-2665, would repeal a number of statues on the books which either do not accurately reflect the status of women in the 21st Century, or contain language which would be considered sexist or demeaning under today’s standards.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) responded to reports that Jersey City will issue bonds to pay for $9 million in supplemental compensation payments this year by calling for an immediate vote to end unused sick leave payouts for public employees:
“Today, we saw the clearest example yet of how the Majority’s refusal to enact meaningful sick leave reform is costing the taxpayers of New Jersey. That Jersey City is forced to pay $9 million in unused leave benefits in a single year rather than controlling taxes and improving services is bad enough. That they must issue bonds and incur interest on that liability is outrageous- akin to a family taking out a loan to pay for their groceries.
At an afternoon news conference following the Senate’s adjournment for Spring Recess, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Deputy Minority Leader Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) were joined by a united Republican caucus in calling on the Majority to set a date certain for completion of the property tax relief toolkit.
“For a year now, we’ve been told by the Majority that, to quote the Senate President, ‘The toolkit has to happen’,” said Senator Kean. “However, blatant partisan posturing against the Governor has caused them to break the promise they made last year to the taxpayers. Their inaction is forcing service reductions, police and fire layoffs, and tax increases that our communities cannot afford and the taxpayers should not be forced to bear. It is time for the Democrats to stop with their small minded politics and set a date certain to complete the toolkit and provide taxpayers the relief they deserve.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and James Beach (D- Camden) prohibiting healthcare providers from billing rape victims for forensic evidence collection services has been approved by the Senate.
“Sending a bill to victims of sexual assault for their own rape kits is nothing short of cruel,” said Allen. “In no other crime would it even be contemplated that victims receive an invoice for the collection of evidence needed to prosecute the offenders. Victims who receive a bill are needlessly forced to relive their attack all over again by the very people to whom they turned for help. This legislation will prevent this inhumane practice in New Jersey.”
Senate Approves Kean/Beck Resolution Urging Congress to Establish Post-Deployment Assistance Program at Ft. Monmouth
The New Jersey Senate has approved a resolution sponsored by Senators Sean Kean (R- Monmouth) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) that urges the federal government to establish a post-deployment assistance facility at Ft. Monmouth.
“The Congress and the Department of Defense have a unique opportunity to create some good out of the closing of Fort Monmouth for both our veterans returning from service and our community at large,” said Senator Kean. “The U.S. Military Preparatory School or one of the nearby buildings are an ideal location to establish a facility that serves a critical need- post-deployment support for service men and women returning from combat. It is our hope that this resolution grabs the attention of policymakers in Washington and opens a serious dialogue about the proposal.”
Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and Senator Diane Allen were joined by Mark Lunsford in a State House press conference this morning advocating for legislation known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which increases prison sentences for sex offenders and persons who harbor them. Mr. Lunsford is the father of 9-year old Jessica, a young Florida girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2005.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7) with Mark Lunsford at a State House press conference on March 21, 2011.
In May 2005, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz’ late husband, Assemblyman Eric Muñoz, and Senator Allen introduced the original version of the “Jessica Lunsford Act” that included 45 bipartisan sponsors. The last action seen by the current bill was its unanimous approval in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010, at which time it was referred to the Appropriations Committee where it has languished.
Tax-Paying Residents Deserve Better Use of Their Hard-Earned Money
Legislation withholding the state operating aid of any public or independent college enrolling students who are not lawfully present in the United States will be introduced by Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Pat Delany.
“Hard-working, tax-paying Americans, who follow the rules, are struggling to pay their fair share and to educate their own children. The use of taxpayers’ money for the benefit of people who refuse to follow the rules is unacceptable,” said Assemblyman Rudder.
The bill, which Senator Addiego will introduce in the Senate on Monday, specifies that institutions of higher education shall not be eligible to receive State operating aid in any fiscal year in which students, determined not to be lawfully present in the country, are enrolled.
Assembly Democrats Agree, Taxpayers Need Real Reform Now
Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco (R-25) called on the legislative leadership to move immediately to approve the remaining parts of the “toolkit” package that have been languishing in the Legislature:
“Last July, the Legislature moved to implement a historic two-percent property tax cap in New Jersey. In the nine months since we enacted this cap that took effect January 1, the Senate and Assembly Democrats have refused to give local officials the necessary support to meet the cap for purely political reasons,” said Bucco.
I am the primary sponsor of legislation that would prohibit a public employee from retiring and accepting another government job. In this situation, under current law, an employee is allowed to simultaneously collects both a paycheck and a pension check.
I believe this is a practice that needs to end.
My bill requires all retired public employees returning to a full-time job for state, county or local government to suspend receiving pension payments while they’re also on payroll. The law would apply to everyone — elected officials, appointed staff and those hired through civil service.
“Sweeney should debate the anti crime bills on their merits, and not beat the drum for more nonexistent cash for cops.” – Asbury Park Press, 2/6/2011
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), Senator Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), and Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) will attempt to force a vote of the Senate on three common-sense pieces of anti-gang legislation on Monday, March 21, 2011. The Senators will make motions to relieve from committee on bills giving law enforcement additional legal tools to arrest and incarcerate gang members.
Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (sponsor of S-420 – enhances penalties for promotion/participation in street crime):
“Despite the Senate President’s suggestion that Republicans participate in the Law and Public Safety Committee’s gang hearing last month, our bills to cost-effectively get gang members off the streets have been left for dead in the Senate. In this last voting session before recess, the Majority needs to do the right thing and post these bills that will make our communities safer.”