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.”
Media Advisory: O’Scanlon & Doherty to Join Pohatcong Mayor to Discuss Town’s Red Light Camera Program
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
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.”
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.”
Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators
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.”
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.”
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:
|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|
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.
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.”
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.”