Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kevin O’Toole announced today that the preparations for redrawing New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts following the 2010 census are well under way. Senator O’Toole requested and received, May 20, 2008, a detailed memorandum from the non-partisan Office of Legislatives services that lays out the procedures and restrictions that must be followed by the four partisan offices in the redistricting process. Redistricting is a constitutional requirement that must occur every ten years.
Clears Senate Health Committee
Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) that would make it more difficult for people under the age of 19 to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products was passed by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today. Senate bill 217 would update current law to require that tobacco products shipped via mail be clearly marked to show that the package contains tobacco products; and the purchaser must be the recipient, at least 19 years old and must sign for the package.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt that would require three primary State departments to collectively formulate a plan to increase the fuel efficiency of the State motor vehicle fleet to achieve measurable reductions in fuel usage was approved today by the Assembly State Government Committee.
Senate Bill 2175, which requires violators of the state’s identity theft law to pay restitution, has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Diane Allen, Republican from Burlington County and the sponsor of the bill, issued the following statement:
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen of Burlington filed a bill today that would speed up critically needed aid to New Jersey families facing homelessness.
Senators Phil Haines and Chris Connors, Republican members of the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee, said they are pleased that Joseph Doria Jr., Commissioner of Community Affairs, and Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director of the Council on Affordable Housing, are scheduled to come before the committee on Monday. The two senators hope to get answers to many questions, including:
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Senator Jennifer Beck released the following statement in response to a Mercer County judge’s refusal to allow a second jury trial to hear the case of a state employee who blew the whistle on gross mismanagement of the public’s money at the Board of Public Utilities:
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that New Jersey’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is higher than New York’s unemployment rate:
Saturday January 24th, at 11 am at the Colts Neck Library, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), in conjunction with 12th District Legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande will host a final forum, to enable local agencies added input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement released by the Navy, November 28, 2008.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) called on Trenton Democrats to relieve New Jersey’s municipalities of their onerous subsidized housing mandates in light of the State’s unemployment rate, which has soared to its highest rate in 15 years.