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Senator Tom Kean

Committee Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License Legislation

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.

The NJ MVC would make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. (©iStock.com/samxmeg)

“Whenever feasible we must bring public services directly to where the people are, whether that’s social media or mobile phones,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “An e-driver’s license will be more convenient for the vast majority of residents, while making one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Committee Advances Bucco, Pennacchio Bill to Facilitate Driver’s License Name Changes

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The Senate Transportation Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio to allow widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name, after the death of a spouse.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Bucco and Pennachio would make it easier for widows to obtain a driver’s license with their maiden name. (NJMVC)

“Widows endure enough suffering, complications and stress after the passing of their spouses, and with that in mind, forcing them to get a court order to change their name on a driver’s license is unnecessary and absurd,” Bucco said. “This is common-sense legislation to responsibly allow widows to resume the use of their maiden names without having to deal with layers of bureaucracy and jump through crazy hoops.”

“There’s no need for it to be this difficult for a widow to reclaim their maiden name on their license,” said Transportation Committeeman Pennacchio. “The current requirements are just another example of heavy-handed bureaucracy. This legislation provides a simple fix and will give spouses one less thing to worry about during what is certainly already a challenging time.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senators Kean & Lesniak Unite Religious Leaders To Form ‘Faith Leaders Against Violence’

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Acting to educate and advocate against the proliferation of violent religious-backed attacks worldwide, Senators Tom Kean and Ray Lesniak on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of interfaith leaders from across New Jersey to create “Faith Leaders Against Violence.”

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (right) and Senator Raymond Lesniak (left) announced the formation of “Faith Leaders Against Violence” at a New Jersey State House press conference on Monday, February 9, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)

The mission of Faith Leaders Against Violence (Faithleadersagainstviolence.org) is to join leaders from all faiths and denominations in one strong voice that delivers a simple message: religion must never be an excuse for violence. Through education, community based programming and demonstration, Faith Leaders Against Violence will leverage its access to members of all religions to promote a common voice against all forms of violence.

“Our coalition signifies the benevolent power of religion, spreading peace and good will,” said Senate Republican Leader Kean. “It shows that various faiths can and must unite to celebrate the common bonds that can unite diverse families, communities, states and nations. We are solidified across political party lines, geographic borders and belief structures to set a strong tone of peace, against persecution, hatred and violence by terrorists claiming to act in the name of God.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty Introduce Legislation Prohibiting Incest

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Senators Jennifer Beck and Michael Doherty announced the introduction of legislation explicitly banning adult incest in New Jersey. The legislation is identical to a bill already introduced in the Assembly by Mary Pat Angelini.

Last month news outlets detailed reports that an 18-year-old woman was planning to marry her once-estranged biological father and move to New Jersey as it is one of the only states where there is no legal prohibition against adult incest.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Pennacchio Legislation Establishing “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Joe Pennacchio renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell moved forward today after being unanimously passed by the Senate.

Legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Sen. Robert E. Littell was approved unanimously by the NJ Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“The overwhelming support shown today for this legislation is a testament to the integrity, compassion and dedication that marked Senator Littell’s decades of service in Trenton,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Renaming Route 15 in his honor will be a permanent and visible reminder of his tireless work to better the lives of families in Sussex County and all those he came in contact with.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Adopts Cardinale, Bucco Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Gerald Cardinale and Anthony Bucco requiring colleges and universities in New Jersey to adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations. (SenateNJ.com)

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “A service member who has to miss class because of obligations like training or enactment should be given a fair chance to make up the work they missed. Helping these heroes juggle college and their military obligations will help them to succeed both in the classroom and in uniform.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Kids Could Offer to Shovel Driveways Under Legislation Introduced by Doherty

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that blocks municipal ordinances from preventing the ability of kids to offer snow shoveling services within 24 hours of an expected snowstorm.

The legislation was drafted in response to recent reports of a pair of high school seniors who were stopped by Bound Brook police and told they could not go door to door without a permit to hand out flyers in an attempt to solicit snow shoveling business for a snowstorm the next morning.

“That teenagers looking to make a few bucks shoveling driveways can be at risk of breaking the law is a sign of how overbearing government has become,” said Doherty. “Instead of learning the value of entrepreneurship and hard work, today’s kids are being taught that the effort isn’t worth it.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Christie Signs Kyrillos’ Job-Creating ‘Water Infrastructure Protection Act’

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) to help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades and create thousands of private-sector jobs was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” formerly 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.

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Students from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Senator O’Toole’s legislation, signed into law by Gov. Christie on Feb. 5, 2015, requires schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and to administer treatment to any student having an anaphylactic reaction. (kiwinky/Flickr)

The new law, formerly S-801/A-304, requires public and nonpublic New Jersey schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and authorizes school nurses or a trained designee to administer the life-saving treatment to any student who is having an anaphylactic reaction.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Signs Bateman Legislation Extending Special Appraisal Process for Highlands Land Owners

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Governor Christie signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman continuing the special appraisal process for Green Acres & Farmland Preservation programs for lands in the Highlands area.

Gov. Christie signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to continue a special appraisal process for open space and farmland preservation programs to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the Highlands Act in 2004. Pictured is the Long Valley preservation area. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

The special appraisal process, which sunset June 30, 2014, is designed to ensure fairness for property owners whose homes and farms were devalued by the 2004 Highlands Act that banned most development in the 860,000 acre area. With today’s signing of Bateman’s S1050, the appraisal process will now be renewed until 2019.

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