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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill to Raise Awareness of Disability Accommodation Rights Advances to Gov. Christie

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to raise awareness of accommodation rights for people with disabilities was approved by the full Senate and will now go to Governor Christie for approval.

“I am ecstatic that both the Senate and Assembly have approved this measure to help our most vulnerable citizens. I encourage anyone who reads this and has a friend or family member who has run into roadblocks in getting modifications to their homes approved to tell them to reach out to the Division on Civil Rights.” Bucco said. “People with disabilities should have a clear, direct path to challenge any form of potential violations of their accommodation rights.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Media Advisory: O’Scanlon & Doherty to Join Pohatcong Mayor to Discuss Town’s Red Light Camera Program

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Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty will join Mayor James Kern, III to discuss the future of Pohatcong’s red light camera program.

Who: Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Senator Michael Doherty and Mayor James Kern, III

What: Press conference concerning the future of the red-light camera program in Pohatcong

When: Tuesday, April 1, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Where: Pohatcong Municipal Building, 50 Municipal Drive, Phillipsburg, NJ

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Fracking Legislation Passes Environment & Energy Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck and co-sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that establishes a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“We just don’t really know all the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “I have heard from many residents and they are vocally concerned about fracking in New Jersey. And while there is currently no fracking in our state, this bill will ensure that the process is safe before we even consider the practice’s permissibility here.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Adopts Oroho, Sarlo Measure to Support Donations to Veterans Cemetery in North Jersey

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was unanimously passed by the Senate today and will now head to the governor’s desk for final approval.

The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S361, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first cemetery dedicated to veterans in the northern part of the state.

“I’m confident that with this easy mechanism to give, many New Jersey taxpayers will be generous in donating to support the veterans who gave so much themselves to this state and country,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “Establishing this cemetery in North Jersey will at last provide thousands of veterans an honored resting place near their family, friends and communities they love. Families too can have peace of mind knowing they can visit their loved one’s grave site without having to drive hours away from home.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the full Senate. The legislation will now to go the Governor’s desk for final approval.

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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District 9

Jessica Lunsford Act Clears Final Legislative Hurdle, Heads to Governor

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Clearing its final legislative hurdle, the State Senate passed the Jessica Lunsford Act (A-892/S-215), which is cosponsored by 9th District Representatives Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. The Act, which is named after the Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, requires mandatory terms of imprisonment for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13, for a specific term of years fixed by the sentencing court, between 25 years and life imprisonment, of which 25 years or more must be served before parole eligibility.

“Having had a longstanding record of supporting Megan’s Law in order to more effectively protect our children from sexual offenders, our delegation is elated that the Legislature has finally passed the Jessica Lunsford Act,” said Senator Connors. “Mandatory sentences that consist of extensive prison terms represent the most effective means of safeguarding our communities against sexual offenders from committing further acts of violence.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Thursday, March 27, 2014

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Senate Chambers in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
A126 Vet Memorial Cemetery-income tax contrib 2RS 2/27/2014
A347 Foreclosured prop.-cred remedy code viol 2RS 3/17/2014
A869 Condos owners-disab. accomodation rights 2RS 3/17/2014
A892 Jessica Lunsford Act-assault on child 2RS 3/24/2014
A2456 HVACR lic. req.-exempts cert. persons 2RS 3/24/2014
AJR59 Doctor’s Day-desig. March 30 2RS 3/24/2014
S215 Jessica Lunsford Act-enacts 2RS 3/24/2014
S288 Foreclosured prop.-concerns maintenance 2RS 3/17/2014
S361 Vet Memorial Cemetery-income tax contrib 2RS 1/30/2014
S394 Emission control equip.-dealer disclose 2RS 1/27/2014
S562 Health insur. carriers-encrypt cert info 2RS 3/17/2014
S582 Big Data Alliance-desig. 2RS 1/30/2014
S686 Correctional fac-drug treatment prog lic 2RS 3/24/2014
S783 Unfair Wage Recovery Act 2RS 3/17/2014
S837 Right to Farm-extend prot, agric tourism 2RS 3/24/2014
S926 Disab accommodation rights, condo owners 2RS 3/17/2014
S928 Econ. Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 1 2RS 3/24/2014
S1027 Vet of All Wars Memorial Bridge-rt.35 2RS 3/17/2014
S1038 The Wage Transparency Act 2RS 3/17/2014
S1306 Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights-estab. 2RS 3/24/2014
S1498 Atlantic City bars, cert.-noise control 2RS 3/24/2014
S1869 Police & ff interest arbitration-2% cap 2RS 3/24/2014
SCR20 Mobility-challenged person-commend vol. 2RS 3/17/2014
SCR95 Prof. Social Work Mo.-desig. March 2014 2RS 3/17/2014
SJR12 Horticultural Therapy Wk-desig. March 2RS 3/17/2014
SJR44 Doctor’s Day-desig. March 30 2RS 3/17/2014
SR24 Interscholastic athletic conf.-equal pay 2RS 3/24/2014
SR58 Newark airport emp.-incr. min. wage 2RS 3/24/2014

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Letter to Editor: Legislature Should Look Into Newark Abuses

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The following letter to the editor by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging a legislative inquiry into the reported abuse of taxpayer dollars in Newark was published today in the Courier-Post.

The full text of the letter is below:

Republican or Democrat, hardworking residents should have the assurance their tax dollars are being put to the best use possible and that those privileged to serve in government are not abusing their power. When abuses and fraud are discovered, as state reports recently highlighted in Newark, elected leaders and constituents must speak out to urge change.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Urges Passage of Permanent Arbitration Award Cap

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urged legislative Democrats to reconsider posting a bill for a vote that would make permanent the 2-percent arbitration award cap.

“The proposal to increase the cap, cut into healthcare savings and raise property taxes in many communities, and ultimately eliminate the cap in a few years is clearly not the way to go,” Kyrillos said. “The people of our state want to make permanent our current bipartisan cap on local pay raises that has dramatically decreased property tax growth since Gov. Christie took office.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Committee Approves Bucco Bill to Create ‘Military Appreciation Month’ in NJ

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The Senate Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bipartisan measure sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to make May “Military Appreciation Month” in New Jersey.

“I encourage all New Jerseyans to honor the sacrifices of our armed forces and their families,” Bucco said. “I’m hoping that May can be a special month with activities, programs and events dedicated to our bravest men and women all across New Jersey.”

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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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