On Monday the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee passed a resolution proposed by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) designating May of each year as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.” The first Monday in May of each year will be named “Melanoma Monday.” This measure was passed to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma and other skin cancers, and to promote prevention and early detection.
“Skin cancer can be easily prevented but if this disease goes unnoticed, it can be fatal,” said Senator Singer. “Our beautiful beaches and shore attractions draw thousands to the Jersey Shore every summer. As the warm-weather months approach, we need to do everything in our power to raise awareness and teach New Jersey residents how to prevent and detect this deadly disease.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would create an annual New Jersey “Fishing Buddy License” and would amend current law for all around sportsman and fishing licenses was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
The bill, S-2567, would allow residents and nonresidents 16 years or older to apply for a fishing buddy license when an application for a fishing license is made at the same time by another person, resident or nonresident, who has not bought a New Jersey fishing license since 2010. The buddy license would authorize its holder to fish only, and would cost half the regular fee of a fishing license.
“The lakes, streams and reservoirs across New Jersey offer some of the finest year-round fishing opportunities in the region,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris, Sussex, Warren). “Fishing is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors but also an important industry for the state and local economies. Through this measure more residents and visitors will be introduced to fishing in New Jersey and become hooked on a new pastime, providing a boost to local businesses in the process.”
Kyrillos Introduces Resolution Urging Obama to Sign Law Mandating Congressional Approval of Agreements with Iran
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) called for vigilant oversight of Iran’s nuclear programs by introducing a resolution urging President Obama to immediately sign bipartisan legislation that would give Congress 30 days to review and approve any deal with Iran.
“Congressional leaders on both sides of party lines have expressed serious concerns regarding Iran’s true intentions for its growing nuclear program,” said Senator Kyrillos. “The President cannot make these decisions alone. Congress must play a role in drafting any international agreement of this magnitude.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following on the passing of former Senate Republican Martha Bark:
“My thoughts and prayers to Martha’s family, loved ones and neighbors during this tough time. Martha was a devoted public servant who made a positive impact on all levels of government and people across the state. Her various service efforts gave children and teens a second chance, improved our environment, enhanced agricultural efforts and promoted economic growth. She will be sorely missed.”
Calling it the height of absurdity, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove slammed the reported intention of the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA) to earmark an unspecified amount of funding for summer poetry reading in Atlantic City.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding the Press of Atlantic City report on the CRDA’s reported proposed expenditure:
“As the saying goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Only in the case of Atlantic City, poetry will be read in midst of a different kind of crisis – a fiscal and economic crisis.
Part of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Package
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Jim Whelan to assist the public in safely disposing of unused or expired prescription medications has been signed into law.
The law, S-2369, codifies in state statute and expands the “Project Medicine Drop” program which provides for secure collection and safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs and household medications.
“The expansion of anonymous drug drops to any law enforcement agency in the state can prevent drug abuse, addiction and serious health effects, especially among teenagers,” said Senator Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “We are doing everything possible to raise prevention awareness and limit the chances that people, especially our most vulnerable youths, are exposed to or have easy access to dangerous substances.”
Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) stated the following on the reported decision by the National Football League to give up its long-held tax-exempt status:
“Last September, in the aftermath of the highly-publicized Ray Rice domestic violence case, we stood with our women legislative colleagues and called for the elimination of the NFL’s tax exempt status. In response to pressure from state legislators, members of Congress and the public, it appears the NFL has decided on its own to give up its tax exemption.
“The NFL for too long has been given special treatment. This league, which brings in billions of dollars a year, and is followed by millions of people of all ages, has operated on too many occasions as if it is above the law – including turning a blind eye to domestic violence. While it has taken some action to amend internal policies, there’s still a lot more to be done.
“A money-grab by the state,” is what Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove are calling the newly established $3 walk-in fee accessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.
The 9th District delegation, whose legislative district includes Island Beach State Park, has written to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin calling for the state to rescind the fee which Connors, Rumpf and Gove all stated targets boaters. The delegation’s April 16, 2015 letter to Commissioner Martin reads as follows:
Dear Commissioner Martin:
This outreach concerns the newly established $3 walk-in fee assessed on those who enter Island Beach State Park through the Fisherman’s Walkway adjacent to Tices Shoal.
The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.
“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”
Pennacchio: Trenton Democrats’ Efforts Would Be Better Spent Supporting Legislation to Strengthen Pension System
Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) urged Democrat legislative leaders to put politics aside and join two of the states largest public sector unions in supporting legislation to support both the pension system and the revitalization of Atlantic City.
“Rather then political pandering, Trenton Democrats should be focusing their attention on practical long term solutions to this problem,” said Pennacchio. “The legislation I introduced last summer could generate hundreds of millions of dollars to support the pension system and to revitalize Atlantic City without raising taxes or cutting services for families.”