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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Announces Legislation to Protect Students From Illicit Relationships With Teachers

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today she is introducing legislation to make it illegal for a high school teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age, as well as legislation to require teachers receive training on maintaining appropriate professional teacher-student relationships.

“We are blessed here in New Jersey to have schools full of highly trained and caring teachers that take very seriously their great responsibility to educate, nurture and challenge students to reach their fullest potential,” said Allen. “However, it sickens me to continue to have to read stories about illicit actions by a number of educators that shatter what should be every student’s right to a healthy, safe and trusting teacher-to-student relationship.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Senate GOP Seeking Analysis of Tax Policies

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The following editorial by Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, was published this week by the Asbury Park Press:

Legislators and the Asbury Park Press in recent weeks have called for a greater transparent comparative analysis of the success of New Jersey’s tax incentive and economic development programs. I agree that there is a fiscal responsibility to review the cost and success of the state’s economic and business development programs and believe it’s equally important that there be greater analysis of how New Jersey’s incentives, taxes and business policies stack up against competing states.

The Legislature has the opportunity to achieve these goals by passing Senate Republican solutions to ensure proper scrutiny and analysis of New Jersey’s tax policies, incentive programs and overall business climate.

The Senate Republican leadership team recently culminated the rollout of a 36-bill economic growth and job creation bill package, including a series of bills to increase the employment and economic development data that’s available to state policy makers. None of these bills will cost taxpayers any extra money.

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Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Tom Kean

A Senate Commitment to Widespread Recycling in NJ

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, on their legislation to urge expanded recycling efforts by government entities was published by the Star-Ledger on May 22, 2015:

Sen. Bateman (left) and Sen. Kean (right) visited TerraCycle’s Trenton facility on May 14, 2015, inspiring SR-130 which urges the implementation of recycling programs to keep commonly un-recycled and difficult-to-recycle items out of landfills and incinerators. (SenateNJ.com)

Every year in New Jersey, tens of millions of tons of solid waste are incinerated or deposited into landfills, posing a serious threat to the environment, public health and safety.

New Jersey’s growing landfills release toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater. Incinerated waste emits dangerous toxins and air pollutants.

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale: The Case for Self-Serve Gas

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The following editorial by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) about the benefits of giving motorists the choice of whether they want full or self-service at New Jersey gas stations was published by the Asbury Park Press on May 21, 2015:

Sen. Gerry Cardinale says consumers deserve the choice of full- or self-service gas filling. (©iStock)

When I’m driving around Bergen County and my gas light comes on, I enjoy being able to pull into a local service station and have my gas pumped by an enterprising teenager. As a senior citizen, I appreciate the convenience more now than ever.

I know there are many New Jersey natives who feel the same way. However, over the years I have been in elected office I have heard from many drivers who would love the convenience of pumping their own gas. I’m not going to let my feelings stand in the way of the rights of others. Neither group’s preference should be cavalierly dismissed by their elected representatives.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Introduces Trio of Bills to Expand Opportunities for Craft Breweries in NJ

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has introduced a trio of bills to expand opportunities for craft breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs to open, grow and succeed in New Jersey.

A flight of craft beer (Wikimedia).

Senator Kean’s S-2910 creates a state permit for local breweries to sell their products at community farm markets in municipalities that do not prohibit alcoholic beverages. Permits would be valid for one full year and issuance and renewal can be no more than $75.

“With warm-weather seasons upon us, this legislation provides countless and timely opportunities to help grow the state’s agriculture and tourism economies,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “It will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions that limit how local breweries can develop and expand.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Passes Kean’s Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism & Rejecting Attempts to Justify Anti-Jewish Hatred

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A resolution sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg  and Senate President Steve Sweeney that condemns anti-Semitism and rejects attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as acceptable expressions of disapproval over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere, was approved today by the Senate.

Child survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp upon their liberation in January 1945. (Wikimedia)

“With the rise of anti-Semitism, it is imperative we solidify a united front across political party lines and geographic borders that any acts of hatred and threats against Judaism will not be tolerated,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “The sponsors of this legislation and I are proud to set a strong tone for New Jersey and look forward to working with leaders in other states and nations to make sure we are helping to protect and empower victims of this religious persecution.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

Senate Passes O’Toole Bill to Protect Stalking Victims

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The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole to protect stalking survivors from being re-victimized.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. O’Toole to increase protections for stalking victims was approved by the Senate. (©iStock)

“Violations of stalking restraining orders are both common and often associated with significant danger to victims,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “We need to give survivors all the protection we can to help prevent them from being re-victimized.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senate Passes Bucco Sandy Bill to Protect Disaster Victims

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The Senate passed a Superstorm Sandy recovery bill sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco to prohibit municipalities from charging residential development fees on reconstruction after natural disasters.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco, S-1002, prohibits municipalities from charging residential development fees on reconstruction after natural disasters. (NOAA/NASA)

“There are so many prohibitive costs and duplicative regulations in this state that hurt vulnerable victims and stymie disaster recovery,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Families still trying to restore normalcy after Sandy and others who will be victims of future storms need this common-sense measure to reduce cost burdens.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Senate Committee Clears Singer Bill Prohibiting Standardized Testing for Kindergarten Through Second Grade

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The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to prohibit commercial standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer would prohibit commercial standardized testing for students in kindergarten through second grade. (Flickr)

The bill, S-2766, will protect New Jersey’s youngest students from being subjected to identical standardized assessments that are developed and scored by a commercial entity under contract with a board of education.

“While it is vital that teachers and administrators have the resources they need to track a child’s progress and ensure that students are ready for college and careers, many have expressed concern that children are being subjected to rigid, commercial standardized assessments at far too young an age,” said Senator Singer. “By passing legislation that prohibits schools from administering these assessments to students in this age group, we are ensuring that children can learn and grow in a nurturing environment, monitored and organized by the teachers and staff familiar with their individual needs.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Advances Kean Bill to Criminalize Dog Fighting, Punish Ring Leaders

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The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean to create criminal offenses for dog fighting and leading dog fighting networks, and amend the RICO statute to include dog fighting.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation would create criminal offenses for dog fighting and leading dog fighting networks, and amend RICO statutes to include dog fighting. (SenateNJ.com)

“As authorities have attested, dog fighting is a barbaric crime that often extends far beyond animal murder or cruelty,” said Senator Kean. “Weapons and narcotics are frequently found at the scene of a fight, posing a threat to the safety and security of the community at large. Amending current racketeering laws to include dog fighting will give law enforcement the tools they need to combat this pervasive underground industry, where dangerous individuals bet tens of thousands of dollars on a single fight, as innocent animals suffer, starve and die in horrifyingly inhuman conditions.”

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