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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: When Will Legislature Show Same Concern for Unborn Children It Shows for Animals?

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After another batch of bills to protect the rights of animals moved forward in the legislative process, Senator Joe Pennacchio asked when the New Jersey Legislature will do anything to protect the rights of unborn children.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” on December 5, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s inexplicable that the Legislature is capable of passing countless bills to protect pets and circus animals while being utterly incapable of taking action to protect unborn human life,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “It’s great that we love our pets and wildlife so much that we want to pass new laws to keep them safe and prevent suffering, but we should love people too. It’s time to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Praises Committee Passage of Sports Betting Legislation

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, praised the committee’s approval of legislation that would allow sports betting in New Jersey to move forward:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon praised the committee passage of sports betting legislation that would help revitalize Monmouth Park and New Jersey’s horse racing industry. (Flickr)

“After our committee vote today, we’re one step closer to providing opportunities for customers to engage in legal sports betting in New Jersey. This will revitalize Monmouth Park and our horse racing industry, support the preservation of open space, and give the New Jersey economy a welcome boost.”

Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Says Multi-Day NJMVC Computer Failure Raises Concerns

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If Agency Can’t Handle Core Mission of Issuing Driver’s Licenses, How Can it Be Trusted to Register Voters?

Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) issued the following statement in response to a multi-day computer system outage that has prevented the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) from processing transactions, including driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals:

Sen. Sam Thompson issued the following statement in response to a multi-day computer system outage that has prevented the New Jersey MVC from processing transactions, including driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Last month, Governor Murphy opened the floodgates for voter fraud when he allowed illegal immigrants access to driver’s licenses while simultaneously mandating automatic voter registration at state agencies. That makes today’s news of a multi-day computer failure at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission especially disheartening.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Says Murphy’s “Snooki Amendment” Makes Bad Film Credit Legislation Worse

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Says $425 Million Would Be Better Spent on School Funding, Property Tax Relief, and Supporting Small Businesses

Senator Joe Pennacchio said that a conditional veto issued by Governor Phil Murphy that would extend tax credits to reality television makes a bad bill even worse, and called for the $425 million cost of the credits to instead be used to increase school funding, property tax relief, and support for small businesses that help improve New Jersey’s communities.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to extend tax credits to reality television productions, saying the $425 million cost of film tax credits could be better spent increasing school funding, property tax relief, and support for small businesses. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy’s ‘Snooki amendment’ to provide tax credits to reality television takes a bad bill and makes it worse,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “There are a whole host of needs from school aid to property tax relief that deserve $425 million before we consider giving it to Snooki.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon on Gov. Murphy’s New Health Benefits Task Force: What’s Left to Study?

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned the need for a new task force announced by Governor Phil Murphy to study the health benefits offered to public employees with studies already completed and legislation ready for action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned the need for Gov. Phil Murphy’s new task force to study public employee health benefits reforms with studies already completed and legislation ready for action. (Flickr)

“The Byrne/Healey Commission report gave us everything we need to implement cost-saving health benefits reforms that can save taxpayers billions,” said O’Scanlon. “There’s nothing left to study. The Governor’s new task force simply kicks the can down the road again, which is exactly what this Administration has said it would not do.”

O’Scanlon sponsors legislation, S-220 and S-221, which would implement recommendations of the Byrne/Healey Commission.

“Without these reforms, we put the future fiscal solvency of the pension system, public workers, and the entire state budget in extreme peril,” O’Scanlon added. “We are one mild economic downturn away from disaster. Everyone needs to understand it, accept it, and endorse my bills to achieve health benefits reform. We know this needs to happen, and we already have the legislation introduced to make it happen.”

Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Pennacchio Bill Removes Government Red Tape to Help Veterans Get Hired

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Legislation Inspired by Local Veteran Will Help Military Personnel to Enter Civil Service

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to remove an unnecessary bureaucratic hurdle for veterans applying for civil service jobs in New Jersey has been approved by the Senate State Government Committee.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s bill to remove government red tape for veterans applying for public service jobs. (Flickr)

“It’s inspiring when a veteran who has honorably served our nation wants to return home to continue serving their community,” said Pennacchio. “Unfortunately, some of our heroes face the challenge of navigating government red tape when they try to claim New Jersey’s civil service veteran’s preference to continue their public service. After they’ve placed their lives on the line for our freedoms during their military service, we should make it easier for our veterans to utilize this important career benefit that they’ve earned.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Resolution Establishing “Economic Development Day” Passes Committee

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A resolution by Senator Robert Singer that designates the second Monday of May of each year as “New Jersey Economic Development Day” has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Duvi Honig, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce, championed the effort.

Sen. Robert Singer’s resolution designating the second Monday of May of each year as “New Jersey Economic Development Day” has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey is blessed with strong human capital, a prime location, robust transportation infrastructure, and the best public schools in the county,” Singer (R-30) said.  “Still, more can be done to increase New Jersey’s economic competitiveness. I am proud to work with Duvi Honig and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce to help enhance New Jersey’s business development efforts. Boosting business and economic growth through ‘New Jersey Economic Development Day’ will show the world that the Garden State is open and ready for business.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson Says Murphy’s STEM Loan Forgiveness Program Unlikely to Help NJ Economy Despite Cost to Taxpayers

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New Proposal Comes as Governor Fails to Implement Already Funded Law Creating STEM Fellowship Program

Senator Sam Thompson said a student loan forgiveness program recently announced by Governor Phil Murphy is unlikely to boost New Jersey’s innovation economy despite the cost to taxpayers.

Sen. Sam Thompson said a student loan forgiveness program recently announced by Gov. Phil Murphy is unlikely to boost New Jersey’s innovation economy despite the cost to taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“There are major problems with Governor Murphy’s loan forgiveness plan that ensure it will fail to meet expectations despite significant cost,” said Thompson (R-12). “It’s structured in a way that provides little incentive for recent STEM field graduates who are in high demand nationwide to stay in New Jersey.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill Providing Opportunities to Farmers by Establishing NJ “Food Hubs” Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that would support small businesses by establishing New Jersey “Food Hub” opportunities for local farmers was passed by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill supports small business by establishing NJ “Food Hub” opportunities for local farmers. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many of New Jersey’s small to mid-size farms lack the capacity to access larger markets, placing our farmers at a disadvantage,” Oroho stated. “The creation of ‘food hubs’ will provide opportunities for our farmers to access new markets and help more locally grown produce to reach our neighborhoods.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Driver’s Responsibilities & Safety Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) designed to increase awareness of driver’s responsibilities and the “Move Over” law today cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s bill is designed to increase driver awareness of New Jersey’s “Move Over” law. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The best way to keep our citizens and law enforcement safe is to make sure that everyone is clearly informed of the process and their responsibilities. Many drivers might not realize they need to fully turn off the engine and radio, avoid sudden movements, and keep their hands in plain view of the officer,” O’Scanlon stated. “Furthermore people should know that a police officer is required to obtain certain documents and explain why you’ve been stopped.”

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Michael Doherty

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Jim Holzapfel

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Steven Oroho

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Declan O'Scanlon

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Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

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