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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Committee Advances Cardinale Legislation Eliminating License Duplication Fee for Organ Donors

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) eliminating license duplication fees for drivers who wish to sign up as organ donors was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Donate Life NJ is a life-saving partnership between Gift of Life Donor Program (southern NJ) and NJ Sharing Network (northern and central NJ). Together these two nonprofits coordinate the organ and tissue transplants for all New Jersey residents. (Donate Life NJ)

Under the bill, S2445, residents with a current license or identification card who register as organ donors with the state Motor Vehicle Commission would be exempted from the commission’s $11 fee for issuing an updated license or identification card noting the change in organ donor status.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Introduces Comprehensive, Common-Ground Legislation to Reform Port Authority

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following after officially introducing legislation to reform the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey:

“This comprehensive, common-ground legislation is our only chance to reform the Port Authority, which has been troubled by waste, fraud and abuse over the past couple of decades. We can now pass this bill to protect commuters and taxpayers with all of the workable and helpful provisions from bipartisan sponsors and governors on both sides of the Hudson River. It’s the solution that sponsors and leaders in New York have been waiting for, as they’ve delayed the original, vetoed legislation. This is the opportunity for sponsors and leaders in New Jersey to pass complete reform that has a real chance of being signed into law.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty to Introduce Legislation to Examine New Jersey’s Highest in Nation Highway Costs

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Says Analysis of Cost-Saving Opportunities Critical Given Talk of Major Gas Tax Increase

In response to concerns that New Jersey highways are the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has drafted legislation that will give policymakers the information they need to lower costs for drivers and taxpayers.

As Doherty expressed in a recent editorial, the new measure addresses the dual concerns of excessive state highway costs highlighted in a recent report by the Reason Foundation and calls by some legislators to raise the state’s gas tax to fund new transportation projects.

“Some may quibble over how much more New Jersey spends on our highways than other states, but nobody disputes that we do spend more than everyone else,” said Doherty. “With New Jersey drivers already shouldering such a heavy tax and toll burden, it’s imperative that we find out why the many millions we spend on our roads get us so little in return.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean: New Borgata AC Development Will Maximize Impact of A-List Entertainment Jobs Bill

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following about news that the Borgata is opening transformative Atlantic City entertainment venues this year:

“This new development will help make Atlantic City a more diverse and attractive destination. It will help maximize the impact of bipartisan legislation that I introduced to regularly bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.”

Last month, Senator Kean introduced bipartisan S-2721 to repeatedly and consistently draw A-List performers to the Garden State.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Seismic Blasting Project in Atlantic Ocean Puts Environment, NJ Fishing Industry at Risk

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Consistent with their long-standing commitments to protect the environment and support New Jersey’s economically successful fishing industry, the 9th District legislative delegation is backing a legislative effort to stop planned seismic testing authorized by the federal government in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

A graphical depiction of a marine seismic testing array. (Hannes Grobe/Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Christopher J. Connors has joined on to SR-72 and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced the companion resolution AR-220 which urges the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to cancel all plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Hails Major Monmouth County Park Addition; Slams Port Authority for Reneging

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement commending today’s action that will add 90 acres of Aberdeen Township open space for a new 250-acre Monmouth County park.

“The Monmouth County Freeholders led by Freeholders Burry and Arnone, Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini and its Council together with the Baykeeper and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation have done a tremendous job to create this park, which was several years in the making due to unthinkable complications. They’ve set an example for the rest of New Jersey and its local governments by finding a creative open space solution that will benefit generations to come.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Editorial: Don’t Be Fooled by the Noise – PARCC Benefits Our Children and Future

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The following editorial by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on PARCC testing was published in the Asbury Park Press:

When I think about policies that affect education in New Jersey, I immediately think of fellow parents who want their children to live happy, healthy lives and to have access to countless opportunities. Our common dream is for our children to be provided with the best possible education to succeed in whatever path they choose: college or a career.

For students who attend college, poor preparation leads to remediation that drains their time and money. According to the 2010 Report of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, approximately 70% of first-year students at community colleges took remedial courses, costing approximately $70 million per year in non-credit tuition at community colleges. New Jersey’s private colleges and universities reported that the annual cost for remediation was $21.6 million.

The costly truth is that many New Jersey graduates are borrowing money to pay for remedial instruction they should have received in high school.

Similarly, too many high school graduates who enter the workforce lack the necessary skills and knowledge to fill thousands of high-quality jobs, according to state business leaders.

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Budget Officer Bucco: Let’s Complete Necessary Groundbreaking Reform

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) stated the following in response to this afternoon’s Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey budget address:

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco highlights a renewed opportunity to complete groundbreaking and necessary state pension and health benefits reform. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every legislator, every hard-working resident, every job creator can be excited today that productive negotiations and compromise are once again happening in Trenton to ensure that state health and pension benefit systems can become affordable, sustainable and solvent for taxpayers and beneficiaries.

“This can be a dream come true: with the groundwork already laid out, the Christie administration, the state’s bipartisan, independent commission, labor unions and the legislature must now seize this opportunity to complete groundbreaking and necessary reform.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Editorial: Why Are New Jersey Roads the Costliest in the Nation?

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) on transportation funding was published in the Times of Trenton, Express-Times and Daily Record:

There has been much discussion recently about a report on state highway systems by the Reason Foundation that found New Jersey’s roads to be the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain.

A view of Rt. 12 in Hunterdon County. (Adam Moss/Wikimedia Commons)

According to that report, New Jersey’s state-administered highways cost taxpayers $2 million per mile, which the Reason Foundation claims to be 12 times the national average, three times the cost in the next highest state and four times the cost in New York.

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Senator Chris Connors

Connors Receives “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” from Stockton College

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Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 9th Legislative District was awarded the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy as part of the 2015 Hughes Center Honors which recognized the achievements of five outstanding New Jerseyans.

Senator Connors (center) displaying the “Distinctive Alumni Leadership Award” he was presented by Dr. Edward H. Salmon, Chairman, Hughes Center Steering Committee and Chairman of Salmon Ventures (left) and Jennifer P. Young, Member, Hughes Center Steering Committee and Verizon External Affairs (right). (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Connors received the award during a ceremony held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway on February 6, 2015.

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