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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) issued the following statement in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

“National Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the many important contributions of people of Hispanic decent and celebrates the rich Hispanic culture. My district has a vibrant and active Hispanic community. I hope my constituents will take some time to learn more about the history of their Hispanic neighbors. I’ve always felt that it is in our diversity where we find our greatest strength.”

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Legislation Allocating Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allocate funding for the preservation of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst advanced from the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Under Sen. Allen’s legislation, a $200,000 appropriation for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs to protect McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from closure would be made statute and would be considered for inclusion in each coming budget. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“The Joint Base contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy and employs tens of thousands of people in Burlington County and the surrounding area,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs “We have to make sure resources are made available to show Washington and the nation how important this base is to our families who serve, to our communities and to the state as a whole.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Thompson: Kids Deserve the Safety of Seat Belts & Harnesses in All Vehicles

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Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that the New Jersey Senate is sending conflicting messages regarding its concern for the safety of children riding on Garden State roads and highways.

Sen. Sam Thompson has expressed concern that the New Jersey Senate has failed to hear legislation that would implement the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics that all new school buses be equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts. (Caitlin Regan/Flickr)

The Senator commended the Law & Public Safety Committee’s passage of legislation (S-2026) sponsored by Senator James Beach (D-6) that updates state laws regarding the use of child safety seats in passenger vehicles to match current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), but questioned the Senate Education Committee’s refusal to hear similar legislation (S-632) that addresses the AAP’s recommendations regarding the need for seat belts in school buses.

“Our kids deserve to be safely secured in age- and size-appropriate seats and restraints regardless of the type of vehicle they are riding in,” said Thompson. “Injuries caused by school bus accidents are not uncommon, but they are preventable. It is mind boggling that we have not taken action yet.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill Seeking to Prevent Children’s Access to Loaded Firearms Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10) that seeks to keep loaded firearms out of the hands of unsupervised minors was approved by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.

“We’ve seen too many instances where children with access to a parent’s firearms engage in planned attacks harming others, and too many tragedies where children living in or visiting a home with unlocked and loaded firearms end up accidentally harming themselves,” said Holzapfel, a member of the committee. “This legislation balances the rights of responsible gun owners with the public interest of reducing preventable deaths from planned and accidental shootings.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Committee Advances Cardinale Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate Higher Education Committee unanimously advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations.

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Service members should be given opportunities to make up the class work they have to miss due to service obligations like training or enactment.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Stockton College a Stabilizing Presence in a Region Shaken by Casino Closures

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As plans for Atlantic City’s economic transition and recovery continue to be deliberated, it is important that we recognize Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for what has proudly become – a stabilizing institution for the area.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove recognize Stockton College as a stabilizing force in the development of any long-term economic plans for a region shaken by casino closures. (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

Recently, Stockton College of New Jersey is again in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges and Universities of the North, rated at 60 out of 139 public and private Northern schools in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Added to this, the College has been ranked as one of the top 15 public schools in the North, at No. 14 by U.S. News. For six consecutive years now, Stockton has placed in the first tier.

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sen. Diane Allen distributing sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Photo Gallery)

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck Introduces Legislation to Authorize Free Fishing Licenses for People with Disabilities

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) introduced legislation to allow free New Jersey fishing licenses for people with disabilities.

Sen. Jennifer Beck has introduced legislation that would grant free fishing licenses to New Jersey residents who are disabled according to federal guidelines. (Jackie/Flickr)

“People with disabilities should have every opportunity to try and to enjoy the experiences and resources that we can sometimes take for granted,” Beck said. “This particular initiative is inspired by constituents who wish to enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful parks and bodies of waters but otherwise may not have the financial means to do so.”

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Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Calls on PVWC to Immediately Halt Garret Mountain Project; Schedules Stakeholder Meeting

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Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) calls on the Passaic Valley Water Commission to immediately halt its planned $135 million Garret Mountain reservoir project that stands to impact people’s drinking water, property values, utility rates and the environment.

On behalf of concerned constituents, Sen. Kevin O’Toole is making moves to stop the PVWC’s attempted Garret Mountain reservoir project, which is depicted in this rendering. (Passaic Valley Water Commission)

“Given the overwhelming opposition and concerns by the surrounding community, I’m calling on the water commission to stop all work on this project immediately,” O’Toole said. “It is unacceptable for a major project that impacts so many people’s lives in various ways to be schemed behind closed doors, without public input.”

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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Legislation Facilitating Donations to Local Libraries Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to facilitate charitable contributions for county and municipal libraries has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation giving taxpayers the option to make contributions to public libraries on their tax returns was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Senator Allen’s bipartisan legislation, S1803, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support county and municipal libraries. The option to donate to the “Local Library Support Fund” will be added to 2015 state income tax returns.

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