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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Door Opens for DRPA Reform with Passage of PANYNJ Transparency Bill

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Senator: Missing Emails in Federal Probe Also Show Need for DRPA Reform

The New Jersey Senate today passed 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.

During the PANYNJ transparency bill vote, Pennacchio renewed his calls for the passage of bi-state legislation (S-2013) to reform the similarly troubled Delaware River Port Authority.

“We’ve done a great public service today by coming together to pass bi-state, bipartisan legislation to make the troubled PANYNJ more transparent and accountable to the people, but it would be disingenuous to avoid reforming the DRPA, which has been maligned with rampant, widely reported waste and abuse that has increased tolls and fares,” said Assistant Republican Leader Pennacchio. “People know we cannot rely on the foxes to police these henhouses. We must protect all hard-working commuters across this the state and region by enacting both of these measures to ensure the appropriate delivery of services and the functionality of critical mass transit infrastructure.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: FY 15 Tax Increases a Repeat of Past Mistakes

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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committeeman Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement after voting against the proposed FY 2015 budget in today’s Senate session:

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, speaking in opposition to the FY ’15 New Jersey budget. (Full Size)

“This budget, balanced off of raising taxes for small businesses, job providers and those already paying the most, repeats past mistakes and sets no path forward to address the root financial issues New Jersey faces. We only have to look back to 2004 when taxes were raised on the state’s top earners and job providers to know how these new taxes will play out.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco’s Remarks on Opposing Dems’ FY15 Budget

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Senate Republican Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) made the following remarks, before voting against the Democrats’ FY15 state budget with $1.6 billion tax increases:

“This was one of the toughest budget cycles that I’ve ever been a part of, as we struggled to overcome a state revenue shortfall caused by federal income and health care tax increases.

Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-25) joined Republican legislators, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJ Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and groups representing thousands of employers at a New Jersey State House rally on June 24, 2014 to oppose legislative Democrats’ proposed tax increases. (Facebook)

“While I realize that no one here got everything they wanted in this document — and despite the fact that I appreciate all the hard work and dedication put in on both sides of the aisle — I wish that the budget we are voting on today went in a different direction than raising harmful taxes and fees. If there is one thing government entities must follow it’s that they must spend within their means, as New Jersey families do.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
A578 Mil. Appreciation Mo.-desig May, each yr PBH 6/23/2014
A865 Invol. treatment committment-concerns 2RS 6/16/2014
A1080 Smoking, pub. parks and beaches-proh. 2RS 6/23/2014
A1477 Family Collaborative Law Act-estab. 2RS 6/23/2014
A2280 Police veh.-cameras req. 2RS 6/16/2014
A2303 St. bldgs., new-use of green, blue roofs 2RS 6/16/2014
A2455 Rt. 24-dedesig. portions 2RS 6/16/2014
A2795 Medicaid coverage, family planning svc. 2RS 6/23/2014
A3124 Farm structures, temp.-concerns AAN 5/8/2014
S90 St. physician workforce supply-analyze 2RS 6/5/2014
S178 Overseas Resid Absentee Voting-revise 2RS 6/19/2014
S197 Vet. rental asst.-concerns 2RS 5/19/2014
S299 Invol. treatment committment-concerns 2RS 6/16/2014
S595 Prepaid debit cards-disclose fees 2RS 4/28/2014
S667 Health care svc. firms-lic. req. 2RS 6/23/2014
S668 Let Them Be Little Act-Hunter syndrome 2RS 3/24/2014
S771 Hist New Bridge Landing Park Comm-powers 2RS 5/12/2014
S784 Family planning svcs.;$7.453M 2RS 6/23/2014
S835 False incrimination-enhance penal. 2RS 6/19/2014
S854 Health care fac.-req. generator ready 2RS 6/16/2014
S900 Disab, underrepresented community-review 2RS 6/5/2014
S1022 Rt. 24-dedesig. portions 2RS 6/16/2014
S1032 Chosin Few Memor Hwy-desig portion Rt.35 2RS 6/16/2014
S1046 Child support alt. obligations-concerns 2RS 3/24/2014
S1092 Exempt fireman cert.-reduce duty req. 2RS 6/19/2014
S1203 Medicaid coverage, family planning svc. 2RS 6/23/2014
S1224 Family Collaborative Law Act 2RS 6/5/2014
S1305 Police veh.-cameras req. 2RS 6/16/2014
S1418 St. bldgs., new-use of green, blue roofs 2RS 6/16/2014
S1772 Smoking, pub. parks and beaches-proh. 2RS 6/23/2014
S1813 St. permits-req. agency review 2RS 6/12/2014
S1893 Energy assist.-prov. $21 min. annually 2RS 6/23/2014
S1909 Invalidated sections of law-repeal 2RS 6/2/2014
S1946 MV records-verify student’s enrollment 2RS 6/16/2014
S1961 Emerg shelters, nursing homes-min. temp. AHE 6/23/2014
S1972 Apartment registration-elim. duplication 2RS 6/16/2014
S2014 St. budget FY2014, suppl. approp.;$33.3B 2RS 6/23/2014
S2015 St. budget FY2014/2015-St$34.1B Fed$15B 2RS 6/23/2014
S2021 Farm structures, temp.-concerns 2RS 6/16/2014
S2027 Family day care-req. background checks 2RS 6/16/2014
S2081 Resid. foreclosures-concern prev. 2RS 6/5/2014
S2109 Co. sheriff-clarifies dual positions 2RS 6/19/2014
S2138 Reemp. of a retiree, cert.-allows 2RS 6/19/2014
S2154 Ed Reform Review Task Force-creates 2RS 6/9/2014
S2158 Devel, resid ctrs-concerns transitioning 2RS 6/23/2014
S2169 Sch. dist. emp-exemp. reside in St. req. 2RS 6/19/2014
S2183 PANYNJ-concerns pub. records access SSG 6/16/2014
S2240 Mil. Appreciation Mo.-desig May, each yr SUB 6/23/2014
S2249 Returning Home NJ initiative-moratorium 2RS 6/23/2014
S2262 Corp. Bus Tax liab-impose 1 yr surcharge 2RS 6/23/2014
S2263 Income tax rate, exceeding $1M-raises 2RS 6/23/2014
S2264 Urban hope proj.-extends application 2RS 6/23/2014
S2265 Pension contrib.-St req to pay quarterly 2RS 6/23/2014
S2268 St. tax compliance standards-clarifies 2RS 6/23/2014
SCR12 Indonesian Family Refugee Prot Act-enact 2RS 3/24/2014
SCR84 Corp. Bus. Tax rev.-dedicate 2RS 6/16/2014
SJR17 Hunger Action Mo.-desig. September 2RS 6/16/2014
SJR23 Foster Care Mo.-desig. May, each yr. 2RS 5/19/2014
SJR30 Rip Current Awareness Wk.-1st wk in June 2RS 4/28/2014
SR64 Fed. Terrorism Risk Insur. Prog.-reauth. 2RS 6/5/2014
SR65 McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Base-budgt cuts 2RS 6/19/2014
SR82 Unions, non-instr staff-resolve contract 2RS 6/19/2014
SR85 Teenagers abducted in Israel-safe return 2RS 6/23/2014

