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Senator Chris Brown

College Affordability Bill Package Passes Senate

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A bipartisan package of bills co-sponsored by Senator Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) to help middle-class families afford college passed the Senate.

Senator Chris Brown with Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba and students from ACC (SenateNJ.com)

“Let’s face it, college has become too expensive for many of our students to attend which is why we must continue to find ways to make college affordable for our middle-class families,” said Brown. “Our children deserve to enter the job market well prepared without crippling debt.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Introduces Resolution Praising Plan to Move U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) has introduced a Senate Resolution praising the decision to move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s resolution praises the decision to move the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. (Flickr)

Pennacchio said the move reflects the historical and political fact that Jerusalem has always been Israel’s capital city and the seat of that country’s government, and is consistent with a 1995 mandate by Congress to make the move.

“The United States and Israel have been among the closest of allies since that nation’s founding following the horrors of the Holocaust,” said Pennacchio. “The relocation of our embassy to Jerusalem sends a strong sign to the rest of the world that the United States still stands strong with Israel. The President deserves credit and support for his decision to move the embassy.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s “Socks for Homeless Day” Passes Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the State Senate.

“A new pair of socks can be a sign of hope to many homeless men and women in New Jersey,” said Bateman. “Almost 8,500 New Jerseyans face homelessness today, the gift of warmth provides health, well-being, and comfort.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado Bill Warning Commuters On Pending Road Work Passes Senate

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Says Notification System Can Prevent Road Congestion for Commuters

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40) to alert commuters of traffic that might result from planned road work was approved by the Senate and heads to the Assembly.

Sen. Corrado’s legislation would provide commuters with a clear and transparent warning of pending road work. (SenateNJ.com)

“A hardworking single mother depends on accessible transportation to and from work. Without notifications of pending traffic, she may lose access to an income that provides for her family,” said Corrado. “Transparent communication and warnings are necessary to provide commuters with the proper tools to prepare for their daily commutes to work or pick up their children up after school.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Revamping, Expanding NJ STARS Scholarship Program Passes Senate

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NJ STARS to Become NJ HonorScholars Program

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to revamp and expand the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS) passed the New Jersey Senate. This bill allows more of New Jersey’s top-performing high school students to receive scholarships covering the full cost of community college and a portion of tuition at New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill to revamp and expand the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS) passed the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“College affordability is one of the greatest concerns for students and their families,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Increasing the opportunity for our top high school students to qualify for State-funded scholarships will help them to focus more on their education and less on the financial burden of paying for college. By covering a significant portion of tuition bills through these scholarships, we’ll protect more students from student loan debt.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Stops Chronic Child Abusers Access to Students Passes Senate

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Will End Schools from “Passing the Trash” to Other Districts

Legislation led by Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) that will end the practice of “Passing the Trash,” preventing teachers who have abused children from moving from school to school unnoticed, was approved by the State Senate unanimously.

“Pass the Trash” legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco. (©iStock)

“It is time to put the welfare of our students before union self-interest. The reckless behavior of underhandedly passing child abusers from school-to-school must end, ” said Pennacchio. “The Legislature and my Democratic colleges must see that continuing patterns of covering for a predator like Morris County teacher Jason Fennes, who confessed to sexually assaulting six young girls, snaked through school systems while teaching for five years after his first documented complaint must end. The structure for reporting and hiring teachers must be reformed!”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Passes Singer’s Bill to Help High School Students Understand Paying for College

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Part of Package of Bills to Address College Affordability, Student Loan Debt Crisis

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) to help high school students to better understand how they can pay for college and minimize debt has passed the New Jersey Senate unanimously. The measure is part of a bipartisan package of bills that advanced today to improve college affordability in New Jersey and address the student loan debt crisis.

Sen. Singer’s legislation helping high school students better understand how they can pay for college and minimize debt has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many students dive into college without knowing how long it will take or how much they’re going to owe when they graduate,” said Sen. Singer. “Six months after they get their diploma, they’re suddenly slammed with sky-high monthly loan payments that they can’t afford. We can stop this from happening by giving our high school students a better understanding of how student loans work, explaining the benefits of applying for grants and scholarships, and highlighting the importance of finishing a degree as quickly as possible. ”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bills Addressing College Affordability Approved by Senate

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Part of Package of Bills to Help Students Graduate on Time, With Less Debt

The New Jersey Senate has approved a pair of bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help college students in New Jersey graduate on time and with less debt.

A pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to help college students graduate on time and with less debt has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (HESAA)

The bills are part of a legislative package advanced by the Senate today addressing the problem of college affordability.

“We have too many college students graduating with six-figures of debt, wondering how they’ll ever pay it off,” said Kean. “If they had gotten good advice up front on the importance of taking enough credits to graduate quickly, they could have planned better and avoided unnecessary debt. We need to do a better job of getting that message out.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Sen. Thompson Alerts Local Veterans About New $3,000 Tax Exemption

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Says Exemption is Essential Relief for Veterans 

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) is working to create awareness of the new $3,000 state income tax exemption for New Jersey veterans.

Sen. Sam Thompson is working to create awareness of the new $3,000 state income tax exemption for New Jersey veterans. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Our service men and women dedicated their lives to serve our county, state, and communities,” said Thompson. “It is our duty to continue to protect them here at home. Now by providing a $3,000 tax exemption, we can continue to create an affordable New Jersey for our veterans.”

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District 8

Addiego, Howarth & Peters Urge State to Alert Veterans About New Tax Exemption

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The New Jersey 8th Legislative District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth, and Assemblyman Ryan Peters made a plea to the State Department of the Treasury for a public outreach campaign that would alert veterans of a new $3,000 tax exemption.

Addiego, Howarth & Peters urged the N.J. Treasury Department to conduct a public outreach campaign to alert veterans of a new $3,000 state income tax exemption. (©iStock)

In a letter sent to Acting-Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio on Monday, Addiego, Peters, and Howarth urged the state to more effectively promote the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans, which is new for the 2017 tax year.

The exemption is available to all veterans who were honorably discharged from the United States Armed Force, regardless of their income status or any other benefits they collect. The tax break for veterans was championed by Addiego and Howarth.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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