Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer protecting consumers who fall victim to identity theft from debt collection was advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee.
“Identity theft is a serious crime and one that can unfortunately bury even the most cautious consumer under a mountain of debt,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This bill gives those who fall victim to identity theft a means to restore their lives and avoid the financial ruin of wrongly being tied to debt caused by fraud and no fault of their own.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding the announced departure of Chief Counsel Chris Porrino from the Governor’s Office:
“Chris is a very solutions-oriented person who added incredible value to the Administration. We worked together frequently. He has always focused on what was in the best interests of the people of New Jersey. I thank Chris for his service and wish him well in all his future endeavors.”
Pennacchio Joins New Jersey Right to Life in Denouncing Planned Parenthood’s Alleged Sale of Aborted Body Parts
Pennacchio Calls for Investigation, Legislative Review
Following the release of a video reportedly depicting a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses, Senator Joe Pennacchio joined New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy in denouncing the abhorrent act. Senator Pennacchio also announced efforts to make sure the practice does not occur in New Jersey.
“Selling body parts from an aborted fetus is a sickening shock to the conscious,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris). “If true, Planned Parenthood’s participation in performing abortions to systematically sell body parts from fetuses represents a level of depravity that’s hard to fathom.”
Continuing their efforts to prevent the cruel treatment of animals, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) have introduced legislation to prohibit the inhumane tethering of dogs.
“As legislators and pet owners, we have always been passionate about protecting animals from abusive pet owners,” said Holzapfel. “It’s difficult to understand why someone would chain or restrain their ‘pet’ for long periods of time to the point where the dog cannot care for itself. It’s deplorable.”
The bill, S-3061/A-4628, makes it unlawful to tether a dog that poses a risk of entanglement, strangulation, drowning or other harm to the health or safety of the dog. It also prohibits the tethering of a dog during severe weather conditions. Dogs at risk of imminent harm may be seized by authorities. Violators face fines and jail time.
9th District legislators Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove voted against a common interest community (A-469) legislative measure that would modify State laws which regulate homeowners’ associations. Senator Christopher J. Connors, also representing the 9th Legislative District, has pledged to oppose the legislation should it be considered in the Senate.
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on its opposition to the latest version of common interest community legislation considered by the Legislature:
“On the surface, this common interest community bill seems to have the best intentions by calling for homeowners’ rights to common property, establishing standards for elections and access to records as well as providing for a recall procedure for board members. However, our extensive past experience with common interest community legislation has taught us that, inevitably, the devil is in the details.
Governor’s Executive Order Implements Addiego/Allen Call for Expedited Gun Permit Applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Diane Allen stated the following after Governor Chris Christie announced he had signed an Executive Order expediting firearms applications for victims of domestic violence:
“We’re glad to see Governor Christie agrees with our approach to ensuring victims of domestic violence have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.
Senator: People in South Jersey Deserve Same Protections with DRPA
Bipartisan legislation (S-2183) sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) to subject the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to the public records laws of both states is now law after being signed today by Governor Chris Christie.
“This bill signing marks an important step in making the troubled PANYNJ more transparent and accountable to the people,” said Pennacchio. “Ensuring access to public records is a fundamental part of having a government that is accountable to those it serves. For too long the Port Authority was able to operate in the dark and spends billions and billions of commuter and taxpayer dollars each year. This legislation gives the public the ability to change that.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean opposing the proposed route of an oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey was approved by the Senate.
“If tragedy strikes, this pipeline – which could carry as much as 16.8 million gallons of highly explosive crude and refined fuel through my district a day – could damage the water supplies used by millions of people,” said Senator Tom Kean (R-Morris, Somerset, Union). “The Pilgrim Pipeline would travel through areas as diverse as our most densely developed towns, to environmentally protected lands in the Highlands. As an advocate for the safety and health of the constituents I serve, I stand with the 35 towns across four counties who have spoken out in clear opposition to the pipeline. I urge the Department of Environmental Protection and United States Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a thorough environmental impact report before allowing a potentially catastrophic pipeline to run through the communities we serve.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charity organizations to hold raffle fundraisers will go to the Governor’s desk for approval after being passed by the full Senate.
“Many charity and veterans’ organizations hold raffles to help raise the funds needed to pay for the valuable public services they offer,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Under New Jersey’s outdated regulations, however, it is nearly impossible to hold a raffle without having to go through the hassle and expense of applying for a special license. Raising the threshold for the types of door prizes that can be offered will go a long way in helping these organizations raise more funds for the programs and services they provide.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Kyrillos that would provide small businesses in a shore municipality with a tax credit to offset money spent on rebuilding or repairing due to Hurricane Sandy was approved by the Senate.
“Thousands of New Jersey families and employers are still suffering the wait for aid to return to normalcy,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “With this third and pivotal summer-season upon us, we must immediately enact this creative solution to provide these residents and taxpayers with the financial assistance they need to finally return home and re-open their doors to hire and attract tourists who are vital to our recovery.”