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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Passes Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training

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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.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bills to Encourage, Standardize Green Roof Designs Advance to Governor

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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.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Introduces Legislation to Address Reported Issues Regarding Restraint of Special Education Students

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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.”

Click here to watch the video.

“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.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

N.J. Millionaires Tax: Pushing the Wealthy Away

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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.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Monday, June 23, 2014

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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:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
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
A1423 Notaries public-concerns 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
S1346 Mortgage recording-concerns 2RS 6/12/2014
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
S2043 Notaries public-concerns 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

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Urges District 7 Churches to Join Statewide Celebration of NJ Anniversary on Tuesday

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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.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Panels Advance Trio of Bucco Bills to Enhance Public Safety, Help Veterans

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Senate Committees advanced a trio of bills sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to enhance public safety and help military veterans.

The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committees passed to the full Senate S-1560, to enhance the New Jersey State Police with military veterans.

“The people of New Jersey can be better protected and served if the State Police has a clear path to hire more military veterans,” Bucco said. “With their vast and profound experiences in dangerous, life threatening and fast-paced environments, military veterans become some of the best law enforcement officers. Our heroes and heroines are just what the State Police needs right now to help address historic levels of turnover.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Push Options to Avoid $1.7B in Tax, Fee Increases

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The Senate Republican members of the Budget & Appropriation Committee — Jennifer Beck, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, Kevin O’Toole and Sam Thompson — joined in support of options to avoid $1.7 billion in tax and fee increases proposed for the FY15 New Jersey state budget.

“We oppose the Senate Democrats plan to raise taxes by $1.6 billion. It is not a workable plan for the people of New Jersey, and for similar reasons, we oppose $137 million in tax and fee increases proposed in the governor’s budget and supported by Senate Democrats.

“The federal tax increases on families and small business owners have already caused a state revenue shortfall, to the detriment of New Jersey’s workforce. The Senate Democrats’ proposal to raise taxes by $1.6 billion will damage our economic viability regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Passage of New Arbitration Award Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Senate’s approval of new legislation, A-3424, capping the annual salary increases that may be awarded by arbitrators during contract disputes between public employers and their police and fire departments.

“Arbitration caps limiting salary increases are a critical element that make possible New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap, which has succeeded in drastically lowering the rate of property tax increases in recent years,” said Doherty. “Without this agreement, we’d likely return to the massive annual property tax increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Votes Against Nominees that Would Preserve Liberal Supreme Court at Taxpayer Expense

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) voted against the reconfirmation of New Jersey Supreme Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the confirmation of Lee Solomon as a justice of the Supreme Court, saying their approval will only result in the maintenance of a liberal, left-leaning court.

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) speaking in opposition to the reconfirmation of New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner during a Senate session on June 19, 2014. (Full Size)

“It is the Supreme Court’s refusal to respect clear constitutional boundaries that has resulted in judicial decrees that have locked the state into a spiral of failure at taxpayer expense,” said Doherty. “The Senate’s approval of these nominees will only ensure the continuance of failed education funding and affordable housing policies that the court has mandated, and preserve a judicial culture that respects neither voters nor taxpayers.”

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