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Senator Dawn Addiego

Addiego Applauds State Budget Funding to Combat Base Closures

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Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8) commended the inclusion of $200,000 in the approved FY 2015 New Jersey budget to protect and grow the state’s military installations in the likely event of another round of federal base realignments and closures.

“This was an extremely tough budget year, and some items in the budget that the Legislature approved were reduced or eliminated by Governor Christie using his line item veto power,” added Addiego. “The fact that this funding has remained in the budget should serve as proof to anyone watching that New Jersey will be prepared to fight for the future of our military bases.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Passes Beck Bill to Suspend 2.5% Tax on Commercial Development

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The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck re-establishing the moratorium on the imposition of fees on non-residential construction projects to support affordable housing projects for the period beginning with the moratorium’s prior expiration date of July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

“This was essentially a tax on all non-residential development in New Jersey,” Beck explained. “Further, this fee voids all municipal ordinances that otherwise imposed development fees or payment in lieu fees on non-residential developers. I have opposed this 2.5% assessment on commercial development from day one — it deters new businesses from locating in New Jersey, which means it stops jobs creation.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Announces FY15 Budget Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen is proud to announce that funding she fought for to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is included in the FY 2015 state budget.

“The Joint Base is critical to communities, families and businesses in the 7th District and surrounding counties in the state,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This funding is integral to making sure we do everything possible to keep the base open for our residents and thousands of our bravest men and women who sacrifice so much to protect us. As a longtime member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs, I’ve worked tirelessly with council members and the administration to get this appropriation.”

Last month, Senator Allen introduced a state budget resolution requesting an appropriation to protect the joint base, which is vulnerable to being realigned or closed by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Applauds Budget Funds to Fight Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

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Senator Jennifer Beck applauded the funds allocated in the new state budget for domestic violence and sexual violence services. The 2015 budget provides $1.8 million for domestic violence services and an additional $400,000 for the direct services to victims of sexual violence.

“Over the past three years I have worked closely with the Christie administration to ensure these services were funded at the necessary levels,” said Beck. “In a year that every dollar was more important than ever, it is encouraging to see sexual violence services made a priority. I know these funds will go a long way in assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Passes Trio of Bucco Bills to Improve Public Safety, Allow Land Preservation or Development

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The New Jersey Senate has passed a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to enhance public safety and allow land preservation or development.

The Senate gave final legislative approval today to S-1560, to enhance the New Jersey State Police with military veterans. The bill now heads to Gov. Christie for consideration.

“The people of New Jersey can be better protected and served if the State Police has a clear path to hire more military veterans,” Bucco said. “With their vast and profound experiences in dangerous, life threatening and fast-paced environments, military veterans become some of the best law enforcement officers. Our heroes and heroines are just what the State Police needs right now to help address historic levels of turnover.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean Legislation to Create Criteria for Colleges to Get State Tax Dollars

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to create criteria to determine how state tax dollars are allotted to colleges and universities throughout New Jersey was advanced today by the full Senate.

“A Commission has long been needed to study and determine an accountable, consistent and equitable measure for how billions of dollars in public funding is annually provided to colleges and universities,” said Kean (R-Union). “New Jersey’s overtaxed residents cannot afford to pay for any arbitrary state spending. We need to continuously examine every dollar spent to ensure that taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Establish Standards for Home Elevation Contractors Passed by Senate

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The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The bill, S942, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.

“Many homeowners have already begun the process of elevating their homes to safeguard against future storms and many more will do so in the coming months and years,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “This type of work has never been done here at this scale before and we have to take steps to make sure there’s proper oversight and that the work is done safety and correctly.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Alimony Reform Legislation Ending Lifetime Awards Passes Senate

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The Senate today adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer reforming New Jersey’s alimony laws to eliminate lifetime awards and establish guidelines for the amount and duration of awards.

