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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Innocent People Are Languishing in Prison. The Time for Action is Now

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Following Friday’s Exoneration of Two Innocent Men, Sen. Pennacchio Calls for Action on His Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Wrongful Convictions of NJ

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) today called on Legislative leaders to immediately post his bipartisan bill creating the “New Jersey Innocence Study and Review Commission” for a committee hearing.

Pennacchio is calling for action in light of Friday’s news that Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee, two innocent men who have spent the past 24 years seeking exoneration, have been freed from prison.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio (at the podium), NAACP NJ President Richard Smith, Lesley Risinger, Founder of The Last Resort Exoneration Project; and AJ Nash, a wrongfully convicted and exonerated man, speak at an Oct. 5, 2017 press conference on Pennacchio’s bill to reduce wrongful convictions in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Ralph Lee and Eric Kelley’s case proves that our criminal justice system is in need of reform. No one should have to wait 24 years behind bars for a crime they did not commit,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Although I am relieved to see the outcome in their case, the reality is that our work is far from over. There is no telling how many innocent people could be languishing behind bars at this very moment.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sweeney/Oroho P-3 Bill to Expand Public-Private Partnerships Advances

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Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho that would permit government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for building and highway infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Legislation authored by Sen. President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Steve Oroho that would permit government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for building and highway infrastructure projects was approved the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Public-private partnerships offer the opportunity for a win-win scenario, and governments at all levels should be permitted flexibility in financing their capital needs given proper oversight,” Senator Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said. “They are an important way to stretch scarce public dollars in order to complete needed projects that will benefit our residents, create jobs and economic growth.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Lawmakers Welcome BPU Hearing Allowing Residents to Voice Frustrations About Poor Response to Snowstorms

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Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Harold J. Wirths lauded the Board of Public Utilities first hearing on JCP&L’s poor response to chronic and prolonged outages, saying it’s important for the agency to hear firsthand from the people who were most affected.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space, and Asm. Harold J. Wirths lauded today’s Board of Public Utilities first hearing on JCP&L’s poor response to chronic and prolonged outages. (SenateNJ.com)

A series of nor’easters left 40,000 homes and businesses without power for days in Sussex and Warren counties last month.

“I appreciate the Board of Public Utilities holding public hearings allowing customers to directly express their experiences, frustrations, and concerns following the most recent power outage events,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Lessons were learned from prior outages and protocols put in place to mitigate the outage, but clearly much, much, more can be done to most efficiently and expeditiously get power restored.  We will do all we can to help address any and all actions that will lessen the time people are without power or other utilities.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sen. Oroho’s Bill to Exempt School Buses from Gas Tax Passes Committee

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Senator Steven Oroho’s (R-24) bipartisan legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation exempting school buses from the state’s motor fuel tax has passed the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Local governments should not use the property taxes they collect from residents to pay other taxes to the state,” Oroho said. “Government vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances are currently exempt from the state gas tax. Adding school buses to the list is a commonsense, tax-saving move that will benefit all New Jersey residents.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Bill to Hold Utilities Accountable for Power Outages Passes Senate Committee

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Bill First Introduced Before Sandy to Improve Utility Reliability, Storm Preparedness & Accountability Advances With Bipartisan Support

The Senate Economic Growth Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to hold utility companies accountable for their failure to provide reliable service.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bipartisan bill would hold utility companies accountable for failing to provide reliable service. Pictured: a New Jersey street without power following Superstorm Sandy. (SenateNJ.com)

“Right now, a negligent utility only pays $100 a day in fines,” Senator Pennacchio (R-26) explained. “That penalty is not only completely ineffective, it is an insult to the thousands of families who have suffered for days, or even weeks without power. How much money have they lost because of these outages? Probably a lot more than $100 a day. We must hold these companies accountable for getting the lights back on as quickly as possible.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Protect NJ Wineries by Extending Special Event Pilot Program Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to extend a pilot program that allows local wineries to hold special events on preserved farmland has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Bob Singer’s bipartisan bill would support NJ’s wineries by extending a pilot program that allows wineries to hold special events on preserved farmland, even on weekends and Federal holidays. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey’s wineries have the potential to generate thousands of local jobs,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “There is a proven economic benefit to encouraging these beautiful businesses to host special events, such as a wedding. This legislation will spur agriculture tourism and create a level of stability for this rapidly-growing industry.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Gov. Murphy’s ‘Free’ Community College Plan

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement after Governor Murphy announced the details of his plan to provide one year of tuition-free community college:

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean on Gov. Murphy’s plan for ‘free’ community college: “No government funded program is free. Taxpayers always pay the price and frankly, people in New Jersey pay far too much already.” (Wikimedia Commons)

“No government-funded program is free. Taxpayers always pay the price and frankly, people in New Jersey pay far too much already,” Senator Kean said.

“I strongly believe we have to do more to make higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone, but we have to do it in a responsible way.

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Tell Governor Murphy: Don’t Tax My Ride!

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Sign the online petition to tell Gov. Murphy: Don’t Tax My Ride!

Governor Phil Murphy wants to impose a new tax on the users of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

This new ridesharing tax is part of Governor Murphy’s plan to raise taxes on New Jerseyans by $1.7 billion this year.

It’s especially dangerous because it makes a responsible alternative to drinking and driving more expensive for the young adults who can least afford to pay more.

CLICK HERE to sign our online petition to tell Gov. Murphy:
Don’t Tax My Ride!

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Continued Underfunding of Schools

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Senator Kip Bateman (R- Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon) responded to published comments by a local school official in his district regarding continued underfunding by Governor Murphy’s school funding plan for FY 2019:

Sen. Kip Bateman (R- Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex and Hunterdon) responded to published comments by a local school official in his district regarding continued underfunding by Gov. Murphy’s school funding plan for FY19. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s formula for funding our schools continues to be unfair and inequitable,” Bateman said. “Manville and other underfunded school districts will once again fail to receive their fair share of funding under Governor Murphy’s proposed budget. A top-notch education is the key to success, expanding opportunities and enhancing outcomes for all students regardless of their economic status. Our students, teachers, and parents deserve better. I give Phil Murphy’s school funding plan an ‘F.’”

Assemblyman Brian Rumpf
Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove
Senator Chris Connors

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Reject Giving Illegal Aliens State Tuition Assistance

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Fulfilling their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, Senator Christopher J. Connors (R-9) voted against providing illegal aliens with state tuition assistance. Both Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced their intention to also vote no if the Assembly considers the legislation.

9th district lawmakers Connors, Rumpf, and Gove oppose legislation that would allow illegal aliens to qualify for state tuition assistance. (SenateNJ.com)

The members of the 9th District delegation made the following statement in response to the State Senate’s passage of S-699, which would allow illegal aliens who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs:

“There is a general consensus that New Jersey does not provide sufficient tuition aid to legal taxpaying residents but now, somehow, Trenton can find the money to give to people who are in our country illegally to pay for college?

“Rewarding persons for breaking the law disenfranchises law-abiding citizens. It’s no wonder people are leaving the state in droves that is, of course, except for the illegal aliens coming to New Jersey where, as a sanctuary state in the making, they are entitled to government benefits.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

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Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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