The Official Site of the

New Jersey Senate Republicans

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Now Law: Pennacchio Bill to Help Small Businesses Compete

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) designed to help small businesses grow and lower costs for taxpayers is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio watches as Gov. Chris Christie signs his legislation at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey headquarters in Trenton, N.J. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have many small businesses that are more than capable of undertaking public projects here in New Jersey, but they aren’t afforded the same opportunities as larger businesses when regulations prevent them from even entering the bidding process,” Senator Pennacchio said. “With this law, we can start to cut away some of that red tape and create new chances for these local companies to grow and create new jobs in areas of need.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Urges Congress to Condemn U.N. Security Council’s Anti-Israel Actions

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) will introduce legislation urging Congress to pass their resolution admonishing the U.N. Security Council for voting to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio will introduce a resolution urging Congress to admonish the United Nations Security Council for condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (Flickr)

“The U.N. Security Council’s condemnation of Israeli settlements and the Obama administration’s refusal to speak out against this resolution is a horrific betrayal,” Senator Pennacchio said. “While I am confident that President Elect Trump will right this wrong, we must act now to demonstrate our support for Israel, especially as the nation struggles to defend itself against unprovoked attacks on the West Bank.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Bill Establishing ‘Senator Joseph Palaia Day’ Heads to Governor

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) designating February 3 of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day.” SJR-87 pays tribute to “Senator Joe” Palaia, a beloved Monmouth County legislator and elementary school principal who passed away on August 20, 2016 at the age of 89.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s resolution designates February 3 of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” in honor of the longtime Monmouth County Senator’s dedicated service. (SenateNJ.com)

“Senator Joe was a beloved educator and a true statesman, and his name is synonymous with public service in our community,” Senator Beck. “I knew when I was elected to serve Monmouth County that I had big shoes to fill. Joe always put the needs of the people of New Jersey first. He was an exceptionally kind and dedicated school principal who became a champion for children across our state.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Speed Up CDL License Process One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bill establishes a pilot program that will allow three third-party vendors to administer the test required to obtain a commercial driver license.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to speed up the process of getting a commercial driver license by using private third-party vendors to administer the test is one step closer to becoming law after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation reduces wait times for CDL tests by establishing a pilot program to allow third-party vendors to administer the test. (Flickr)

“Companies are always looking to hire new drivers, but because we have trouble keeping up with that demand because of the long wait to get a CDL,” Senator Oroho said. “When you factor in things like the need for school bus drivers, there are a decent amount of jobs waiting to be had. We just need speed up the process of getting a CDL so we can train enough people to fill those positions.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Steve Oroho

Assembly Passes Oroho Bill to Amend Price-Gouging Protections to Safeguard Consumers, Support Businesses

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation would put price-gouging protections in place for 30 days after a declaration of state of emergency, unless extended by the governor

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to protect consumers from price gouging during a natural disaster and support small businesses following a state of emergency declaration is one step closer to becoming law after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

People waiting in long lines for gasoline on November 2, 2012, following Superstorm Sandy. (Wikimedia)

“The protections we put in place will deter businesses from taking advantage of consumers during a natural disaster by spiking prices for necessities, such as gasoline and groceries,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “This bill will ensure business won’t be put at a disadvantage because of the inflexibility of the current protocol, and still protect consumers from price gouging tactics that threaten their welfare and safety.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Passes Bucco Bill Leveling Playing Field for Limousine Services

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to reduce costs so limousine services can better compete with ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill allows limousine owners to better compete with ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

“The last thing we want to do is discourage members of New Jersey’s rapidly evolving transportation industry from owning and operating their business in this state,” Senator Bucco said. “Removing the 7 percent sales tax paid and collected by limousine owners will level the playing field and allow these services to better compete with ride hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Kyrillos

Sarlo-Kyrillos Uber Bill Approved by Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation Sets Safety Standards, Consumer Protections for Transportation Network Companies

Legislation (S-2179) sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Joseph Kyrillos that will establish statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett in order to provide safety standards and consumer protections was approved by the Senate today with a vote of 29-5.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Sen. Paul Sarlo establishes statewide standards for the burgeoning ride-sharing business, or transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Gett. (Flickr)

TNCs are companies that use a digital network to connect drivers and riders.

“We worked with Uber and Lyft and law enforcement officials to create a statewide standard for ensuring the safety and protection of passengers, while maintaining the flexibility that has helped these ridesharing services to become so popular,” said Kyrillos. “Our efforts today will ensure continued economic opportunities for drivers and safe affordable rides for people across the state.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Approves Sweeney-Bateman Plan to Add Judges

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Senate approved a plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing the support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that will take effect in January.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts in support of criminal justice reforms that take effect in 2017. (©iStock)

“The addition of new judges is a critical component of our effort to reform our critical justice system and support bail reforms that will soon take effect,” said Senator Bateman. “We need fully staffed courts to effectively and efficiently administer justice and enforce the law.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio-Turner Bill Mandating Background Checks for All Day Care Providers Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

All family day care providers would be required to undergo state and federal background checks under bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Shirley Turner and approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Shirle Turner’s bill would require all current and prospective day care employees to undergo state and federal criminal background checks. (Flickr)

Under current law, prospective and current providers only have to undergo a child abuse registry check administered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF.) They are not, however, required to undergo standard state and federal criminal history record background checks.

“It is impossible to know how many child abusers are slipping through the cracks in the system without subjecting every day care employee to a criminal background check,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) said. “Clearly, a child abuse record check is not sufficient enough to prevent predators from accessing our children. An innocent child who is cared for by a handful of people in a private residence is no less deserving of the State’s protection.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Steve Oroho

Passed: Oroho Bill to Encourage Military Base, Local Government Shared Services

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Warren, Morris) to encourage cost-saving shared services agreements between New Jersey’s military installations and neighboring governments was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Oroho’s bill will allow military bases to enter into shared services agreements with neighboring towns. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“Forging a strong bond between municipalities and adjacent military bases is so important,” Senator Oroho said. “With this measure, these entities can save a lot of money by working together on things like redevelopment, brownfield remediation and infrastructure expansion.”

Continue Reading…

Senate Republican Solutions

Republican Solutions

Make NJ the Place to Be

Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

Senate Republican Office

Contact Us

We Want to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to the State House

Email Updates

Sign Up for Our Daily Update

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Social Media

Easily Follow Our Accounts

- Proudly Serving the People of New Jersey -