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Senator Diane Allen

Sen. Allen Lauds Governor’s Vow to Preserve Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today voiced her strong support for Governor Christie’s pledge to preserve New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABBRA), saying that a collaborative effort with the Administration, herself, and others has yielded a remedy to unfunded mandate concerns expressed by the New Jersey Council on Local Mandates that put the law in jeopardy of being nullified.

Governor Chris Christie holds press conference, with Senator Diane Allen, Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Garden State Equality Chair and CEO Steven Goldstein and Garden State Equality Vice Chair Luanne Peterpaul, announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to fix the Anti-Bullying law at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The agreement will strengthen the law and allow the protections it affords to New Jersey students to remain in place. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Allen, a prime sponsor of the landmark anti-bullying legislation, is sponsoring changes in light of a recent decision by the Council on Local Mandates to strike down ABBRA due to unfunded cost concerns. Governor Christie thanked the Senator and her staff for their hard work on this legislative fix. Without changes being signed into law this month, the law would most likely be nullified.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Work Together on Tax Package that Meets the Needs of All New Jerseyans”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. issued the following statement on Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s tax cut proposal:

For the eight years that Democrats held complete control in Trenton, they attacked the middle class and raised the cost of living in New Jersey with 115 tax and fee increases on everything from owning your home, commuting to work or vacationing down the shore. Property taxes spiked by 60% and property tax rebates diminished when the economy soured and people needed relief the most.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Lauds Federal Ruling on Benefits Reform

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Essex/Passaic) applauds Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling, dismissing several New Jersey unions’ attempts to avoid their part in necessary benefits reform.

“Judge Anne Thompson’s decision is in the best interests of taxpayers and our pension systems,” Pennacchio said.

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Senator Tom Kean

Statement from Sen. Tom Kean on Passing of U.S. Representative Donald Payne

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement mourning the death of U.S. Representative Donald Payne:

“Congressman Payne was not only a pioneer in New Jersey politics, he was a thoroughly decent man and public servant. I had the pleasure of getting to know Don through our shared representation of Millburn. He lent gravitas to every cause he championed, particularly his concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and oppressed the world over.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Calls on Victims of Crime Compensation Office to Ensure Mobster’s Estate Won’t Profit from Movie

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Following reports that a movie depicting the life of deceased ex-mobster and convicted hit man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski is currently in production, Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) is calling on New Jersey’s Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) to take action to ensure that Mr. Kuklinski’s estate derives no financial benefit from the film.

“New Jersey’s ‘Son of Sam Law’ requires that the VCCO be notified when a convict stands to profit from his or her criminal acts so as to divert the proceeds to victims and their families through civil action,” said Beck. “It would be highly inappropriate for anyone other than the victims to profit from financial compensation to Mr. Kuklinski’s estate. If any such payments are scheduled, the VCCO must act as it always has to ensure appropriate compensation to the victims of Mr. Kuklinski’s crimes.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senator Kean’s Legislation Increasing Penalties for Concealing and Harboring Sex Offenders Advances

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Hindering the apprehension and prosecution of a sex offender attempting to evade registration and monitoring requirements under Megan’s Law will become a crime of the third degree with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union).

“Those who knowingly aid a sex offender in skirting the requirements of Megan’s Law and evade authorities put our communities at risk,” said Kean. “Given the rate of recidivism among convicted sex offenders and the heinous nature of their crimes, those who harbor these individuals must also be held accountable. The public has a right to know when sex offenders are inhabiting their communities, and those who stand in the way of that right deserve to be brought to justice.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Responds to Long Branch Investigation of Janitors’ “Prank”

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Authorities Are Taking Matter Seriously, But Situation Is Parents’ Worst Nightmare

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) responded to the breaking story out of Long Branch concerning two maintenance workers who tied up four middle school students and held them in a bathroom:

“Parents send their children to school with the peace of mind that it is a place of safety and security. All of the employees of a school are entrusted with lives of our children, from the principal to the janitors. A story like this sends a chill through all of our spines. The parties involved must be held accountable and the investigation needs to be expedient and thorough. While the maintenance workers claim it was a harmless prank, in today’s day an age this type of behavior is dangerous and simply unacceptable.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

In Case You’d Forgotten: Trenton Democrats’ Attack on the Middle Class

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Part IV: There’s No Escape: Higher Taxes During the Work Week, Weekend and Vacation

 “#voiceofmiddleclass” – @SenatorBuono, 2/23/12

Trenton Democrats are making believe they are advocates for “struggling” working families. Last decade, their borrowing and special-interest spending caused property taxes to skyrocket by 60 percent. They also added tax hikes to make homeownership unaffordable.

But why else can’t middle class families afford Trenton Democrats?

From Monday to Friday, Democrats made it more expensive to commute to work:

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bayville to Present Fair School Funding Plan on 3/5

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Education Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting in Bayville to present and discuss his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at the Central Regional Middle School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m.

Under current state law, some towns receive back just pennies on the dollar of the income taxes their residents pay to the state in the form of school aid allocated to their local districts through a convoluted funding formula that few people understand.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego, Rudder & Brown Bill Will Help Create Jobs in Pinelands Towns

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Legislation Exempts New Business Moving Into an Existing Pinelands Structure from Certain Application and Approval Procedures

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder, and Assembly Chris Brown have introduced a bill streamlining the process for new business development in “Commercial Development Zones” in the Pinelands.

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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

Kristin Corrado

District 40

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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