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Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Expand Domestic Violence Protections Gets Approval of Assembly Panel
The New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee has given approval to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence.
The proposal, S-2483, restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.
“This legislation closes loopholes by ensuring that when firearms must be surrendered due to conviction or restraining order, there are no gaps where the person still has access to their guns or the ability to cause additional harm,” said Beck. “If a person poses such a risk to another that a restraining order is necessary, their guns should be surrendered immediately.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement in response to the Assembly vote on comprehensive ridesharing legislation in New Jersey.
“Transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber have the potential to transform communities and provide people a path towards greater economic independence,” Senator Kyrillos said. “Neighbors help neighbors find rides where they need to go and a provide safe, affordable new transportation option, particularly in underserved communities. And all of this this creates needed flexible earning opportunities for local residents to make ends meet, feed their families, pay for school, and get around the city and state with confidence.”
Citing a recent NJTV report, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove lambasted comments made by certain legislators demanding that rail projects in North Jersey get top billing for new revenue generated from the recent gas tax increase.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks in response to the report:
“This media report just confirms what our delegation said from the beginning, motorists paying this unconscionable tax increase would be forced to watch as the revenue is funneled to North Jersey mass transit projects. This was one of the many reasons why our delegation vehemently opposed and voted against the gas tax increase legislation and, moreover, why we were extremely disappointed that Governor Christie signed it.
Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) has been named a “Made in New Jersey” Honor Roll recipient, in recognition of his work in state government to advance the growth of New Jersey’s manufacturing industry.
“New Jersey manufacturers are the heart and soul of this state’s economy, employing more than 250,000 workers and contributing nearly $42 billion in economic revenue every year,” Senator Bucco said. “It is my privilege as a state senator to champion legislation that enables this vibrant industry to grow and thrive in New Jersey.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean responded to tonight’s announcement by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that he will retire from office at the end of his current term in January of 2018.
“Joe Kyrillos’s history of public service to Monmouth County and all of New Jersey is extraordinary. He has been the voice of reason that members of both parties in the New Jersey Senate have looked to for leadership on key issues since 1992.
Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF
Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Just a week before a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase will hit drivers at the pump, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.
“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”
Bill package and petition honors Burlington City student killed in Route 130 school zone by reducing speed limits, increasing penalties for speeding
Senator Diane Allen met with Burlington City students to unveil “Antwan’s Law,” legislation to better protect pedestrians in schools zones by giving municipalities and law enforcement new tools to combat speeding around schools statewide. The Senator has also launched the “25 Saves Lives” petition calling for the swift passage of her legislation.
“Today I witnessed firsthand how passionate Burlington City High School students are about saving lives on Route 130 and in school zones across the state,” Senator Allen added. “It is a tragic reality that Antwan’s death could have been prevented if we had the proper protections in place to keep pedestrians safe. I urge everyone to join our fight and sign my 25 Saves Live petition today.”
The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) on his bill to protect victims and witnesses of sex crimes and domestic violence was published in The Daily Record and several other Gannett-owned publications on Oct. 24, 2016:
Domestic violence affects millions of Americans every year and yet only a little more than half of all cases are reported to the authorities. The statistics for survivors of sexual abuse are just as heartbreaking. Only 344 out of every 1,000 cases of sexual assault are reported to police. We can do much more to help survivors and witnesses feel safe enough to seek out the justice they deserve, and reduce the number of cases that go unreported every year.
For the past two legislative sessions, I have been a sponsor of legislation with Senator Shirley Turner that would allow witnesses and victims of domestic violence of any age to confront their abusers without fear, by testifying via closed circuit television in a court proceeding.
Beck reforms would reduce health benefits costs by 33 percent, provide more than $1 billion in savings to the state and $2.7 billion in local property tax relief.
The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission on Friday, Oct. 21, reviewed Senator Jennifer Beck’s health benefits reform package and recommended that the New Jersey Legislature enact her legislation.
“I’m pleased that the nonpartisan Pension and Health Benefits Review Committee has recommended that the Legislature act on my proposals,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “New Jersey taxpayers and public employees in cost-sharing cannot afford platinum health coverage, when there are clearly more inexpensive alternatives available to use. My legislation would provide for a 33% reduction in health benefits cost to our State and local government units, leading to $1 billion in State savings and $2.7 billion in direct property tax relief. The time for legislative leadership to act is now, and I call on leaders in both houses to give my legislation a hearing in the most expeditious manner possible.”
MONDAY ADVISORY: Allen to Meet with Burlington Students to Discuss Combating Speeding in School Zones
On Monday, October 24, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will visit Burlington City High School to meet with school officials and the Burlington City High School students who started “25 Save Lives” campaign to discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. Official action will be taken on site at Burlington City High School, following a special announcement regarding the legislation.
When: 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Where: Burlington City High School, Route 130 North: 100 Blue Devil, Burlington, NJ 08016
Who: Senator Diane Allen, “25 Saves Lives” Student Advocates, Superintendent Patricia T. Doloughty Ed.D, and Principal James Flynn
Availability: Open. Senator Allen will be available for press inquiries following the event.
Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Burlington City High School, (609) 387-5800