“The state’s alimony laws are out of touch with today’s society and unfairly overburden spouses with crippling lifetime awards,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “As both spouses often work in today’s family structure the courts should not be operating with an assumption that either spouse will be dependent on the other for the rest of their lives after a divorce.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Monday, June 30, 2014

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
A373 Sch bldg-equip w/emerg light panic alarm 2RS 6/23/2014
A1471 Co planning bds-absent memb, permit vote 2RS 6/26/2014
A1510 Vet-hiring preference w/St. police PA 6/26/2014
A1794 Loc pub & co coll contract-concerns bids 2RS 6/26/2014
A1907 Statewide non-resid devel fee-moratorium 2RS 6/23/2014
A2025 Prof. svcs. during emerg.-grant immunity 2RS 6/23/2014
A2268 Trans Infrastructure Bank-estab. PA 6/26/2014
A2479 Elevators, new bldgs.-certain size req. 2RS 6/26/2014
A2684 Menhaden Personal Use, Limited Sale Lic. 2RS 6/23/2014
A2921 Accountancy Act of 1997-revises 2RS 6/26/2014
A3081 Ed Reform Review Task Force-creates 2RS 6/16/2014
A3310 PERS TPAF PFRS SPRS-concerns contrib. PA 6/26/2014
A3410 Mun Rehab/Econ Recovery Act-extend term PA 6/26/2014
A3421 Self-Fd Multi Emp Welfare Reg Act-revise PA 6/26/2014
S300 Out-of-Sch. Time Advisory Comm.-estab 2RS 6/26/2014
S307 Trans Infrastructure Bank-estab. 2RS 6/23/2014
S374 Worker’s comp. awards-concern atty. fees 2RS 6/19/2014
S387 Sch. bd. memb. candidates-petitions 2RSC 6/23/2014
S427 Explosives-auth. mun. to regulate use 2RS 6/26/2014
S582 Big Data Alliance-desig. 2RSC 6/16/2014
S731 Higher Ed. Funding Formula Comm. 2RS 5/5/2014
S942 Home elevation contractor-prov standards 2RSC 6/23/2014
S1011 St wide non-resid devel fees-moratorium 2RS 6/16/2014
S1048 Loc pub & co coll contract-concerns bids 2RS 6/26/2014
S1229 Vacant prop. in forclosure-maintain 2RSC 6/23/2014
S1349 Pub. util.-study street light outages 2RS 5/5/2014
S1436 Realty transfer transfer fees-exemp. 2RS 6/26/2014
S1440 Emp. discrimination, emp. status-proh. 2RSC 6/16/2014
S1560 Vet-hiring preference w/St. police 2RS 6/19/2014
S1689 Co planning bds-absent memb, permit vote 2RS 6/26/2014
S1844 Menhaden Personal Use, Limited Sale Lic. 2RS 6/23/2014
S1857 Steroid use among students-deters 2RS 6/9/2014
S2032 Computer sci course-req pub sch students 2RS 6/23/2014
S2037 Mun. emp., cert.-concerns max salary 2RS 6/26/2014
S2091 Sch bldg-equip w/emerg light panic alarm 2RS 6/23/2014
S2115 Mosquito control reserve fd.-co. estab. 2RS 6/26/2014
S2153 Elevators, new bldgs.-certain size req. 2RS 6/26/2014
S2154 Ed Reform Review Task Force-creates 2RS 6/9/2014
S2163 Accountancy Act of 1997-revises 2RS 6/26/2014
S2177 Mun Rehab/Econ Recovery Act-extend term 2RS 6/26/2014
S2220 Self-Fd Multi Emp Welfare Reg Act-revise 2RS 6/26/2014
S2235 Gift cards-elim consumer data collection 2RS 6/23/2014
S2246 Hackensack Meadowlands Trans Planning 2RS 6/23/2014
S2269 PERS TPAF PFRS SPRS-concerns contrib. 2RS 6/23/2014
SCR62 Econ Justice, Equal Emp Opportunity 2RSC 6/26/2014

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Democrats Damage Foundation of Business Attraction Efforts in New Jersey

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that the Democrats’ elimination of funding in the FY 2015 New Jersey budget for payments approved through the state’s Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) would serve as a warning to employers who are considering whether the Garden State is a good place to do business.

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) speaking in opposition to the Democrats FY 2015 New Jersey budget, which eliminated funding for already approved business incentive grants that would create jobs in the state, during a Senate debate on June 26, 2014. (Facebook)

“Many companies that signed deals with the state under BEIP are dependent on those funds to continue operating, and the state has a contractual obligation to make the payments,” said Beck. “With other states aggressively promoting lower taxes, better regulatory structures and their own incentive programs, how can New Jersey afford to break its word?”

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