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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Introduces Pay Equity Legislation

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has introduced pay equity legislation following months of negotiations to determine an effective and reasonable solution.

Sen. Diane Allen introduced pay equity legislation on May 25, 2017 following months of negotiations to determine an effective and reasonable solution.
(SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve worked with legislators and the administration for months in an effort to reach consensus on reasonable reforms that will ensure pay equity for women,” said Allen.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Space Express Disappointment at Passage of Resolution Blocking Proposed Septic Density Changes for Highlands Region

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Say Rule Change Proposed by NJDEP Would Bring Balance to Highlands Law

Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) expressed disappointment that the New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a resolution blocking septic density rule changes for the Highlands Region that have been proposed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space expressed disappointment that the New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a resolution blocking proposed septic density rule changes for the Highlands Region. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“The NJDEP has proposed reasonable revisions to septic density standards for the Highlands Region that would provide a measure of relief to residents who have been negatively impacted by the Highlands Act,” said Oroho. “This thoughtful proposal would stimulate much needed job creation and economic growth in the region in a manner consistent with the goals of the Highlands Act, while protecting clean water and carefully preserved open space. I’m disappointed that the Legislature has acted in a way that will perpetuate misguided policies that harm families living in the Highlands.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Protect Service Dog Access to Public Spaces Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed “Charlie’s Law,” a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility.

Sen. Diane Allen’s “Charlie’s Law” creates civil penalties for blocking service animals from accessing public facilities. The law is named for a service dog who was ordered out of an airport while accompanying Cherry Hill teen, Ben Shore. (Flickr)

“Charlie’s Law” (S-2662) is named after a service dog who was denied access to an airport while assisting his owner, Ben Shore, a Cherry Hill teen who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from panic attacks.

“Service animals ensure people with disabilities can navigate public spaces safely and independently. They are not just faithful companions,” Senator Allen said. “The current reporting process is cumbersome for victims and investigations are taking too long. Anyone who experiences what Ben Shore had to endure at that airport should be entitled to the most expedient response possible under the law.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Legislation Providing Nearly $3 Million for Historic Preservation Projects Passes Senate

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit Among Grant Recipients

The New Jersey Senate has provided final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by Senator Tom Kean (R-21) that funds nearly $3 million in grants awarded by the New Jersey Historic Trust for capital preservation projects. The legislation, S-2911/A-4583, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (both R-21).

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is among 25 historic New Jersey locations that will receive a preservation grant under legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean. (Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

“We’re working to provide the resources needed to preserve important historic sites across the state and in our local communities,” said Kean. “These special places provide an important link to New Jersey’s history that we cannot afford to lose.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Passed by Senate

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A group of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste were passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill Allowing More Retired Officers to Carry Handguns Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to expand the list of retired law enforcement officers who are eligible to receive a permit to carry a handgun was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (SenateNJ.com)

“We as a state have been stepping on people’s right to protect themselves for too long,” Senator Cardinale said. “These officers have already displayed the capability of carrying a firearm in the line of duty. Once they retire, this will give them the ability to keep protecting themselves and the public from acts of violence.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Joins Allen to Urge Congress to Increasing Funding for Veterans

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The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging Congress to increase funding for services provided to veterans returning from deployment.

The NJ Senate passed Sen. Diane Allen’s resolution urging Congress to increase funding for services provided to veterans returning from deployment (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey is home to 430,000 veterans. Far too many are going without the health or career services they need to transition back to civilian life,” Senator Allen, a longtime member of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, said. “Unfortunately, the Federal government has a long history of underfunding these services. It is our duty to serve those who have served our country. Increasing aid for returning veterans is the least we can do to honor the tremendous sacrifices they have made to secure life and liberty for us all.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Tax Credit for Smart Thermostat Usage Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing a “smart thermostat.”

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing a smart thermostat. (SenateNJ)

“Smart thermostats are widely available, affordable and easy to use. These energy saving devices can help homeowners cut heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Providing tax credits for smart thermostats will give homeowners even more of a reason to make an investment that can ease the burden energy usage has on their wallet and the environment.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Passes Bateman’s ‘Water Quality Accountability Act’

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Bill Ensures Public Water Systems Protect Consumers from Unsafe Drinking Water and Cyber-Attacks on Utilities

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” would protect people from unsafe drinking water by requiring all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

“As many 4.5 million people in New Jersey rely on suppliers that have broken federal rules meant to keep contaminants out of our water. That is unacceptable,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “People are becoming more and more concerned about harmful bacteria and cancer-causing chemicals leeching into our water, and given these reports, they have every reason to feel this way. This act will hold all public water systems accountable for making the improvements necessary to ensure consumer safety. We simply cannot take chances when it comes to protecting the health of our residents.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Crack Down on Delinquent Boarding House Owners Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to clamp down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill gives towns more power to crack down on problematic boarding houses. (SenateNJ.com)

“We must expect a certain level of decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes, and it’s what our communities deserve,” Senator Oroho said. “We’ve heard many complaints from residents and local officials that they just don’t have the kind of enforcement powers that is often needed to rein in delinquent owners of certain properties.”

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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

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