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Senator Pennacchio Hosting Holiday Toy Drive at His Montville District Office

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Toy Donations Will Be Collected Through December 18th

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) announced that his legislative office will once again collect toy donations throughout the holiday season to support local organizations. All are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s district office in Montville.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio is hosting a holiday toy drive to support local organizations. Donations will be collected at his Montville district office. (SenateNJ.com)

“The holiday season is a time for us to come together to support those in need, and teach our own children the value of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” Senator Pennacchio said. “It is truly a privilege to open our doors as a collection site for children in need. I urge my constituents to take the time to make a donation and embrace the spirit of generosity that this season inspires.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Calls on Senate to Advance Fentanyl Bill

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In response to recent findings of fentanyl related deaths by the Office of the State Medical Examiner, Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) is calling on the Senate to finally post his bill, S-1026, for a vote. His legislation doubles criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing or distributing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin.

In response to recent findings of fentanyl related deaths by the State Medical Examiner, Sen. Jim Holzapfel (R-10) is calling on the Senate to advance his legislation increasing penalties for illegally dispensing or manufacturing the drug. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Fentanyl deaths are increasing at a rapid pace,” said Holzapfel. “The penalties for illegally dispensing or manufacturing this deadly drug must, at the very least, match those for dealing heroin or cocaine. Unless the New Jersey Senate moves forward to enact an effective deterrent, the death toll will continue to rise.”

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Sweeney, Addiego & Taliaferro Offer Plan To Expand Pension Investments To TTF

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Dawn Addiego and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro today unveiled bipartisan legislation that would expand the investment practices for the state’s pension funds to the Transportation Trust Fund, offering the opportunity for risk-free investments with good returns at the same time the TTF’s underwriting fees are reduced.

Sen. Dawn Addiego speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on Dec. 8, 2016 on bipartisan legislation she is sponsoring with Senate President Steve Sweeney (left) and Asm. Adam Taliaferro (right) to allow state pension funds to invest in TTF bonds. (SenateNJ.com)

“Finding a long-lasting and stable source of funding for our Transportation Trust Fund is a bipartisan issue, and so too is taking advantage of smart financial opportunities,” said Senator Addiego (R-Burlington). “Allowing the TTF to borrow directly from the pension fund is a smart move that guarantees a rate of return while helping to support the infrastructure work that is so important to our economy.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill to Improve Safety of Children Near School Buses Advances

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The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation seeks to deter dangerous driving that may harm children as they board or exit a school bus. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-211, establishes a pilot program for municipalities and school districts to use video monitoring systems to help enforce laws against illegally passing a school bus.

“Many of the children who are killed and injured in school bus related accidents are struck by drivers who illegally pass a bus while the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended,” said Holzapfel. “The sad truth is that many drivers choose to break the law in such a dangerous manner because they think they can get away with it. Installing cameras to catch every driver who passes a school bus illegally will be an effective deterrent.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Cyber-Harassment Signed Into Law

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Senator Diane Allen’s legislation (S-1257) to add protections from cyber-harassment for victims of domestic violence was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s new law adds cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“Cyber-harassment is now one of the most common ways that domestic abusers inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The damage and intimidation that can be accomplished through online channels, including websites, social media, and messaging platforms, is tremendous. It’s imperative that victims have the legal tools they need to fight back.”

The new law allows victims of cyber-harassment to obtain temporary and permanent restraining orders under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991.” There are currently 18 offenses covered under the act, including assault, stalking and robbery.

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Senator Dawn Addiego

Now Law: Addiego Bills to Protect Children in Schools

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Establish guidelines to promote built-in security measures at new schools and improve school security training for staff, emergency responders

Two bills sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic) to improve security at New Jersey’s schools are now law after being signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Dawn Addiego’s bills to protect New Jersey’ school children was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Providing students with a safe place to learn is one of our most important missions,” Senator Addiego said. “All of the participating parties –- teachers, staff, law enforcement – must be well-trained in all of the most up-to-date procedures, and we must be proactive in order to prevent a tragedy.”

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District 9

9th District Delegation Expresses Profound Sorrow at the Passing of Former Senator Leonard T. Connors, Jr.

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“We’ve lost a great man.”

Former 9th District Senator and Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors Jr. passed away last night at the age of 87, surrounded by family.

Former Senator and Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors, Jr. passed away on Dec. 4th at the age of 87. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Leonard Connors served as Mayor of Surf City from 1966 to 2015 and began serving the first of his two terms as a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1977. He was a former director of the National Association of Coastal Mayors and served as a director for the United Way campaign.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Resolution to Raise Awareness About Childhood Cancer Passes Assembly Committee

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A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to promote education and awareness about childhood cancer is one step closer to final passage after it was advanced by the Assembly Health Committee.

The Da Silva family. (Patricia Da Silva)

The resolution was inspired by Nicholas Da Silva, a Hardyston resident who was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma when he was just 5 years old. In the two years since his cancer has gone into remission, he has worked to help other children with the disease. Along with the other members of his family, Nicholas has raised money to help other kids through donations to the Valerie Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Remove Red Tape from Pharmaceutical Industry Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to make the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.

Sen. Oroho’s bill to cut red tape away from New Jersey’s pharmaceutical industry was signed into law. (©iStock)

“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. “Six years after it was created, the Red Tape Review Commission is still finding ways to cut back the bureaucracy and make it easier for entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses in the state. This law will reduce the time it takes for drug companies to set up shop in New Jersey.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Urges Action to Prepare for Drought Emergency

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In the face of a statewide drought emergency, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is urging New Jersey residents and state leaders to take action to prepare for the oncoming crisis.

Sen. Kip Bateman has introduced a resolution calling for an updated version of the Statewide Water Supply Plan in the face of a statewide drought. (Pixabay)

Senator Bateman, a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, has introduced a resolution calling for an updated version of the Statewide Water Supply Plan.

“Much of the state is under a drought warning and we have no way of knowing how long these conditions will last,” Senator Bateman said. “The Statewide Water Supply Plan has not been publicly updated in 20 years. Until the report is released, it will be nearly impossible to implement strategies to address this potential drought crisis. The state must work quickly to enact a plan before we have a true emergency on our hands.”

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