Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement after legislation she sponsored granting free death certificates to veterans was signed into law today by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.
“Eliminating this hurtle for families mourning the death of a loved one who served our country will give them one less thing to worry about during a very difficult time and hopefully provide some level of comfort,” said Allen. “Too often our society fails to recognize the tremendous sacrifices that veterans and their families have made. This measure is now another small way for us as a state to show our appreciation for veterans and their families.”
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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean stated the following in response to action taken by Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Port Authority of New York & New Jersey bills:
“It is telling that governors of both states and different parties disclosed the same issues with this legislation. I am firmly supportive of reforming the Port Authority as soon as possible, and my caucus and I will be carefully reviewing the rationale presented today by both governors.”
In response to news of Cuba’s brazen reluctance to extradite one of America’s Most Wanted murderers, Senator Joe Pennacchio continued his demands for President Barack Obama to demand that Cuba return New Jersey cop-killer Joanne Chesimard.
“Joanne Chesimard is a convicted, sentenced and escaped murderess, who led one of the most-gruesome slayings of a police officer and public servant,” Pennacchio said. “While she roams the streets of Cuba freely, that dictatorship jails 8,000 political prisoners just for expressing different opinions than their oppressive government. Our President must demand her return to U.S. soil.”
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco to authorize local governments to email permits, receipts and bills was unanimously passed by the state Senate.
“This legislation will modernize the way local governments do business to make sure there are no delays in job creation or economic development, and to ensure that taxpayers are not charged with unnecessary mailing, printing and employee work hours costs,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “While my colleagues and I continue to work on cutting nation-high property taxes at their root causes and eliminating burdensome regulations and red tape, we can enact common-sense measures such as this one to expedite jobs and make local government more efficient.”
Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ New Package of Jobs Bills Being Rolled Out Across NJ
The state Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a post-doctoral fellowship program that will enhance cutting-edge industrial research and development in New Jersey.
More specifically, the bill, S-2442, uses existing, underutilized funds to create a fellowship program to attract the next generation of innovators to New Jersey, helping to develop an innovative ecosystem and creative network.
The state Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.
“The people of New Jersey, our workforce and economy have a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, and the implementation of driverless vehicles will make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “This legislation sends a strong message to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators that New Jersey is not afraid to create waves of the future, and that New Jersey is the perfect home for them to develop and grow. I urge the state Assembly to immediately advance this legislation to Gov. Chris Christie for consideration.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.
“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.
“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”
Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped to Cuba from prison and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, and the New Jersey State Police and the FBI are offering up to $2 million for information leading to her capture.
“Joanne Chesimard’s long overdue return to U.S. law enforcement should have been a no-brainer for the President to execute during his negotiations with Cuban leaders,” Pennacchio said. “This is a woman who caused tragedy by ending the life of a man dedicated to protecting and serving New Jersey residents and our freedom. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and has been shielded from justice by adversaries, so we urge our President to demand this justice for New Jerseyans and America as he works to restore ties with Cuba.”