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.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman providing incentives and standards for the use of environmentally friendly roof designs will head to the Governor’s desk for approval after passing the full Senate today.
“With proper planning and installation environmentally friendly roof designs can greatly improve storm water management and help control local flooding,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “It’s important the state take advantage of and encourage this type of smart planning and building to lessen environmental impacts as much as possible.”
O’Toole Introduces Legislation to Address Reported Issues Regarding Restraint of Special Education Students
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) has introduced legislation to address several reported issues regarding the restraint of special education students, as depicted by a series of investigative reports by News 12 New Jersey’s “Kane in Your Corner.”
“There are serious, eye-opening issues with how special education students are being treated in New Jersey schools, via at times overbearing and borderline abusive, unregulated and secretive physical restraining practices,” O’Toole said. “This legislature is empowered to do everything possible to protect our children, and that includes making sure they grow in a safe, nurturing learning environment. We must act accordingly by passing this legislation immediately.”
The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) on the negative impacts of Democrats’ proposed “millionaires tax” was published in the Star-Ledger on June 21.
Nobody ever felt sorry for a millionaire. At least that’s the principle some Democrats in Trenton are banking on as they resurrect former Gov. Jon Corzine’s “millionaires tax” to close the expected budget gap for fiscal 2015. Proponents of this tax increase promise it will hit only the wealthy, but in fact, poor and middle-class families will ultimately shoulder the burden.
The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
|A156||State’s farm to sch prog-post on website||2RS||5/5/2014|
|A441||Land bank-mun designate redevel entities||2RS||6/16/2014|
|A578||Mil. Appreciation Mo.-desig May, each yr||2RS||3/24/2014|
|A961||St. debt affordability analysis-concerns||2RS||6/5/2014|
|A1153||Electronic funds transfer-clarifies||2RS||4/28/2014|
|A1162||Bad checks-incl electronic fds transfers||2RS||6/5/2014|
|A2305||Blue roofs, green roofs-DEP adopt rules||2RS||5/19/2014|
|A2307||Env. Infrastructure Finan. Prog-ranking||2RS||5/19/2014|
|A2641||Farm to sch, sch garden prog-vol contrib||2RS||6/9/2014|
|A2642||Farm to Sch prog-allows contrib.||2RS||5/5/2014|
|A2643||Best in NJ “Farm to Sch.” Awards Prog.||2RS||5/5/2014|
|A2644||Sch breakfast prog-website offer produce||2RS||6/5/2014|
|A2851||Candidates-elim. duplicate reports||2RS||6/16/2014|
|A3266||Equip. Loan Prog.-estab.||2RS||6/16/2014|
|S151||Greenhouse Gas Initiative-clarify intent||2RS||3/27/2014|
|S153||New Jobs for NJ Act||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S235||External defibrillator-HS graduation req||2RS||6/19/2014|
|S390||Candidates-elim. duplicate reports||2RS||3/24/2014|
|S438||Land bank-mun designate redevel entities||2RS||6/16/2014|
|S539||Intern Prot. Act-concerns internships||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S762||Flood insur.-prop tax levy cap excl incr||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S837||Wineries preserv farmland-special events||2RSG||6/12/2014|
|S1138||Solar arrays-install, preserv open space||2RS||6/12/2014|
|S1152||Advanced practice nuse-death certificate||2RS||3/17/2014|
|S1306||Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights-estab.||R/S||5/12/2014|
|S1410||MV viol. complaint-prov. time period||2RS||5/19/2014|
|S1415||Env. Infrastructure Finan. Prog-ranking||2RS||5/19/2014|
|S1416||Blue roofs, green roofs-DEP adopt rules||2RS||5/19/2014|
|S1621||Unemp, long-term-training prog priority||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S1622||Vendor, late unemp taxes-w/hold St pymts||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S1649||Dam restoration proj.;$21.7M||2RS||3/27/2014|
|S1739||St. debt affordability analysis-concerns||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S1856||Emerg. shelters-post inspection reports||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S1859||Electronic funds transfer-clarifies||2RS||4/28/2014|
|S1870||Cats or dogs purch.-estab. addl. req.||2RS||6/9/2014|
|S1902||State’s farm to sch prog-post on website||2RS||5/5/2014|
|S1903||Farm to sch, sch garden prog-vol contrib||2RS||6/9/2014|
|S1907||Best in NJ “Farm to Sch.” Awards Prog.||2RS||5/5/2014|
|S1908||Farm to Sch prog-allows contrib.||2RS||5/5/2014|
|S1961||Emerg shelters, nursing homes-min. temp.||2RS||6/16/2014|
|S1964||Sch breakfast prog-website offer produce||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S2038||Bad checks-incl electronic fds transfers||2RS||6/5/2014|
|S2121||Equip. Loan Prog.-estab.||2RS||6/16/2014|
|S2169||Sch. dist. emp-exemp. reside in St. req.||2RS||6/19/2014|
|S2236||Sergeant William Cahir Mem. Bridge-Rt.22||2RS||6/19/2014|
|S2240||Mil. Appreciation Mo.-desig May, each yr||2RS||6/19/2014|
|SJR52||Dominican Pride Day-2nd Saturday in July||2RS||6/19/2014|
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is encouraging houses of worship across the 7th District to join in celebrating New Jersey’s 350th anniversary by ringing bells at noon on Tuesday.
As a culmination of three days of events celebrating the historic anniversary, houses of worship across the state will join together on Tuesday by ringing bells for a minute at noon.
“I’m pleased that many churches throughout the 7th District have already pledged to participate in this historic event on Tuesday and I encourage all houses of worship throughout the district to consider joining in as well,” said Allen, who has worked to build involvement for the event. “It’s appropriate that we join together in commemorating the history of this great state. The bells tolling on Tuesday will be a reminder of New Jersey’s unique history and how the events 350 years ago forever shaped this state and nation, and in turn, each of us.”