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Singer Bill Revamping, Expanding NJ STARS Scholarship Program Passes Senate

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NJ STARS to Become NJ HonorScholars Program

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to revamp and expand the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS) passed the New Jersey Senate. This bill allows more of New Jersey’s top-performing high school students to receive scholarships covering the full cost of community college and a portion of tuition at New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill to revamp and expand the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS) passed the New Jersey Senate. (©iStock)

“College affordability is one of the greatest concerns for students and their families,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “Increasing the opportunity for our top high school students to qualify for State-funded scholarships will help them to focus more on their education and less on the financial burden of paying for college. By covering a significant portion of tuition bills through these scholarships, we’ll protect more students from student loan debt.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Stops Chronic Child Abusers Access to Students Passes Senate

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Will End Schools from “Passing the Trash” to Other Districts

Legislation led by Senators Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) that will end the practice of “Passing the Trash,” preventing teachers who have abused children from moving from school to school unnoticed, was approved by the State Senate unanimously.

“Pass the Trash” legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Anthony Bucco. (©iStock)

“It is time to put the welfare of our students before union self-interest. The reckless behavior of underhandedly passing child abusers from school-to-school must end, ” said Pennacchio. “The Legislature and my Democratic colleges must see that continuing patterns of covering for a predator like Morris County teacher Jason Fennes, who confessed to sexually assaulting six young girls, snaked through school systems while teaching for five years after his first documented complaint must end. The structure for reporting and hiring teachers must be reformed!”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Passes Singer’s Bill to Help High School Students Understand Paying for College

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Part of Package of Bills to Address College Affordability, Student Loan Debt Crisis

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) to help high school students to better understand how they can pay for college and minimize debt has passed the New Jersey Senate unanimously. The measure is part of a bipartisan package of bills that advanced today to improve college affordability in New Jersey and address the student loan debt crisis.

Sen. Singer’s legislation helping high school students better understand how they can pay for college and minimize debt has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many students dive into college without knowing how long it will take or how much they’re going to owe when they graduate,” said Sen. Singer. “Six months after they get their diploma, they’re suddenly slammed with sky-high monthly loan payments that they can’t afford. We can stop this from happening by giving our high school students a better understanding of how student loans work, explaining the benefits of applying for grants and scholarships, and highlighting the importance of finishing a degree as quickly as possible. ”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bills Addressing College Affordability Approved by Senate

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Part of Package of Bills to Help Students Graduate on Time, With Less Debt

The New Jersey Senate has approved a pair of bills sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to help college students in New Jersey graduate on time and with less debt.

A pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean to help college students graduate on time and with less debt has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (HESAA)

The bills are part of a legislative package advanced by the Senate today addressing the problem of college affordability.

“We have too many college students graduating with six-figures of debt, wondering how they’ll ever pay it off,” said Kean. “If they had gotten good advice up front on the importance of taking enough credits to graduate quickly, they could have planned better and avoided unnecessary debt. We need to do a better job of getting that message out.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Sen. Thompson Alerts Local Veterans About New $3,000 Tax Exemption

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Says Exemption is Essential Relief for Veterans 

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) is working to create awareness of the new $3,000 state income tax exemption for New Jersey veterans.

Sen. Sam Thompson is working to create awareness of the new $3,000 state income tax exemption for New Jersey veterans. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Our service men and women dedicated their lives to serve our county, state, and communities,” said Thompson. “It is our duty to continue to protect them here at home. Now by providing a $3,000 tax exemption, we can continue to create an affordable New Jersey for our veterans.”

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District 8

Addiego, Howarth & Peters Urge State to Alert Veterans About New Tax Exemption

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The New Jersey 8th Legislative District delegation of Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Joe Howarth, and Assemblyman Ryan Peters made a plea to the State Department of the Treasury for a public outreach campaign that would alert veterans of a new $3,000 tax exemption.

Addiego, Howarth & Peters urged the N.J. Treasury Department to conduct a public outreach campaign to alert veterans of a new $3,000 state income tax exemption. (©iStock)

In a letter sent to Acting-Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio on Monday, Addiego, Peters, and Howarth urged the state to more effectively promote the Income Tax Exemption for Veterans, which is new for the 2017 tax year.

The exemption is available to all veterans who were honorably discharged from the United States Armed Force, regardless of their income status or any other benefits they collect. The tax break for veterans was championed by Addiego and Howarth.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Barnegat Bay Must Remain State Environmental Priority

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want State policy under the new Administration to continue to reflect the critical need for protecting Barnegat Bay.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove want New Jersey’s environmental policy under the new Administration to continue to reflect the critical need for protecting Barnegat Bay. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Protecting Barnegat Bay was elevated to a top state environmental priority several years ago, and rightfully so. Notwithstanding the tremendous progress already made, especially in terms of raising awareness of key factors impacting the Bay, a continual commitment is necessary to improve water quality, safeguard wildlife habitats and reduce pollution.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Calls on Democrats to Demand Return of Chesimard During Cuba Visit

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With an unofficial delegation of legislative Democrats set to visit Cuba in early February, Senator Joe Pennachio (R-Essex, Morris, and Passaic) called on legislators taking the trip to demand the return of domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard at every opportunity.

With an unofficial delegation of legislative Democrats set to visit Cuba, Sen. Joe Pennachio called on legislators taking the trip to demand the return of domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard. (FBI)

“A group of Democrat legislators is set to visit communist Cuba, a country that has harbored the murderer of a New Jersey State Trooper for decades,” said Sen. Pennacchio. “Any New Jersey legislators who visit Cuba must demand Joanne Chesimard’s immediate extradition to the United States. She is a cop killer who must face justice.”

Convicted and serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of Trooper Werner Foerster, Chesimard escaped from prison and fled to Cuba where she has received asylum since 1984.

Pennacchio has been a vocal advocate for the return of Chesimard. He is the primary sponsor of SR-15, urging Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States.

This is not the first time a group of New Jersey politicians has visited Cuba. In 2016, an unsanctioned delegation of legislators toured the communist island. Although Joanne Chesimard was said to be brought up in conversations with Cuban government officials, the legislators efforts were ineffective.

“It’s time for New Jersey elected officials to get tough on bringing back a convicted cop killer,” said Pennacchio. “We must stand unified in our demand for Chesimard’s extradition. It must be made clear that our relations will not progress with the regime until Chesimard is rightfully returned.”

Senator Bob Singer

Editorial: Decriminalize Marijuana, But Don’t Legalize It

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The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) on marijuana decriminalization was published in The Daily Record on January 26, 2018:

Efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey would have our state take too big a step, too quickly. Decriminalization may be a better and more sensible option in the short-term.

Sen. Bob Singer says that marijuana decriminalization may be a good alternative to full legalization for New Jersey in the short-term. (Pixabay)

Like many others, I have concerns with individuals being arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana. That’s why I have sponsored legislation, S-472, that would decriminalize the possession of 15 grams of pot or less.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado’s Resolution Supporting Access to Online Commissaries for Disabled Veterans Advances

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Says Providing Disabled Veterans with Big Savings a Small Price to Pay

Senator Kristin Corrado’s resolution urging Congress to allow disabled veterans access to military commissaries and exchange stores passed the Senate Military and Veterans Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado urging Congress to allow veterans with a service-connected disability access to online commissaries passed committee. (Flickr)

“Honorably discharged disabled veterans and those with service-connected disabilities have sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Corrado. “There are over 4 million United States veterans with a service-connected disability. Allowing them access to commissaries and exchanges where they can save money on basic needs is a small way we can say ‘thank you.’”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

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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