The Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to eliminate a burdensome and potentially harmful child care subsidy requirement.
Senator Bucco’s legislation, S-2343, would prohibit the state Department of Human Services from requiring a child care subsidy recipient to reapply for a subsidy, as a new applicant, following the recipient’s change of residence to another New Jersey county. He introduced the bill in August to help protect constituents who are trying to overcome this issue to provide for their families.
“The State of New Jersey should not be in the business of penalizing child care subsidy recipients just for moving, as that harmful state department regulation does,” Bucco said. “This legislation eliminates that regulation to protect and ensure that there is no disruption in child care subsidy benefits for qualified families, and it also protects their abilities to receive suitable affordable housing.”
O’Toole, Carroll, Handlin, Schepisi Issue 119-Page Statement on GWB Inquiry; Deliver to AG for Review
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation minority members — Senator Kevin O’Toole, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Holly Schepisi — issued a 119-page Minority Statement during the Select Committee meeting on December 8, 2014.
Their Minority Statement, with 403 footnotes and 4,262 pages of exhibits, is available at www.sciminority.com.
It has been delivered to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for review.
Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have introduced legislation (S-2505 and A-3794) that would repeal the Transfer Inheritance Tax. Currently, New Jersey imposes a Transfer Inheritance Tax on beneficiaries for the receipt of assets from a New Jersey resident decedent and certain New Jersey assets of nonresident decedents, as determined by the value of the assets transferred and the beneficiary’s relationship to the decedent.
Correspondingly, the 9th District delegation has also cosponsored companion legislation (S-353 and A-329) that would phase out New Jersey’s estate tax over a five-year period. The legislation states its purpose is to simplify New Jersey’s taxation of decedent estates, while allowing for an orderly adjustment to the associated revenue loss through the bill’s five-year phase out.
The state Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.
In June 2013, Senator Kean introduced Senate bill 734 to make New Jersey the third U.S. state — and the first in the densely populated, fast-paced North East Region — to permit the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.
Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ New Package of Jobs Bills
The Senate Labor Committee advanced 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 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck to repeal the “Statewide Non-Residential Development Fee Act” of 2008, which adds another layer to the excessive cost of doing business and creating jobs in New Jersey.
“Unlike past moratoriums, a complete repeal of this Fee Act creates some stability and flexibility for employers to grow here and shows New Jersey will take serious action to attract job creators,” Beck said. “Today marks a key step toward what I hope will be the repeal of this fee. On a bipartisan basis, we must work to make this state competitive again.”
Committee Advances Oroho Legislation Simplifying Process of Adding a Veteran’s Status on Driver’s License
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho simplifying the process for veterans to receive a veteran designation on their driver’s license was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Senator Oroho’s S-2508 would allow veterans to use their county-issued veteran ID card as proof of their status as a veteran when applying to the state Motor Vehicle Commission for a veteran designation on their license. Under the law, a county ID could only be used if the county that issued it required veterans to show their discharge papers in applying for the ID.
Cardinale Bill Renaming Portion of Route 17 as “Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway” Advanced
Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale designating a portion of State Highway Route 17 in the Borough of Ramsey as “Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill Memorial Highway” was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“Timothy McGill lived a life of courage, honor and service,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “”Timothy’s love for his country and his local community is an example of service and heroism that will not be forgotten. Designating a portion of Route 17 in his name will serve as a permanent reminder of his commitment to protecting others and is a fitting tribute to a true local hero.”
Senator Joe Pennacchio called for the now dormant New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation to turn its attention to reforming the troubled Delaware River Port Authority.
“It’s abundantly clear that Democrats have used the legislature’s joint Select Committee on Investigation as a political tool to advance their own agendas, not to enact reforms for the people of New Jersey,” said Pennacchio, (R-Morris). “With the committee effectively put into recess today, Democrats have a last chance to put its broad powers to use for the good of taxpayers and commuters by turning its focus to bringing needed changes to the DRPA.”
Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) announced today they have reintroduced legislation reforming the state’s affordable housing laws as result of the Council on Affordable Housing’s failure to adopt new rules.
The legislation is identical to a bipartisan COAH reform bill that the Senate passed with strong support in 2011 but was then severely amended by the Assembly and conditionally vetoed back to its original intent by Governor Christie. The legislation, S-2629, would eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing and create a common-sense affordable housing program giving municipalities far more control over how much housing they will build in the locations best suited for development.