Legislation which would prohibit elected and appointed public officials from collecting health care benefits from more than one publicly financed health insurance plan cleared the Senate State Government Committee unanimously today. The committee agreed to amend the bill to make it more comprehensive and to prohibit a public entity from paying individuals for not taking health benefits. Senator Beck is a member of the Senate State Government Committee.
Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement on S-2507, a bill that will cut state aid for school districts based on how much they save by not making full payments into the state pension fund for their non-teaching employees. The bill will be considered by the committee today:
User Fees to Pay for Program
A bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) creating a trust fund to pay for a uniform attorney identification card was recently signed into law by Governor Corzine. The law ensures that revenues generated by the identification program, which was established in 2005, will be used exclusively for costs associated with issuing and monitoring the cards.
O’Toole Again Calls for Bipartisan Action on Ethics and Campaign Finance
Senate Republican Whip Kevin O’Toole issued the following statement in response to the Senate State Government Committee Agenda released for Monday, Feb. 2, that considers legislation allowing felons to vote and designating four official state songs, but which brings up no bills addressing ethics or campaign finance reform. O’Toole is a member of the committee.
Even as County Jails Are Pressed to House More Than 1,000 Overflow Inmates from the State System, Corzine Plans to Close One of New Jersey’s Newest Prisons
Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder today called on Governor Corzine to halt plans to close Riverfront State Prison in June.
“This plan is an affront to the counties and the taxpayers in the state who already are spending many millions of dollars to house an overflow of state prisoners in county facilities, ” said Assemblywoman Addiego. “The state is putting the interests of one city, one neighborhood, ahead of every property taxpayer in New Jersey, and that is unthinkable.”
Senator Joseph Kyrillos, a member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee issued the following statement following Monday’s hearing on reforming the current laws and regulations governing affordable housing that are stunting job creation in New Jersey:
Why Are Taxpayers Being Forced to Pay Billions of Dollars to Build a Tunnel in North Jersey that Will Take Jobs Out of the State?
Editorial by Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego
Now that Governor Corzine has affirmed the obvious difficult times we face, it is time for him to recognize the state’s weaknesses that have led us on the path of economic despair. It is time for him to collaborate with the legislature on the best course for changing and improving New Jersey’s fiscal and business climate.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt requiring owners of scrap metal yards to maintain purchasing records for transactions involving metals was signed into law today by the Governor. The 9th District Delegation spearheaded the legislative effort to combat the rising tide of metal theft in the state, a criminal trend that has dramatically increased across the country as the result of the increasing prices of certain metals, including copper and aluminum.
A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder will increase the penalties for predators convicted of preying on children.
“We are putting more teeth in the law,” said Assemblyman Rudder. “By increasing the penalties, maybe we will make these predators think twice. When an offender is caught and convicted, there will be a price to pay.”
Oroho Points to Record on Management of Unemployment Fund, Calls on Assembly to Act on Bipartisan Reform
In recent days, the state Democrat Party Chairman and others have falsely suggested Republicans spent down the Unemployment Compensation Fund when they controlled the State House more than seven years ago. Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following statement correcting these misleading statements: