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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicles

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The state Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to make New Jersey a hub for the development, testing and implementation of driverless vehicles.

“The people of New Jersey, our workforce and economy have a lot to gain from being at the forefront of such innovation, and the implementation of driverless vehicles will make our roadways much safer and less congested,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “This legislation sends a strong message to innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators that New Jersey is not afraid to create waves of the future, and that New Jersey is the perfect home for them to develop and grow. I urge the state Assembly to immediately advance this legislation to Gov. Chris Christie for consideration.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

“Water Infrastructure Protection Act” Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) that would help protect the state’s drinking water, result in more than $100 million of water infrastructure upgrades, and create thousands of jobs was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

The “Water Infrastructure Protection Act,” S-2412, streamlines the process through which municipalities and municipal, county and regional utility authorities could transfer, sell or lease their water or wastewater assets to private entities.

“New Jersey’s ability to maintain our water infrastructure is critical to the health of our state’s residents, our economy and the environment,” said Kyrillos. “The challenges of maintaining and replacing aging water infrastructure can escalate quickly beyond the technical and financial means of government entities and taxpayers. Despite this, current law makes it nearly impossible to let those with sufficient resources and know-how to take over these systems and effectively address emergent conditions.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos

Senate Approves “Drew’s Law” to Protect Children from Speeding Cars Near Parks

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) that would allow for lower speed limits near parks where children are likely to be playing was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

The measure, S-2243, was introduced in response to the death of 11-year-old Drew Keough, who was tragically killed while crossing the street near Keansburg’s Forest Park on April 22, 2014.

Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Joseph W. Pezzano display a t-shirt bearing the image of the late Drew Keough, following the Senate Transportation Committee’s approval of “Drew’s Law.” Lt. Pezzano, a long-time Keansburg police officer and Drew’s uncle, testified in support of the legislation to allow for lower speed limits in and around parks. (Full Size)

“Drew’s Law is a reasonable measure that gives towns and counties the ability to keep kids safe by lowering speed limits around parks at times when they are most likely to be present,” said Kyrillos. “No family or community should have to go through the pain and suffering that Drew’s family and Keansburg have gone through these past few months. Drew’s Law will help ensure that more of these tragedies never happen.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio, Bucco Announce Resolution to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard from Cuba

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Morris County Senators Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco introduced a resolution urging the return of Joanne Chesimard from Cuba. Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped to Cuba from prison and was granted asylum by Fidel Castro, and the New Jersey State Police and the FBI are offering up to $2 million for information leading to her capture.

Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. She relocated to Cuba in 1984, where she is thought to still be living. (FBI)

“Joanne Chesimard’s long overdue return to U.S. law enforcement should have been a no-brainer for the President to execute during his negotiations with Cuban leaders,” Pennacchio said. “This is a woman who caused tragedy by ending the life of a man dedicated to protecting and serving New Jersey residents and our freedom. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and has been shielded from justice by adversaries, so we urge our President to demand this justice for New Jerseyans and America as he works to restore ties with Cuba.”

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New Jersey Senate Republicans

Agenda for New Jersey Senate Session on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:

Bill Abstract Current Status LDOA
A304 Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply 2RS 12/8/2014
A965 Pub. util. construction work-concerns 2RS 10/27/2014
A1784 Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req. 2RS 12/8/2014
A1796 Sch. dist.-deny student lunch 2RS 12/1/2014
A3271 Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization 2RS 12/8/2014
A3391 Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab. 2RS 12/11/2014
A3423 Hosp. transactions, cert.-concerns 2RAG 12/11/2014
A3628 Water Infrastructure Prot. Act 2RS 12/15/2014
ACR192 Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid 2RS 12/1/2014
S685 Voter serve as messenger-reduces number SBA 12/11/2014
S734 Autonomous veh.-driv. lic. endorsement 2RS 12/8/2014
S770 Pub. svc priv contracts-estab procedures R/S 8/11/2014
S801 Epinephrine-sch. req. to maintain supply 2RS 12/8/2014
S1079 Prop. tax bills-auth. pymt. via e-mail 2RS 12/8/2014
S1168 Tongue tie-newborn infant screening req. 2RS 12/8/2014
S1770 TDI-estab. partial return to work prog. 2RS 10/27/2014
S1811 Pub. contracts-req. use of US made goods 2RA 12/11/2014
S1856 Emerg. shelters-post inspection reports 2RSC 12/15/2014
S1870 Cats or dogs purch.-estab. addl. req. 2RA 12/15/2014
S1940 Bd of ed, loc govt-exempt pub util pymts 2RS 12/8/2014
S1945 Pub. util. construction work-concerns 2RS 10/27/2014
S1998 Prescrip. Monitoring Prog.-revise prov. 2RS 12/15/2014
S2000 Sch. dist.-deny student lunch 2RS 12/1/2014
S2078 Petition circulators-concerns resid. req 2RS 12/15/2014
S2234 Landscape Irrigation Contractors-abolish 2RS 6/26/2014
S2238 Resid. Mortgage Lending Act-lic. req. 2RS 12/8/2014
S2243 Drew’s Law-15 mph in or near pub. parks 2RS 10/9/2014
S2265 Pension contrib.-St req to pay quarterly R/S 7/10/2014
S2277 Waterfront Comm, NY Harbor-Gov. w/draw 2RS 10/9/2014
S2284 Medicaid managed care org.-concerns 2RA 12/4/2014
S2364 Fed prop surplus-loc law enforcement use 2RS 12/11/2014
S2365 Mil equip surplus-trans, law enforcement 2RS 12/11/2014
S2366 Pharm.-concerns addiction 2RS 12/15/2014
S2367 Substance abuse instr. sch students-req. 2RS 10/9/2014
S2373 Substance use treatment prov.-report req 2RS 10/27/2014
S2377 Substance abuse recovery housing prog. 2RS 10/27/2014
S2378 Overdose Prev. Act-extend immunity 2RS 10/9/2014
S2380 Prison-based mental health prog-concerns 2RS 10/27/2014
S2412 Water Infrastructure Prot. Act 2RS 12/15/2014
S2420 Electric power net metering-concerns 2RS 10/9/2014
S2438 St. songs; desig. five 2RS 12/11/2014
S2442 Innovation, Research Fellowship Prog. SBA 12/8/2014
S2469 Sheriff’s off. reemp. list-estab. 2RS 12/11/2014
S2484 Sch. start times-DOE conduct study 2RS 12/1/2014
S2485 Religious entities-proh. cert. practices 2RS 12/8/2014
S2489 Bldg./hwy. infrastructure proj.-concerns 2RS 12/15/2014
S2508 Driv. lic. vet. desig.-concerns 2RS 12/8/2014
S2551 Permit Extension Act of 2008-extend 2RS 12/15/2014
S2572 Casino Prop. Taxation Stabilization Act 2RS 12/15/2014
S2573 Casino-prov. emp.w/health care benf. 2RS 12/8/2014
S2574 St. sch. aid, cert. dist.-concerns 2RS 12/8/2014
S2575 Casino investment alter. tax-concerns 2RS 12/8/2014
S2576 AC Alliance-remove provisions of law 2RS 12/8/2014
S2578 Optometrists-continue prescribing meds 2RS 12/8/2014
S2579 Finan solvency reg-concerns moderization 2RS 12/8/2014
S2609 Tax lien holder-in rem tax forclosure 2RS 12/8/2014
S2627 R.17, Ramsey-Staff Sergeant T.McGill Hwy 2RS 12/8/2014
S2630 Tobacco sales, cert.-concerns 2RS 12/15/2014
S2642 UEZ sales tax-concerns 2RS 12/15/2014
S2647 Hackensack Meadowlands Consolidation Act 2RS 12/15/2014
S2648 Rutgers bd. of trustees-reduces memb. 2RS 12/15/2014
S2649 Police Body Camera Task Force-estab. 2RS 12/11/2014
SCR132 Limited const. convention-apply to Cong. 2RS 10/16/2014
SCR147 Civil Svc Commission job banding-invalid 2RS 10/16/2014
SJR65 Common Sense Housing Invest. Act-pass 2RS 12/11/2014
SR104 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Act-extend 2RS 12/8/2014

