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The New Jersey Senate will hold a voting session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Jersey State House to consider the following bills:
|S86||Sch. security-estab class three officers||2/4/2016|
|S92||Overseas Resid Absentee Voting-revise||2/4/2016|
|S96||Gubernatorial election campaigns-finan.||2/4/2016|
|S180||Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights-revises||2/4/2016|
|S218||Firearm w/in access to minor-incr. penal||2/4/2016|
|S342||Loc. officials-trans. to St. Ethics Comm||2/4/2016|
|S708||PANYNJ Transparency Acct. Act||2/4/2016|
|S799||Sick leave, earned-concerns||1/12/2016|
|S816||Handguns, personalized-sell by retailers||2/4/2016|
|S976||Clinical labs.-reg. rules, qual control||2/4/2016|
|S984||Solar Roof Installation Warranty Prog.||2/4/2016|
|S987||St Oceanographer-estab. position||2/4/2016|
|S988||Wind energy proj., qual.-BPU approval||2/4/2016|
|S992||Women-concerns equal pay||2/4/2016|
|S993||Suppl. Nutrition Assist. Prog-time limit||2/4/2016|
|S995||Uniform Interstate Family Support Act||2/8/2016|
|SCR38||Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act||2/4/2016|
|SCR47||Suppl. Nutrition Assist Prog-time limits||2/4/2016|
|SJR11||Elections Tech. Study-13 memb task force||2/4/2016|
|SR19||Career and Tech Ed Mo.-desig. Feb. 2016||2/4/2016|
Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Combat Rise in Fentanyl Deaths, Upping Penalties for Manufacturing, Dealing the Opioid
Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) has introduced legislation to increase criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. The lifesaving measure has received support in the Assembly, with fellow District 10 legislators Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe sponsoring the Assembly version of the bill.
“The evidence is undeniable – fentanyl is so dangerously potent that even one use can be an instant death sentence,” Holzapfel, a former Ocean County Prosecutor, said. “As we continue to wage war against this crisis, we must ensure that those who unlawfully place this deadly drug in the hands of our loved ones and neighbors face the same criminal penalties as those who manufacture or dispense heroin.”
Urges Passage of Her Legislation, S-534
Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement after the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs conducted a sting operation that resulted in citations being given to 21 unlicensed moving companies.
“Unlicensed moving companies pose a consumer fraud risk to the general public, who often times have no idea that their moving company may be unlicensed and in some cases, uninsured,” said Beck.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale and Senator Anthony Bucco to offer greater aid to members of the National Guard and Armed Services who are balancing military service and higher education was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.
“This legislation offers invaluable, duly-deserved support for the members of the military who risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear,” Senator Cardinale said. “Our pledge to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield. We can honor this promise by ensuring all of these heroes have the basic support they need to complete their college degree – an essential tool that will help them thrive here in the state they call home.”
Senator Receives ‘I Am For The Child’ Award from CASA of NJ
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco was honored with the ‘I am for the Child’ award by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey. The award was recognition of Bucco’s long-standing commitment to New Jersey’s children and his strong, consistent support of CASA advocacy across New Jersey.
“No government entity or agency can ever provide the care, advocacy, commitment and oversight that CASA volunteers and staff do every day for our youth,” said Bucco. “This remarkable network is a model for public-private partnerships, helping the state to better protect abused and neglected children, reducing public costs and enriching our society as a whole for generations to come.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help homeowners afford home elevation projects was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
The legislation, S-122, would utilize existing funding generated through Realty Transfer Fees to help homeowners pay off of the interest payment on a loan taken out to finance a home elevation project.
“In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the continued flooding issues around the Passaic, Raritan and other rivers across the state, thousands of New Jersey families need to elevate their homes to protect against flooding and future storm damage,” said Pennacchio. “This legislation provides some badly needed financial relief to homeowners that need to take on this costly project to safeguard their families and property.”
Three bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles have cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senator Bateman’s bill, S-984, encourages New Jersey business owners to invest in solar technology by establishing the “Solar Roof Installation Warranty Program.”
“Business owners across New Jersey are eager to help cement our state’s legacy as a trailblazer in solar power,” Senator Bateman said. “We can do more to encourage a new crop of entrepreneurs to join us in this effort. This new and innovative warranty program targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology that will save our environment and enrich our economy.”
Kean Addresses NJ School Choice Summit, Unveils Plans to Expand Quality Education Opportunities for All Students
In commemoration of National School Choice Week, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean served as a speaker at the New Jersey School Choice Summit at Saint Peter’s University. As a distinguished panelist, Senator Kean highlighted New Jersey Senate Republican plans to ensure all children have access to quality education, regardless of where they live.
“For a child in a chronically failing school, every day that goes by is an opportunity lost, a future sacrificed, and a community torn apart,” Senator Kean said. “My Senate Republican colleagues and I are working tirelessly to replicate successful schools that give trapped students new opportunities to achieve and succeed. We can accomplish this goal in part by expanding charter schools statewide and passing legislation to empower all parents to send their children to quality schools of their choice for a fraction of the current cost to tax payers.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) to create a new class of special law enforcement officers to provide security at public and nonpublic schools was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“In moments of grave danger, every minute that our children and teachers go unprotected brings us one step closer to an unfathomable tragedy,” Senator Bucco said. “By passing this bill, we can meet today’s school security challenges and save lives without overburdening taxpayers. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for demonstrating their continued support of this important issue.”
Senate Republican Gerald Cardinale is renewing his call for sick-leave, pension and public employment reforms in light of recent reported taxpayer abuses in Paterson.
Paterson’s governing body just gave its police chief a big salary raise to $210,631, redoing his contract that expires in a couple weeks. This allows him to collect a bigger pension, a bigger, $150,000 payout for unused sick and vacation days. The governing body also gave the chief, who must retire within a year, a 12 percent pay increase dating to 2012 and a series of four 2 percent hikes after that.
“This pension- and boat-check padding maneuver is an abhorrent abuse of taxpayers in Paterson, as well as state taxpayers, who annually send about $25 million in aid to this cash-strapped city,” Cardinale said. “This is the kind of billion-dollar deal struck in a smoke-filled backroom in the dark of night that destroys the public trust.”