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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Backs Bucco Call for Increasing Osteopetrosis Awareness, Research & Treatment Options

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Bucco Resolution Establishes “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” in May of Each Year

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) designating the last full week May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” and the last Saturday of May of each year as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Day.”

Osteopetrosis is a rare congenital bone disorder that causes bones to be overly dense and prone to fractures. Osteopetrosis, also known as “stone bone,”  affects people of all ages. Infants who are born with this disorder face a severely shortened life expectancy.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s resolution designates the last full week of May as “Osteopetrosis Awareness Week” to raise awareness and spur an increase in research and treatment options for the rare bone disorder. (©iStock)

Osteopetrosis affects less than 1,300 people in the United States and like many rare disorders, there are very few treatment options available. As a father and grandfather, I cannot imagine how devastating this must be for a parent of a newborn who may not live long enough to find a successful treatment,” Senator Bucco said.

“I am hopeful that this resolution will spur medical researchers to work harder to find a cure, and encourage all New Jersey residents to support those who cope with this disease every day.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Resolution Calling on Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Clears Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith and urging relevant federal and State authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company to discharge Superfund obligations through bankruptcy proceedings was approved by the Senate.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

The resolution, SR-107/AR-219, urges the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation to examine actions taken by YPF S.A., and its subsidiary Maxus Energy Corporation, to use United States bankruptcy proceedings in an apparent attempt to avoid responsibility for environmental liabilities related to the cleanup of the Diamond Alkali Superfund site, the Passaic River, and other Superfund sites in New Jersey. The resolution also calls on the United States Attorney General and the New Jersey Attorney General to investigate any potential violations of federal or State law by YPF S.A. and Maxus, including any violations of the federal or State racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) acts, and to pursue all appropriate legal remedies.

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos: $332 Million Generated from FCC Spectrum Sale Should Be Reinvested in NJ

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Calls for NJTV to Receive Share, Majority Remainder to Fight Opioid Abuse

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) called for the $332 million realized by the State through a recent FCC broadcast television spectrum sale to be reinvested in important programs for New Jerseyans.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos called for the $332 million realized by the State through a recent FCC broadcast television spectrum sale to be reinvested in important programs for New Jerseyans. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The millions New Jersey received from the sale of excess, valuable television spectrum that was owned by the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority should not be allowed to disappear into the black hole of the state budget,” said Kyrillos. “We have an opportunity to fund critical infrastructure needs of NJTV, the state’s public television network, and support opioid treatment programs in a responsible fashion.”

Kyrillos called for 10 percent — approximately $33 million — of the spectrum sale proceeds to be dedicated to the needs of NJTV, with the remainder — approximately $300 million — dedicated to fighting opioid abuse.

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Senator Diane Allen

Advanced: Allen Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) honoring the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was advanced by a Senate Panel. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“For 100 years, Fort Dix has been crucial to the economy of New Jersey and the defense of our country,” Senator Allen said. “Even as it enters its second century, it maintains an important role in our armed forces, and it’s still one of the largest employers in the state.”

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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 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 Diane Allen
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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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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