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Senate Committee Advances Veteran Legislation Supported by Connors, Rumpf & Gove

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, and supported by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove to make various changes to membership requirements of the Veterans’ Services Council was approved today by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The changes are based on recommendations offered by members of the Council. Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have signed on as co-sponsors to the Assembly companion measure.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Farmland Appraisal Bill Clears Senate Environment Today

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, that would extend the expiration date of the farmland special appraisal process in the Highlands Region passed the Senate Environment Committee today. The bill, S-1004, would extend the date, which expired in June 2009, to 2014.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Calls for ABC to Resume WABC-TV Signal to Cablevision Consumers

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Calls for Binding Arbitration to Settle Contract Dispute

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) issued the following statement in response to ABC Disney’s decision to pull the WABC-TV (Channel 7) signal from Cablevision in the hours leading up to the Oscars in connection with its contract negotiations relating to the retransmission by Cablevision of the WABC-TV signal:

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Strengthen Penalties for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

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The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee favorably released legislation (A-330) introduced by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would create the offense of financial exploitation of the elderly.

“This measure targets those individuals who prey on elderly persons age 60 and above who are suffering from a mental disease or condition rendering them incapable of making financial decisions on their own,” said Senator Connors. “Too often, persons use the trust they have gained from an elderly person left vulnerable from their unfortunate circumstances to steal through means of fraud, false promises, extortion or even intimidation. Under our legislation, stiffer penalties would be established for despicable crimes of this nature involving lesser amounts of money.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Sweeney & Kean: Requiring State to Meet Pension Obligation Goes ‘Hand-in-Hand’ with Reforms

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Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean today said the ability of the state to keep its promise of a secure retirement for career public employees would be jeopardized without a constitutional guarantee that future lawmakers and Governors could not shirk their annual pension obligations.

The Senate leaders jointly proposed a constitutional amendment (SCR-1) that would require the state to annually meet its obligation for each pension plan it operates. But they noted that even if the state had made its full payments over the past decade, the system would still be nearly 30 percent underfunded – highlighting the need for the reforms the Senate unanimously passed last week to secure the pension system’s foundation.

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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Study Says Residents of NY and NJ to Pay 25% of New ObamaCare Tax

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Concerned that New Jersey residents already receive the lowest rate of return of any state on tax dollars sent to Washington, Senators Tom Kean (R-21), Steven Oroho (R-24) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) questioned the equity of a new plan by President Obama to levy a new tax on investment income that would be borne disproportionately by New Jersey residents.

To help fund his multi-trillion dollar healthcare proposal, the President’s new plan, released on February 22, calls for the addition of a 2.9% Medicare tax on certain income, including that derived from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rent. This new tax would apply to individuals earning more than $200,000 and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Ciesla, Wolfe & Holzapfel Legislation to Target Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders

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Legislation Prompted by Tragic Murder of 30-Year-Old Social Worker

Prompted by the murder of a 30-year-old Ocean County social worker, 10th District legislators, Senator Andy Ciesla and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Jim Holzapfel, have introduced legislation to provide further protection against those who repeatedly commit acts of domestic violence.

The bill, S-1331/A-1295, would prevent defendants who are arrested a second or subsequent time for contempt of a domestic violence restraining order from being released on bail while awaiting trial. Instead, in these cases a Superior Court judge would hold an emergent hearing and make a final disposition of the charge within 72 hours of the arrest. The bill also provides that the municipal court would not have jurisdiction in these matters.

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Senator Tom Kean

Super Bowl in NJ Gaining Momentum

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Kean’s Resolution to be Voted on in Key Committee as AZ Withdraws Bid to Host Biggest Game

The possibility that New Jersey will play host to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 gained traction over the weekend. On Friday, Arizona announced that they would no longer be applying to host the Super Bowl that year, leaving New Jersey, South Florida and Tampa as the remaining three finalists.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: Governor Expands Unemployment Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean commented today on an initiative by Governor Christie that would adjust unemployment insurance fund benefits to ensure the stability of the fund. A constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senators Kean and Sweeney, banning future raids on the unemployment fund will be voted on by the voters in November.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Announces O’Toole’s Appointment to Senate Judiciary Committee

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced today that Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) will be appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee to replace Senator Bill Baroni. Senator O’Toole will replace Senator Baroni beginning with the March 1, 2010 meeting.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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