Sens. Doherty, Beach Introduce Resolution Calling on Congress to Reconsider TSA Screening Procedures
Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D- Camden) announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.
“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body. Terrorists hate America because of the freedoms upon which this great nation was built. By implementing these screening measures, the TSA has already handed a victory to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.”
12th District Legislators Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande today issued the following statements regarding the latest recommendation contained in the Hanson Report relating to the horse racing industry in New Jersey:
“Hansons recommendations are unworkable for 2011,” said Beck, “and unacceptable as a solution for the industry challenges. When we are discussing horseracing in New Jersey, we are discussing the future of an entire industry, one which provides the State with 13,000 jobs and contributes to the preservation of nearly 200,000 acres of open space. Although the industry must change its business model to become sustainable, that change must be implemented thoughtfully and should occur over time. My colleagues and I have been working closely with both the standarbred and thoroughbred industries and together, keeping in mind the financial realities, have developed a plan to make horseracing in New Jersey a sustainable industry by 2013. The latest recommendations from the Committee do not allow for a progression of change, and therefore deliver a severe blow to both breeds. Consideration must be given to allowing this new business model to unfold.”
Committee Advances Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Create State Contract Set-Aside Program for Veteran-Owned Businesses
The Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today released legislation (A-3308) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District that would establish a set-aside program whereby three percent of all State contracts would be set aside for veteran-owned businesses.
The 9th District Legislators released the following statement regarding the Committee’s advancement of their veteran initiative:
“With all that they have given to our country, it would be appropriate for our state to ensure that veteran-owned businesses are offered the first opportunity to secure a certain percentage of State government contracts.
Severity of State’s Fiscal Condition and Solutions for Reform Highlighted in Governor’s Visit to Ocean County
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, representing the 9th Legislative District, offered the following remarks regarding Governor Christie’s recent town hall meeting in Berkeley Township:
“In what proved to be a sobering and informative assessment of the current situation, Governor Christie explained in no uncertain terms the consequences for taxpayers if the State does not move forward with reform to reign in the cost of government. Any attempt by other interests to downplay the severity of our state’s fiscal crisis both in the short and long term should be met with skepticism and ire.
The following is an editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that was published on November 11, 2010 in The Record:
Building broad support for policy initiatives is an indispensible part of the legislative process. Reaching consensus more often than not takes a great deal of time and effort- particularly when the answers to complicated problems are not readily obvious.
However, pleas for more time to build “consensus” can also be used by those controlling the agenda at the State Capitol as an excuse not to act. With less than two months remaining in the legislative year, the Democrat Majority has yet to take up a package of reforms that would put a lid on our state’s highest in the nation property taxes- one that even they acknowledge is a necessary compliment to the 2% property tax cap passed earlier this year.
New Jersey State Legislators, including Senator Michael J. Doherty (23rd District), Senator Diane Allen (7th District), Assemblywoman Alison McHose (24th District), Assemblyman John DiMaio (23rd District), Assemblyman Erik Peterson (23rd District), Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle (37th District) and Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, will hold a press conference at the New Jersey State House on Monday, November 15, 2010, to discuss their opposition to the new Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) screening procedures at United States’ airports and the nationwide reports of passenger abuse.
Homeless to Independence Inc. will be holding their 5th Annual New Jersey Statewide Winter Outerwear Drive. Senator Allen’s Office will be participating as a drop-off location at 11 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016 from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Senator Allen is happy to help this non-profit volunteer based organization in its effort to help those in need. The Senator has worked with the homeless for more than 25 years, serving on Boards of organizations that serve the homeless, as well as working on the streets to try to help those in need move to transitional housing – or at the very least to try to keep them fed, warm and safe.
Sen. O’Toole Says New Airline Paths Over North Jersey Are an Unacceptable Infringement on Quality Of Life
Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) says the newly unveiled flight plan by the Federal Aviation Administration that will create new flight paths over Essex, Bergen, Passaic and other northeast counties in New Jersey is unacceptable. The FAA’s redesign of the airspace routes announced yesterday will send hundreds of planes from airports located in the New York metropolitan area over heavily populated areas of North Jersey. About 575 flights per day depart from JFK alone; about half of all those would fly over the state’s north-central core under the FAA proposed redesigned departure routes, according to published reports.
“I understand the FAA has a difficult task in addressing airport congestion, but the solution cannot be to increase noise pollution and air pollution over North Jersey and to harm the quality of life of residents who live miles from the airport,” said O’Toole.
The state senator said the FAA’s goal of improving airline on time performance should not supersede the life quality of long time state residents.
Organization Presents Senator Kyrillos with the Declaration of Independence Award
Senator Joseph Kyrillos, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, issued the following statement upon receiving an award from State of Israel Bonds along with Fred Halpern, New Jersey Businessman.
“The United States and Israel have built a special relationship over the past 60 years. This relationship, rooted in liberty and the rule of law, has made both nations stronger. I am proud that this year I was chosen to be the recipient of the Declaration of Independence Award from State of Israel Bonds, along with my friend Fred Halpern.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) today supported Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D- Gloucester) efforts to renew focus on shared services and regionalization among municipal governments while calling for immediate passage of “tool kit” reforms.
“I have long been a proponent, as has the Senate President, of having municipalities realize economies of scale by sharing services where it makes sense,” said Senator Kyrillos. “New Jersey’s property tax problem has many causes, one being the duplication of government functions from schools to snow plows among smaller municipalities. The recently enacted property freeze will compel shared services and some consolidation in the fullness of time”