Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to raise awareness of accommodation rights for people with disabilities was advanced to the full Senate by the Community & Urban Affairs Committee.
“We need to raise awareness among homeowner associations and landlords that disabled residents can make home modifications in order to assure they are able to safely move about,” Bucco said. “People with disabilities should have a clear, direct path to challenge any form of potential violations of their accommodation rights.”
Video: Thompson Discusses Abuse of Taxpayer Funds in Newark & Need for ‘Select Committee’ Investigation
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) discussed the waste and abuse of state taxpayer dollars in the Newark watershed on Comcast Newsmakers with host Laura Jones.
Thompson explained why it is important for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to look into abuses uncovered by the State Comptroller.
A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Robert Singer (R- Monmouth, Ocean) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
SCR-39 amends the state constitution to extend the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities.
“Veterans who have served this country shouldn’t lose out on a financial benefit they earned because of a medical necessity to live at a continuing care community,” said Beck. “Property taxes are factored into the living costs of those communities and the veterans footing those bills should receive the same break as their peers fortunate enough to still own their own homes.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) today in the New Jersey State Senate Chambers.
South Carolina Councilwoman and outgoing NFWL Chair Joyce Dickerson administered the oath and was joined by Representative Gayle Harrell of Florida, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senator Tom Kean, Jr., and New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Allen was voted by women elected officials from across the nation to serve as the head of the Foundation.
Allen also serves as President of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL), the membership arm of NFWL, which was founded in 1938.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Want Sexual Offenders’ Risk of Re-Offense Determined Prior to Release from Prison
To address a defect in the state’s current sexual offender laws, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have reintroduced legislation (S-190/A-746) to require that the county prosecutors determine a sexual offender’s risk of re-offense, or tier, prior to the inmate’s release from incarceration.
Prosecutors classify sex offenders in one of three tiers based on the degree of risk they pose to the public: low risk (Tier 1), moderate risk (Tier 2), or high risk (Tier 3).
The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement regarding their sexual offender legislative initiative:
“Current law prevents sex offenders from being tiered until they have been released into the community because the offender’s residence status is a factor that is considered in determining risk of re-offense. To address this glaring defect in the current law, our legislation would remove the residency from the factors used in the determination process so that sexual offenders are tiered before they are released into the community.
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Morris) sent a letter today to state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, urging action to prevent catastrophic flooding around the Passaic River Basin.
“We’re coming off one of the worst winters in recent memories, with record setting freezing temperatures and snowfall, including 58 inches in Bergen County, 64 inches in Essex, 50 inches in Passaic and 59 inches in Morris,” O’Toole said. “Given this amount of snowfall, and as we enter the spring season all this snow will melt and couple that with eventual rainfall my communities will be at risk for potentially catastrophic flooding in already flood prone areas. I ask that you begin the process now of lowering the reservoirs that feed into the Passaic River Basin in advance of the rainy season.”
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the children and families impacted by the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township deserve more from their state Department of Environmental Protection than Tuesday night’s public hearing.
“I am disappointed that DEP representatives only came to tell hundreds of resident victims how they would cap the landfill, rather than conduct a true hearing to fully listen and take into consideration information from those suffering in the community that have performed extensive research on this issue,” Bucco said. “When government forgets even for a moment that it is beholden to the people, everyone loses.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will be installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in a ceremony at the State House on Monday.
When: 12 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014
Where: Senate Chambers, New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today after Rutgers’ University faculty again voted to rescind former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak at the upcoming commencement:
“Rutgers-Newark faculty’s recent vote is nothing short of an attempt by professors to censor a view different then their own and flies in the face of the mission of a state university to provide students the opportunity to develop their own world views. Secretary Rice’s life story is a great example of the amazing accomplishments that can be achieved with determination and hard work. Who better to inspire students at commencement than an African American woman who rose to become the U.S. Secretary of State, the highest ranking member of the Presidents Cabinet?
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. stated the following about Thursday’s passing of Jeffrey Corzine, son of former Gov. Jon Corzine:
“The Senate Republican caucus and I send our sincerest condolences to Governor Corzine, his family and friends. May Jeffery rest in peace and may the Corzines receive an abundance of thoughts, prayers, love and support to help them through this unimaginably difficult time.”