Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) held a public hearing on Wednesday at the Shark River Firehouse in Neptune to discuss remaining issues faced by victims of Superstorm Sandy. In attendance were over 30 Sandy-affected homeowners, representatives from Congressman Chris Smith’s office, members of the New Jersey Organizing Project, and representatives from New Jersey Natural Gas.
“We heard from residents expressing a number of problems that they are still facing to complete their construction and elevation projects,” said Beck. “We have about 3,200 individuals trying to move onward and return to completed homes. It is imperative that we be accessible to these individuals and attempt to remove any remaining roadblocks to recovery out of their way.”
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced that following last year’s approval of $39 million for clean water and drinking water projects, another $19 million has just been approved to finance additional projects in the 9th Legislative District.
This action stems from the enactment of two legislative measures recently signed by the Governor that pertain to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.
The 9th District delegation issued the following statement following the approval of additional financing for drinking water projects in the state:
“There are few other issues more important to our constituents than clean drinking water, which is why we are pleased that this financing has been secured for the 9th Legislative District.
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) was among a group of Republican lawmakers to receive the Award For Conservative Achievement from The American Conservative Union Foundation.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Senator Bucco said. “I have been working for years to help strengthen families and to make New Jersey more affordable for its residents. We still have a lot of work to do, but I will continue to advocate for the constitutional values that the ACU Foundation and this award stand for.”
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) took action today to have the New Jersey Senate vote on legislation she sponsors to prevent corrupt government officials from collecting public pensions. Her effort was immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.
“I’ve introduced the same bill to punish government corruption since 2008, and it’s astonishing that Senate Democrats have continued to block the bill from moving forward for so long,” added Beck. “On several occasions over the past year, I have urged the chairman of the Senate State Government Committee to allow this ‘good government’ bill to be heard in committee. That request has been repeatedly ignored, so I took action today to try to move the bill forward.”
Beck’s legislation, S-1557, provides for the full forfeiture of public pensions for elected and appointed government officials convicted of any crime touching their office.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will host a meeting on February 8th at the Shark River Hills Firehouse for Sandy victims who are still having problems to provide assistance with the recovery process.
WHO: Senator Jennifer Beck
WHAT: Meeting for victims of Superstorm Sandy who need assistance.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th at 6 p.m.
Recognizing them for the landmark tax reforms that reduced taxes on retirement income, increased tax savings for the working poor, cut the estate tax and provided long-term funding for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, the Tax Foundation has honored Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Steve Oroho with its “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” award.
The Tax Foundation, one of the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organizations, providing research, analysis, and advocacy on federal, state, and local tax policies, selects honorees each year who “accomplished extraordinary work to advance the cause of simpler, smarter tax policy.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was gaveled down by Senate Democrats and called “out of order” for urging the New Jersey Senate to take action on a number of issues of importance to the people of New Jersey.
Senate Democrats later blocked efforts by Senate Republicans to bring the following three bills up for a vote that would address New Jersey’s crisis of affordability and help to rebuild residents’ trust in government.
- S-1557 (Beck) – Provides full forfeiture of pension of elected or appointed official convicted of any crime touching office.
- S-1888 (Doherty) – Establishes State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.
- S-2554 (Kyrillos) – Sets level for health care benefits; requires employee contributions; prohibits reimbursement of Medicare Part B; adds member to SHBP/SEHBP plan design committees; requires retirees to purchase health care through exchanges.
Included below are the full remarks that Kean was blocked from delivering during the Senate’s floor discussion on S-3:
“In his State of the State address on January 10th, Governor Christie called on the Legislature to pass this critical reform that’s before us today to help battle our state’s growing opioid epidemic.
Legislation (S2477/A4083) sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space Enabling qualifying businesses to get a refund for the excess portion of their Business Employment Incentive Program tax credit was signed today by Gov. Chris Christie.
“These businesses signed agreements with the state under BEIP to move or expand here with the understanding that they would receive these grants,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “We’ve already passed legislation that allows them to convert their grants into tax credits, but this now gives insurance companies the same opportunities that other businesses have to get a refund on those credits.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to protect consumers from price gouging during a natural disaster and support small businesses following a state of emergency declaration is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“The protections we put in place will deter businesses from taking advantage of consumers during a natural disaster by spiking prices for necessities, such as gasoline and groceries,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “This bill will ensure business won’t be put at a disadvantage because of the inflexibility of the current protocol, while still protecting consumers from price gouging tactics that threaten their welfare and safety.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the process of getting a commercial driver license by using private third-party vendors to administer the test is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Companies are always looking to hire new drivers, but because we have trouble keeping up with that demand because of the long wait to get a CDL,” Senator Oroho said. “We have a huge backlog of drivers just waiting to start working. This will help speed up the process of getting a CDL so we can get these people trained and on the road.”