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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Announces Resolution Supporting Columbus Day Preservation

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) announced a Senate resolution supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday. The resolution will be formally introduced at the next Senate quorum.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s resolution supports the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey has the second highest population of people of Italian ancestry in the country,” Senator Pennacchio said. “For the 1.4 million Italian-Americans living in New Jersey, it is not enough for legislators to say we support the preservation of Columbus Day. We need to take action and show our constituents that we are committed to upholding their values, culture and heritage.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Bill to Improve Quality Control Measures in Laboratories Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to ensure top-notch healthcare diagnosis by ensuring the quality of the state’s laboratories was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill to improve quality control measures in laboratories was signed by the Governor. (©iStock)

“These labs process samples, and the results they produce often determine what medical treatment a patient gets,” Senator Beck said. “If we can’t be sure that our labs are being run properly, people can’t have confidence that their doctors will get the critical information they need to make the right recommendations.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Now Law: Beck Bill Furthering Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to a law she pioneered, known as the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” (SASPA) which went into effect in May of 2016.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill, now law, will protect a greater number of victims by making certain modifications to her “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015.” (©iStock)

“We took a huge leap forward last year by enacting SASPA, which ensures all sexual assault survivors receive the same protections from being re-victimized – regardless of the nature of their relationship with the abuser,” Senator Beck said. “Now we are expanding those protections to survivors who have obtained a restraining order in any of the 23 other states that have laws like SASPA. This is a huge victory for survivors in New Jersey and across the country.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Serve on Special Committee on School Funding

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Says School Funding Reform Critical to Addressing Property Tax Crisis

Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) has been appointed to serve on a select committee created by the New Jersey Senate to examine the state’s broken school funding system that is a major component of New Jersey’s property tax crisis.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that reforming our state’s broken school funding system is critical to addressing New Jersey’s property tax crisis. (

“There’s little dispute that our state’s unfair distribution of state school aid has led to New Jersey having the highest property taxes in the nation,” said Oroho. “Rural regions like ours often end up paying the price for huge disparities in aid that leave us subsidizing others and paying more in local property taxes. I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve on the committee to fight for a fair school funding formula.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Varsity Letter Bill Co-Sponsored by Oroho Passed by Senate Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students that participate in competitive activities other than athletics was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to expand opportunities for students to earn varsity letters was passed by a senate committee. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Students who are part of science or music clubs take so much pride in competing for their school,” Senator Oroho said. “It’s time that our high schools recognize these hard-working kids and their important contributions to school spirit.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio/Bucco Bill Prevents Schools from Hiring Alleged Child Abusers, Sexual Predators

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Senate Republicans Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco have introduced a bill to prevent a person who has been investigated for child abuse or sexual misconduct from working at a New Jersey public or charter school.

Sens. Joe Pennacchio and Anthony Bucco’s bill requires schools to review of an applicant’s employment history to ascertain allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct. (Flickr)

“We cannot afford to take chances when it comes to protecting children from the lifelong scars of abuse,” Senator Pennacchio said. “Why should we prioritize a person who has been accused of such a heinous crime over the safety of innocent children? It is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice that this state is more concerned with protecting a job candidate’s reputation than keeping child predators out of our schools. This legislation is long overdue.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Praises Decision to Station New Tanker Planes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement in response to recent reports that the United States Air Force will station 24 of its new KC-46A refueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

New KC-46A refueling tankers will be stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Boeing)

“This is great news not just for the Joint Base, but for all of New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “The base is going to be an outstanding home for these new jets since it already has the infrastructure and facilities needed thanks to its existing contingent of older tanker aircraft.”

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District 9

Committee Advances Connors-Rumpf-Gove Veterans’ Housing Initiative

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Legislation by Connors, Rumpf and Gove would expand housing opportunities for veterans. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)

The 9th District delegation’s legislation, S-260, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) for grants to veterans. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in May of last year.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Trump Will Be an Ally in the Fight to Bring Back Cop-Killer Chesimard

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Following statements made by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) said that he is hopeful New Jersey  will have an ally in Washington who will demand Cuba return cop-killer Joanne Chesimard.

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)

Rex Tillerson on Wednesday told the Foreign Relations Committee that as President-Elect Trump’s secretary of state, he would demand that Cuba extradite Chesimard.

I have said it before – President Obama should have never opened relations with Cuba without first demanding the extradition of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard,” Senator Pennacchio said. “I applaud President-Elect Trump for nominating a secretary of state who has the courage and the capacity to right this wrong.

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District 9

Aquaculture Bills Sponsored by Connors, Rumpf & Gove Signed Into Law

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Legislation prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will streamline the permitting approval process for aquaculture projects were recently signed into law.

Shellfish harvested from New Jersey waters. (Wikimedia Commons)

The first legislative measure, A-793, requires New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) to seek to establish with the United States Army Corps of Engineers a joint application process for aquaculture projects that require both State and federal permits, licenses, or approvals for aquaculture projects in the State.

The second measure, A-794, requires the Department of Agriculture and DEP to adopt coordinated permit application and review program for aquaculture projects.

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