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Legislation to Honor Service Academy Enrollees with New Jersey Flags Advances

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New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be given a State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

New Jersey residents enrolling in a federal service academy would be provided a New Jersey State flag in honor of their commitment under legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco.

“Providing a State flag to New Jersey residents who have dedicated themselves to serving our nation is a small but meaningful gesture of appreciation,” said Bucco. “The flag will serve as a reminder of home and a symbol of our state’s recognition of the achievement, integrity and willingness to sacrifice that these individuals have demonstrated.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Codey & Kean Want to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline

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Bipartisan Senate Resolution Offered Opposing Environmentally-Dangerous Pipeline That Would Cross Five NJ Counties, 30 Towns

Acting to stop the construction of an environmentally-dangerous oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. have introduced a Senate resolution opposing the project.

Groups including the Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline have organized with the support of residents opposed to the pipeline’s construction.

The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would travel 178 miles and go through five counties and 30 municipalities in New Jersey, carrying highly-volatile shale oil extracted through fracking in North Dakota. The two parallel pipelines are expected to run along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County, through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic County, Riverdale and Pequannock in Morris County, then through Watchung, Scotch Plains and into Linden.

“I am very concerned as to the safety risks that the construction and operation of these pipelines might pose to the neighborhoods in my district and to the integrity of the natural resources throughout the region,” said Senator Kean.

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Senator Diane Allen

Video: Sen. Allen Discusses Programs to Help New Jersey’s Veterans

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss a pair of programs to help New Jersey’s veterans.

Click here to view the video.

Allen noted that veterans returning from service face special challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that may result in difficulties that aren’t well suited for the regular court system. She has proposed legislation allowing for the creation of special veterans courts that would be better prepared to address the unique problems facing veterans as a result of their military service.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, Space Introduce Legislation Establishing “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway”

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District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space announced the introduction of legislation to rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space would rename State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Sen. Robert E. Littell.

Under the identical bills (S-2656/A-4042), the Sussex County portion of Route 15 would be designated the “Senator Robert E. Littell Memorial Highway” in honor of the late District 24 legislator and Sussex County native who served in the state Assembly and Senate for 40 years.

“Senator Littell was a remarkable man who earned the respect of all he met through his kindness, fairness and dedication to bettering the lives of all New Jerseyans,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Remarkably, through his years in Trenton he maintained a humble nature and never strayed from his priority of personally responding to the concerns of those in the neighborhoods he represented. ‘Bob,’ as he preferred to be called, was a loving husband and father and a personal friend and mentor to me and many others. Renaming this highway in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has left such an important and lasting legacy in New Jersey, especially Sussex County.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Video: Beck Introduces Bill to Quickly Identify Pathways for Clinical Trials in NJ

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has introduced legislation to create the “Clinical Trials Working Group” to promptly identify ways for the pharmaceutical industry to find appropriate clinical trials in New Jersey.

“Historically, New Jersey’s robust pharmaceutical industry has been forced to spend valuable time and resources looking outside of this state to find appropriate clinical trials for drugs and medications that they develop and test,” Beck said. “Clinical trials should be a regular part of business in New Jersey. This legislation creates a diverse and collaborative professional working group to recommend how New Jersey and its universities and colleges can partner with the private-sector to facilitate trials, add jobs and grow that sector of the economy right here.”

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