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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Democrats’ “New” 23 Cent/Gallon, $1.2 Billion Gas Tax Increase Plan Nearly Identical to Old, Failed Proposal

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new $1.2 billion gas tax plan announced by the Senate President and Assembly Speaker today is nearly identical to and just as bad for taxpayers as the original Senate plan that failed to advance last month.

Sen. Jennifer Beck held a roadside rally in Eatontown on June 21, 2016 to oppose a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Facebook/Jennifer Beck)

“The tax plan announced by Democrats today would still raise the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, just as the last failed plan would have,” said Beck. “The cosmetic changes that the Senate President and Assembly Speaker have agreed to are just window dressing on the core $1.2 billion tax increase on drivers that remains largely unchanged from the previous version of the legislation.”

Beck has spearheaded the effort to oppose a gas tax, leading rallies attended by hundreds and an online petition that has been signed nearly 11,000 times.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Calls for Advancement of Port Authority Reforms & Approval of CEO

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Says We’ve Come Too Far to Allow Reform Effort to Stall

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the advancement of reforms to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including the approval of a new chief executive officer and the passage of legislation that would cement the position and other critical changes.

Sen. Tom Kean called for the advancement of reforms to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the approval of a new CEO. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

Kean’s action follows concerns expressed by Port Authority Chairman John Degnan that momentum to enact reforms is stalling. Degnan has asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve a new CEO from a shortlist of candidates produced by a search committee.

Kean is the sponsor of S-355 which provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms to the Port Authority.

“With the Port Authority so important to our region and economy, we must work to eliminate the structural deficiencies that have been identified,” said Kean. “The failure to adopt a new management structure, hire a CEO, and codify reforms is an invitation for continued abuse.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Aiding Veterans Pursuing Higher Education Clears Committee

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State colleges and universities would be required to waive certain fees for veterans, under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon.) The bill has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse certain fees for veterans and service members.

“There are more than 16,000 veterans and service members pursuing four-year college degrees in New Jersey and every single one of these brave heroes deserves our support,” Senator Bateman said. “Members of the military often face significant economic hardships following a term of duty. Waiving costly application fees will encourage more veterans to complete their college degrees and develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Advanced: Bucco/Pennacchio Bill Easing Access to Veteran Identification Cards

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Joe Pennacchio simplifying the process to obtain a county veteran identification card has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. S-1771 also expands access to veterans who have served in the National Guard in other states.

Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio’s bill simplifies the process to obtain a county veteran identification card; expands access to National Guard members who have served in any state. (DVIDS)

“Simplifying this process will ensure more veterans have access to the discounts and services provided to veterans returning home to New Jersey,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris) said. “Having a county ID card proving veteran status is more than just a convenience – it is a special designation that recognizes the heroic sacrifices made by the thousands of brave service men and women across New Jersey.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Resolution to Establish “Constitution Week” Passes Senate Panel

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) to establish “Constitution Week” passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

Sen. Anthony Bucco is sponsoring a resolution that establishes “Constitution Week” in New Jersey. (Wikimedia Commons)

The resolution, SJR-31, designates Sept. 17-23 of each year as Constitution Week and calls for special activities that will raise public awareness about the important role the Constitution plays in everyday life.

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill Urges Congress to Recognize Women’s Right Hero Alice Paul

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges the United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen is sponsoring a resolution that urges Congress to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to New Jersey native Alice Paul. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Alice Paul is a national hero and someone whom I’ve always admired,” Senator Allen said. “She fought tirelessly her entire life to secure equal rights for women. Her legacy is something we treasure here in New Jersey, and I hope Congress sees that it is something worth honoring.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Advanced: Bateman Bill Urging State & Local Partnerships with Recycling Companies

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon) urging state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The resolution will be reported from the Senate on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s resolution urges state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste.

“Nearly 60 percent of municipal waste generated each year in New Jersey goes unrecycled, simply because many state and local facilities do not have the infrastructure to expand recycling efforts beyond collecting paper and plastic,” Senator Bateman said. “Raising awareness of cost-efficient, local opportunities to upcycle is essential to keeping tens of millions of tons of commonly-unrecycled items out of landfills and incinerators.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Now Law: Bateman Bill to Provide Equal Protections to Domestic & Civil Union Partners of Homicide Victims

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Legislation signed into law by Governor Christie expands eligibility to the benefits established under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights”

Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to include the domestic or civil union partner of a homicide victim among those eligible to receive compensation, as well as certain protections and rights from the criminal justice system.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill, now law, includes domestic or civil union partners among those eligible to receive benefits and protections established under the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights .

“A person who has lost their beloved partner to homicide should have access to the same benefits and protections afforded to spouses and relatives,” Senator Bateman said. “A victim’s domestic or civil union partner is no less deserving than any other loved one coping with such an unthinkable loss. New Jersey’s criminal justice laws must evolve to meet the needs of all families of homicide victims. I am pleased that the Governor has signed my bill to correct this major oversight in state law.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Bateman: Superior Court Made the Right Call with Affordable Housing Ruling in Favor of Municipalities

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) stated that today’s court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations is a victory for taxpayers and municipalities statewide.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that a court ruling not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations is a victory for taxpayers. Bateman is a sponsor of comprehensive affordable housing reforms. (©iStock)

“Today the Superior Court answered our call to protect taxpayers from a catastrophic Ocean County court decision that would have caused a ripple effect, decimating municipalities statewide,” Senator Bateman said. “I have long fought for affordable housing reforms that would place the responsibility of determining obligations in the hands of the legislature, where we can develop real solutions that best serve the individual needs of our communities. Now the courts agree. This ruling brings us one step closer to passing affordable housing reforms that will preserve open space, access to high quality education and emergency services; and the integrity of unique communities statewide.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Kyrillos Bill Would Make Targeting Police & Emergency Services Personnel a Hate Crime

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Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) will introduce legislation that would make it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos will introduce a bill making it a hate crime to target a person due to their status as a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. (Flickr)

The proposed legislation follows a string of deadly attacks where law enforcement officers have been targeted for violence.

“We depend on police officers and first responders to protect and serve our communities, and they deserve to know that we have their backs,” said Kyrillos. “We cannot allow an entire class of public servants to be targeted for violence due to their profession. If such attacks don’t qualify as hate crimes, I don’t know what does.”

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