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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”.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean announced legislation to bring world-class entertainment to New Jersey by helping Atlantic City and its casinos, which have shut doors, cut thousands of jobs and, according to new data, lost nearly half of their revenues over the past eight years.
“We need to focus on ideas that can help Atlantic City along with the entire state,” Kean said. “We can positively change Atlantic City’s image to be more attractive, widely accessible and entertainment-based, while enhancing job and economic growth opportunities at and around entertainment venues across New Jersey.”
Holzapfel and McGuckin Introduce Bill Reducing Wages for Civilly Committed Sexually Violent Predators
Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District have introduced legislation, S-2697/A-4095, which would require civilly committed sexually violent predators to be paid the same rate as state inmates for work performed while in custody to provide savings for taxpayers.
“Inmates confined in New Jersey prisons are paid substantially less than minimum wage for work they perform,” said Holzapfel. “The reduced rate we pay to inmates reflects the belief that the work they perform offsets the cost to taxpayers for their confinement. The same should be true for violent sexual predators who remain in state custody.”
Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco introduced legislation to help address exactly why employers leave New Jersey, in the aftermath of the Mercedes-Benz’s impending move of 1,000 jobs to Georgia.
“Legislators and governors hear anecdotes as to why employers leave our state, and as a small business owner, I have considered leaving this state due to the high costs and oppressive regulations,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “But too often companies leave this state or shut their doors or lay people off without a full and detailed understanding as to all the reasons why. This legislation will provide state leaders with the answers necessary to correct the actual root causes of job loss here and, in turn, make New Jersey more attractive to job creators.”
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos to allow hunting of game animals on every day of the week, during established hunting seasons.
“I’ve heard from many constituents who work long hours Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays, to support their families, and they’re looking for a way to hunt here on their day off,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “New Jersey’s Sunday hunting ban prevents a lot of hard-working people from being able to hunt or forces them on their day off to travel to other states to hunt and otherwise spend their money.”
The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) renaming State Highway Route 15 in Sussex County in honor of the late Senator Robert E. Littell.
“Sticking true to his kind and humble nature, Senator Littell served with integrity and passion, working tirelessly for Sussex County and residents across the state during his decades in office,” said Oroho, who succeeded Senator Littell as the state Senate representative in the 24th District. “Senator Littell has left a lasting legacy in Sussex County, impacting the lives of many of those that he served. Designating Route 15 in his honor is a permanent and visible way to recognize his lifetime of service and dedication to the families and communities of this county.”