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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Now Law: Holzapfel/Singer Bill to Protect Animals from Cruel Pet Owners

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Robert Singer to protect pets from being victimized by their owners.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Bob Singer to protect pets from inhumane treatment was signed by Gov. Christie on Aug. 7, 2017. (©iStock.com)

The law, S-1640, addresses several cruel practices related to keeping a pet at a home, including exposure to adverse weather, improper tethering and inadequate shelter.

“You would hope that pet owners would treat their animals with decency and provide them with a safe and healthy home environment, but sadly, that isn’t always the case,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “We must protect these animals and show that this kind of treatment will not be tolerated.”

“Pet ownership can provide a lifetime of love and companionship, but it comes with a lot responsibility,” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “If someone can’t follow these simple rules and treat their pets humanely on their own, we need strong rules to enforce them and the ability rescue animals from cruelty.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Jim Holzapfel

Gov. Signs ‘Peggy’s Law’ to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities From Abuse

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Governor Christie has signed Peggy’s Law, legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities from abuse.

Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen’s “Peggy’s Law” will protect seniors living in assisted living facilities from abuse. The law is named for a 93-year-old woman from Brick, New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Approves Shutdown Pay for State Workers

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Sweeney-Greenstein-Bateman Bill to Protect Public Employees from Losing Wages Signed By Governor

Gov. Christie has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to provide back pay to workers who were involuntarily furloughed during the three-day state government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

The Governor today enacted bipartisan legislation to protect state employees from losing pay during the government shutdown. The law, S-3422/A-18, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, will ensure worker pay for the three days the state government was closed at the beginning of the new fiscal year starting July 1.

“Sending our legislation to the Governor’s desk was the only way to secure back pay for the thousands of public employees who were forced to stay home during the shutdown. I think that we can all agree that this was not their fault,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “There is no justification for continuing to force hardworking New Jersey residents to pay the price for the government’s failure to pass the state budget in time.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Announces $25 Million for Clean Water Initiatives in the 16th District

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Following the signing of legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) announced $25 million in funding for clean water projects in the 16th Legislative District.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced $25 million in funding to for clean water projects in the 16th District. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have to ensure that the people of New Jersey have access to clean water,” Senator Bateman said. “In order to do that, our infrastructure has to be upgraded and modernized throughout the state.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: 9th District Stands to Substantially Benefit from New Open Space & Clean Drinking Water Laws

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law.

Connors, Rumpf, and Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law. (SenateNJ.com)

Those legislative environmental initiatives are as follows:

  • S-3352/A-5045: Appropriates $71,700,224 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds to DEP for local government open space acquisition and park development projects;
  • S-3353/A-5046: Appropriates $12.3 million from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to DEP for State capital and park development projects; and
  • S-3354/A-5044: Appropriates $8,992,898 to DEP from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes

Correspondingly, bipartisan legislation (S-3240/A-4996) was also signed into law authorizing the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust to provide loans with an interest rate at or below the prevailing market rate to local governments, public authorities, or public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects, including clean drinking water projects.

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Senator Bob Singer

Sen. Singer Voices Concerns About Proposed Solid Waste Facility in Howell

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) wrote a letter to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to express his concerns about a proposed solid waste facility in Howell.

Sen. Robert Singer wrote a letter voicing his concerns about a proposed solid waste facility in Howell. (SenateNJ.com)

“This kind of facility could end up causing a lot of headaches for local residents,” Senator Singer said. “I have a lot of concerns regarding the environmental impact of the facility, as well as the potential traffic problems it could create. I hope the Freeholder Board considers these issues as they discuss the future of this project.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation Bill Designating U.S. Constitution Week Signed Into Law

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Legislation introduced by the 9th District legislative delegation that designates the week of September 17 through September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week” in order to remember and honor the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787 has been signed into law. New Jersey law now correlates with the national week as established by Congress in 1956.

New Jersey will now celebrate ‘Constitution Week’ each year under a bill sponsored by Connors, Rumpf, and Gove that was signed into law. (National Archives)

The joint resolution (AJR-72) supported by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship and was passed unanimously in both houses of the State Legislature. The 9th District delegation issued the following statement on the enactment of their measure:

“In working to establish U.S. Constitution Week in New Jersey, our thoughts were first and foremost with teaching our youth the immensity in which this sacred and living document has impacted not only on our country, but on the entire world.

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Senator Diane Allen

Now Law: Allen Legislation to Improve Access to Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to help monitor the availability of beds in New Jersey’s mental health and addiction treatment facilities is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

The Governor signed Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation to help improve access to addiction and mental health treatment. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Access to treatment facilities is vital to our mission of combating the opioid epidemic, as well as treating mental health in New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “This measure will ensure our residents and healthcare professionals have up-to-date access to information on how many beds are available at treatment centers across the state.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck, Tom Komninos & Advocates on Gov. Christie’s CV of ‘Stephen Komninos’ Law’

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on Governor Christie’s conditional veto of “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” her bipartisan bill to improve accountability and transparency at the 2,340 group homes, developmental centers and day programs statewide.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that she will accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to her bill, “Stephen Komninos’ Law,” which protects people with developmental disabilities from abuse and neglect at group homes and other types of care facilities. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Beck thanked Tom Komninos, Aileen Rivera, Martha Cray, Gus Egizi, Senate President Sweeney, and all those who have advocated for this legislation over the past seven years.

“The advocates and I are ready and willing to accept Governor Christie’s recommended revisions to Stephen Komninos’ Law,” Senator Beck said. “I believe that our lifesaving legislation is so strong, that it could serve as a national model. This was a hard-won victory and I am grateful to the families and Senate President Sweeney for working with me to get this done.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Now Law: Bateman Bill Creating Pet Trafficking Crime

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) establishing pet trafficking as a third-degree crime.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill establishes pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“No one should be able to sell an innocent animal to a medical research facility or a puppy mill and walk away with a slap on the wrist,” Senator Bateman said. “I am pleased to see that the law finally recognizes that our pets are family, not pieces of stolen property. The penalties we have created for pet trafficking will ensure that anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal a pet gets the punishment they deserve.”

S-332/A-1761, establishes criminal penalties for an increasingly pervasive practice known as “dog flipping,” where pets are stolen and sold for a variety of reasons, including breeding, medical research, and dog fighting.

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Diane Allen

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Kip Bateman

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Jennifer Beck

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Anthony Bucco

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Gerald Cardinale

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Joe Kyrillos

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Steven Oroho

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Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

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