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Extension of Bipartisan Property Tax Cap Offers Hope for More Meaningful Reforms

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of bipartisan legislation to make permanent the 2-percent cap on local public employee salary increases, said the cap extension enacted by Gov. Christie offers hope for more meaningful reforms.

“I applaud my legislative colleagues and the governor for compromising to continue this important reform that has been a very effective tool for local officials to control property taxes,” Beck said. “Today’s extension of a 2-percent cap on local public employee raises is a symbol that both parties in Trenton can still work together for the benefit of all New Jerseyans.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Introduces “Drew’s Law” in Honor of Boy Tragically Killed by Car in Keansburg

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Legislation Lowers Speed Limits Around Public Parks

Senator Joe Kyrillos has introduced “Drew’s Law,” named in honor of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.

The legislation seeks to improve pedestrian safety by establishing a 15-mph speed limit on roads passing through or adjacent to public parks during hours when the park is open or when children are clearly visible from the road. Under the bill, violators would face fines between $100 and $400, double the current amount.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: New Charges Against Six in Free School Lunch Scandal Reinforce Need for School Funding Reform

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) said that new charges against six public employees announced by the state’s Acting Attorney General for fraud related to the free and reduced price school lunch program are yet another reminder that New Jersey’s convoluted school funding formula needs to be reformed to prevent future abuse.

“Just last year, we saw a number of individuals in Elizabeth charged for falsifying applications to get their children free school lunches that they didn’t deserve,” said Doherty. “With yet another round of charges recently announced, it’s time that the Legislature acknowledges that school lunch fraud is widespread and distorts the delivery of state school aid.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Video: Kyrillos Says High Taxes Cause People and Jobs to Leave NJ

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) appeared on NJTV News with host Mike Schneider to talk about the effect state income tax increases have on driving wealthy residents and employers from New Jersey.

Click here to view the video.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senate Passes Holzapfel, Singer Bill Expanding “Pet Purchase Protection Act”

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The full Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Jim Holzapfel (R-10) and Robert Singer (R-30) that would require pet stores to display additional information about each dog and cat for sale, including the name and address of the breeder. 

“We’ve heard too many stories about puppy and kitten mills that breed and keep too many animals in unhealthy and inhumane conditions,” said Holzapfel. “By requiring increased disclosure of a cat or dog’s history at the point of sale, we can give consumers the opportunity to research the breeder and their reputation and make an informed decision on where to make their purchase.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Passes Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring students at public and charter high schools to receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

“Knowing how to properly perform CPR and use a defibrillator are basic life-saving skills that all graduates should have when they leave our public schools,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “If there’s one lesson we should want students to carry with them the rest of their lives it is knowing how to save a life.”

Under the legislation, S235, schools would incorporate the training as part of the curriculum in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. The legislation provides that the training could be based off of available free instructional programs.

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