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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Reinstate Death Penalty Would Apply to Child Killers

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Child Killers Should Face the Ultimate Punishment

Senator Robert Singer issued the following statement regarding the tragic murder of 2 year old Tierra Morgan-Glover. The Senator has introduced legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.

“I do not support the death penalty out of a need for revenge or due to malice in my heart. Neither do the many individuals I have met who have suffered from heinous crimes, ” Singer stated. “I support the death penalty because sometimes it is the only way to achieve justice for the victims and families affected by horrible crimes.”

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District 9

Assembly Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Measure to Assist Veteran-Owned Businesses in Securing State Contracts

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The State Assembly today approved legislation (A-3308/S-2314) sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove developed to provide assistance to veteran-owned businesses in the process of securing state contracts. The action taken by the Assembly today was to concur with the Governor’s amendments to the legislation which were proposed in February.

The 9th District Delegation’s legislation, entitled the “Veteran-Owned Business Assistance Act,” states that the Department of Treasury shall encourage veteran-owned businesses to participate in State procurement and contracting.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Debt Report Shows Stability, Predictability to NJ Businesses”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following statement on the most recent Debt Report presented to the state Commission on Capital Bonding and Planning:

“The debt report shows that this Governor is fixing the mess left by McGreevey, Corzine, and an unchecked Democratic legislature that just couldn’t say no to spending money the state didn’t have. Gone are the days of double digit debt increases that are passed on to our children and grandchildren.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, Sean Kean, Rible Legislation Establishing Task Force to Improve Special Education, Reduce Waste Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), and Assemblyman Dave Rible (R- Monmouth) forming a task force charged with exploring ways to improve services and reduce waste in public school special education has cleared the Senate Education Committee.

“There are 215,000 special education students in the state of New Jersey,” said Beck. “We spend $11,000 more per pupil to educate special needs students than we do on their peers, and that added cost is growing. Yet parents, teachers, and administrators alike express concern that our schools are currently ill-equipped to adequately meet this population’s needs. We need to explore ways of better serving the unique educational requirements of these student while containing the cost to taxpayers. And, because every dollar wasted is a dollar that does not end up in the classroom, it is absolutely imperative that we root out waste, fraud, and abuse within the system.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Tom Kean Calls for Passage of Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA) at State House Rally

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean urged the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA) at a rally held at the New Jersey State House.

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From the State House steps, Senator Kean delivered the following remarks:

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Renews Call for Passage of Legislation Closing Farmland Assessment Loopholes

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) reiterated her call to close loopholes in the state’s farmland assessment law at today’s meeting of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Under Senator Beck’s legislation, the agricultural sales threshold qualifying a property as an active farm would be increased and oversight of the program strengthened in order to ensure that only true farmers benefit from the program’s tax benefits.

“I’m pleased that the committee brought by bill up for discussion today, but it is time that this legislation be brought for a vote in the Senate and Assembly,” said Beck. “Time and again, we hear stories of this program being abused by owners of large, valuable residential properties to avoid paying their full property tax bill. It is time to close this ‘fake farmer’ loophole and ensure that only true farmers who produce substantial agricultural output be eligible for the program.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Welcomes FEMA Buyouts of Flood-Prone Homes

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Buyout Plan Is a Step in the Right Direction, Long-Term Solution Needed for Flood Relief

State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Morris) says he welcomes the news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin purchasing flood-prone homes in New Jersey, including those in several District 40 municipalities; but he says the federal government needs to make a stronger commitment to alleviating flooding in the region.

“While I am glad to hear that FEMA is going use federal money to begin a home buyout process in the Passaic River basin, the severe and recurrent flooding problems of the area will not be solved by buyouts alone,” said O’Toole.

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean: “Anti-OSA Rally Defends Unacceptable Status Quo For Kids in Failing Schools”

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Responding to opponents of legislation designed to give children in chronically failing schools immediate access to a better education, Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union), co-prime sponsor of the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA), said that protesters are defending an unacceptable status quo for students in poorly performing districts:

“The only people abandoning public education are those who say that we should keep kids trapped in a failing school for fear of change.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman to Introduce Bill Requiring Adults to Notify Authorities About Sexual Abuse

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Law & Public Safety committees, announced he will introduce legislation tomorrow to require witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials. The bill is a direct response to the Penn State and Syracuse University cases. A copy of the legislation is attached.

“In both cases, adults knew that the abuse was occurring yet they failed in their moral duty to take the appropriate steps to end the abuse,” Bateman stated. “When my bill passes witnesses will no longer have that decision. They will be required to notify law enforcement authorities of these obscene violations.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Bucco Sponsors Two Bills That Clear Senate Committees

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“Emma’s Law” & Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month Move Forward

Two bills sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco moved forward Monday. S-1999, “Emma’s Law” which provides for the screening of newborns for lysosomal storage disorders and SJR- 76, which designates May as Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month, were both released from the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and are now before the full Senate.

“I am pleased that these two important measures moved,” Bucco began. “I hope that my colleagues in both houses will pass these two initiatives and bring them before Governor Christie by the end of the year.”

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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

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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