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