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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean introduced now-bipartisan legislation to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.
“Whenever feasible we must bring public services directly to where the people are, whether that’s social media or mobile phones,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “An e-driver’s license will be more convenient for the vast majority of residents, while making one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.”
Legislation Is 1st Bill Advanced from 4th Phase of Senate Republicans’ New Jobs Bill Package
The Senate Economic Growth Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to create the “New Jersey Business Advisory Council” to recommend job-creating ideas to the state Economic Development Authority, the legislature and the governor.
S-2709 is part of the Senate Republicans’ fourth phase of a new six-phase jobs bill package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should quickly garner bipartisan support and passage. Senator Beck unveiled today five other bills in the fourth phase: “Improving New Jersey’s Economic Development Policies & Programs.”
“The diverse Business Advisory Council will provide unique insights about New Jersey’s business climate and what employers need to locate, grow and expand here,” Beck said. “This legislation along with other bills in our new jobs package will provide state leaders with a complete picture and the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators who will hire more people in our top-notch workforce. This package also helps spotlight New Jersey’s businesses in the global economy by promoting their products and giving them more opportunities to grow and expand.”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Democrat James Whelan introduced legislation to bring world-class entertainment to venues in Atlantic City and across New Jersey and, in turn, boost the state’s economy and job market.
“This initiative costs taxpayers nothing and offers so much to gain for working- and middle-class residents,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “Right now, world tours and widely popular entertainment aren’t repeatedly coming to New Jersey’s venues and consistently drawing tourists to our state. There is tremendous value in the ability to consistently draw world-class entertainment here, especially considering widely successful A-Lister residencies in Las Vegas, where there’s no state income tax.”
Bateman Bill Exempting Certain Developmentally Disabled Individuals From Transfer Into NJ Facilities Advanced
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Bob Gordon and Jeff Van Drew establishing a comprehensive plan for when individuals with disabilities who have been receiving care at out-of-state facilities would be able to remain in place rather than being transferred to new residential placements in New Jersey was advanced today by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
“The care and protection of each and every one of the developmentally disabled is something we must approach with the utmost concern and respect,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Many families are naturally concerned about the disruption and change in care that will occur if individuals who have been spent the majority of their life at one place are now suddenly uprooted and put at another facility. This legislation establishes a sensible plan that will give families and guardians more of a say in what’s best for their loved one.”
During the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he touched upon an issue that has been at the heart of our delegation’s continuing efforts to reduce the state’s tax burden: reducing the size of the state bureaucracy.
In 2005, years before the Great Recession hit, the 9th District delegation introduced legislation that would institute a plan in which the number of state employees would be reduced through attrition and efficiencies. At the time, this plan was responding to a dramatic explosion in the size of the executive branch’s workforce – nearly 14,000 employees were added to the payrolls in a span of just four years.
Senator Robert Singer announced today he will introduce legislation to streamline and enhance the state’s organ donor registry system to make it easier for residents to sign up as donors and to ensure the state’s registry system is accessible and up-to-date.
“There are 5,000 New Jerseyans waiting on the life-saving gift of an organ donation,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “To save more of those lives it’s critical we do all we can to inform the public and new drivers about the program, make it easier for donors to sign up and make sure the information in the state’s donor registry is as up-to-date and accessible as possible.”
The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean was published in the Daily Record and Asbury Park Press:
New Jersey leaders have a responsibility to the people to improve Atlantic City along with the entire state.
Atlantic City does not operate in a vacuum. It has been, and with visionary changes can become again, an East Coast beacon that steadily attracts worldwide tourists. The city’s success directly and substantially benefits the entire state, primarily in terms of jobs and sales tax revenues. The longer Atlantic City struggles, the more likely it is that North Jersey communities will suffer similar economic issues, as evidenced by this week’s news of the temporary closure of the Izod Center.
Even though this publication and other legislators have somehow deemed it appropriate, I will not leave Atlantic City for dead; I will not leave stranded the thousands of middle-class workers and their families who have recently lost their jobs with the closure of businesses; and I will never turn my back on people or the billions of dollars invested over the past few decades by taxpayers across New Jersey.
Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Galloway & Port Republic Taxpayers Are Our Primary Consideration on Atlantic City Bill Package
With alarming frequency, taxpayers are being forced to pay dearly for the irresponsible acts others, from massively wealthy banks that are too big to poorly managed municipalities. Bailout has become the new term for already overburdened taxpayers to dread, and rightfully so.
Before the State Legislature is a package of bills designed to aid Atlantic City following the closures of several casinos and subsequent layoffs of thousands of employees.
In short, the bills cover a range of issues including but not limited to the taxation of casinos, school aid, health and retirement insurance for casino employees, the elimination of the Atlantic City Alliance and the re-allocation of the casino investment alternative tax.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale prohibiting correctional facilities from placing restraints on inmates during or immediately after childbirth was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“Sadly, there have been instances at facilities across the country where female prisoners were handcuffed or physically restrained in other ways while in labor and right after delivery,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Shackling a woman during childbirth creates serious medical risks and is an affront to basic human dignities. This legislation will make sure that type of barbaric treatment doesn’t take place in New Jersey.”
2015 Is the Year for Movement on this Critical Project
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop offered the following statement on the future of the Shark River dredging project.
“2015 will prove to be the year we see movement on the Shark River dredging project” said Beck. “I have been successful in securing a commitment from the State to fund this project, but the lack of a temporary drying site stopped progress. Working with NJDEP and NJDOT over the course of the last year, we believe we have come up with an innovative way to deal with this issue, which will be rolled out this year”.