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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill Seeking to Prevent Children’s Access to Loaded Firearms Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to keep loaded firearms out of the hands of unsupervised minors was approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

“We’ve seen too many instances where children with access to a parent’s firearms engage in planned attacks harming others, and too many tragedies where children living in or visiting a home with unlocked and loaded firearms end up accidentally harming themselves,” said Holzapfel, a member of the committee. “This legislation balances the rights of responsible gun owners with the public interest of reducing preventable deaths from planned and accidental shootings.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Committee Advances Cardinale Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate Higher Education Committee unanimously advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations.

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Service members should be given opportunities to make up the class work they have to miss due to service obligations like training or enactment.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Video: Tom Kean on Efforts to Make NJ Affordable for All Generations of Our Families

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about efforts to make New Jersey affordable for all generations of our families.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton College a Stabilizing Presence in a Region Shaken by Casino Closures

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As plans for Atlantic City’s economic transition and recovery continue to be deliberated, it is important that we recognize Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for what has proudly become – a stabilizing institution for the area.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove recognize Stockton College as a stabilizing force in the development of any long-term economic plans for a region shaken by casino closures. (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

Recently, Stockton College of New Jersey is again in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges and Universities of the North, rated at 60 out of 139 public and private Northern schools in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Added to this, the College has been ranked as one of the top 15 public schools in the North, at No. 14 by U.S. News. For six consecutive years now, Stockton has placed in the first tier.

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sen. Diane Allen distributing sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Photo Gallery)

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Introduces Legislation to Authorize Free Fishing Licenses for People with Disabilities

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) introduced legislation to allow free New Jersey fishing licenses for people with disabilities.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has introduced legislation that would grant free fishing licenses to New Jersey residents who are disabled according to federal guidelines. (Jackie/Flickr)

“People with disabilities should have every opportunity to try and to enjoy the experiences and resources that we can sometimes take for granted,” Beck said. “This particular initiative is inspired by constituents who wish to enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful parks and bodies of waters but otherwise may not have the financial means to do so.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Calls on PVWC to Immediately Halt Garret Mountain Project; Schedules Stakeholder Meeting

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) calls on the Passaic Valley Water Commission to immediately halt its planned $135 million Garret Mountain reservoir project that stands to impact people’s drinking water, property values, utility rates and the environment.

On behalf of concerned constituents, Sen. Kevin O’Toole is making moves to stop the PVWC’s attempted Garret Mountain reservoir project, which is depicted in this rendering. (Passaic Valley Water Commission)

“Given the overwhelming opposition and concerns by the surrounding community, I’m calling on the water commission to stop all work on this project immediately,” O’Toole said. “It is unacceptable for a major project that impacts so many people’s lives in various ways to be schemed behind closed doors, without public input.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Legislation Facilitating Donations to Local Libraries Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to facilitate charitable contributions for county and municipal libraries has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation giving taxpayers the option to make contributions to public libraries on their tax returns was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Senator Allen’s bipartisan legislation, S1803, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support county and municipal libraries. The option to donate to the “Local Library Support Fund” will be added to 2015 state income tax returns.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, Allen, Addiego: Goodell Must Be Fired; Urge NFL Owners in NJ to Lead

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New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:

“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Joins Legislators in Support of Israel

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) joined with fellow legislators and the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations at a press conference at the state house to support legislation, AR154, showing solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community. An identical version of the resolution was introduced in the Senate today.

“New Jersey has long had a strong tie to Israel and it’s more important now than ever that we take a stand to support Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked attacks from Hamas. The needless bloodshed wrought by Hamas is terrorism at its worst. I’m proud to support this resolution and urge continued congressional support of Israel and its ability to protect its people and ensure a future free of violence.”

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